Research and Advice

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IECS carries out research and advisory work for Governmental Agencies, Conservation Bodies, industries and NGOs in Europe and elsewhere.  Our pure and applied research draws on the skills and facilities based in other University School at Hull and within other Universities and Research Establishments worldwide. This  international peer reviewed work enables us to maintain high standards of scientific rigour and training.  Field and laboratory work is of relevance in a commercial consultancy context. Our research has led to a large number of peer reviewed journal articles, books and publicly available technical and advisory reports (IECS publications).

Being based in a University, IECS is eligible to apply for Research Council funding, European funding, internal University funding and support from charitable organisations. Many of our applications are collaborative with or supported by UK Regulatory Authorities and Conservation Agencies. Therefore, our research outputs feed directly into conservation, marine environmental management and policy. We work with many engineering consultancies to provide skill not profit in these organisations.

The quality of IECS research is recognised by our inclusion within the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission for the University of Hull. The REF is the UK Government’s new method of assessing the quality of the research carried out in the UK Higher Education Institutes (
The REF assesses research according to 4 elements: the research outputs (as the best 4 publications per researcher in the census period), the research environment (including number of research staff, grant income, facilities), the esteem factors for a member of staff and a statement showing the impact to society of the research.
This system replaced the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) which was last undertaken in 2008 and where the Institute helped the University secure a high grade in the Unit of Assessment 'Geography and Environmental Studies'. Given the interdisciplinary nature of IECS research, our research has been submitted under the ‘Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology’ Unit of Assessment (UoA C17) for the REF2014.


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