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The Sustainable Practice Research Group, a major social science research collaboration across eight UK universities, has published a new report which introduces a novel ‘social practice’ approach to sustainability policy. The report argues that social practices are a better target of intervention for sustainability policy than ‘behaviour’, ‘choice’ or technical innovation alone.

CONSENSUS project website and videos

By Bridget Elliott on 10th December 2013
Found in: Research and Resources

The Environmental Protection Agency funded project CONSENSUS has recently launched a new website and set of videos about its research. Since 2009, the project has examined issues of sustainable consumption, engaging over 100,000 members of the public and 100 government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders through workshops and interactive exhibits. The new website contains CONSENSUS’s latest research documents, publications and a regularly updated blog.

Natural Capital and Agricultural Intensification: Can we have both?

By Bridget Elliott on 26th November 2013
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 19:30 to 21:00

University of East Anglia, Norwich

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.

The UN Global Compact, in cooperation with seven leading international organizations, has released a report that provides companies with practical guidance for engaging constructively in climate policy debates. The first-of-its-kind report synthesizes past research on corporate lobbying and public policy advocacy to define five core elements of responsible engagement: legitimacy, opportunity, consistency, accountability, and transparency.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 09:30 to 17:30

The Lighthouse, Glasgow

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.

Labour Party’s ‘Hot Book’

By Bridget Elliott on 1st October 2013
Found in: Research and Resources

The recent Labour Party conference saw the launch of ‘the Hot Book’ by Shadow Energy Secretary Caroline Flint MP. The book contains a series of essays on energy efficiency by authors including Alan Whitehead MP, Jack Dromey MP and Will Straw. Covering issues such as smart metering, new build and the role of local government, the book’s stated aim is to encourage and contribute to ‘a more open and diverse energy debate’.

This new research project was established by the City of London Corporation in support of the 2013/14 Mayoralty which has sustainability as its core theme. The project is collating research on the theme of resilient cities from a consortium of financial services and academic institutions, and the intention is to conduct a meta-analysis which draws out principle themes in order to inform policy-making on cities.

The Soil Association 2013 Annual Conference

By Bridget Elliott on 17th September 2013
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 09:15 to Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 16:30

Central Hall, Westminster, London