Current Research


‌Newcastle University is a world-renowned Civic University, with an international reputation for solutions-led research and influencing policy in a range of areas, over a variety of scales. Sustainability is one of Newcastle’s three key Societal Challenge Themes, and we are fast emerging as a leading centre for climate change research in the UK.  Strength areas include forecasting, future-proofing, harnessing digital technologies, quantifying sources, flows and fates of elements, sustainable cities, shaping human well-being, and improving community resilience by working with natural and social processes.

In the Anthropocene Research Group we have assembled world-leading experts in fields as diverse as education, agriculture, performing and visual arts, civil and marine engineering.  We aim to change the way science, culture and society interact, and are at the forefront of enabling digitally-connected communities, through award-winning initiatives like School in the Cloud ($1million TED prize), and SIDE (Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy).

Rivers of the AnthropoceneRivers of the Anthropocene

Jason M. KellyPhilip ScarpinoHelen BerryJames SyvitskiMichel Meybeck (Editors)

This exciting volume presents the work and research of the Rivers of the Anthropocene Network, an international collaborative group of scientists, social scientists, humanists, artists, policy makers, and community organizers working to produce innovative transdisciplinary research on global freshwater systems. In an attempt to bridge disciplinary divides, the essays in this volume address the challenge in studying the intersection of biophysical and human sociocultural systems in the age of the Anthropocene. Featuring contributions from authors in a rich diversity of disciplines - from toxicology to archaeology to philosophy - this book is an excellent resource for students and scholars studying both freshwater systems and the Anthropocene.

At publication date (June 2017), a free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit to learn more.