Relu: the Unfolding Research Agenda - Relu Knowledge Portal

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Relu: the Unfolding Research Agenda - Relu Knowledge Portal

Figure 2: Institutions undertaking RELU researchUNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGESUniversity of AberdeenUniversity of BristolUniversity of CambridgeCranfield UniversityUniversity of DundeeUniversity of DurhamUniversity of East AngliaUniversity of ExeterUniversity of GlasgowUniversity of GloucestershireUniversity of HullKingston UniversityLancaster UniversityUniversity of LeedsUniversity of LeicesterUniversity College LondonImperial College LondonUniversity of ManchesterManchester MetropolitanUniversityMiddlesex UniversityUniversity of NewcastleUniversity of NottinghamUniversity of OxfordOpen UniversityUniversity of ReadingRoyal Agricultural CollegeUniversity of SheffieldUniversity of StirlingUniversity of SurreyUniversity of SussexUniversity of Wales, AberystwythUniversity of Wales, BangorUniversity of WarwickUniversity of York3INSTITUTESBritish Geological SurveyCentral Science LaboratoryCentre for Ecology and HydrologyCentre for Population BiologyHorticulture Research InternationalMacaulay InstituteInstitute of Organic ResearchInstitute of Food ResearchInstitute of Grassland and Environmental ResearchRothamsted ResearchScottish Agricultural CollegeSilsoe Research InstituteOTHERBritish Trust for OrnithologyElm Farm Research CentreForest ResearchGame Conservancy TrustInternational Institute for Environment andDevelopmentVrije University AmsterdamSustainableFood Chains4Figure 3: RELU research themesResearch themes Type of research project Number of applications Projects Institutionsfor research funding funded fundedSustainable Research Projects, to 31 8 20Food Chains address the challenges facingagriculture and rural areas.People and the Rural Awards of £200,000 - £1 million 89 11 30Environment3-5 yearsThe integration of Capacity Building Awards 82 27 40land and water use and Scoping Studies: (completed)scope research andThe environmental facilitate development ofbasis of ruralinterdisciplinary researchdevelopmentcapacity.Development Activities:Economic and social facilitate developmentinteractions with the of the programme andrural environmentdemonstrate its valueand potential.Awards of up to £50,0006-18 monthsAlthough advances in basic and strategic research have greatly expandedthe potential to produce healthy food in an efficient and sustainablemanner, the uptake and application of this research are subject to socialand economic demands and concerns. High-profile controversies overGM crops, farming-and-food crises, food safety scares, and resourceand habitat depletion have all affected public confidence in thetechnologies underpinning the food system and intensified awareness ofthe environmental and social costs associated with where food comesfrom and how it is produced. The public concerns and consumeranxieties are in turn influencing the markets for food products and theclimate in which new technological developments are now promoted.In response, RELU research projects are adopting an integrated foodchain approach to explore several research themes including risk, dietand health, and sustainable production systems.

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