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Higher Education Research Projects

Research Projects with Earth Trust

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The Earth Trust offers applied research projects across a spectrum of subject areas from ecology to social science, so whatever your interests we will have something to offer. Research projects are determined by the organisational needs to inform best practise and are ultimately instrumental in influencing the future approaches of the Trust.

Our Projects:

  • Year-round availability (a number of the ecological projects will be seasonal dependant).
  • Tackle applied real life challenges and help generate functional and sustainable solutions.
  • Available from undergraduate to PhD level (subject to availability).
  • Offer the opportunity to utilise long term secondary data and or collect primary data.
  • Offer opportunities to contribute to evidence-based best practise.

Current Research Opportunities

Choose from the following topic areas to access current available research opportunities:

  • Arts
  • Business and Economics
  • Food & Farming
  • Future Forests
  • Living History
  • Social Science
  • Water & Wetlands
How to apply

If you are interested in undertaking a project, please get in touch.

Should you have a proposal which you would like to bring to the Earth Trust for discussion, please complete and return this blank template.

Past Research Projects

BSc Projects

Assessing the success of 30 years of biodiversity management in Little Wittenham Wood, Oxfordshire. [Download PDF
Tom Timberlake (2013), University of Oxford

The colonising invertebrates of the River of Life project: An investigation of biodiversity in newly established wetlands at the River of Life project. [Download PDF]
Rosie Clegg (2014), University of Reading

Barriers to creating a more local food system in South Oxfordshire. [Download]
Rebecca D'sylva (2014), University of Reading

A study of the effectiveness of two options of the environmental stewardship scheme by observing species richness of farmland birds. [Download PDF]
Luisa Boheimer (2015), Nottingham Trent University

MSc Projects

Understanding the effects of re-channelization and restoration on a stretch of the river Thames in Oxford with regards to changes in water quality and its aquatic life. [Download PDF]
Adam Korzeniowski (2015), University of Reading


Rosie Clegg, University of Reading (2014)

“The Earth Trust offered me a fantastic opportunity working on the River of Life Project which in turn I based my Undergraduate dissertation on. It was a pleasure and such an experience to be given insight into a project like the River of Life. As well as the opportunity to conduct research for the Earth Trust I had the great pleasure of taking part in Steve Gregory's invertebrate identification CPD courses, covering a wide range of taxa! This was incredibly useful and gave me the confidence and skills to go ahead and conduct survey work for myself, as I was a beginner! Everyone at the Earth Trust is extremely friendly and I had the opportunity to meet many people working in this field, giving me an insight into this world of work. Any opportunity to work alongside an Entomologist such as Steve, who has a wealth of knowledge and experience, should be seized! It was a pleasure to work and be involved with Earth Trust!”