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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

DRIFT workshop- ‘Transition Management in Urban Context’

By Bridget Elliott on 24th February 2015
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:30 to 17:30

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

This article critically examines the Scottish Government’s decision explicitly to promote sustainable economic growth as its overall objective. The paper also examines the possible relationship between sustainable economic growth and the widely accepted objective of sustainable development as complementary or contrasting policy objectives and legal duties. In doing so, it demonstrates the difficulties governments face in trying to put flesh on the bones of the Brundtland definition of sustainable development and to accelerate progress towards sustainable living.

Date and Time: 
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 16:30 to 19:00

University of Leeds, UK

The Alliance for Useful Evidence has featured a blog by Kirsty Newman, Head of the Evidence into Action team at the Department for International Development, who offers her perspective on the process of taking evidence into the policy-making world.  She makes the case for improving the demand for evidence (rather than the need to supply more of it). She suggests that effective demand requires three factors, namely capacity, incentive and systems, but admits that working on the ‘demand’ side of evidence-informed policy-making is not easy.

A special issue comprising ten new papers (four of them Gold ‘Open Access’) explore the governance of climate change from a fresh perspective. Governance gaps are arising from the struggle to seal the deal on a comprehensive new international agreement. But failure at the international level should not, the authors argue, be confused with a lack of innovation at national and sub-national levels. Policy innovation in these domains should, however, be analysed holistically, in terms of invention, diffusion and evaluation.

Global Sustainability Institute Research Conference 2015

By Bridget Elliott on 25th November 2014
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 09:00 to Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 17:00

Cambridge, UK

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 17:30 to 20:00

UCL, Central London, UK

On the 1st of November 2014, a new group of European Commissioners came into office under the presidency of Jean-Claude Juncker. The Commission is one of seven principal decision-making bodies of the EU and acts as the executive, taking charge of day-to-day affairs, proposing legislation and ensuring that EU directives are implemented. A new blog on the Policy Studies Institute website looks at what the new Commission means for sustainability. In particular, the blog outlines the recent merger of the Environment and Climate Change Directorate-Generals and the mixed reactions to this move.