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Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre

The Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EERC) is focused on advancing understanding of key environmental challenges of major economic and societal importance in the 21st century. Our members study the living and non-living components of the ecosystem and the management and governance of these systems and work globally in habitats ranging from the tropical rainforests to the urban core of the UK’s major cities.


Our cutting edge research is key to having an impact on the environment and improving the lives of animals and humans worldwide. Through research including: work in the Amazonia on primates and how to address the threats that arises from human activity, this work is identifying new species for the first time. The Salford Advanced Laser Canopy Analyser developed in EERC produces the most accurate 3D measurements of forest biomass to date, and we have a leading team of researchers who are studying wildlife in the Chernobyl Exclusion zone in Ukraine.

Latest news

Tue 10 Dec 2019

Public engagement – looking beyond REF
For anyone new to the idea of generating and capturing impact from their research, a good place to start is public engagement. By disseminating your research more widely and engaging with a variety of different stakeholders you will be able to track whether your research is having a real-world impact. Some of the best resources […]

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Thu 21 Nov 2019

Personalised Training Plans for 2019/20
Colleagues will have recently received a personalised training plan from our Researcher Development team for the 2019/20 academic year based on the 3-year research plan exercise that took place earlier this year. For many people this will include a strand around development of impact. As you know, each School has its own Impact Coordinator(s), who […]

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Mon 21 Oct 2019

ESRC Festival of Social Science – November 2019
The University of Salford, alongside partner institutions Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester, are running around 35 events across Manchester and Salford as part of this year’s ESRC Festival of Social Science, which runs from 2-9 November 2019. The Festival showcases Manchester social science research to a broad non-academic audience. This brings together […]

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Wed 25 Sep 2019

‘Value of Research’ Events in 2019/20
As part of this year’s training offering for our research colleagues, we are in the process of organising ‘Value of Research’ events, also known as ‘impact away days’ for each of the four Schools. The aim of these events is to bring impact to a wider audience, beyond our REF case study leads, in order […]

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Tue 20 Aug 2019

Based on REF2014 data, a 4* impact case study is estimated to be worth at least £324,000 to an institution in QR funding over the course of the REF cycle. This is the equivalent value of around 5 to 6 outputs. Given that the weighting for impact has increased in REF2021 from 20% to 25% […]

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Tue 23 Jul 2019

Impact Action Plan Update
Following the successful implementation of the Impact Case Study Action Plans with our identified REF impact case study leads during 2018/19, this process will be continued and expanded in the new academic year 2019/20. The aim of these Plans is to set a number of SMART objectives to guide our case study leads through the […]

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