The South West Partnership for Environment & Economic Prosperity (SWEEP) is a new initiative that will help deliver economic and community benefits to the South West, whilst also protecting and enhancing the area's natural resources.

Funded by Natural Environment Research Council’s Regional Impact from Science of the Environment programme for 5 years, SWEEP will bring academic experts, businesses and policy makers together to solve some of the challenges involved in managing, utilising and improving the natural environment. NERC logo

SWEEP is a collaboration of three research institutions: the University of Exeter, the University of Plymouth and Plymouth Marine Laboratory – working together with a large group of highly engaged business, policy and community partners.

Our 5 Impact Themes

Safeguarding natural capital to increase resilience

Working closely with our partners in industry and the community, SWEEP will co-develop bespoke tools, models and applications to protect and preserve our natural capital. These tools will help mitigate the destructive impact of natural hazards, such as inland flooding and coastal storms, on regional economic growth and wellbeing.

Integrated policymaking for natural capital-led growth

SWEEP will work with policymakers at a regional and national level to support, inform and enhance decision making by providing a complete evidence picture.  In doing this, SWEEP has the opportunity to transform the nature of environmental policymaking, delivering interventions that maximise benefits and returns on public investment.

Boosting the business sector: New markets for natural capital

Opportunities for business to connect with, and invest in, natural capital improvements abound in the South West. SWEEP will help businesses to find practical ways to work alongside environmental schemes to boost their business – and the local economy.

Restoring natural capital for economic and social benefit

SWEEP believe that particularly here in the South West, social well-being is intrinsically linked to economic well-being. Our food and water, how we spend our leisure time, and the health of habitats and native species all depend on the quality and longevity of our natural assets. Along with our partners, we will identify new and different ways of working that will reduce negative impacts on the environment and in turn, our well-being.

Adding value: Mainstreaming natural capital into private and public sector decision making

SWEEP will bring together, and add value to, all previous Impact Themes by embedding natural capital decision-making tools within regional businesses and government. By opening up access to tools, data and expertise, SWEEP hope to enable local government organisations to deliver maximum impact from their policy and projects.

Our Partners

Together with our partners in industry and the community, SWEEP will develop bespoke tools and solutions that will aid decision-making, and support the management of our natural environment. SWEEP will drive sustainable economic growth, create new products and services, safeguard jobs, generate new employment, improve policies, and enhance the health and wellbeing of people living in the South West.

Our Team

The SWEEP academic team combines diverse expertise in environmental science, environmental economics and engineering with great enthusiasm for achieving impact from research. We believe that working collaboratively, across conventional boundaries like sector, produces more meaningful results. We understand that some of the greatest environmental challenges we face can only be tackled by bringing people together.

Rebecca Abrahams
SWEEP Impact Officer
Cara Patel
SWEEP PhD Student
Ben Balmford
SWEEP PhD Student
Professor Melanie Austen
SWEEP Marine Co-Lead
Dr Karen Anderson
SWEEP Co-I Leak Detection Project
Kate Hind
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Dr Yuri Artoli
Professor Martin Attrill
SWEEP Marine Co-Lead
Professor Ian J Bateman
SWEEP Director
Dr Amy Binner
SWEEP Project Principal Investigator
Dr Ross Brown
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Professor Richard Brazier
SWEEP Water and Business Lead
Dr Donna Carless
SWEEP Impact Fellow / Co-Investigator
Dr Darren Clark
Research Fellow
Professor Brett Day
SWEEP Natural Capital Markets Lead
Dr Katrina Davis
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Dr Sian de Bell
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Andrew Edwards-Jones
Dr Michela Faccioli
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Dr Naomi Gatis
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Prof. Guangtao Fu
SWEEP Engineering Lead
Professor Kevin J Gaston
SWEEP Biodiversity and SME Lead
Dr William Gaze
SWEEP Health Lead
Dr Caroline Hattam
SWEEP Co-investigator
Jess Heard
PML Impact Manager
Dr Tara Hooper
SWEEP Project Principal Investigator
Alex Inman
Research Fellow
Dr Benjamin Jackson
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Phillip Laws
Research and Project Finance
Jennifer Lockett
PML Impact Manager
Dr Rebecca Lovell
Dr David Luscombe
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Dr Ilya Maclean
Dr Océane Marcone
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Professor Gerd Masselink
SWEEP Coastal Protection Lead
Dr Peter Miller
Earth Observation Scientist
Dr Rachel Morrison
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Dr Jonathan Mosedale
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Professor Juliet Osborne
SWEEP Food Sector Lead
Dr Nathan Owen
Dr Timothy Poate
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Dr Andy Rees
SWEEP Impact Fellow Coordinator
Dr Sian Rees
SWEEP Co-Investigator and Senior Impact Fellow
Dr Mandy Robinson
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Dr Dawn Scott
SWEEP Programme Manager
Dr Greg Smith
Research Fellow
Dr Kit Stokes
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Diana Tingley
SWEEP Impact Evaluation Manager
Dr Ricardo Torres
Systems Modeller
Dr Grace Twiston-Davies
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Professor Charles Tyler
SWEEP Water Co-Lead
Dr James Webber
SWEEP Impact Fellow
Ben Wheeler
Senior Research Fellow
Sara Zonneveld
SWEEP Impact Fellow