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Sustainability in Coventry

Coventry, City of Culture 2021

Local Focus, Global Impact

The collective agenda for Global Sustainable Development (GSD) is largely shaped by much more local processes. Therefore, second year GSD students have the opportunity to learn about Local Sustainable Development. Following the University of Warwick’s commitment to local and regional engagement this is taught through research-based learning (see GD203 module overview) focused on the City of Coventry.

Students enrolled on the 'Phoenix' module are able to follow their own interests as they participate as members of a research team, led by the module leader, to construct and communicate an historically situated, yet highly contemporary assessment of Sustainable Development in the City of Coventry.

Based on group analysis, individual students then think creatively to propose evidence-based policy and practice suggestions for further positive change. In this way, student learning is embedded in authentic real world challenges, and our research-based-teaching has the opportunity to contribute knowledge back to the city and its many stakeholders.

We would love to hear what you think of our work, and warmly welcome thoughts via our Contact Form.

Sustainable Development Events in Coventry

There are many events in Coventry that are related to Sustainable Development. Please see our calander here, where we would welcome other suggestions of happenings to include and share.

Coventry's Population Statistics

As part of our work, we have aggregated a statistical and graphical account of Coventry's population between 1086 and 2017. You can view the excel spreadsheet here; which can then be downloaded and used for any purposes you so wish. We would be pleased to receive additional information or any comments on this resource via our Contact Form.

Existing Literature about Coventry

Students are building a bibliography of existing published literature about the City of Coventry. As well as being useful for our learning, we hope this resource will be valuable for others interested in the historical and contemporary city. You can view our current bibliography here, and we would love you to add further entries and comments.

Many of the items are available in the University of Warwick Library (which is open to non-university members).


We have also collected a range of multimedia about or featuring the city. You can views these resources here.

City of the Future? Evaluations of Sustainable Development in Coventry

Group reports authored by student research teams will be added here when available.

Sustainable Development in Coventry: Policy and Project Suggestions

Individual student proposals will be added here when available.

Other University Engagement in Coventry

While it remains true that the University of Warwick has often been more engage in wider, national and international grographies, there have long been other research and teaching projects significantly embedded in the city:

Spon End - A project focused on listening to and recording what matters to residents in one of the oldest parts of the city of Coventry.

Voices of the University - Memories of Warwick, 1965-2015 - An ambitious oral history project to capture the voices of those who have studied, worked and lived near the University of Warwick since its creation in 1965.

New set of 'Coventry Collections' launched by the Modern Records Centre

Students outside modern records centre

Stimulated by GD203, the Modern Records Centre (MRC) has compiled a collection of sources relevant to the City of Coventry. The collections cover a wide range of subjects, and are available to both students and the public. The project will further feed into the City of Culture activites.