UoA 17

This unit addresses the global challenge of understanding past and present changes within natural, cultural and historic environments to develop sustainable solutions for their long term future. This is achieved by understanding how societies and nature have adapted to change, and by using this knowledge to predict the consequences of change in the future.

The unit’s research, spanning Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology, has diverse beneficiaries and partners including:

· Governments and government departments (e.g. UK, EU);
· Environmental and cultural NGOs (e.g. English Heritage, National Trust, Society for Ecological Restoration);
· Global environmental and cultural organisations (e.g. International Commission for Missing Persons, International Criminal Tribunals, International Union for Conservation of Nature);
· Industrial developers (e.g. for housing, shellfishing, shipping, tidal barrages and wind farms).

The unit’s societal impact has global reach and is achieved through:

· Improved human wellbeing and justice;
· increased environmental quality;
· improved professional practice;
· increased economic activity;
· strengthened public policy initiatives;
· enhanced public awareness and understanding of culture and nature.

Research News

  • DNA Detective marketing team Collaboration and Co-creation with the Faculty of Media & Communication

    DNA Detective marketing team Collaboration and Co-creation with the Faculty of Media & Communication

    The student marketing team of  Zoe Franklin, Danielle Horsley and Jordan Hazell mentored by  Dr Jenny Alexander joined forces with Dr Liz Franklin to create the DNA Detectives marketing team.... »

  • DNA Meta-Barcoding Workshop

    DNA Meta-Barcoding Workshop

    On the 23rd May our Post Doctoral researcher Dr Caitlin Potter shared her DNA Barcoding analytical knowledge with us giving us a day long workshop into processing raw next generation... »

  • Buzzing DNA Detectives link up with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust

    Buzzing DNA Detectives link up with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust

    For our upcoming Buzzing DNA Detectives outreach events, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust have agreed to work in partnership with our project. At these events visiters can learn how DNA metabarcoding... »

  • Eco-Coding Project Video

    Eco-Coding Project Video

      A new video has been produced to present the Eco-Coding project’s aims and objectives,  a project which is being led by Dr Liz Franklin. Eco-Coding is a HEIF (Higher education... »

  • Ancient Britain through the post

    Ancient Britain through the post

    Royal Mail is celebrating Britain’s prehistory with the release on 17 January 2017 of a set of eight commemorative stamps accompanied by presentation materials written by BU’s Professor Timothy Darvill.... »

  • Interested in helping bees and other pollinators thrive in our towns and cities?

    Interested in helping bees and other pollinators thrive in our towns and cities?

      The newly launched Pollinator Exchange is your one-stop resource With pollinator numbers in decline in rural areas, there has been increasing focus on the many ways in which towns... »

  • Wanted post doc for eco-coding projects

    Wanted post doc for eco-coding projects

    We are looking for a Post Doc to join our team utilising eDNA methods to inform ecological management for river fish and urban pollinators. Working closely in collaboration with Dr... »

  • Communicating complex research to influence environmental decision making

    Communicating complex research to influence environmental decision making

    The overall purpose of this project was to communicate the results of complex research from Bournemouth University in a simple way to better enable this research to support wildlife conservation.... »

  • Building Roman Britain: Summer 2016 Update

    Building Roman Britain: Summer 2016 Update

    The first half of 2016 has been a busy time for the Building Roman Britain project. The appointment of an Undergraduate Research Assistant in February allowed an increase in our... »

  • BU at the Society for American Archaeology

    BU at the Society for American Archaeology

    Professor Timothy Davill and Dr Karina Gerdau-Radonic will be attending the 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeoloists in Orlando Florida on the 6-10 April 2016. You can find... »

  • Research Spotlight: Derek Pitman

    Research Spotlight: Derek Pitman

        Please introduce yourself? My name is Derek Pitman. I am a Research Assistant in the Centre for Archaeology and Anthropology in the Faculty of Science and Technology. What... »

  • Mapping the Forests of Medieval Novgorod

    Mapping the Forests of Medieval Novgorod

    Research Update: 19 February 2016. The team made a breakthrough this week when Harry Manley, our Mapping and GIS Expert, and Dr Elena Cantarello, Forest Modelling Expert, managed to work out how to... »

  • New Community Archaeology Project Launched – LoCATE

    New Community Archaeology Project Launched – LoCATE

    LoCATE (Local Community Archaeological Training and Equipment) is a partnership between archaeologists at BU and the New Forest National Park.  Working with archaeological societies and community groups from across Dorset and Hampshire the project provides access, training,... »

  • Stonehenge quarries found 140 miles away in Wales

    Stonehenge quarries found 140 miles away in Wales

    BU staff and students led by Prof. Kate Welham are part of the team of archaeologists and geologists that have found two of the Welsh quarries that provided stones for Stonehenge. The very large... »

  • Glassworking at Glastonbury Abbey – new publication

    Glassworking at Glastonbury Abbey – new publication

    Between 1955-57 the excavations at Glastonbury Abbey produced the first, and to date most comprehensive, assemblage of early medieval glassworking structures and debris to have been recorded in the UK.... »

  • Moscow’s Hybrid War in Ukraine

    Moscow’s Hybrid War in Ukraine

    Moscow’s Hybrid War in Ukraine – A one day Symposium on 25th February 2015 organised by Conflict, Rule of Law and Society in association with the Swedish National Defence College... »

  • Bournemouth University’s research recognised as world-leading

    Bournemouth University’s research recognised as world-leading

    Bournemouth University’s (BU) research has been recognised as world-leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The REF assesses the quality and impact of research at all UK higher education... »

  • What rabbits can tell us about Neanderthal extinction?

    What rabbits can tell us about Neanderthal extinction?

    When thinking about the extinction of Neanderthals some 30,000 years ago, rabbits may not be the first thing that spring to mind. But the way rabbits were hunted and eaten... »

  • BU team investigate water quality at Poole Park

    BU team investigate water quality at Poole Park

    A new project to investigate and monitor water quality at Poole Park is being carried out by a team from Bournemouth University. The work will be completed by Bournemouth University... »

  • BU hosts Wessex Conservation Forum

    BU hosts Wessex Conservation Forum

    Sustainability, green economy and the environment were high on the agenda during the Wessex Conservation Forum, hosted by Bournemouth University (BU). The day, organised by BU project manager Ben Thornes,... »