Policy briefings

The Institute produces policy briefings to showcase policy-relevant research from across the University. These briefings aim to provide an evidence base for policy makers, building on the University's research and expertise.


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Prof. David Large explains why we need to invest in the use of remote sensing of peatland surface motion monitoring to ensure that existing investments in peatland restoration are utilised accordingly.

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Title Author(s) Summary Key themes
Haze and Government Communications in Malaysia

Dr Matthew Ashfold, Faculty of Science, University of Nottingham Malaysia

Dr Chris Ives, Faculty of Social Sciences

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How improved communications can reduce negative health impacts from haze pollution and support haze-free consumer behaviour Health; Malaysia; Communications;
See Bike, Say Bike Dr Peter Chapman, School of Psychology, Faculty of Science How a new campaign can prevent dozens of deaths every year on British roads Transport; Health and Safety; Psychology
Fixing the Climate Impact of Nitrogen from Global Farming Professor Ted Cocking, School of Biosciences, Faculty of Science A revolutionary technology developed at the University of Nottingham challenges farming’s reliance on greenhouse gas-emitting synthetic fertilizers COP26; Agriculture
Covid-19 Responses in Multi-Academy Trusts Professor Christopher Day, School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences Lessons learnt from how multi-academy trusts responded to the pandemic  Education; Covid-19;
How do we make COP26 deliver for adaptation in fragile urban environments? Dr Arabella Fraser, Faculty of Social Sciences Investigating how non-conflict violence risks and climate change risks overlap in cities, and what this means for adaptation COP26; Sustainability;
Working Together to Improve Financial Lives Dr Shaun French, School of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences How independent, local partnershipstogether with new research can help tackle indebtedness and financial exclusion Economics; Finance;
Developing countries and the global data economy Dr Jacqueline Hicks, School of Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences How donors can support lower income countries to engage with the global data economy Economics; Digital;
Faith for a Safe Climate Future Dr Chris Ives, Faculty of Social Sciences A Calling for the Inclusion of Religious Perspectives in Climate Policy COP26; Faith;
Addressing Modern Slavery at COP26

Dr Bethany Jackson, Rights Lab

Professor Zoe Trodd, Rights Lab

Tackling the modern slavery – environmental degradation – climate change nexus Modern Slavery; COP26;
Gender Recognition Act

Dr Katharine Jenkins, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts

Dr Ruth Pearce, University of Leeds

The Gender Recognition Act:a trans-inclusive feminist approach Gender;
Enhancing Young LGBT People's Everyday Lives through Inclusivity Dr Lucy Jones, School of English, Faculty of Arts Through their own words, Dr Lucy Jones highlights the necessity for policies supporting LGBT youth LGBTQIA; Inclusivity;
Rebuilding and enhancing trust in algorithms

Dr Ansgar Koene, Faculty of Science

Dr Philip Inglesant, University of Oxford

Dr Jun Zhao, University of Oxford

Researchers from the ReEnTrust project explore the importance of trust in the digital age Computing; Technology; Algorithms;
Towards Peatland Restoration Professor David Large, Faculty of Engineering Monitoring and accountability through remote sensing of surface motion Environment; Climate Change;
Human Rights: A Framework to Incentivise Reduced Industrial Emissions Professor Robert McCorquodale, School of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences Legal frameworks around human rights offer a means to incentivise corporate behaviour toprotect the climate COP26; Human Rights;
The Art of Belonging Professor Joanna McIntyre, School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences Supporting social integration of young forced migrants in urban contexts through cultural place-making  Immigration;
Gas Fermentation Professor Nigel Minton, School of Life Sciences, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences Engineering Biology offers the potential to not just capture greenhouse gas emissions, but use them to make the chemical building blocks for key industrial components  COP26; Sustainability;
Public Messaging for Generation Z

Professor Louise Mullany, School of English, Faculty of Arts

Dr Lucy Jones, School of English, Faculty of Arts

Dr Victoria Howard, Faculty of Arts

Lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic on how government can best communicate with young people Government; Communications; Young People; Gen Z;
Sustainable Gemstone Mining in Kenya

Professor Judy Muthuri, Nottingham University Business School

Mr Arthur Ndegwa, Kenya Project Lead, Taita Taveta University

Strengthening stakeholders' collective action for sustainability in the gemstone mining sector in Kenya Sustainability; Mining; Kenya;
Reduce, Reuse, Reunite: Creating Net-Zero Energy Communities Dr Eldar Naghiyev, Faculty of Engineering A unique project at the Trent Basin Housing Development in Nottingham makes the future of fully-fledged community energy bubbles a promising reality COP26; Sustainability;
Decarbonising Our Buildings and Cities with Technology Dr Ke Qu, Faculty of Engineering The energy used by many buildings is costly to the environment and to our bills – but this is changing with technological research COP26; Sustainability;
Agriculture and Sustainability for Climate Change: Focusing on People Professor David Salt, School of Biosciences, Faculty of Science If agriculture is to adapt to climate change and reduce its carbon footprint, farmers themselves have to be a core part of the solution COP26; Sustainability;
Why Future Food? Professor David Salt, School of Biosciences, Faculty of Science How researchers, producers, consumers and governments can work together so our food is secure, healthy and sustainable COP26; Sustainability;
The Unnatural Natural: Environmental impacts of fashion's plastic alternatives

Dr Tom Stanton, School of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences

Dr Matthew Johnson, School of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences

Dr Rachel Louise Gomes, Faculty of Engineering

Why alternatives to plastic in clothing manufacturing may not always offer the assumed environmental benefits Fashion; Plastic; Sustainability;
Predicting the behaviour of authoritarian regimes: the benefits of historical perspectives

Dr Edmund Stewart, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts

Historical perspectives on predicting the behaviour of authoritarian governments Authoritarianism; Classics;
Innovating Electric Aircraft for Greener Global Transport Dr Sharmillah Sumsurooah, Faculty of Engineering Net-Zero aviation to take flight by bringing together international research to transform the aviation industry. COP26; Sustainability;
Disabled refugees - visible and included in education Professor Elizabeth Walton, School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences A British Academy funded Learning in Crises project. Education; Disability; Human Rights;