SDRN Mailing, 18 January 2017

By Robert Lyons on 18th January 2017
Calls
Events
Research and resources
Jobs


Calls

1. UK Energy Research Centre Research Fund: Third Call for Proposals
This is the UK Energy Research Centre’s third Call for Proposals under its £3.3m Research Fund. We are seeking proposals from universities or other institutions eligible to hold Research Council awards, in two topic areas: Flexibility and low carbon heat systems; The impact of non-energy policies on the energy system. Consortium or single institution bids will be considered. Projects are expected to start by June 2017, and are usually expected to last between 1-1.5 years. The supported research will form an integral part of UKERC’s research programme. More…

2. Call for Papers: Beyond Oil: mobilizing alternative futures
The next Beyond Oil conference will be held in Bergen, Norway on 25-27 October 2017. Papers are welcomed on the following themes: Capacities for change: theorising the inertia and instability of energyscapes; Mobilising and/or scaling climate and energy transformations; Politicising urban life: power and inequality in transformations; Innovative methods and processes for research, learning and governance. More…

3. Call for abstracts: USAR Conference 2017
The 3rd International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience will take place on 13 and 14 June 2017 in Bloomsbury, London. Research students, academics and industry practitioners are invited to submit abstracts for research papers, workshops and practice papers on the following themes: achieving both sustainable and resilient cities; resilient infrastructure; green infrastructure; urban recovery post-disaster; the circular economy. More…


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Events

1. Smart Cities UK Conference 2017
1&2 February 2017, London
Future Cities Catapult, in collaboration with Smart Cities UK present the Smart Cities UK 2017 conference, a two-day conference, highlighting future visions, goals and challenges to make cities smarter and more sustainable. More…

2. UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development Annual Conference
1 March 2017, London
The world’s first universal set of Sustainable Development Goals came into force on 1 January 2016. How do we translate the ambition of 17 Goals and 169 Targets into transformational action in the UK? Sessions will examine what the SDGs mean to the UK and there will panels and presentations featuring organisations with practical experience of SDG delivery in the UK. More…

3. Healthy Buildings Conference and Expo 2017
15 February 2017, London
Building products can have a considerable impact on the health of building occupants as well as on the natural environment and on the people and communities impacted by the manufacturing process. Consequently, sustainable products must be healthy products. This Conference will help delegates to both conceive of and design healthier buildings and to maximise the opportunities of more informed product selection. More…


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Research and Resources
 
1. Nature Conservation and Recreational Opportunities in the Green Belt
New research published by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) shows the huge potential of the Green Belt in terms of amenity and nature conservation. CPRE is calling on the Government to prioritise investment in Green Belts in the forthcoming 25-year plan for the environment and make sure Green Belt protection is enforced. More…

2. Recycling reset: how England can stop subsidising waste
The latest report from the Circular Economy Task Force recommends four positive steps to solve the problem: standardised recycling collections; waste-generating companies to contribute to council costs; responsible companies should pay lower producer responsibility fees; enable councils to charge those households which don’t recycle properly. More…

3. Household food waste in the UK, 2015
This WRAP report provides estimates for total and avoidable household food waste (HHFW) for 2014 and 2015, for the UK. The changes compared to 2012 and previous estimates are discussed in the context of factors influencing food waste and the Courtauld Commitment 3 target for household food waste prevention. Key points are that the estimated amount of HHFW in the UK for 2015 was 7.3 million tonnes, and that overall there has been no statistically significant change in the estimated levels of HHFW between 2012 and 2015. More…

4. Environmental tipping points and food system dynamics
The Global Food Security (GFS) programme has published a new report providing evidence for the existence of environmental tipping points and exploring potential consequences for global food security. Key points include: the need to give greater consideration to potential step-changes in food systems as part of risk management; the need for more research into environmental tipping points and their potential impact on food system dynamics; how to act on information if there is a real risk that a tipping point is being reached; costs and benefits of action now to prevent crossing a tipping point. The report includes two major case studies for plausible environmental tipping points. More…

5. Greening the grid
This extended article, now available on the ESRC website notes that while a future where renewable energy prevails is a dream for many, today the UK is still heavily reliant on older power generation technology such as coal, gas and nuclear. What steps are necessary to make the renewable energy future a reality? More…


6. Special issue of Ecosystem Services on shared, plural and cultural values
Shared values are those values we hold in common as communities, groups, cultures and societies. They are not always accounted for in conventional assessments and in decision-making. Research conducted as part of the National Ecosystem Assessment Follow-on has now been written up in a special issue of the journal Ecosystem Services. Many of the papers are published as open access and can be fully downloaded. More...