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Our research agenda reflects the complex challenges of our age: how to create truly sustainable growth in the face of climate change; creating an inclusive society; adapting to an ever-increasingly digital society; improving wellbeing throughout the life course; and how to harness innovative methods for understanding our world.

We are making it easier to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, we are making urban spaces greener and healthier, and we are empowering vulnerable women in developing countries through the power of radio.

Find out how our researchers are changing society.

Love Square column

Love Square: future proofing the city

Are people and nature destined to be adversaries? A new model of urban green space is showing a way forward in bringing together people and nature in a modern city.

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Geography column

Breaking the ice: how a glacial cycle sculpted Britain’s landscape

Researchers have mapped how glaciers and glacial lakes once covered Britain and helped to sculpt the landscape 22,000 years ago.

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Info school column

Understanding Alzheimer’s: how chemoinformatics is driving the development of new treatments

With nearly 40 million sufferers worldwide, and no known cure, Alzheimer’s is rarely far from the headlines, as the world begins to grapple with the effects of an ageing population.

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Journalism 2 column

To the rhythm of Niger: using radio to empower women in one of the world's poorest countries

Over 70% of Niger's population cannot read. When knowledge is power, how do you equip a remote population without the written word?

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Education 3 column

Living Life to the Fullest: demonstrating the power of grassroots engagement

An ESRC-funded project in the School of Education is breaking down barriers by giving a voice to young people with life-limiting or life-threatening impairments; a group who have until now been excluded from that research.

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Sociology three column

Baby loss exhibition encouraging parental consent to post-mortems

A national exhibition on baby loss, led by Professor Kate Reed, is raising awareness about the role technology can play in understanding infant death and help parents grieving the loss of a child.

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Architecture 3 column

Research shines light on dim, foggy motorways

There are currently around 1,917 miles of motorway in England alone. By understanding where and what type of lighting should be placed along motorways, researchers hope they can improve safety across the network.

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