Research Papers

Background research papers for each prize category aim to increase awareness of the Lush Prize and ensure nominations.

The Papers are prepared by Ethical Consumer Research Association with input from judges and previous winners.

Each Paper gives an overview of the various awards with:

  • general background of the field,
  • who is active in each area,
  • possible winners who may not otherwise be nominated, and
  • general advice on the future direction of the Prize.


The 2016 Background Papers can be downloaded below as PDF documents:

2016 Science Prize paper

2016 Training Prize paper

2016 Young Researchers Prize paper


As can papers from previous years:

2015 Research Papers

2014 Research Papers

2013 Research Papers

2012 Research Papers


We welcome your comment, criticism, and further suggestions on how they or the Prize itself could be improved in future years.