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Life On Land

Northumbria University is bringing together researchers who are focused on justice for people and our planet for current and future generations. We are committed to supporting the Life on Land Goal through careful management of biodiversity on our estate and by influencing and informing the practices of other organisations.

In the Spotlight: Wildlife Trade Research

The Environmental and Global Justice research team provide a distinctive approach by addressing concerns about people and concerns about the environment through multiple disciplines including Criminology, Law, Political Economy and Sociology. Dr Tanya Wyatt, Professor of Criminology, conducted research on the wildlife trade between the UK and Mexico. She identified that both legal and illegal wildlife trade is contributing not only to the extinction of species and environmental degradation, but also to instability, violence and unhealthy physical environments for human communities.

At a Glance: From Our Research to Our Operations

  • Our Environmental Sustainability Policy includes our commitment to support biodiversity.
  • We audit the biodiversity on our estate every two years, with many additional student projects monitoring performance and identifying scope for further improvement. The audit forms the basis of our Biodiversity Action Plan, overseen by a staff and student working group.
  • Our Urban Pollinators research project investigates the difference between the plants favoured by city and country bees using spaces on campus to inform their research as part of the Living Lab approach.
  • Northumbria City Campus features Ellison Garden, a beautiful space in which students and staff can relax in, and is home to our allotment.  It is also the primary location of Green Zone - our new garden project focussing on the importance of being outdoors, welfare and being sustainable.
  • We have achieved the Hedgehog Friendly Campus Silver certification – a new certification encouraging universities to support this declining species. Our staff and student team are undertaking a range of activities from litter picks to delivering training and guidance. 
  • Our students conduct a number of biodiversity studies and surveys throughout the North East, supporting other organisations in enhancing their contributions to Life on Land.
  • Professor Alister Scott works with various planning authorities on a natural capital planning tool that values ecosystem services. He highlights the critical importance of a green infrastructure in cities and explores the numerous benefits nature brings.

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