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Human-Environment Relations

Understanding the relationship between humans and our environment has never been more important. The choices we face have never been so stark. Our climate is changing. The effects of this are being felt now as a day to day reality. There is an obligation on those involved in academic research to turn towards the challenges presented.

Whether this relates to our natural environment, creating safe and secure agri-food systems, assessing the way in which our built environment interacts with the natural world, or in the manner in which we build and maintain truly livable communities and societies, Queen’s researchers are at the forefront of innovative, future focused solutions that aim to make our footprint lighter, both on earth and beyond.


Impact Case Studies

Developing a product range for the treatment of Bovine Digital Dermatitis

A Transformative and Sustainable Economy, Human-Environment Relations

Researchers at Queen’s have collaborated with animal healthcare provider Provita Eurotech Ltd in the development of a suite of treatments for bovine digital dermatitis, a condition that affects at least 70% of cattle herds in the United Kingdom.

Improved housing standards for commercial poultry

Human-Environment Relations

Researchers at Queen’s University have conducted large-scale research which has led to improved welfare of chickens by demonstrating the benefits of windowed housing, perches and other types of environmental enrichment. The research has informed changes to Red Tractor, RSPCA and RSPCA Australia quality assurance standards.

The Food Fortress- From a crisis to the formation of an innovative food quality assurance scheme

Healthy Living for All, Human-Environment Relations

The Food Fortress scheme developed by researchers at Queen’s University is recognised internationally as a World-leading risk management and feed quality assurance scheme.

The sun as we've never seen it before - clearest and most detailed images of the Sun revealed

A Transformative and Sustainable Economy, Human-Environment Relations

Researchers from Queen’s University Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC) have worked with Oxford Instruments’ Andor Technology to develop the Balor sCMOS imaging sensor and synchronisation platform, a device which captures the highest resolution solar images in the world, enabling scientists to study the sun’s atmosphere in unprecedented detail.

Uncovering the causes of a Major Crisis in the World Food Programme

Healthy Living for All, Human-Environment Relations, Inclusive and Cohesive Communities

For over 20 years, researchers at Queen’s have investigated the chemical contamination of foodstuffs for the benefit and safety of consumers around the world. In 2019 the team were called upon to identify the cause of a major contamination crisis in the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

Unlocking the secrets of the past with a new international carbon dating standard

A Transformative and Sustainable Economy, Human-Environment Relations

Researchers at Queen’s have led a team of international scientists in improving the technique for assessing the age of historical objects through the development of IntCal radiocarbon carbon calibration curves, a new international carbon dating standard, shedding new light on archaeological and environmental phenomena of our past.

World Heritage: Strengthening Management through Collaboration and Research on Four Continents 

Human-Environment Relations

Researchers from Queen’s University Archaeology and Paleoecology disciplines are working directly with communities across the world, engaging with heritage organisations such as the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS, IUCN, The National Trust as well as corporate and government ministries. Their work has brought significant scientific depth and technological advance to the understanding and sharing of the world's heritage, and promotion of its future sustainability.


Research Topics
  • Sustainable environments and agri-food systems
  • Climate and climate change
  • The built environment and the natural world
  • Liveable communities - space, place, and society
  • Beyond Earth