Tackling climate change and reversing environmental degradation are among the most important tasks facing the world in the 21st century. University of Lincoln researchers are developing innovative solutions to the challenge of sustainability through inter-disciplinary research in key areas, including climate science, soils, evolution and ecology; water and planetary health; clean energy, energy usage and sustainable supply chains; and ecological justice.

The University has declared a climate emergency and is working with partners locally and globally on a range of short- and longer-term interventions to safeguard the future of our planet.



Robot at the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology

Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology

The Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT) is a specialist research institute that aims to support and enhance productivity, efficiency, and sustainability in food and farming.

Researchers are engaged in the development of technologies which add value or solve challenges across the food chain. One of the Institute’s core aims is to connect academic expertise with partners in industry to pursue world class research and address real-world challenges, advancing state-of-the-art agri-food technology and improving the bottom line for businesses.

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Staying Smart and Growing Green

A pioneering new research collaboration featuring nine research institutions and three commercial companies spanning six different countries is shining a spotlight on the energy efficiency objectives of growers across the North Sea Region using the newest technologies.

Lincoln Centre for Ecological Justice

The accelerating environmental degradation projected for this century, of which climate change, natural habitat loss, over-exploitation of resources and pollution are major drivers, will likely move many key natural systems beyond their capacity for resilience. We need to improve our understanding of how best to make the necessary changes in human and institutional behaviour to make a difference, which will require new forms of research, with new synergies from interdisciplinary, cross-scale research in law, the natural and social sciences, and the humanities.

The Lincoln Centre for Ecological Justice (LinCEJ) will lead and enable creative research that will do just that, delivering new understandings of the types of changes and governance measures needed to turn the Anthropocene from an era of high risk for society and the environment to one in which the needs of all are met on an equitable basis.

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Bananas in Supermarket

Stabilising the National Grid

Reducing the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere is one of the key objectives for mitigating the global impact of climate change. Researchers and engineers at the University of Lincoln have built an imitation supermarket in a bid to tackle the impact of mass refrigeration on the UK's carbon footprint and support our strained National Grid.

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Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health (LCWPH)

The Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health focuses on solving the most pressing global environmental and societal problems emerging from the world’s largest rivers. 

The group's specialisms include climate change impacts on extreme floods and droughts, flood-related contamination from metal mining and processing, and water-borne and vector-borne diseases affecting humans and animals.

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The Epic Tale of the Humble Goldfish

It is a common household pet, loved by inquisitive toddlers and parents alike, but research has revealed that the humble goldfish hides a remarkable history - one of cultural, scientific, and environmental significance.

National Centre for Food Manufacturing

The National Centre for Food Manufacturing is committed to helping the food sector innovate, working with employers and partners to support the food sector's growth and meet the challenges of the future.

Core research areas include robotics and automation, food safety and microbiology, advanced food processing technologies, and food supply chain development, reflecting the priorities of the food manufacturing sector.

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Researchers at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing

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The Future of Farming

In the future, farming and food production will be transformed by efficient new robotic systems, and researchers at the University of Lincoln are at the forefront of this exciting research.

Lindsey the Robot

Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems Research (L-CAS)

The Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems Research specialises in technologies for perception, learning, decision-making, control, and interaction in autonomous systems, especially mobile robots and robotic manipulators.

Areas of application include agri-food, healthcare, intelligent transportation, logistics, nuclear robotics, service robotics, and space robotics.

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City Expansion Creating Sites for Disease

Findings from an interdisciplinary research project has indicated that urban expansion is creating the conditions for infectious diseases to emerge and spread around the world.

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Research Centre for Computational Physics

The Research Centre for Computational Physics undertakes research encompassing computational and theoretical physics as well as applied mathematics of nano-structured soft matter, solid/soft matter interface, molecular biophysics, and biologically inspired systems.

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Saving Alexandria

An Associate Professor at the University of Lincoln has been working with Sigma Properties in Egypt for almost 10 years in a bid to restore some of Alexandria’s most impressive buildings, reinvigorate its culture, and create dynamic new business models to ensure the city thrives into the future.

Autism Research Innovation Centre

The Autism Research Innovation Centre (ARIC) is focused on strengthening the wider autism community through participatory action research. ARIC’s mission is to create a diverse and inclusive environment where community knowledge and academic expertise merge to produce evidence-based innovative professional approaches and services for enriching the lives of autistic people and those who support them throughout their lifespan.

We work to develop, evaluate, and cultivate evidence-based initiatives and protocols to strengthen the connection between autistic people and those supporting them.

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