We host an active, multi-disciplinary research community. This page indicates research taking place within our Centre represented under researcher type giving links to profiles for further information. Our research takes place via our Environment and Sustainability PhD; grants awarded by the EPSRC and the ESRC and applied research via collaborations with industry.


Applied research projects

PhD research

ESRC and EPSRC research grants

Our guiding vision for sustainable prosperity is one in which people everywhere have the capability to flourish as human beings within the ecological and resource constraints of a finite planet. Our work will explore not just the economic aspects of this challenge, but also its social, political and philosophical dimensions.

We address the implications of sustainable prosperity at the level of households and firms; and we will explore sector-level and macro-economic implications of different pathways to prosperity. We are paying particular attention to the pragmatic steps that need to be taken by enterprise, government and civil society in order to achieve a sustainable prosperity.

For more information please visit the CUSP site.

Project start date: 1 January 2016            Project end date: 31 December 2021

The objective of this project is to see if we can develop a viable, integrated, efficient and economic system combining bio-electrochemical and biological processes for sustainable liquid fuel production.

The projects results will be relevant to members of current NERC Resource recovery from waste consortium (RRfW), EPSRC SUPERGEN consortia and the CO2 chem network, as well as the European MFC Network and will be disseminated through interaction with these groups.

Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council..

Collaborative partners

  • Dr Jhuma Sadhukhan, University of Surrey
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of South Wales
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Sheffield

Industrial partners

  • Tata Steel
  • Northumbrian Water
  • WH Partnership

Project start date: 1 December 2015                           Project end date: 31 December 2019

Completed projects

List of recently completed projects, organised by each research theme.

  • AIA: Ashford’s Integrated Alternatives
  • Catalysing self-sustaining sanitation chains in informal settlements (3K-SAN)
  • Flexnet: SUPERGEN Flexible Network Technologies
  • Food Climate Research Network (FCRN)
  • Polygeneration of Energy
  • REDUCE: Reshaping Energy Demand of Users by Communication Technology and Economic Incentives
  • ReVISIONS: Regional Visions of Integrated Sustainable Infrastructure Optimised for NeighbourhoodS
  • Socio-economic adaptation to climate change in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Sustainable income standards: towards a greener minimum?
  • SYMPACT: Tools for assessing the systemic impact of technology deployments on energy use and climate emissions
  • TECHNEAU: Technology to enable universal access to safe water
  • Transition pathways to a low carbon economy
  • Building sustainable local nexuses of food, energy and water: from smart engineering to shared prosperity (The Local Nexus Network)
  • CAYSEED: Community Action in Controlling Yam Diseases and Pests in West Africa through High Quality Seed & Improved Agronomic Practices
  • Closed Loop Emotionally Valuable E-waste Recovery (CLEVER)
  • Creative Outreach for Resource Efficiency (CORE)
  • Designer Catalysts for High Efficiency Biodiesel Production
  • Economic Value Generation and Social Welfare by Waste Biorefining
  • Evolution and Resilience of Industrial Ecosystems programme (ERIE)
  • Green Infrastructure Research Development for Stormwater and Air Quality
  • LocalPURE: Engineering localised synergetic production networks based on renewable resources
  • Realising Transition Pathways
  • Resource Recovery from Wastewater with Bioelectrochemical Systems
  • Yam Improvement for Income and Food security in West Africa (YIIFSWA)

Water energy food: Stepping up

Project start date: 1 October 2015

Project end date: 30 September 2018

The objective of this project was to understand what makes innovations have low-impact at the WEF nexus and, to find out if it was possible to reproduce the conditions for a low-impact WEF nexus at a larger scale, replicate them in other situations, or proliferate them more widely at a smaller scale.

To achieve our aims, we brought together a team with expertise across water, food and energy with physical science, engineering and social science backgrounds. This team built models of a few case studies that have achieved low-impact across the WEF nexus.

Funding was by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.


Principal investigator - Professor Alice Bows-Larkin, University of Manchester


  • Dr Angela Druckman, University of Surrey
  • Mr Darren Lumbroso, HR Wallingford
  • Dr Liz Varga, Cranfield University
  • Dr Ruth Falconer, University of Abertay
  • Dr Dapeng Yu, University of Loughborough
  • Prof Marian Scott, University of Glasgow
  • Prof Catherine Mitchell, University of Exeter
  • Research staff - Dr James Suckling, University of Surrey.

Other projects

  • Assessment of the economic performance of genetically modified crops worldwide
  • RESOLVE. Research Group on Lifestyles Values and Environment
  • Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG)
  • Linking RESearch and POlicy making for managing the contradictions of sustaiNable consumption anD Economic gRowth. (RESPONDER) and Environment
  • Passage: Prosperity and Sustainability in the Green Economy
  • Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe (WWWforEurope).
  • (POINT) Current use of and emerging needs for indicators in policy. Policy influence of Indicators
  • CReating Innovative Sustainability Pathways (CRISP)
  • Servicizing Policy for Resource Efficient Economy (SPREE)
  • UNderstanding LOcal and Community Governance of Energy (UNLOC)
  • Agro-industries and Clean Energy in Africa (AGRICEN)

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University of Surrey