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Research and development bodies

Find out about research and development agencies that do work on sustainability and design.

Advances Wales

We produce a quarterly journal called Advances Wales. It showcases the latest research and developments in science, engineering and technology happening in Wales. These journals demonstrate that Wales is a key location for high quality research, development and innovation.

Visit: Advances Wales (external link)

Climate Change Consortium Wales

The Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea universities have come together to form the Climate Change Consortium of Wales (C3W). It is funded by us, the Countryside Council for Wales and the four universities. The purpose of C3W is to enhance the climate science profile of Wales across many disciplines.

C3W aims to:

  • improve our understanding of the causes, nature, timing and effects of climate change on our environment and on humanity; and
  • change climate research in Wales to become a centre of excellence.

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Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA)

CIRIA is the construction industry research and information association operating to deliver a programme of business improvement services and research activities for those engaged with the delivery and operation of the built environment.

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Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments (CL:AIRE)

Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments (CL:AIRE) is an independent not-for-profit organisation. It was established in 1999 as a joint initiative between public and private sectors. It aims to stimulate the regeneration of contaminated land in the UK by raising awareness of, and confidence in, practical and sustainable remediation technologies.

Visit: CL:AIRE, Contaminated Land, Applications in Real Environments (external link)

Ecodesign Centre

The Ecodesign Centre (EDC) is an applied research organisation that aims to build capacity and capabilities to enable effective ecodesign.

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Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI)

The Low Carbon Research Institute unites and promotes energy research in Wales to deliver a low carbon future. The LCRI supports the energy sector in developing low carbon generation, storage, distribution and end use technologies.

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Sustainable Places Research Institute

The research institute is part of Cardiff University.  The Institute reinforces Cardiff’s reputation as an international leader in sustainability science. It does this by bringing together leading scholars and researchers across academic disciplines.

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Tyndall Cardiff

Tyndall Cardiff became a partner in the Tyndall Centre in 2010. It is based in Cardiff’s University’s School of Psychology, the largest psychology department in the UK with internationally-recognised expertise.

Tyndall Cardiff’s research is led by the University's Understanding Risk Group. It focuses on the psychological and social side of coping with and minimising climate change. It uses social science methods to understand public and stakeholder responses to climate change and sustainability decision-making.

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Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO)

The Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) is part of the Welsh Assembly Government. It manages the delivery of the EU Structural Funds programme in Wales. The WEFO website describes how the funds are used to support research and development and it contains many case studies.

Visit: Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) (external link)

Welsh School of Architecture Centre for Research in the Built Environment

The Centre for Research in the Built Environment (CRiBE) is part of the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University.  Its primary aim is effective and sustainable design, construction and operation of the built environment.

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