Projects overview

The Institute runs a number of projects, both large and small, across its three primary strands: policy; public engagement; and research advocacy. Find out more about some of our key current projects via the links below.

You can also head to our archive below to find out more about previous projects we've undertaken. 


Current Projects 

Picture of ten smiling people with the London skyline behind.

Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement

Highfields lake under bright blue skies

Listen by the Lake

A field of sunflowers growing underneath a wind turbine

Net zero policy commission

Hands holding cardboard placard saying 'The climate is changing, why aren't we?'

SHAping Sustainable Futures



Project archive

Use the search function below to filter our list of projects by title, project team, summary, or research theme. 

Project title Project team Summary Key themes

Aromas that Nurture

Public engagement team

In this project Roda Madziva explores the use of sensory experiences to help connect refugee families and local communities.

Community; Family, Refugees; Sensory; 

Bright Sparks family talks

Public engagement

A series of interactive talks and demonstrations by three world-leading academics, intended to share their research and passions with family audience in an engaging, family-friednly way. 

Child Friendly City; Community; Education; Engagement; Family; Sensory; Science; Youth; 
Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE) Policy team Learn how to support effective and sustained engagement between academics and policy professionals across the higher education sector. Engagement; Higher education; Policy; Theories of practice; Training;  
Child-inclusive research Public engagement team Explore a series of case studies drawn from the University of Nottingham about innovative approaches to child-inclusive research. Community; Education; Child Friendly City; Youth; Engagement
Decolonising impact Policy team Discover how we work with partners in the Global South to explore how researchers can engage and advise on policy without replicating imbalances of power. Decolonising; Global South; Higher education; 
Engage Watermark Award Public engagement This award is the culmination of a huge team effort, led by the Institute. It recognises University of Nottingham’s dedication to involving the public in our work, validating the importance we place on driving impact through knowledge sharing, co-creating solutions and engaged teaching. Awards; Co-creation; Engagement; Excellence; Partnership; Recognition; 
Green Light in the City (GLitC) Public engagement team The Green Light project created pop-up spaces in Nottingham to encourage creativity, curiosity and community engagement. Community; Education; Engagement; Environment; 
Institute Academy Programme Institute for Policy and Engagement An internal programme for University of Nottingham staff to develop their policy and civic impact skills.  Education; 
Listen by the Lake Public engagement team Find out about our publicly accessible listening posts arranged around Highfields on University Park featuring Nottingham researchers. Education; Engagement;
Net Zero policy commission Policy team The commission, chaired by Lord Watson alongside the university’s Professor Lucelia Rodrigues, calls expert witnesses from a range of sectors to investigate who benefits from a transition; the role and position of communities in a transition; and how to realise that transition. Climate change; Environment; Net zero; Policy; Sustainability; Zero carbon; 
Policy cards Policy team

This CAPE-funded project developed 200 concpet cards as a tool to help people design and practice policy impact campaigns. They are flexible, collaborative and approachable, intended to help researchers with minimal policy experience to design a policy campaign, either individually or collaboratively in small groups. 

Campaigns; Higher Education; Policy; Toolkit; Training, 
SHAping Sustainable Futures Policy team An online resource showcasing the value of the University of Nottingham's social science research for net zero, climate change and sustainability policies. Climate change; Environment; Net zero; Social sciences; Sustainability; Zero carbon; 
Youth Climate Assembly Public engagement team Find out more about how we supported the Nottingham Climate Assembly to run Nottingham's first ever Citizens Assembly, Civic; Climate change; Education; Engagement; Environment;
Youth Climate Manifesto Public engagement team Discover how we supported the Nottingham Climate Assembly to produce their Youth Climate Manifesto.  Civic; Climate change; Education; Engagement; Environment;
Youth trends survey Public engagement team

This collaborative project, with Nonsuch and City as Lab, aims to give a voice to young people across the city.

Civic; Education; Culture; Engagement