Addressing global sustainability challenges through Research and Innovation
Queen’s has a proud history of conducting innovative, impactful and world-leading research that has positively changed people’s lives.
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.
Our researchers work across disciplines and sectors to address local and global challenges, incorporating the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and driving real-world impact.
Developing solutions for marine-based renewable energy
The Bryden Centre for Advanced Marine & Bio-Energy Research supports research into biomass and marine-based renewable energy sources, including tidal and wave power, gas, liquid and biofuels.
Tackling the climate crisis across natural and social sciences
The Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action (SECA) encourages collaboration between social and natural science disciplines. The centre investigates the link between inequality and the climate crisis.
Queen’s research has transformed supportive cancer care for patients and families in Northern Ireland with the launch and implementation of a £1.3m project ‘Transforming cancer follow up’.
A resilient and agile wireless communications system was designed and implemented by researchers within ECIT at Queen’s University which provides a seamless connectivity to relief authorities and workers when telecommunications infrastructure is significantly impaired.
Queen’s research on Energy infrastructure has had impacts including: influencing Ireland’s Energy White Paper and Renewable Support Scheme; advising international institutions on social engagement around renewables and guiding energy companies’ approach to community relations.
A Queen’s University research team investigated food-poisoning incidents in Uganda. Following tracing by the Queen’s team, non-contaminated cereals were re-distributed, circumventing a humanitarian disaster.
Queen’s, in partnership with Belfast City Council, launched the ‘Belfast Climate Commission’, to drive action on the climate crisis.
The Commission will play a key role in place-based climate action necessary to achieve the UK Government’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050.
Advancing Creative Circular Economies for Plastics via Technological-Social Transitions: Using Northern Ireland as an exemplar region, this inter-disciplinary project specifically targets three areas which define consumer behaviour and attitudes towards plastics, quantify how much waste we make, where it goes and its quality, and finally demonstrate how to add-value to these perceived wastes.
In sub-Saharan Africa, 22 million people live with HIV/AIDS. Annual mortality is 1.5 million and sexual transmission accounts for ~90% of new infections.
Young women are disproportionately a!ected due to socio-cultural issues. Seeking to empower them with an urgently needed female-initiated protective method, Queen’s researchers developed the first antiretroviral (AR) microbicide vaginal ring (VR), which provides slow, continuous release of dapivirine for longlasting protection against vaginal HIV transmission. Consequently, global microbicide development strategies were transformed, with the focus shifted from immediate-use gels to long-acting VRs.
Investigating the interconnections between socio-economic (in)equality and the interlinked climate and ecological crisis as determined by natural and social sciences.
The Centre addresses how to ensure that humanity has a habitable planetary system as the basis for flourishing, good lives for the human population together with prosperous, just and sustainable societies. It's three pillars of investigation are Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action.
We're making a difference on a global scale, framing our research and collaborations in ways that can contribute to delivering peace and prosperity for our changing world.
Through our research, we strive to change society for the better - whether that is connecting local individuals and communities, or contributing to international efforts to address global grand challenges such as climate change.