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Centre for Study of Democracy event- 'Doing and Thinking Democracy'

By Bridget Elliott on 7th October 2015
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 10:30 to 19:00

London, UK

This new article in Nature Climate Change recites the perceived failings of the international climate regime (represented by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) and describes how ‘new’ dynamic forms of climate governance are appearing in alternative domains, producing a more polycentric pattern. The article highlights how some analysts believe that the new forms will fill gaps in the existing regime, but argues that this optimism is based on untested assumptions about their diffusion and performance.

Simon Joss’ new book, published by Palgrave Macmillan, takes a fresh look at the global spread of urban sustainability policies and practices from the twin perspectives of governance and innovation. It aims to stimulate new critical debates among policy-makers, practitioners and researchers, which go beyond the identification of examples of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ practice.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised UN Member States for reaching agreement on the draft outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda. ‘Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ features 17 new sustainable development goals that aim, by 2030, to eradicate extreme poverty, promote prosperity and people's well-being, while protecting the environment. The new agenda was agreed upon by 193 UN Member States on 1st August following a negotiating process that has spanned more than two years.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 09:30 to Friday, September 18, 2015 - 17:30

Royal Society of Arts, London, UK

Policy analysts are accustomed to thinking in terms of tools and instruments. Yet an authoritative examination of the tools which have been developed to formulate new policies is missing. This book is the first of its kind to distinguish the defining characteristics of the main policy formulation tools, and offer a fresh way of understanding how, why and by whom they are selected, as well as the effects they produce in practice.

ESDN report on social Innovation in Europe

By Bridget Elliott on 22nd April 2015
Found in: Research and Resources

The link between social innovation and the sustainable development agenda and policies is very apparent, especially with regards to social and equity issues. This report by the European Sustainable Development Network looks at the concept of social innovation and the role of social entrepreneurship in the social innovation discourse. It provides an outlook on the various policy activities that are happening in the European Union and describes three practical experiences of social innovation that demonstrate what social innovation is all about.

Date and Time: 
Friday, June 12, 2015 - 10:00 to 16:30

University of Westminster, London, UK

The European Environment Agency’s five-yearly assessment ‘The European environment – state and outlook 2015’ (SOER 2015) was published last week. SOER 2015 is an integrated assessment of Europe’s environment and includes assessments and data at global, regional and country levels, as well as cross-country comparisons. The latest assessment has found that Europe’s environment and climate policies have delivered substantial benefits, improving the environment and quality of life, while driving innovation, job creation and growth.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 18:30 to 20:00

King’s College London, UK