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Sustainability Spotlight Network+ Initiative - is live now!

Sustainability Spotlight Network+ Initiative

During the Warwick Research Culture Day on 29 April 2024, the new interdisciplinary Spotlight Initiatives were launched to replace GRPs and to drive the university forward into a new REF landscape. One of them - Sustainability Spotlight - was won by a collective of researchers, led by IGSD.

Sustainability Spotlight is set to be a network-of-networks, focusing on research on sustainability. In addition to IGSD, it includes 4 other networks – the Environmental Humanities Network (led by Prof. Graeme Macdonald, Faculty of Arts), the Sustainable Society Network (led by Prof. Giuliana Battisti, WBS), WESIC (led by Prof. Gary Bending, Life Sciences) and WMG Materials & Innovation Network (led by Associate Prof. Stuart Coles) – and brings together over 2000 researchers! We aim for the network to be all-inclusive, and its objectives are:

  • Creation of a single information and communication space for all, with a focus on sustainability research
  • Visualisation of our networks
  • Nurturance of the ECR community and STS
  • Generating joint funding opportunities
  • Holding a sustainability forum with external stakeholders

We are planning to have an informal launch in early July, and everyone whose research focuses on sustainability is warmly welcome! We will announce the programme soon. Please follow us on

IGSD Thematic Fellow interview: Playground Cities

Jonathan Clarke, IGSD Thematic FellowLink opens in a new window, was interviewed about flooding on LBC on 18 October. See here:

Jonathan also features in a recent article in The Independent about Playground Cities. Does the death of the high street matter – if we are in a new era of the ‘Playground City’? | The Independent

Fri 27 Oct 2023, 15:59 | Tags: Sustainable Cities, IGSD Thematic Fellows

Celebrating Research Impact with IGSD

Celebrating Impact once again @uniofwarwick! Impact Newsletter Summer 2023 reminded us that @IGSD_UoW makes a strong impact across the board: Warm congrats to Dr Vangelis Pitidis once again for making a difference in the world as an Early Career Researcher!


IGSD regional engagement - Presentation in Stoke Primary School

On Monday June 19 Dr Vangelis Pitidis visited community members at Stoke Primary school in Ball Hill, Coventry, as part of an internal project focusing on tackling air pollution in the area through participatory research methods. Dr Pitidis discussed the concept and potential practical use of Citizen Science tools and methods to support the engagement and participation of local communities in envirnmental issues, preparing the ground fo the Citizens' Jury sessions that will be taking place on the area later this year. More information about the project can be found here: Link opens in a new window 

Tue 20 Jun 2023, 12:01 | Tags: Resilience Sustainable Cities Internal Funding 2023

Championing sustainable development at Warwick

An interview with Elena Korosteleva, the IGSD’s Director, about the role and function of the Institute.

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