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Collaborate with us

Collaborate with us

The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) aims to facilitate innovative research that supports to the work of the Authority and helps meet the following  Partnership Management Plan outcomes:

The SDNPA also publishes a list of research priorities annually each September/October. Please check this page for future details, or email research@southdowns.gov.uk to be added to our mailing list.

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

We are also looking to develop three research networks focused on the following themes: climate change, soil health, and health and wellbeing. If you are interested in joining one or more of the thematic networks or want to find out more, email research@southdowns.gov.uk.

If you are planning to conduct, or are currently conducting research in the South Downs National Park, or want to discuss potential research collaborations with the SDNPA, then please get in touch by filling in this form and emailing it to research@southdowns.gov.uk

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.


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