A sustainable world

How do we sustain our planet and feed the world’s population?

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By understanding how organisms interact and evolve in response to natural and man-made change, we are devising new approaches to improve agriculture, secure environmental resources and maintain biodiversity.

We are developing sustainable technologies and interventions to maintain food and energy supplies, support manufacturing, understand and change human behaviour and to monitor, predict and alleviate the effects of human activity on the planet.


We have a total of £39 million in grant income in this area. This success is mediated by world-class facilities and an interconnected network of interdisciplinary institutes and centres including:

Institute for Sustainable Food

Grantham Centre

Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation

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Undergraduate courses in Biosciences

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Flagship institutes

The University’s four flagship institutes bring together our key strengths to tackle global issues, turning interdisciplinary and translational research into real-world solutions.