Boundary spanning for Peru’s peatlands

Although sustainability and climate change mitigation are global issues, they require a mix of government-level and local solutions to address the challenges most pressing to people around the world. This is especially true of the world’s most valuable remaining ‘intact’ ecosystems, such as the peatlands of Peru – which store vast amounts of carbon and … Read more

Nina Laurie: Opportunity Explorer

A background Nina Laurie is a Professor in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development. When asked if she would agree to be interviewed for this blog, she welcomed us with open arms, flapjacks, and keychains from Peru. Filled with stories from trips that have changed her outlook on her research, she has in the … Read more

Combining the sciences to tackle health challenges: UTI diagnosis, social science and SLIC

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common infections investigated in clinical settings, affecting more than 404.6 million individuals in 2019. These bacterial infections are usually treated with antibiotics, but a global rise in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has meant that diagnosing and treating UTIs increasingly requires a high level of specificity, in order to … Read more

Using Participatory Action Research to address the supply and demand sides of unprescribed antibiotics in Tanzania 

Understanding the socioeconomic and psychosocial drivers of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is vital if we are to prevent this potential global health catastrophe. AMR is a burgeoning healthcare crisis wherein bacteria, fungi and other pathogens develop an immunity against antimicrobials (a collective term for antibiotic, antifungal, antiparasitic and antifungal drugs). If a solution to this crisis … Read more

New study reveals ‘invisible’ glacier loss in the greater Himalaya

A new study involving scientists from the University of St Andrews reveals that the mass loss of lake-terminating glaciers in the greater Himalaya has been significantly underestimated due to the inability of satellites to see glacier changes occurring underwater. The research, which utilizes multi-temporal satellite data and bathymetric measurements, offers valuable insights into the growing issue … Read more