SDRN Mailing, 15 March 2017

By Robert Lyons on 15th March 2017
Research and resources


1. Call for papers: ‘Green innovation’ – connecting governance, practices and outcomes
A Special Issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation builds on the core themes and outcomes of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) seminar series, ‘Green Innovation: Making it Work’ (2015-17). One of the main themes to emerge from contributors to the series has been the importance of making connections between institutional governance (including rules and regulations), the practices of actors within a particular domain (including incumbents and new entrants), and the outcomes achieved in terms of economic, social and environmental sustainability. Building on these contributions, we are keen to showcase rigorous interdisciplinary research that draws on relevant explanatory frameworks and concepts (e.g. institutional theory, socio-technical transitions, dynamic capabilities, inclusive innovation), to examine these connections in greater detail. More…

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1. Smart Sustainable Cities 2017 – Viable Solutions
14 June 2017, Utrecht
In 2050 an impressive 70 percent of the world population will be living in cities. This conference will ask how can we keep our cities liveable and sustainable. Whether you are a student, a lecturer or a professional working in the building related industry or a municipality, you are challenged to share your ideas about the city of the future. The conference will be hosted by the Centre of Expertise Smart Sustainable Cities of HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht in partnership with four other European higher educational institutions and three regional governments. More…

2. Dynamic Pattern Synthesis (DPS) : A mixed method for exploring longitudinal patterns in social science data
3 April 2017, London
Dynamic Pattern Synthesis (DPS) is a new mixed method designed by Professor Philip Haynes that seeks to maximise the advantages of Cluster Analysis and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) to search for dynamic patterns in data. Professor Haynes will introduce this CECAN lunchtime seminar at BEIS. More…

3. Sustainable prosperity and the cultural industries
22 March 2017, Middlesex University
This joint seminar brings together Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) researcher Dr Jonathan Ward and Professor Graeme Evans from the Art & Design Research Institute (ADRI), Middlesex University to discuss the role of the cultural industries in creating sustainable prosperity. More...

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Research and Resources
1. Study links outdoor air pollution with 2.7 million preterm births per year
A new study published in the journal Environment International for the first time quantifies the global impact by combining data about air pollution in different countries with knowledge about how exposure to different levels of air pollution is associated with preterm birth rates. It finds that in 2010, about 2.7 million preterm births globally – or 18% of all pre-term births – were associated with outdoor exposure to fine particulate matter. More…

2. Can supermarkets encourage customers to cut food waste through social media?
A study has evaluated three types of media campaign conducted by a large UK supermarket to encourage shoppers to reduce their food waste. These used social media, an e-newsletter and a print/digital magazine, respectively. Although they all appeared to lead to reductions in food waste to some extent, similar behavioural changes were also seen for customers who had not participated in any of the campaigns. More…

3. Landlines: why we need a strategic approach to land
This new CPRE pamphlet argues that the case for a national approach to land use is more pressing than ever by showing that England’s land is under an increasing multitude of pressures. The current, fragmentary approach to land use is failing to address the problems caused by often conflicting demands: environmental degradation, rising costs and harm to health and wellbeing. More…

4. Don’t pollute my future! The impact of the environment on children’s health
In 2015, 5.9 million children under age five died. The major causes of child deaths globally are pneumonia, prematurity, intrapartum-related complications, neonatal sepsis, congenital anomalies, diarrhoea, injuries and malaria. Most of these diseases and conditions are at least partially caused by the environment. This new UN/WHO report summarises the impact of polluted environments on child health. More...

5. Pesticides: report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food
This new report offers a clear account of global pesticide use in agriculture and its impact on human rights; the negative consequences that pesticide practices have had on human health, the environment and society, which are underreported and monitored in the shadow of a prevailing and narrow focus on “food security”, are described; and the environmental and human rights regimes are examined to determine whether the constituent rules are sufficient to protect farm workers, consumers and vulnerable groups, as well as the natural resources that are necessary to support sustainable food systems. More…