Reports and key findings
Programme final report
The RELU programme has now finished and the final report can be found here. The report is split into two sections. The first section contains details of the research that was undertaken, why and how, and the results produced. The second section of the report is focused on impacts and outputs from this work.
The following case studies are linked to this research programme. Full details of each case study are available from NERC's Science Impacts Database.
The changing role of local government in managing water resources - help from RELU Synopsis: The UK Research Councils Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) programme looks at how local government is taking on new responsibilities for managing natural resources, including water, and examines the challenges and opportunities.
Plastic fantastic in RELU drive for clever polytunnels Synopsis: Crops grown under polytunnel plastic are less nutritious due to lack of UV light. A project led by the University of Reading has been finding out how to use smart plastics to improve light penetration and grow healthier crops.
Risk to woodlands and heathland from ramorum blight Synopsis: Through an interdisciplinary research project that draws on lessons from the past, scientists are assessing the impact of the spread of ramorum blight (so-called 'Sudden Oak Death') on woodlands, gardens and heaths in Britain.
RELU sets up a land use policy commission Synopsis: The Rural Economy and Land Use programme (RELU) has appointed two land use analysts, backed by an expert advisory group, to draw out policy-relevant findings from its research.
Carbon offsetting could fund regeneration of UK uplands and cut emissions Synopsis: Working with a carbon offsetting company could reduce carbon emissions and pay for upland regeneration.