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Research is critical to Kingston University's distinctiveness, success and sustainability in an increasingly competitive Higher Education environment. It is central to the quality of our teaching and learning. Research establishes and enhances our reputation and leads to benefits for society, culture and the economy. Through our commitment to the advancement of human knowledge we actively seek to address the challenges we face in an increasingly complex global arena (Kingston University, Research Strategy 2015-2020).

We will foster a collaborative, outward-looking research culture in all our academic disciplines and support and develop both existing and emerging areas of research excellence.

The Sustainability Hub aims to raise the profile of research into sustainability issues being conducted across the university. We also aim to work with researchers across KU to reduce the negative and increase the positive environmental impacts of how we conduct all research.

Sustainability Research Centres and Projects

There are a number of sustainability research projects at Kingston University that engage Kingston students in the sustainability debate. Some examples follow below:

Sustainability Research Champions

Research championsA number of academics champion Education for Sustainable Development by leading on sustainability research in their discipline. Some examples follow below:

Sustainability Research 2018 - 2019

  • Hands, V., Cinpoes, R., Annan-Diab, F., Boaz, A., Hayden, C., Anderson, R., Davies, A., Azam, S., Weatherup, C. and King, W. (2018) Implementing the Sustainable Development Principle: lessons from a literature review on implementing the five ways of working Public Health Wales, Cardiff. ISBN 978-1-78986-062-7
  • Genus, A. and Stirling, A. (2018) Collingridge and the dilemma of control : towards responsible and accountable innovation. Research Policy, 47(1), pp. 61-69. ISSN (print) 0048-7333
  • Hands, V. and Anderson, R. (2018) Local Sustainability Indicators and Their Role in the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the HE Sector. In Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research (pp. 267-283). Springer, Cham.

Sustainability Research 2017

  • Daskalaki, M. (2017) Alternative organizing in times of crisis : resistance assemblages and socio-spatial solidarity. European Urban and Regional Studies, ISSN (print) 0969-7764 (Epub Ahead of Print)
  • Daskalaki, M. and Kokkinidis, G. (2017) Organizing solidarity initiatives : a socio-spatial conceptualization of resistance. Organization Studies, ISSN (print) 0170-8406 (Epub Ahead of Print)
  • Decamps, A., Barbat, Guillaume, Carteron, J.C., Hands, V. and Parkes, C. (2017) Sulitest : a collaborative initiative to support and assess sustainability literacy in higher education. The International Journal of Management Education, 15(2,Part B), pp. 138-152. ISSN (print) 1472-8117 Item not available from this repository.
  • Genus, A. and Iskandarova, M. (2017) Responsible innovation: its institutionalisation and a critique. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, ISSN (print) 0040-1625 (Epub Ahead of Print)
  • Genus, A. and Jensen, C.L. (2017) Beyond 'behaviour' : the institutionalisation of practice and the case of energy-efficient lighting in Denmark. Journal of Consumer Culture, ISSN (print) 1469-5405 (Epub Ahead of Print)
  • Genus, A., Iskandarova, M. and Warburton Brown, C. (2017) Permaculture-inspired Enterprises in the UK. Permaculture magazine online,
  • Hands, V. and Anderson, R. (2017) Benchmarking Sustainability Research: A Methodology for Reviewing Sustainable Development Research in Universities. In Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom (pp. 27-43). Springer International Publishing.
  • Melia, P.M., Cundy, A.B., Sohi, S.P., Hooda, P.S. and Busquets, R. (2017) Trends in the recovery of phosphorus in bioavailable forms from wastewater. Chemosphere, 186, pp. 381-395. ISSN (print) 0045-6535
  • Micklethwaite, P. (2017) Products of the open design context. In: Chapman, J., (ed.) Routledge handbook of sustainable product design. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 514-526. (Routledge Handbooks) ISBN 9781138910171
  • Wilkinson, J. L., Hooda, P.S., Swinden, J., Barker, J. and Barton, S. (2017) Spatial distribution of organic contaminants in three rivers of Southern England bound to suspended particulate material and dissolved in water. Science of the Total Environment, 593, pp. 487-497. ISSN (print) 0048-9697
  • Wilkinson, J., Hooda, P.S., Barker, J., Barton, S. and Swinden, J. (2017) Occurrence, fate and transformation of emerging contaminants in water : an overarching review of the field. Environmental Pollution, 231(1), pp. 954-970. ISSN (print) 0269-7491
  • Zaharescu, D.G., Palanca-Soler, A., Hooda, P.S., Tanase, C., Burghelea, C.I. and Lester, R.N. (2017) Riparian vegetation in the alpine connectome : terrestrial-aquatic and terrestrial-terrestrial interactions. Science of the Total Environment, 601-02, pp. 247-259. ISSN (print) 0048-9697

