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A recently published journal article Urban Research & Practice uses empirical data to identify a series of significant trends that have accompanied the global mainstreaming of eco-city policy and practice. These trends include:

• Increased international knowledge transfer activities involving both public and private actors;
• The centrality of ‘carbon discourse’;
• The marrying of ‘green’ with ‘smart’ technological systems; and
• A focus on achieving environmental innovation through economic growth.

The Natural Capital Committee (NCC), an independent advisory body to Government, has just released a report outlining their approach for the better measurement, valuation and management of England’s natural capital. The Report does not aim to be comprehensive, but sets out strategic priorities and corresponding actions to fulfil the NCC’s remit. It also identifies current knowledge gaps, some of which the Committee intends to address in subsequent reports (the next one of which will be published in early 2014).

Annual Conference 2012

By SDRN on 1st December 2012
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 09:00 to 17:00
The Sustainable Development Research Network (SDRN) Annual Conference 2012 took place on 29th November at the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Conference Centre in London.

Annual Conference 2011

By SDRN on 11th October 2012
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 18:00 to 21:00

There was no Annual Conference in 2011 as funding for the new phase of the Network was confirmed too late to allow sufficient time for conference organisation. However, an evening event was held in December 2011 to mark the launch of the new phase of the Network.

The Bromley by Bow Centre

By SDRN on 15th August 2012
Found in: Case Studies

LOCATION: East London.

AIMS: To support families, young people and adults of all ages to learn new skills, improve their health and wellbeing, find employment, and develop the confidence to achieve their goals and transform their lives.

SDRN Annual Conference 2010: Presentations

By SDRN on 6th January 2011
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 12:15

Plenary Session I: Opening Plenary
Sustainable Development Policy under the new Coalition Government 

Parallel Session 1a: Innovating for a transition to a sustainable economy

Annual Conference 2010

By SDRN on 10th December 2010
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 09:15 to 17:15

The Conference took place on Thursday 9th December 2010 at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, London.

The aim of the conference was to explore the implications of recent changes within government for the development and delivery of sustainable development, and what this means for the research community’s activities and priorities.

Annual Conference 2009 Listen again

By SDRN on 18th January 2010
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Friday, September 11, 2009 - 14:30

WMA/MP3 recordings from the 2009 SDRN Annual Conference are available to download below.

Opening Plenary Session: Models of low carbon growth

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Following a fruitful meeting between the SDRN, the Royal Academy of Engineers and Defra, a high-level workshop is being organised for November 2009 to explore ways in which engineers and engineering can be made more central to sustainable development policy, research and delivery.

The workshop will bring together senior policy-makers, engineers and science manager/advisors in government in Defra and beyond to discuss and explore:

Date and Time: 
Friday, June 5, 2009 - 11:30

Presentations for the BRE Workshop - 'Business resource efficiency: luxury or necessity' - are now available for download:

The case for resource efficiency - Julie Hill
Resource efficiency policy framework - Bernie Walsh