SDRN Mailing, 29 March 2017

By Robert Lyons on 29th March 2017
Research and resources


1. Call for abstracts: Making Futures: Crafting A Sustainable Modernity
Making Futures will be held on 21 & 22 September 2017 at Plymouth College of Art. The call for abstracts is now open and the closing date for receipt is 22 May 2017. Making Futures is a research platform exploring contemporary craft and maker movements as ‘change agents’ within 21st century society. The aim is to examine and promote the possibilities for maker economies built around contemporary craft, neo-artisanal design-to-make and related creative micro-entrepreneurs and movements. More…

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1. Seventh International Symposium on Energy
13-17 August 2017, Manchester
This symposium series facilitates the multidisciplinary study of energy challenges from an international perspective. The conference involves multiple disciplines in technology, science, economy and policy-making related to energy challenges. The topics include both fossil fuels and many different forms of renewable energy. Also, the event addresses issues related to the environment, energy efficiency, safety, energy policy and economy. The purpose is to gain a complete view of energy challenges and solutions among these different disciplines and from a global perspective. More…

2. European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) 2017
30 May - 5 June
The ESDW is a European-wide initiative to stimulate and make visible activities, projects and events that promote sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There are currently 393 initiatives included across 11 different countries, and applications to take part are welcomed. More…

3. Decarbonised Energy and Water Resilience Conference
3 & 4 May 2017, London
This conference will showcase strategies from government and industry for the energy and water markets to meet targets, lower carbon emissions and enhance resilience. DEFRA's abstraction reform to guarantee water supply and the UK-wide move to reduce emissions by 80 per cent mean energy and water companies must collaborate and proactively respond to the challenges of climate change. This event will explain the strategies that will become reality - via in-depth technical case studies and interactive sessions, including roundtables and panel discussions. More…

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Research and Resources
1. Urban Biocycles
This new scoping paper from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation focuses on the potential of the significant volume of organic waste flowing through the urban environment. The aim is to highlight the opportunities to capture value, in the form of the energy, nutrients and materials embedded in these flows, through the application of circular economy principles. More...

2. Intensification pathways for beef and dairy cattle production systems: Impacts on GHG emissions, land occupation and land use change
The authors of this paper compare the impact of intensification in the beef and dairy sectors via two pathways; either intensification within a system (eg, a mixed crop-livestock system) or through transitioning to another more productive system (from pasture to mixed crop-livestock production) and assesses the mitigation potential that could arise. The paper reviews the impacts of these forms of intensification on both GHG emissions, land occupation and land use change (LUC), the last of which has often been excluded in other similar analyses.  More…

3. Community resilience to climate change
Disadvantaged groups need to be helped to cope with the cost pressures caused by climate change, according to a new report compiled by the University of Dundee for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The report warns that shocks such as extreme weather events and stresses like changes in the cost of living will interact to generate hardships for local communities. The team worked with three flood-prone communities in the Scottish Borders – Hawick, Peebles and Newcastleton – to improve understanding and approaches to building climate resilience. More…

4. The smart city and its publics: insights from across six UK cities
Smart cities have been criticised for implementing technology in ways that do not pay sufficient attention to political or social issues. In response, a new paper by three members of the International Eco-Cities Initiative investigates the role of the public in smart city initiatives. The paper identifies four modes of publicness - ‘service user’, ‘entrepreneurial’, ‘political’ and ‘civic’ - and finds that the first two modes are dominant in the digital initiatives that are analysed. More…

5. Can burglary prevention be low-carbon and effective? Investigating the environmental performance of burglary prevention measures
There has been limited study to date on the environmental impacts of crime prevention measures. This paper for Security Policy addresses this shortfall by estimating the carbon footprint associated with the most widely used burglary prevention measures: door locks, window locks, burglar alarms, lighting and CCTV cameras. Window locks are found to be the most effective and low-carbon measure available individually. Burglar alarms and CCTV do not perform as strongly, with low security against burglary and higher carbon footprints. More…