We conduct internationally significant, rigorous and high quality research. Find out more about our research clusters, themes, projects, quality and publications.
The CCRI undertakes much of its work in the form of grant and contract funded research projects. This work is organised into four subject-orientated research clusters, and four cross-cutting themes.
The CCRI’s research is organised around four main research clusters. View more information about our research clusters and projects below.
Culture, Nature and Heritage
Land, Water and Ocean Environments
Sustainable Farming and Food
Rural-Urban Economies and Societies
Across these clusters are four cross-cutting themes. View more information about our research themes and projects below.
The CCRI has entered the UK Government’s assessments of research, the Research Excellence Framework and its predecessor, the Research Assessment Exercise, under the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning Unit of Assessment.
In the most recent exercise, REF 2021, over 85% of the CCRI’s research was judged as internationally significant, rigorous, and high quality.
Impact case studies are a part of the REF submission and demonstrate the value to society of the research being carried out.
The CCRI is currently working on the following projects funded by the EU research programmes, UK Government and others:
Integrating Heritage into Land Management Plans
This project is looking at where and how land managers and the bodies administering the new schemes will get heritage data and advice, testing different formats of data and advice provision within Land Management Plans.
Flourishing Floodplains: Regenerative Farming
Working alongside the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, this project explores farming on floodplains and seeks to make recommendations on how farmers can transition to more agroecological farming methods.
RUSTIK – Rural Sustainability Transitions through Integration of Knowledge for improved policy processes
A four-year collaborative Horizon Europe project aimed at improving knowledge exchange between rural businesses and communities across Europe.
Publications such as briefings, annual reviews and research can be found on the University of Gloucestershire’s research repository.
CCRI members have had their work published in a range of books. You can view, download and purchase these publications via the University of Gloucestershire’s online shop platform.
Countryside and Community Press
The Countryside and Community Press is the publishing imprint of the Countryside and Community Research Institute (formerly known as the Countryside and Community Research Unit) at the University of Gloucestershire.
The Countryside and Community Press publish works prepared by the CCRI, or on behalf of colleagues and collaborative partners where synergies occur.