Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings?

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Public engagement could be an effective way of promoting policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings, said several speakers in the annual conference of Newcastle University’s Institute for Sustainability (IfS) held in London on 8 November 2016.

 

Titled ‘Sustainable Futures: Research, Policy and Practice’, this annual event focused on research, policy and practice that would help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), exploring the challenges in sustainability research at a range of scales – regional, national and international – with a view of  enhancing collaboration among academia, industry, policy and the public.

 

The day’s programme comprised:

  • Welcome by Professor Phil Taylor (Director, Institute for Sustainability, Newcastle University)
  • Keynote: Universities and the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda by Professor Patrick Paul Walsh (University College Dublin and Senior Advisor to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network SDSN)
  • Session 1: What is the role of academia in helping to meet the SDGs and where should they have input in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?
  • A poster session (during lunch) on Newcastle University’s sustainability research projects
  • Session 2: Addressing global challenges with integrated solutions
  • Session 3: How to bring research to policy for sustainable development

 

 

Welcome to Sustainable Futures…

 

Welcoming the participants to the dizzy heights of the 32nd floor of the building, Professor Phil Taylor (Director, Institute for Sustainability, Newcastle University), provided an overview of the event, including its aim: To explore ways academic research in sustainability can inform policy and practice for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), driving forward the 2030 Agenda, and to enhance collaboration between key actors in academia, civil society, industry and policy for achieving the SDGs.

 

He also outlined the work of the university’s Institute of Sustainability (IfS), which connects academia with industry and policymakers in the context of sustainability research.

 

Sustainability is one of the three societal challenge themes that the university is pursuing as part of its overall focus on research excellence with impact and the other two themes are Aging and Social Renewal. The IfS works on three research challenges: Integrated infrastructure systems, Production and resources, and Consumption and waste.

 

These three challenges are underpinned by the concept of Justice and Governance, which sits at the centre of the work of the institute. It is planning to add Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation as an overarching theme next year.

 

The institute’s research addresses the SDGs by developing integrated approaches to energy, food, transport and water infrastructure. Notable among its research highlights is the Science Central and improving the sustainability of utilities in India in collaboration with Enzen Global Ltd.

 

Keynote | Universities and the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

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Professor Patrick Paul Walsh (University College Dublin and Senior Advisor to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network SDSN) delivered the keynote address on Universities and the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are universal and indivisible. They call for action by all countries and all people and active participation of all section of society is needed. Because they are linked to one another, an integrated approach is needed; working in disciplinary silos or cherry-picking would not work.

 

In a way it is a miracle that 193 nations agreed on the 2030 Agenda in September 2015. It is not binding but a moral agreement for the 21st century, penned in a common language for all. There is a growing consensus among the UN member states of the urgent need to act on the SDGs.

 

This agenda will pave the way for governments, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders to act to end poverty and build a more sustainable world over the next 15 years for all people. Achieving this agenda will ensure a life of dignity for all and build greater shared prosperity so it is in everyone’s interest.

 

Universities have a key role to play in achieving SDGs. They have a variety of means to contribute to this agenda, such as through a holistic approach to sustainable development research, the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), electives for undergraduates, Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM), e-discussions and consultations, Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) policy briefs, and volunteering and internships.

 

Another way to advance this is through the SDG Academy (formerly known as SDSNedu), which is an online education initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) that provides high-quality, mass online education in the field of sustainable development.

 

 

Session 1 | Academic researchers’ role in the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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Session 1, chaired by Professor Phil Taylor, focused on the role of academic researchers in helping to meet the SDGs and where they should have input into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It explored how academic research could play a greater role in policy and practice for sustainable development

 

It featured four speakers:

  • Sue Riddlestone OBE (Chief Executive and co-founder, Bioregional)
  • Dr Ruth Fuller (International Development Policy Advisor, WWF-UK)
  • Jenny Saunders OBE (Chief Executive, National Energy Action NEA)
  • Dr Lucilla Spini (Head of Science Programmes, International Council for Science ICSU)

 

The subsequent Q&A panel comprised the four speakers and the keynote speaker.

 

 

Session 2 | Addressing global challenges with integrated solutions

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Session 2, chaired by Dr Sara Walker, was on addressing global sustainability challenges with integrated solutions and it introduced research from Newcastle University researchers.

