Strategic approaches

The challenges raised by climate change and the transition to net zero are many and varied. They require complex, interlinked solutions to avert crisis and build a more sustainable future. The sections below each bring together research from a range of disciplines and topics, under various overarching themes. 


Meeting notes

Understanding systems, responses and impacts

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Installing panels

Changing systems, responses and behaviours

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Wind farm

Limiting the effects of climate change

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Flooded street

Adapting to changes that are already unavoidable

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London skyscappers
Financing the transition

What are the costs of climate change versus transitioning to net zero? How do we calculate them? Who should be responsible for those costs and how can we manage them? What are the challenges and how can they be overcome?

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View all research from the categories above: 

  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: People make the journey to net zero
    Inevitably the focus in the debate about net zero is often on the big things: the scale of the challenge, the size of the commitments, and the radical technological innovation that we all hope will help control global heating and create a sustainable, liveable world. However achieving net zero isn't just about technology. If we are going to reach net zero we are all going to have to live differently.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. SHORT ARTICLE: UK and China agriculture collaboration
    UK and China cooperation plays a vital role in global food system and agricultural transition in the post-Covid era, a new report finds.
  8. 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.
  9. BLOG: Sediments reveal climate clues
    Freshwater ecosystems support a vast proportion of the world's population – but they are under threat from human exploitation, environmental degradation and climate change. By studying lake sediments, we can build a picture of environmental change over time to allow a precise measurement of human impact.
  10. PODCAST: Sustainability in Business
    Ben is joined by super-special-guest-host Gabrielle Bunn to talk sustainability, bringing the social sciences into big projects for everyone's benefit and more with Judy Muthuri and Hannah Noke from the University of Nottingham and Daniela Salite from Aston University.
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