Research Capability Maps - A dynamic tool for a future of sustainable environmental partnerships

Capability Map

The ESKTN is committed to accelerating the transition to a low-carbon, resource and energy efficient economy and as such will continue to design user driven tools to aid collaboration between research and industry.

The most recent addition to the ESKTN's extensive resource base enables professionals to quickly and efficiently review the research skills set across the UK HEIs relating to key ESKTN sectors. The ESKTN Research Capability Maps visualise a comprehensive data set designed to signpost sustainability and environmental professionals to innovative, practical and relevant research within UK HEIs, an essential stage in the process of encouraging sustainable partnerships across business, universities, independent research institutes and government departments.

Our Research Capability Maps currently cover the following topics (entries in the table link through to the relevant capability map).


Sustainable Energy
Carbon Sequestration and Storage Distributed Renewable Energy Green Refineries
Land Management and Food Production
Soil Health In-Situ Land Remediation Marine and Land Based Food Production
Sustainable Water Management
Low Impact Water and Waste Water Treatment Managing Water and Waste Water at Source  
Resource Efficiency and Waste Management
Recovering Energy from Waste Resource Constraints  


The capability maps help visualise current research coverage - a complex and dynamically changing system, and so they will be continuously reviewed and updated. This refinement process will be carried out by the lead knowledge transfer managers within the ESKTN and through feedback and external reviews from members. While we have taken all reasonable efforts to produce an accurate and up-to-date tool, we would like to encourage interested professionals to contribute to this process by contacting John Henderson (tel: 0151 347 2950 email: with any additional information regarding relevant institutes that have not been included within the maps.

The Design Process

The maps were created through intensive online searches complemented by the expert judgment of the ESKTN lead knowledge transfer managers for each priority area. Initial searches focussed on evaluating lead Research Council United Kingdom funded research projects. A review of the current research grant portfolios provided by appropriate research councils, such as EPSRC and NERC, provided a foundation of data. Upon this foundation a concentrated online search of research networks, coalitions and universities populated and further enhanced the capability maps.


It is crucial to emphasise the dynamic nature of these maps. The ESKTN encourages input from professionals in order to sustain the currency and accuracy of these innovative knowledge transfer tools. For more information and to contribute to the capability maps please contact John Henderson or the relevant ESKTN lead knowledge transfer manager.