 

It comprised six presentations:

  • Energy: How do we reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the energy sector? Prof Phil Taylor (Newcastle University NU) and Dale Geach (Siemens)
  • Climate adaptation in cities: How do we adapt urban populations to climate change?  Dr Alistair Ford (NU), Prof Hayley Fowler (NU) and Andy Mace (ARUP)
  • Sustainable Buildings: How do we make our buildings more sustainable for present and future generations? Dr Sara Walker (NU) and Louisa Bowles (Hawkins\Brown)
  • Air quality & transport: What policies and actions are needed to drastically reduce transport emissions to protect public health? Dr Uma Rajarathnam (Enzen Global Ltd) and Dr Paul Goodman (NU)
  • Food & resources: How do we prevent essential resources in agriculture going to waste? Professor Carlo Leifert (NU) and Dr Wendy Wreiden (NU)
  • Wastewater: How do we make wastewater treatment sustainable? Dr Adam Jarvis (NU)

 

 

Session 3 | Bringing research to policy for the SDGs

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Session 3, chaired by Dr Philip McGowan (Newcastle University NU), explored how to bring research to policy for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), bringing together experts in research, policy and practice to identify how academic research and demonstration can inform policy for sustainable development.

 

The panel comprised Professor Patrick Paul Walsh ((University College Dublin and UN SDSN), Dr Graham Long (NU) Professor Phil Blythe (Department of Transport), Sue Riddlestone (Bioregional), Dr Lucilla Spini (ICSU), Dr Ruth Fuller (WWF), Dr Uma Rajarathnam (Enzen Global Ltd) and Dr Paul Goodman (NU).

 

The following is a selection of highlights based on the panellists’ responses to the questions by the audience.

 

Dr Rajarathnam emphasised the significance of communications and stakeholder engagement in any endeavour of advancing the SDG agenda. Dr Spini said that many academics and researchers who are not directly related to sustainability were already working on areas similar to the SDGs but they were not aware of that. She suggested that sustainability researchers should increase awareness creation on the SDGs. Professor Walsh was of the view that academia should take the lead in taking SDG Science to the private sector, demonstrating businesses its win-win potential to all.

 

Within the broader communication and engagement sphere, engagement of policymakers received special attention. Professor Blythe stated that researchers should understand the context when communicating with policymakers, who are not research experts. He emphasised that they would like to have information that they could easily process. Based on her experience in India, Dr Rajarathnam advised that academics should go to the policymakers with solutions to specific problems instead of mere research results.

 

Echoing the suggestion by Jenny Saunders (NEA) in Session 1, that is, academia could engage civil society as an effective way of influencing policymakers, Dr Spini said that sustainability researchers should raise policymakers’ attention level through public engagement of the SDGs. Professor Walsh said that raising the level of public understanding of the benefits of the SDGs will certainly put huge pressure on politicians to act more intensively to achieve the SDGs.

 

As a solution to the problem that academics and researchers encounter when they present complicated research findings to politicians, Dr Spini believed that they should seek help of a translator or broker to take a simplified message through more effective media such as a film. But she said still the complicated messages should be communicated to film directors, who are again non-specialists in this area. However, she gave an example of such a science ‘translator/broker’ in London – SciDev.Net.

 

Dr Ruth Fuller observed that achieving the SDGs requires extensive behaviour changes among people. Turning to education for sustainability, she revealed that values underpin our behaviour, so shifting the values would be the key to generating pro-sustainability behaviour.

 

Praising the convening power of the IfS, Dr Spini asked the institute to play a leadership role, by rallying round other stakeholders in higher education and beyond around the SDG Agenda.

 

Note: Graphic of SDGs is from un.org website; logo of the IfS is from the Newcastle University website. 

 

 

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UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs

 

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) http://www.unsdsn.org/ | @UNSDSN

 

UN Academic Impact (UNAI) https://academicimpact.un.org/

 

Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/TFM

 

Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) policy briefs https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/science/crowdsourcedbriefs

 

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Academy https://courses.sdgacademy.org/ | @SDG_Academy

 

Bioregional http://www.bioregional.com/ | @Bioregional @OnePlanetLiving

 

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National Energy Action (NEA) http://www.nea.org.uk/

 

International Council for Science (ICSU) http://www.icsu.org/ | @ICSUnews

 

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Siemens UK | Sustainability http://www.siemens.co.uk/en/about_us/sustainability-corporate-responsibility.htm

 

ARUP | Environmental Consulting http://www.arup.com/services/environmental_consulting

 

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Enzen Global Ltd | Corporate Responsibility http://enzenglobal.co.uk/enzen/corporate-responsibility/

 

 

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Newcastle CONF | Sustainable Futures: Research, Policy & Practice for SDGs

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The annual conference of Newcastle University’s Institute for Sustainability (IfS) will take place in London (Chapter Spitalfields, 9 Frying Pan Alley, London E1 7HS) on 8 November 2016 from 10am to 4pm.

