Research in the Faculty of Environment and Technology

The Faculty of Environment and Technology has a vibrant research culture, supporting a large range of exciting and impactful research across all our subject areas.  Funded by a range of external funding bodies, our research impacts on industry and society, and enriches the experience of our students.

Research centres

Research themes


This research theme brings together natural sciences perspectives on key sustainability and resilience challenges relating to river and coasts, rock weathering and stone heritage, hydrogeology, sedimentology and volcanism.

Civil Engineering

UWE Bristol research and knowledge exchange related to sustainability and climate change resilience includes work on structural engineering, materials science, geotechnics, flood and coastal defence and water quality engineering.

UWE Bristol is a university in which maintaining and extending research strength is one of our key priorities. Our emphasis is on ‘research with impact’ – research which contributes to knowledge, which enriches teaching and learning and which impacts upon the world beyond academia.

The Faculty of Environment and Technology (FET) has a well-established and continuously developing research environment. The most recent Government assessment of research performance has been the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). REF2014 rated over half of FET’s contributions to knowledge as internationally excellent or world leading and considered that over two-thirds of its impact beyond academia was very considerable or outstanding.

We have a strong track record of securing prestigious research grants from national research councils as well as research and consultancy from the UK government, the European Union and a wide range of clients in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Our intention is to continue to enhance our reputation for conducting research which is of direct relevance to industry, society and the environment and which combines academic excellence with relevance to policy and practice. You can read how our research is changing your world.

We hope the information provided is helpful to you, but please get in touch if you would like to know more.

Also see research ethics - UWE Bristol's commitment to conducting research to the highest possible standards.

Professor Paul Olomolaiye
Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean
Faculty of Environment and Technology

Professor Catherine Hobbs
Associate Dean - Research
Faculty of Environment and Technology