Interdisciplinary Research Projects

Interdisciplinary Research Projects

This searchable database contains details of pump-primed cross-discipline research projects taking place at the University of Aberdeen.

One of the main strands of our Aberdeen 2040 plan is to address urgent and wide-ranging challenges in the interdisciplinary areas of Energy Transition, Social Inclusion and Cultural Diversity, Environment and Biodiversity, Data and Artificial Intelligence, and Health, Nutrition and Wellbeing.

The wide range of projects on display here is a demonstration of some of the early-stage research being funded in these critical areas as well as the University's commitment to addressing the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals, a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all."

Projects undertaken in 2021 were funded by the University of Aberdeen's Scottish Funding Council allocation.

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Enhancing universities’ contribution to the resilience of communities, business and government through science diplomacy

Science diplomacy has emerged over the last decade as a key tool for bringing scientific and technological innovations to the international negotiating table and solving transnational challenges. However, a disconnect remains between scientific evidence and governmental decisions. We aim to create a training programme for researchers to enable them to more effectively inform the political discourse.

Mathematical model of hospital patient flow

One of the biggest challenges that hospital management teams face is the uncertainty of when patients will be admitted to and discharged from hospital. Now, a groundbreaking mathematical model will help predict the length of a patient’s stay in order to help optimise patient flow.

How to involve the public and patients in data-intensive research?

Patient and public involvement (PPI) in studies can improve their relevance and impact. Our aim is to identify the best ways to involve PPI in data-intense health research.

A pilot study to estimate glacier surface velocities for ice avalanche events

Glacier ice avalanches present a series of hazards to those living in the vicinity of high mountains. By constantly monitoring data we should be able to estimate surface velocity changes and predict potentially catastrophic events before they happen.

Affordability and sustainability of school uniforms

How do school uniform banks address the issues of affordability and sustainability of school uniforms? How can these two functions of school uniform banks be measured? Answering these questions should ultimately help show how more sustainable and more affordable school uniform practices could be developed.

Comparing rural attitudes to solar PV farms and windfarms in the UK

Photovoltaic solar energy has the potential to be rolled out on a larger scale than is currently the case in most of the UK, in the form of solar farms. However, little research has been carried out into the ways such farms might affect relationships with rural environments. We aim to conduct a scoping study to better understand this.

Individual facial biological age estimate for healthy ageing

Is it possible to track an individual’s biological age through changes in their facial features? We are developing an individual facial biological age estimate framework to try and find out.

Feasibility study of biobanking of faecal tissue for 16S rRNA sequencing and metabolomic studies via the NHS Biorepository and associated blood samples

Gut bacteria differs from person to person. Recently these variations have been shown to affect how well a patient responds to cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or immunotherapy. However, we currently know little about how they affect surgical or radiotherapy treatments. Storing and studying faecal samples from bowel, prostate, and womb cancer patients will grow our understanding in this area.

Revealing DNA resection regulatory mechanisms during meiosis and its application for barley breeding

Barley is one of the world’s most widely-cultivated cereals. However, genetic factors complicate the job of barley breeders, including limitations in the exchange of chromosomal material during a process known as homologous recombination. Our aim is to better understand this with the aim of accelerating the barley breeding process.

Direct and indirect phenotypic effects on sociability

Can individual sociability, and therefore group size, evolve? By looking for behavioural indicators of consistency and repeatable influence in cockroaches we can attempt to find out.
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