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Could your organisation or project benefit from research support in partnership with University of Bristol?


Do you or your organisation have a research question that you’d like answered or a project that you would like to develop in partnership with a University of Bristol postgraduate student enrolled on our MSc Environmental Policy & Management (EPM) course?

On this course students explore a wide range of topics including environmental policy, corporate environmental management and climate science. Students also receive training in statistics, GIS software and the use of remote sensing data.

Bristol Green Capital Partnership is working with University of Bristol to reach out to organisations that may be interested in harnessing the talent and enthusiasm of students while at the same time providing students with a valuable opportunity to conduct dissertation research that is driven by ‘real world’ demand. We are looking for projects that relate to environmental policy and management issues (broadly defined) at any scale, from the very local (e.g. neighbourhood level) to the global. Students take up these projects as MSc dissertation topics. Students conduct their research between May and August and submit a final report in early September.

Students have worked with a wide range of organisations over the years, including the Environment Agency, Defra, Welsh Government, the International Energy Agency, the International Emissions Trading Association, Resource Futures, Sustain Ltd., Bristol Energy Network, and the Schumacher Institute. Past projects have included (among others): analysing the effects of extreme weather on the UK food chain; the impact of different approaches to government representations of climate futures; an evaluation of urban biodiversity initiatives in England; an analysis of China’s emerging ETS; the impact of the ECO policy on SMEs; an analysis of CCS policies in Europe; an exploration of ‘beyond-compliance’ practices among pollution-intensive Swiss firms; and the impact of the European Green Capital year on sustainability in Bristol.

Here is a brief summary of how these partnerships work:

1. Students who meet performance criteria are offered a chance to work with an external organization on their dissertation topic, which is guided by the interests of participating organizations.

2. To participate as a partner, you need to submit a project proposal by Friday, February 24, 2017. This is done by filling out the attached Project Proposal Template: EPM DPS Project Proposal Template 

3. Students review these proposals and select their preferred choices in March. Students are allocated to projects by April.

4. Students contact partners in late mid/late April to arrange a meeting and finalise a terms of reference.

5. Research is conducted between May and September.

6. We expect a minimum of three contact points from partners during the project cycle: at the beginning, to negotiate a terms of reference; in the middle to check progress and make any appropriate adjustments; and at the end, when students submit their work.

7. Feedback from partners is very welcome, but not required.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the DPS Coordinator Hannah Tweddell (, or the MSc Environmental Policy & Management course Director, Dr. Malcolm Fairbrother (

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