The South Downs National Park Authority aims to facilitate innovative research to underpin evidence based policy and techniques for the conservation and enhancement of the special qualities of the South Downs National Park and beyond.
We are keen to collaborate with a wide range of students, universities, organisations and individual sector specialists both in the UK and overseas.
Some ideas for collaboration include:
- Partnering on research bids
- Sharing existing research findings
- Undertaking research projects
- Setting up or participating in foundation/undergraduate/Masters and PhD student research placements with the SDNPA
Our priorities for research for this academic year are set out on this page. If you wish to undertake a research project with the South Downs National Park please complete the Research project application form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also happy to discuss potential placement opportunities with you so again, please email email@example.com and we will endeavour to respond to you within five working days.
Note for work experience opportunities for school and college–aged young people, please visit the Learning Zone.
South Downs Research Priorities
At present, our strategic leads are finalising their five year research strategies and corresponding action plans which will highlight key areas of research focus for 2019/20. Therefore, our research priorities for 2017/18 still stand, with two additional projects added on SUDS and Telecommunications – please see links below.
Brighton ChaMP for Water (ChaMP) is a partnership project designed in response to rising nitrate trends observed at Southern Water abstraction boreholes in the Brighton Chalk Block. The principal aim of the project is to protect and improve the quality of groundwater in the Brighton Chalk, to ensure it remains a sustainable resource for public water supply.
There are several immediate research opportunities for further investigation within this project, view them below:
The South Downs National Park Research Strategy sets out our vision for research up to 2019.
Note that we are in the process of revising our research strategy and will upload our new strategy in 2019.