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Our UK Projects and Partners

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation is a Lancaster University wide research centre delivering innovation for a better environment. All of its research projects are run in collaboration with business partner offering a wide range of opportunities to local enterprises.

Activity across the North West of England is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the following projects.

Opportunities for business include:

Long-term business-led R&D delivered at Post Doctoral, PhD or Master research level. Businesses with a specific R&D project are supported by a dedicated Graduate Researcher or post-doctoral fellow, increasing the resources available to the business. Projects can take advantage of equipment, facilities, knowledge, academic supervision and resources from across Lancaster University and its partners. These projects typically last from 3 months to 3 years and there is a small contribution required from partner organisations.

Student research projects. These projects offer the opportunity to use the knowledge and enthusiasm of our students across several disciplines. Projects from enterprises form the basis of a student’s main research, supported by academic supervision to deliver focus and quality of understanding. These projects may be short term with groups of students or on a 1 to 1 basis lasting typically 6 to 12 months.

Internships. Organisations can access students from across the university to undertake a piece of work on their behalf. Internships can run at any time of the year and can look at any company challenge. These projects typically last for 2 to 3 months.

Workshops and a peer to peer support network created to deliver information on inovation, build trust and enable collaboration between enterprises.


The Centre currently runs the following projects in collaboration working with other universities as research partners across the North West:

Eco-I North West

Commencing in 2020, it is led by Lancaster University, working in collaboration with the Universities of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), Cumbria, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores and Manchester Metropolitan. This project is open for collaboration with enterprises across the whole of the North West region including: Cheshire, Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria.

Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory (LCEI)

This project with Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Liverpool and Lancaster University is open to support further projects with SMEs across Liverpool City Region.

Low Carbon Lancashire Innovation Hub (LoCaL-i)

Through this project the Centre working with Liverpool John Moores University offers a limited number of R&D opportunities for SMEs in Lancashire, to be delivered in 2020.

Eco-Innovation Cheshire & Warrington

Support to SMEs based in Cheshire and Warrington, is available through this project working in collaboration with the University of Chester. The project closes in 2020

Eco-Innovation Cumbria

Cumbria SMEs are supported through this project working alongside the University of Cumbria and the University of Central Lancashire. The project closes in 2020.

Environmental Industries Commission

Across the UK the Centre is a formal partner with the Environmental Industries Commission.

Based in London and representing over 300 members nationally, the Environmental Industries Commission is the national voice for businesses large and small which have an interest in and concern for the environment. The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) exists to ensure that the UK business environment sector can operate effectively to improve the environment that we all rely on and enjoy as citizens.

Independent of Government they work and lobby to ensure that environmental policies are thoughtful and progressive, that regulations are clear and enforced, that innovation is rewarded and that finance and export opportunities are available.