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Guided by insight

Guided by insight

Warwick is one of the world’s leading centres of research and innovation and we’re determined to use all our insight, expertise and ingenuity to help chart the way to a sustainable future.

We know the way ahead won’t be a straight line, we’ll need to conceive and mobilise new ideas quickly, then, test, learn and improve fast, so that we can adapt to emerging challenges.

Our research work is focused on long range targets with high potential for short term impact because we believe in the importance of momentum.

We’re tackling the future of mobility, working practices, sustainable transport and automotive innovation. We’re targeting fairer food systems, sustainable agriculture and boosting crop yields. Our research is also focused on offshore and renewable energy, carbon neutral hydrogen heating and we’re transforming battery technology.

Power of Research

The global challenges we face today don’t fit neatly into one discipline. Sustainability challenges require interdisciplinary routes to come together and be looked at from different perspectives. We need to figure out new innovative ways of working to address them and to make an impact now and in the future. With research founded on interdisciplinarity, we are well-positioned at Warwick to tackle these challenges.

Research at Warwick looks at sustainability from a challenge-led perspective, identifying the real problem first and then bringing the disciplines to it.

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Global Research Priorities

How can we minimise harmful pesticide use without reducing crop yield and quality? How can we find and store sustainable energy? How do the decisions we make impact on society? How can we promote a strong economy whilst ensuring sustainable working practices and standards?

These are just some of the areas addressed by our Global Research Priorities (GRPs)

Many of our GRPs have sustainability at their heart. This includes helping to develop sustainable materials for manufacturing, sustainable energy research, improving food production without damaging the environment and helping to create more sustainable cities.

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World’s largest public scenario database for testing safe autonomous vehicle deployments

It’s been widely stated that for autonomous vehicles to be road-ready they have to be tested for at least 11 billion miles.

For this to be viable virtual road scenarios must contribute towards these miles, and WMG at the University of Warwick and Deepen AI have made a globally accessible database of scenarios for Governments, manufacturers and researchers to test their autonomous vehicle technology

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Restarting the aluminium industry in the Black Country

The Black Country in Birmingham was the energy and innovation stomping ground in the 18th and 19th century, creating the UK’s industrial economy.

Fast forward to the 21st century there is now a need to make a business model that’s more economically and environmentally sustainable.

With the help of WMG, the Black Country LEP have created a future business model for aluminium based on the provision of low carbon energy sources.

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Greener and cheaper way to make patterned metals for solar cells

An innovative way to pattern metals has been discovered by scientists in the Department of Chemistry, which could make the next generation of solar panels cheaper and more sustainable.

Patterning metals for electronics and solar cells can be slow, expensive and involve toxic chemicals.

They have developed a process which can be used to make electrodes for flexible solar panels, next generation sensors and low-emissivity glass.

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Supporting a zero carbon future through transport innovation

The Government’s recent public commitment to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions by 68% by 2030 based on 1990 levels highlights a substantial objective, aiming to improve skills, training, access to finance and innovation in Britain.

David Greenwood, CEO, WMG High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Director for Industrial Engagement and Professor of Advanced Propulsion Systems at WMG talks to us about how transport innovation will be key to a zero carbon future.

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Warwick economist will help map the route to healthier and fairer food system

Residents in the West Midlands could enjoy healthier and more affordable food in the future thanks to a new research project involving the University of Warwick.

The Mandala Consortium has been awarded a five-year grant by the UK Government for the research project which will focus on the city of Birmingham.

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Micromobility: landscape and opportunity

Transport accounts for around 30% of CO2 emissions in the EU, with 72% coming from road transportation. There’s a growing view that the majority of cars are unwelcome as they’re oversized, overpowered, noisy, harmful to health and under-utilising space.

Hover boards, bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters have long been considered micromobility vehicles. John Fox, Director of Midlands Future Mobility at WMG, talks in more detail about the micromobility landscape and future opportunities for industry.

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Brexit and zero carbon energy policy

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) carries out world-class, interdisciplinary research into sustainable future energy systems.

The Brexit and zero carbon energy policy project is being delivered jointly by Chatham House and the University of Warwick. It seeks to unravel and explore Brexit so that we can better understand it, what it means for energy policy and politics.

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