Research Strands

CIRRE aims to be a Research Centre that contributes to human well-being and the sustainability of the global environment, whilst contributing to the Welsh economy. The Centre’s research plans have been confirmed by the BBSRC and NERC as falling within a number of their priority research funding areas. The three main streams are:

1. The impacts and drivers of climate change in the rural environment, which include:

  • developing a research programme in climate change and the linkage of carbon and nitrogen cycling
  • interfacing with the Welsh Climate Change Consortium and Research Council initiatives such as Living with Environmental Change (LWEC)
  • integrating with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Bangor

2. The management of rural landscapes to meet societal and economic demands, which includes research into:

  • the impact of alternative spatial arrangements of rural landscapes elements on ecosystem services
  • animal and human health and the rural environment
  • the management of wildlife resources and the maintenance of biodiversity
  • public engagement with the rural landscape
  • socio-economic, hazard and risk modelling in the rural environment
  • landscape-scale and ecological modeling

3. Developing science-based policy for the rural environment, which includes:

  • Animal disease
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Ecosystem health
  • Waste management and pollution
  • Energy and biofuels
  • Epidemiology
  • Social policy
  • Flood risk
  • Waste Management & Pollution