Implementing change

Technology is important, but it become meaningless unless it's used.

Social scientists work to understand systems and behaviours – why and how things work in societies. They therefore play a vital role in solving the many complex barriers that prevent potential solutions from being implemented. The research below includes studies ranging from why people choose certain behaviours over others, to how we can finance the transition in a just and equitable way. 

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Professor Simon Mosey, Director of the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Nottingham, demonstrates the importance of supporting entrepreneurship within disadvantaged communities to address environmental challenges. 

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  1. SHORT ARTICLE: Health and wellbeing in Nottingham during the 2022 heatwave
    In this article Dr Charles Ogunbode, Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology at University of Nottingham, explains the impacts of the 2022 heatwave on Nottingham communities and recommends effective coping strategies for similar future scenarios.
  2. BLOG: How we can make a difference in the climate crisis
    The climate crisis is deepening but here's how we can still make a real difference. As a university, we're committed to reducing our carbon emissions and showing leadership, writes Andy Nolan.
  3. PODCAST: Why is there an adaptation gap?
    Dr Megan Alexander discusses adaptation on the Tyndall Talks podcast, exploring some of the reasons why policy and practice are lagging behind where we need them to be to adapt to the consequences of climate change.
  4. SHORT ARTICLE: Climate change and modern slavery
    Climate change induced migration has been linked to the risk of human-trafficking and modern slavery, a new study from the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham has found.
  5. BLOG: The elephant's journey
    China is facing huge challenges to balance economic growth and biodiversity protection. This is particularly true in its remote and mountainous margins and poverty-stricken rural areas, mainly located in western China. In this article, our researchers examine a recent incident that provides some hope for improvement.
  6. Video: Up in smoke
    Dr James Heydon explains why we need to urgently rethink our use of wood burning stoves in the UK, for both the environment and our own health.
  7. VIDEO: Blue-Green cities
    Dr Emily O'Donnell explains why blue-green infrastructure is vital not just for the environment and to combat climate change, but also to create pleasant spaces and benefit the health and well-being of our communities.
  8. Video: Children, future generations and climate change law
    Professor Aoife Nolan explains why the rights of children are essential to developing effective laws, policies, and programmes to counteract climate change.
  9. Blog: Impacts of transitioning to Net Zero
    Achieving Net Zero requires pivoting away from fossil fuels, but the economic risks of an abrupt or unplanned transition are enormous. Success demands that governments understand and manage the impact on the oil and gas industry, argues Hafez Abdo.
  10. Video: Unwrapping food supply chains
    In this short video series, Dr Anne Touboulic and Dr Lucy McCarthy unwrap their knowledge of food supply chains to explore some of the factors that go into food supply chains and some of the changes that can help to create a more sustainable system for the future.
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