Knowledge for a sustainable world

The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) is a specialist research, development and education organisation of the University of Greenwich, UK, with a focus on food, agriculture, environment, and sustainable livelihoods.


How we work

Using an interdisciplinary approach, we undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy to address interrelated global challenges affecting everyone from local farmers and consumers, to the UK food industry, to smallholder communities in the developing world.

Together with our international partners, we tackle issues including poverty, food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture, climate change, gender and social equality, responsible production and consumption, sustainable management of natural resources and the environment.

NRI’s work addresses the UN Sustainable Development Goals – the globally agreed plan of action to achieve sustainable development for all by 2030 – and is organised through our Research Groups and Development Programmes.

Our team

NRI’s team is made up of over 100 members of staff including natural and social scientists, technicians, and specialists in project management, administration, communication, finance, IT and other fields. To see the full list of our staff, their expertise and contact details, see Organisation and Staff.

Where we work

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NRI can trace its history back 125 years in the field of natural resource management. Pioneering work from our history includes locust control, safeguarding against foodborne diseases, controlling disease-transmitting species including tsetse and blackfly, and the discovery of aflatoxin – a family of dangerous toxins found on food crops. Discover more about our history.


NRI’s work is world renowned and prizewinning – our awards include three Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Further and Higher Education, the Times Higher Award for International Collaboration in 2014, and the Guardian University Award for Research Impact in 2015. More about Awards.