Centre for Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences Research
Unit(s) of assessment: Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology
Research theme: Sustainable Futures
School: School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Now more than ever, our planet is facing some tough challenges. With a growing population putting inevitable pressure on the Earth’s resources, plotting the path to a sustainable future has never been more vital. We’re committed to developing research and innovation which can make a meaningful difference.
We undertake research in a range of land-based disciplines at NTU’s dedicated Brackenhurst Campus. This campus has a proud professional heritage, having delivered courses in these subject areas for over 70 years. Today we’re firmly focused on developing graduates with 21st century skills, scientific knowledge and experience.
Our high-impact research is focused around four core themes:
We aspire for excellence through international and interdisciplinary collaboration, and foster a research environment that rewards innovation. Our research is recognised both nationally and internationally, often informing professional practice across the sector.
Research in this area explores environmental issues, including the principles underlying the exploitation of natural resources and waste management
- Peatland monitoring and management
- Nutrient cycling, eutrophication and algal bloom control in aquatic environments
- Pollutants in soils, waters and sediments
- Application of GIS, Remote Sensing, UAVs and spatial analysis
- Glaciers and associated geomorphological change since the Neoglacial
Ecology and conservation
The ecology and conservation research group is comprised of research active staff and PhD students from the College of Science and Technology, who share an interest in species and habitat conservation and improving our understanding of ecological interactions.
The group’s research is largely applied in nature, and involves understanding the ecological consequences of environmental change caused by human activity. We do this by studying organisms at an individual, population, and community level, across a range of taxa. The findings are used to inform current and future conservation management.
- Urban Ecology
- Aquatic Ecology
- Behavioural Ecology
- Wildlife and Habitat Conservation
Sustainable agriculture and food security
The group focuses on teaching modern production methods and management of plant crop, agronomy and post-harvest issues. We also specialise in delivering the knowledge and skills needed to implement safe practices in the production of food, as well as understanding microbial food spoilage and toxin production.
- Sustainability of agriculture
- Innovations and attitudes and behaviour relating to agriculture and food
- Vertical framing and urban agriculture
- Horticulture and garden design
- Animal physiology, and animal nutrition to improve gut health and production
- Livestock behaviour welfare and housing
Animal behaviour, performance and welfare
The group focuses on research aimed at improving the welfare of captive, companion and performance animals. This multi-disciplinary group includes specialists in the assessment of animal health and welfare using a range of concepts and methodologies. In addition to the summaries below, further information relating to research in each of these areas can be found by following the relevant links.
- Captive Species
- Companion Animals
- Equine Management and Equestrian Performance
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Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021
In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, 86% of NTU's research impact was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent. The overall quality of each Unit of Assessment NTU submitted to REF in 2021 also saw an improvement from the previous REF in 2014.
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Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021
The Centre for Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences submitted impact case studies to REF 2021. Discover the real-world impact of their research here.