Centre for Energy and the Environment
Interdisciplinary research: Policy and practice
Tony Norton, Head of the Centre for Energy and the Environment, is talking at the HEFCE conference, Interdisciplinary research: Policy and practice. In the accompanying report, the Centre has featured as a best practice case study for its interdisciplinary research (IDR) and collaboration with public sector bodies through the South West Energy and Environment Group (SWEEG), which was founded almost 40 years ago.
The HEFCE case study highlights how the long-term investment and establishment of a sustained IDR culture has enabled the Centre to retain a degree of autonomy and build its expertise in energy and sustainability research. The focus of the Centre on solving specific research questions for its partner organisations is seen as a core strength, leading to highly motivated staff and a sustained research programme. The Centre is also uniquely placed to initiate and facilitate external partnerships between partner organisations and other disciplines at the University of Exeter. The full HEFCE case study is available to download.
Research Excellence Framework
Our research on the impact of future climate on the built environment has made an important contribution to the university's high impact research portfolio, and features as a case study on the university's Research Excellence Framework (REF) webpages.
The Centre produces an annual report highlighting key activites carried out on behalf of SWEEG over the past year. Our 2016 Annual Report is now available to download, along with earlier reports on our publications page.
New additions to our monitoring and analysis capabilities include GSM-based dataloggers with remote connectivity, thermal imaging and noise dosimetry. Within the university we also benefit from access to advanced imaging equipment such as the scanning electron microscope and analysis through energy dispersive spectrometry.