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

Bristol BioEnergy Centre

A team based at Bristol Robotics Laboratory are researching energy solutions utilising microbial fuel cells. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, EPSRC and the EU, the technology has been successfully trialled at Glastonbury Festival.

Centre for Architecture and Built Environment Research

Developing innovative approaches, procedures, technologies and techniques that support the design, management, reconfiguration, maintenance and operation of buildings, their fabric and the environments they create.

Centre for Machine Vision

Part of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), we solve real-world practical computer vision problems. Our particular excellence lies in 3D reconstruction and surface inspection.

Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments

The Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments (SPE) aims to develop understanding of how to achieve places that are environmentally sustainable, socially just and economically competitive.

Centre for Transport and Society

Our aim is to improve and promote understanding of the inherent links between lifestyles and personal travel in the context of continuing social and technological change.

Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience

The Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience (CWCR) brings together established inter-disciplinary teams working on different national and international water security initiatives at UWE Bristol.

Computer Science Research Centre

The Computer Science Research Centre (CSRC) research activities cover many of the facets of 21st century computer science, from artificial intelligence to graphene sensors for IoT applications.

Research groups

Air Quality Management Resource Centre

Widely recognised by air quality and carbon management practitioners, nationally and internationally, as a leading provider of information, advice, research and consultancy.

Creative Technologies Lab

An interdisciplinary research group that spans and intersects computer science and the creative arts with the aim of creating and evaluating seamless interfaces between people and technology.

Engineering, Modelling and Simulation Group

Bringing academics and researchers together to carry out high quality research in key engineering fields by applying modern and advanced modelling and simulation techniques.

Mathematics and Statistics Research Group

A research group that aims to deliver internationally excellent mathematics research, develop research collaboration and apply its research to outstanding learning.

Robotics Engineering And Computing for Healthcare (REACH)

Research into robotics technologies, intelligent sensors and machine learning to realise person-focused innovative healthcare solutions.

Unconventional Computing Group

We employ complex dynamics in physical, chemical and biological media to design novel computational techniques, architectures and working prototypes of non-linear media based computers.

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.

Institutes and more

Bristol Robotics Laboratory

The most comprehensive academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK. The lab is a collaborative partnership between the UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol, home to a vibrant community of over 300 academics, researchers and industry practitioners.

Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology

Industry and academia working together to develop novel bio-sensing technologies.

Science Communication Unit

The Science Communication Unit (SCU) is internationally renowned for its diverse and innovative activities, designed to engage the public with science.

WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments

Promoting healthy and sustainable settlements through research, teaching, consultancy, knowledge exchange and publications. We work closely with municipalities, planning consultancies and health authorities in the UK, as well as with the wider WHO European Healthy Cities network.

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

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