This new book by Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, offers an exploration of the origins and subsequent development of the concept of just sustainability. Some of the key topics discussed include: food justice, sovereignty and urban agriculture; community, space, place(making) and spatial justice; the democratization of our streets and public spaces; how to create culturally inclusive spaces; intercultural cities and social inclusion; green-collar jobs and the just transition; and alternative economic models such as co-production.
Video presentations from two events recently held by the Grantham Institute have now been made available and can be viewed below.
'In the balance: Can we halve global emissions by 2050' was an evening lecture and discussion to launch an EFL and Grantham study on the technologies and costs of halving global CO2 emissions by 2050. The event was held 17th September 2013 and featured a welcome address by Sir Brian Hoskins, Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London, as well as talks by: Dr Halldor Thorgeirsson, Director for Implementation Strategy, UNFCCC; Professor Nilay Shah, Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London; and Lord Nicholas Stern, Director of the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. Further information about the programme for this event is available here.
'Climate change and global food security' was a Grantham Special Lecture held 16th October 2013 by Professor Martin Parry, Grantham Institute and Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London. A summary of some of the issues covered in this lecture is available here.
Leading research journal Global Environmental Change has dedicated its latest issue to the topic of grassroots innovation for sustainability. The special issue contains six original research articles Guest Edited by Adrian Smith and Gill Seyfang, and a special editorial introduction. The articles were selected from papers presented at a research workshop held at Sussex University in May 2012. Fifteen full papers and six PhD posters were discussed at the workshop by thirty researchers from eleven countries.
Written by an economist and an investment professional, this book addresses the economic and environmental implications of how we treat food. The book examines each aspect of the ‘food chain’, from agriculture, to production and processing, retail, preparation, consumption and waste. Consideration is given to whether the financial credit crunch could ameliorate or exacerbate the emergent environmental credit crunch.
New research funded by Defra has assisted in the development of a new assessment framework to trace direct and indirect links between consumption in the UK and environmental impacts that occur due to production in other countries. The project analysed 12 commodities but the methodology can be extended to over 200 commodities, including agricultural products as well as many other products of non-agricultural systems, e.g. mining, forestry and fisheries.
This World Resources Institute Working Paper is the second instalment in a series that forms the foundation of the ‘World Resources Report 2013-14: Creating a Sustainable Food Future’. The document contains preliminary research, analysis, findings, and recommendations aimed at stimulating discussion and critical feedback to influence on-going debate on emerging issues. This study examines how approximately 24 per cent of all calories currently produced for human consumption are lost or wasted.