SDRN Mailing, 18 October 2017

By Robert Lyons on 18th October 2017

Research and resources


1. #envecon2018: Call for Abstracts
The UK Network of Environmental Economists (UKNEE) is calling for abstracts for envecon 2018: Applied Environmental Economics Conference. The conference will take place on 9 March 2018 at The Royal Society in London and is the only such event in the UK that brings together over 200 environmental economists, policy makers and private and public-sector managers from the UK and rest of the world. More...

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1. UK Farming and the Environment Post-Brexit
21 November 2017, London
This forum will provide delegates with a timely opportunity to discuss and debate future priorities for the UK Agriculture sector and ensuring farming communities receive the support they need to thrive in a post-Brexit world. More…

2. World Development Within Planetary Boundaries
2 November 2017, Guildford
The Centre for Environment & Sustainability (CES) and the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) invite you to join us at the University of Surrey for the CES Annual Roland Clift Lecture, which is presented this year by Professor Johan Rockström of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. More…

3. Priorities for UK waste and recycling policy and developing the circular economy
18 January 2018, London
This Westminster Forum seminar discusses progress and next steps for waste management, recycling and the circular economy in the UK, and will provide an opportunity to analyse the latest initiatives for improving recycling and waste management at a local level. More…

4. National Sustainable Schools Conference 2017
13 November 2017, London
The SEEd National Sustainable Schools conference is a unique opportunity to participate in ‘learning for sustainability’. The purpose of the day is to support educators to embed sustainability into their campus, curriculum and community. More…

5. Addressing the Meat Problem: What Role for the Social Sciences?
9 November 2017, Manchester
An event organised by the Sustainable Consumption Institute to showcase current research and develop stakeholder dialogue on the topic of meat consumption, non-meat consumption and sustainability. This half-day workshop will bring together academics working on meat-related research with organisations engaged in influencing food consumption to exchange knowledge and generate opportunities for future research. More...

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Research and Resources
1. Brexit & Environment network
The network was formed in 2016. Funded by the ESRC, the website is a hub of information on how Brexit affects the environment and related sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and climate change. More…

2. The pursuit of interdisciplinary whole systems energy research: Insights from the UK Energy Research Centre
Interdisciplinary whole systems research has attracted increasing interest both in the UK and internationally as a response to complex societal challenges such as the sustainable energy transition. Yet, this article for Energy Research & Social Science argues, this  research is often poorly understood by funders, commissioners, assessors and the researchers involved, in terms of its particular aims and needs. More…

3. Clean Growth Strategy
BEIS has launched the new strategy, which sets out our proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy through the 2020s. It explains how the whole country can benefit from low carbon opportunities, while meeting national and international commitments to tackle climate change. More…

4. Greedy or needy? Land use and climate impacts of food in 2050 under different livestock futures
This new paper attempts to quantify a variety of scenarios - from veganism to pasture-only production - as regards their effects on land use and greenhouse gas emissions. More…

5. The precautionary principle: decision-making under uncertainty
This briefing paper from the European Commission's Science for Environment Policy explores the role of the precautionary principle in EU law and policy, and examines key points of discussion drawn from the evidence. More…

6. The UK environment – fighting pollution, improving our health and saving us money
An article looking at the findings from a new study commissioned by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that the environment is playing a vital role in tackling the problem of poor air quality and helping to protect people’s health and reduce spending on healthcare. More…

7. Smart cities: towards a new citizenship regime?
Smart city policies and discourses have been criticised for being too technology-oriented, with not enough focus on citizenship. This research article, published in the Journal of Urban Technology (open access), analyses the role of the citizen as propagated in the new smart city standards of the British Standards Institution (BSI). It finds that while there is a strong emphasis on citizens as actors in smart city initiatives, the way their role is envisioned carries some shortcomings and contradictions. More…

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