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Research and Evidence in the South Downs National Park

The UK’s youngest and most populated National Park provides an extensive range of social and physical research opportunities. From pristine habitats to Bronze Age barrows, all set in a context of competing pressure from urbanisation and recreation, the potential for on the ground, impact driven research is vast.

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

If you are conducting research in the South Downs National Park or want to discuss potential research collaborations with the SDNPA, then please do get in touch by emailing research@southdowns.gov.uk

Citizens Panel

Since 2017 the SDNPA has maintained its own citizens panel made up of residents that live in and around the National Park . We survey the panel twice a year on topics that affect the National Park and the surrounding area, including contributions to social research projects such as the recent South Downs Viticulture Study.

For more information about the Citizens Panel visit the webpage here

Research Opportunities with TAP (The Aquifer Partnership)

The SDNPA is a core partner of TAP, a project that is taking action to address the multiple threats to our groundwater from population pressures and as a side effect of modern farming and lifestyles. The Aquifer Partnership is taking action to address the threat and ensure our groundwater remains a sustainable resource for the future.

TAP is working with researchers, studying innovative approaches to safeguarding the aquifer, and learning from the best projects across the UK and around the world.

To find out more about these research opportunities visit their website here