A new, national partnership between the University of Exeter and the National Trust will see the two organisations join forces to help protect the natural world.
The joint research initiative will explore how both organisations can best respond and adapt to environmental and cultural change, support wildlife renewal and improve wellbeing through nature.
Experts will develop science-based, action-orientated research to inform land use decision making and better understand ways to care for our natural and cultural landscapes. The focus will be to plan and manage the inevitable transformation of landscapes so they work best for people, place, nature and future generations.
There will be new collaborations on projects involving landscapes and communities, and new opportunities for cross-disciplinary research, knowledge exchange and engagement at an international level.
This is only the second university collaboration of its kind from the National Trust. It builds on more than 20 joint research projects and four student placements run collaboratively by the University of Exeter and the National Trust over the last five years.
Professor Rosie Hails, Nature and Science Director, the National Trust, said:
The collaboration will focus on three main themes: rethinking: how to reverse declines in nature and adapt to climate change; regeneration: managing changing multifunctional landscapes and exploring novel approaches and management techniques; and reconnection: engaging people in conservation.
Professor Lisa Roberts, Vice-Chancellor for the University of Exeter, said:
Sean Fielding, University of Exeter Director of Impact, Innovation and Business added:
Ongoing collaborative projects between the University of Exeter and National Trust include work led by Professor Caitlin DeSilvey to create a resource for heritage sites and policy makers to support heritage management in response to accelerating environmental change.