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Sustainability Resource Guide: About Us and Contacts

Information about sustainability resources, events and activities at Newcastle University: a collaborative guide from NIReS and the University Library

Sustainability Resource Team

Hosted by the University Library, the content on this Guide has been created by students and staff from the Science, Agriculture and Engineering Faculty at Newcastle University. Please contact any of us for more information on any aspect of the Guide.

In the field of sustainability, the Newcastle Institute for Sustainability coordinates research across traditional discipline boundaries to deliver practical, engaged solutions to real-world issues, under the banner of Enough, For All, Forever. To date it has acted to develop and strengthen relationships which support regional, national and international interdisciplinary research relating to sustainability.  Building upon this, the Institute for Sustainability will draw upon its areas of established research excellence and the experience of collaborating partners to make an internationally-leading contribution to the following global research challenges in the field of sustainability:

(1) Transform methods used to design and implement integrated infrastructure systems such that they better serve the needs of society, and ensure positive interactions with the environment;

(2) Through research, innovation and development of solutions, drive forward practical step changes in production and process efficiencies, such that the natural environment and its resources are safeguarded;

(3) Identify and demonstrate socio-technical techniques to radically reduce resource consumption, eliminate associated waste and mitigate pollution effects on whole ecosystems.  

These challenges have been selected because they are globally important, fit with our areas of research excellence and are contextually relevant to regional, national and international communities.

The institute will adopt a range of approaches in pursuit of significant progress and impact in these challenge areas, including:

-        Socio-technical approaches

-        Whole Systems Analysis

-        Fundamental and applied research

-        Collaborative, co-creation and participatory techniques

-        Solutions oriented approaches

-        Knowledge translation through demonstration

Team members

Dr Sue Haile was originally a zoologist but crossed the divide to engineering for her MSc and PhD and  has in interest in all areas relating to sustainability. She is Senior Lecturer and DPD for the MSc in Clean Technology. Her main role within the University is the teaching of Sustainability and  the supervision of postgraduate projects in industry,  but she is also involved in the practical implementation of improved Environmental Management on campus and is a member of the University Environmental and Sustainability committee and the University Biodiversity Committee.

+44 (0) 191 208 7279

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Julia Robinson is one of the Liaison Librarians for the Science, Agriculture and Engineering Faculty who supports students, staff and researchers across a number of Schools.

Faculty Liaison Librarian for the SAgE Faculty. 

+ 44 (0) 191 2087641 or


Image of Karen CrinnionKaren Crinnion

Assistant Librarian for the SAgE Faculty. Research interests include online and blended learning and information literacy.  Karen is responsible for liaising with the team to ensure all the Guide content is up to date.

+ 44 (0) 1912085414  OR

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Liam Christie

Third year Politics and Economics student.

He helped lead the Fossil Fuel Divestment campaign in the University and is interested in green economics and business sustainability. 

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Jessie Teh

Third Year Urban Planning Student

Developed comprehensive knowledge in Civil Engineering, Architecture and Urban Planning. She strongly believes that listening is key to learning more about the wider sustainability issues. 

Inspired by the Making Universities Sustainable Conference in Copenhagen 2014 a global email-list was set up for the Sustainability Professionals to provide a global network for sharing best practice in the field of sustainability and its application to university operations. This email discussion list is for everything sustainability-related, it is a place to share bright ideas and best practice to ensure collaboration on a global scale to tackle the issues surrounding sustainability. 

Please join the list at: 

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University Environmental Awards 2014


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