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

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

Roda Madziva used sensory experiences to help connect refugee families and local communities. 

Community; Family, Refugees; Sensory; 
Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE) Policy team 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;  
Decolonising impact Policy team Worked with partners in the Global Southto explore how researchers can engage and advise on policy without replicating imbalances of power. Decolonising; Global South; Higher education; 
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 development programmes Institute for Policy and Engagement A British Academy funded 'Learning in Crises' project. Education; 
Listen by the Lake Public engagement team Publicly accessible listening posts arranged around Highfields on University Park featuring Nottingham researchers. Education; Engagement;
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 Supporting Nottingham Climate Assembly to run Nottingham's first ever Citizens Assembly, Civic; Climate change; Education; Engagement; Environment;
Youth Climate Manifesto Public engagement team Supporting Nottingham Climate Assembly to produce their Youth Climate Manifesto.  Civic; Climate change; Education; Engagement; Environment;
Youth trends survey Public engagement team Working with Nottingham City Council, this study aims to give a voice to young people across the city.  Civic; Education; Engagement;