Strengthening the Institute as a researcher-led organisation, we have three strategic research leaders who serve to develop and enhance research activity of their theme, ILWS and the University.
On this website, our research is further categorised under 'themes of research" providing a base for integration of information from across the many disciplines and fields of study represented within ILWS. These are broad, stable platforms upon which a number of projects may be operating at any time, and on more than one platform. Members may undertake projects in one or a number of themes, and may move between themes as they start and finish projects.
ILWS has research strengths in biophysical, social and economic research, and responds to emerging research opportunities. These include ageing, aquatic science and management, the arts, biodiversity, consumer behaviour, communication, computer science, criminology, cultural heritage, ecology, economics, eco-agriculture, environmental economics, environmental management, environmental chemistry, engineering, emergency management, ethics, law and criminal justice, information studies, marketing, modelling, political science, regional development and entrepreneurship, rural health, social accountancy, social science, sociology, spatial science, tourism, and welfare economics.