SUE impact Stories

The series of case studies below highlights instances where the SUE consortia have successfully impacted upon the world beyond academia.

These case studies show that SUE's dissemination and engagement efforts are yielding significant benefits, both for the researchers and for sustainability practitioners, as well as promoting environmental sustainability throughout the UK and beyond.

The IMPACT Stories also provide useful knowledge transfer recommendations based on the lessons learnt from the SUE consortia.

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Success Stories

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Through innovative and interdisciplinary research, the VivaCity2020 project developed a toolkit of resources that can be used by planners and developers to navigate urban sustainability issues. The 3D visualisation tool developed at Salford University by Professor Terrence Fernando and his team has been employed by Local Authorities to aid this decision-making process.



This report examines the impacts of the collaboration between the research team and Hertfordshire County Council. Successful collaboration with Hertfordshire County Council meant the AMELIA tool impacted on policy decisions in the area of accessibility as well as providing evidence of cost effective decision making.



This report examines how DISTILLATE's two pronged approach to knowledge exchange (engagement with local authorities and the UK transport industry) led to the research outputs becoming part of UK transport planners’ working practices.



This report studies the impacts of the collaboration between the HADRIAN research team and Transport for London. HADRIAN recommends ways in which journey planners could be adapted to reduce stress for disabled people travelling by public transport. These suggestions formed an inclusive or “I-Journey Planner” which was taken up by Transport for London.



This study is focused on the impact of one activity within the IDCOP project which has expanded beyond the project into the on-going development of the Sustainable Built Enviroment Tool (SuBET) tool. SuBET is a sustainable masterplanning tool which will be used to guide the future design of exemplar planning and development schemes.



This investigation focuses on the impacts of the Freiburg study tours, conducted by WHO and Gabriel Scally, Regional Director of Public Health for SW England. The main impact of the tours was to create a shared vision and network of senior leadership who were connected with sustainable living in the South West of England.


Sustainable Eastside # 1

This case study highlights the impact of the Eastside Sustainability Advisory Group (ESAG) in making sustainability a key part of the decision making process in Birmingham Eastside’s regeneration. ESAG succeeded in raising the profile of the sustainability agenda by working closely with the ‘Sustainable Eastside’ research team based at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University, and the sustainability officers placed in the Eastside regeneration team at Birmingham City Council.


Sustainable Eastside # 2

This case study highlights the permanent impact a knowledge exchange partnership between the academic research team and redevelopment firm ISIS had on the working practices of the firm, its stakeholders, and in turn, the practitioner community.


Urban Futures

This report examines how Urban Futures' close involvement with steering group partners – specifically the Environment Agency and environmental consultants CH2M HILL – led to the uptake and adaptation of the project's outputs.

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