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).
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.
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.
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.
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: