Sustainability training and professional development

IEMA wanted to ensure that their products and propositions remain aligned with the evolving needs of their individual members and corporate partners. They commissioned Shift to conduct research that focused on the sustainability training and professional development sector.

Public health case studies

Birmingham City Council’s Public Health division were eager to hear how recent demographic changes captured in the 2021 Census are impacting the health and wellbeing of Birmingham residents. Shift were commissioned to conduct interviews with a wide range of citizens living in Birmingham. These were designed to capture residents’ insights and experiences, to create anonymous case studies for use in public-facing documents.

State of the profession survey

In light of statistics evidencing that the environmental and sustainability sector was the second least diverse out of 202 professions in the UK, IEMA wanted to look at the professional state of its members. Shift was chosen to conduct this study with the aim of gaining a full understanding of career paths and salary options in the sector, as well as providing an evidence base around member perceptions of current IEMA strategies.

Gold Leaf Member 360 Review

The UK Green Building Council commissioned Shift to undertake the desk research behind its annual Gold Leaf Member Sustainability 360 Review.

Built Environment Ethnographic Research

We conducted ethnographic research for Birmingham City Council to explore the impact of Birmingham’s built environment on the health and wellbeing of the city’s population.

Identifying climate research knowledge gaps for CLARE

Shift conducted work for the FCDO exploring knowledge gaps in climate resilience and adaptation related research in developing countries. This involved consultation with climate scientists and researchers in wider areas relating to the field through interviews and a qualitative survey consultation. 

Analysis of LSE’s Sustainability Consultation

We conducted a cluster analysis of LSE's sustainability consultation and combined this with the results from themed workshops to produce a report that informed their Sustainability Strategic Plan.

Using behaviour change approaches to close the say/do gap in recycling

To understand how young Londoners could be motivated towards better recycling behaviours, we conducted cognitive interviews and mobile ethnography before presenting findings as part of Circular Economy Week 2020.

Exploring research culture

A high-profile study, involving 94 interviews, 4 co-creation workshops, an online survey with over 4,000 responses, and a comprehensive literature review.

Ethical challenges in academic publishing

The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) aimed to better understanding the needs of its Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) members in order to provide appropriate publication ethics support and resources.

Investigating the viability of a new training offer from a learning disability theatre company

Access All Areas (AAA) wanted to assess the viability of a profit-making training subsidiary to support their charitable aims, and asked Shift Learning to undertake a market review in two sectors: education and healthcare.

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