Sustainability Action Blog


Not sure if your research contributes to Sustainability? We think it does.

By Rebecca Thomas |

Yesterday, we were out on the Redbrick on Highfield Campus asking students what their dissertation topics were, and whether they were related to sustainability. So many of you thought your ideas had nothing to do with being sustainable, that we figured we should clarify a few things!…

Sustainability covers social, political, and cultural issues, not just environmental ones! Basically, anything that encouraged society/ the world to develop in a positive way.

Examples of topics that University of Southampton students are researching are listed below, hopefully this will give you a better idea of how much the umbrella term sustainability really covers. If you’re still unsure then apply to present anyway, and we’ll email you if you would like to discuss you’re idea further.


  • Women in Combat: equality is a vital part of sustainability
  • Design of hip replacements: improving people’s health and wellbeing
  • Translation of swear words: maintaining and understanding culture
  • Carbon Capture: tackling climate change
  • Interior Design & Wellbeing: improving people’s health and wellbeing
  • The history of Northern Soul: maintaining and understanding culture
  • Translation of Swear Words: maintaining and understanding culture
  • Design of hip replacements: improving people’s health and wellbeing
  • Dystopias Women’s reproductive rights in literature: understanding inequality
  • International Court of Law bias towards Africa: promoting equality and justice
  • Social stigma surrounding tattooed women: promoting diversity
  • Pharmaceutical research on chemo side effects: improving health and wellbeing
  • Indirect discrimination in Employment Law: promoting equality
  • Sustainable lending in the economy: improving economic sustainability
  • The Physics of Travelling: Understanding urban movements
  • Wild Foods in the Columbian Amazon: Wildlife and Conservation

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