Working collaboratively with partners in enterprise and academia, our research explores how to reach net-zero carbon emissions, the best options for sustainable cooling solutions and how to stimulate a regenerative economy.
We also support the transition to sustainable production in capital-intensive industries such as mining and construction, as well examining alternatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions form the food system.
Our research focuses on reducing social inequalities – river water security in urban Asia, climate resilience in Africa and results-based funding for safe drinking water in rural Africa and Asia. We aim to make 10 million poor people in Africa and Asia water secure by 2024, and advance thinking on rural water finance to provide reliable water services for 100 million people by 2030.
The interdisciplinary RISE project focused on designing integrated, practical and transferable strategies for the local SME renewable energy sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our work centred on two contrasting national case studies, in Uganda and Zambia.
Mumuni Singani, a spin-off from the RISE project, created an innovative concept that combines access to clean energy, irrigation systems, sustainable farming and agro-processing solutions in Singani, Zambia. The approach was developed in cooperation with local communities, especially the involvement of Women Self-Help Groups, with the aim of scaling-up the concept across other regions in sub-Saharan Africa.
Fossil fuel power sources producing the equivalent of ten times the global electricity production in 2018 will become unusable if global heating is to be kept below degrees, even if carbon-abatement technologies such as carbon capture and storage, bioenergy, and coal-to-gas conversions are deployed at scale, new research published in Nature Comm
Workers who feel their job is at greater risk due to technological advancements are more willing to seek retraining opportunities, according to researchers from the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford and University of Zurich.
The number of solar energy installations across the world soared by more than 81% from 2016 to 2018, according to ground-breaking research from an international Oxford University-led team.