Tyndall has had its headquarters at UEA since the centre was first established in 2000 with the core of the Tyndall 27 co-PIs based at UEA. Tyndall at UEA brings together a group of interdisciplinary researchers who include faculty, research fellows and associates, and research students working across the Faculties of Science and Social Sciences. The Tyndall secretariat and many of the researchers are based in the Zuckerman Institute for Connective Environmental Research, or ZICER.
Research at UEA is undertaken across the Schools of Environmental Sciences and International Development. Both Schools are internationally renowned in the fields as evidenced by performance in the UK’s Research Assessment Exercise of 2008. Key areas of research have been Adaptation and Resilience, Coastal Resource Management, Water Security, Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation, Climate Change Governance, and International Development. In addition much of the work developing integrated assessment modelling has taken place at UEA.
A major feature of the work at UEA has been the range of disciplines involved – including political science, environmental psychology, environmental and ecological economics, ecology and conservation biology, political ecology, quantitative modelling and climate science – and the depth of its interdisciplinarity. Tyndall at UEA has also benefitted from collaboration with research centres and groups at the University, including the Climatic Research Unit, the Community Carbon Reduction Project (CRed), the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE), the Low Carbon Innovation Centre (LCIC), and International Development UEA (DevCo). These collaborations have enabled not only cutting edge science, but innovative engagement with community and business, and with government and NGOs, through joint research, outreach and knowledge transfer in many different forms.
The University has further consolidated its support for Tyndall with the appointment of three cross-faculty lectureships who are playing a central role in the future research direction.