Sustainability Research 2016

  • de la Barrera, B. and Hooda, P.S. (2016) Greenhouse gas emissions of waste management processes and options : a case study. Waste Management & Research, 34(7), pp. 658-665. ISSN (print) 0734-242X
  • Genus, A. (2016) Sustainability transitions: a discourse-institutional perspective. In: Brauch, H.G., Oswald Spring, Ú., Grin, J. and Scheffran, J., (eds.) Handbook on sustainability transition and sustainable peace. London, U.K. : Springer. (Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace) (In Press)
  • Genus, A. and Theobald, K. (2016) Creating low-carbon neighbourhoods: a critical discourse analysis. European Urban and Regional Studies, 23(4), pp. 782-797. ISSN (print) 0969-7764
  • Genus, A., ed. (2016) Sustainable consumption : design, innovation and practice. Springer. 180p. (The Anthropocene : Politik-Economics-Society-Science) ISBN 9783319296630
  • Mohammed, A.M., Lai, Y., Daskalaki, M. and Saridakis, G. (2016) Employee turnover as a cost factor of organizations. In: Saridakis, G. and Cooper, C.L., (eds.) Research handbook on employee turnover. Cheltenham, U.K. : Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. pp. 109-126. (New Horizons in Management) ISBN 9781784711146
  • Piterou, A., Coles, A.M. and Genus, A. (2016) Sustainable energy projects and the community: mapping single building use of microgeneration technologies in London. Urban Studies, 53(9), pp. 1869-1884. ISSN (print) 0042-0980
  • Pretlove, S. and Kade, S. (2016) Post occupancy evaluation of social housing designed and built to Code for Sustainable Homes Levels 3, 4 and 5. Energy and Buildings, 110, pp. 120-134. ISSN (print) 0378-7788
  • Wilkinson, J.L., Hooda, P.S., Barker, J., Barton, S. and Swinden, J. (2016) Ecotoxic pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and other emerging contaminants: A review of environmental, receptor-mediated, developmental, and epigenetic toxicity with discussion of proposed toxicity to humans. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 46(4), pp. 336-381. ISSN (print) 1064-3389
  • Wilkinson, J. L., Swinden, J., Hooda, P.S., Barker, J. and Barton, S. (2016) Markers of anthropogenic contamination : a validated method for quantification of pharmaceuticals, illicit drug metabolites, perfluorinated compounds, and plasticisers in sewage treatment effluent and rain runoff. Chemosphere, 159, pp. 638-646. ISSN (print) 0045-6535
  • Zaharescu, D.G, Burghelea, C.I, Hooda, P.S., Lester, R.N and Palanca-Soler, A. (2016) Small lakes in big landscape : multi-scale drivers of littoral ecosystem in alpine lakes. Science of the Total Environment, 551-52, pp. 496-505. ISSN (print) 0048-9697
  • Zaharescu, D.G., Hooda, P.S., Burghelea, C.I. and Palanca-Soler, A. (2016) A multiscale framework for deconstructing the ecosystem physical template of high-altitude lakes. Ecosystems, 19(6), pp. 1064-1079. ISSN (print) 1432-9840
  • Zaharescu, D.G., Hooda, P.S., Burghelea, C.I., Polyakov, V. and Palanca-Soler, A. (2016) Climate change enhances the mobilisation of naturally occurring metals in high altitude environments. Science of the Total Environment, 560-61, pp. 73-81. ISSN (print) 0048-9697
  • Daskalaki, M., Saliba, A. [Artist], Vogiatzis, S. [Artist] and Malamou, T. [Artist] (2015) Story-spaces and transformation: the Caravan Project. In: Izak, M. , Hitchin, L. and Anderson, D., (eds.) Untold stories in organizations. Routledge. (Routledge Studies in Management, Organizations and Society) ISBN 9781138790018 (In Press)

Sustainability Research 2007-2015

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