 

Titled ‘Sustainable Futures: Research, Policy and Practice’, this event will focus on research, policy and practice that will help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, exploring the challenges in sustainability research at a range of scales – regional, national and international – with a view of  enhancing collaboration among academia, industry and policy.

 

The conference will feature:

  • A keynote speaker: Professor Patrick Paul Walsh (Professor of International Development Studies at University College Dublin and Senior Advisor to UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network SDSN, New York);
  • Some of the University’s sustainability researchers, led by Professor Phil Taylor (Director IfS); and
  • Sustainability experts from industry

 

The day’s programme comprises four sessions.

 

Session 1 (What is the role of academia in helping to meet the SDGs and where should they have input in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?) will explore how academic research could play a greater role in policy and practice for sustainable development.

 

Session 2 (Addressing global challenges with integrated solutions) will introduce research from Newcastle University researchers on addressing global challenges for sustainability through integrated solutions.

 

Session 3, a roundtable session (How to bring research to policy for sustainable development), will bring together experts in research, policy and practice to identify how academic research and demonstration can inform policy for sustainable development in areas of air quality, energy, food, water, agriculture and waste.

 

A poster session will showcase some of the University’s sustainability research projects.

 

Please note that you can submit questions for debate in advance to sustainability@ncl.ac.uk

 

 

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Conference page http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/conference/ | #NUIfS2016

 

Registration page https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sustainable-futures-research-policy-and-practice-registration-27275162746

 

Enquiries sustainability@newcastle.ac.uk

 

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EAUC Conference 2016 at UWE in May | Role of education in creating healthier, happier cities

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The 20th annual conference of The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) will take place at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol on 25-26 May 2016.

 

Taking into account the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015, the conference focuses on one goal, namely SDG11, which calls upon countries to make cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. The event will provide the delegates with an opportunity to explore the legacy of the host city Bristol’s European Green Capital Award 2015.

 

Titled ‘Learning and Legacy: The Role of Education in Creating Healthier, Happier Cities,’ the conference will explore the important role that universities and colleges can play in encouraging community cohesion, connecting stakeholders, driving social and business innovation and acting as a catalyst for change for building sustainable cities.

 

The conference will bring together delegates from the further and higher education sector, including those responsible for environmental management, estates and facilities, finance and procurement as well as curriculum leaders and students. It will comprise plenary sessions, interactive workshops, and facilitated networking events, a gala dinner and an exhibition.

 

The programme will feature a keynote panel session and three keynote addresses:

Keynote Panel Session | Bristol 2015

Chair: Professor Jim Longhurst (UWE) and Chris Willmore (University of Bristol)

Panellists (from Bristol 2015 European Green Capital and local businesses): Andrew Garrad, Gary Topp, Alan Bailey, Gem Heywood and Dr Georgina Gough

Keynote | A Challenging Journey: Driving Change for Tomorrow’s Leaders?

Mike Barry (Director of Sustainable Business, Marks and Spencer M&S)

Keynote | Community Connections: Striving for Full-Spectrum Sustainability in our Cities

David Orr (Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies & Politics EMERITUS and Counsellor to the President, Oberlin College, Ohio, USA)

Keynote | A Bed-time Story

Mac Macartney (Founder, Embercombe)

 

The sessions are structured around the framework for Learning in Future Environments (LiFE), falling into four main ‘priority areas’:

  • Estates and Operations | Biodiversity, sustainable ICT, utilities, travel, transport, construction and renovation, resource efficiency and waste
  • Leadership and Governance | Leadership, staff engagement and human resources
  • Learning, Teaching and Research | Learning, teaching, student engagement, research (both sustainable research and research into sustainability)
  • Partnership and Engagement | Business and industry interface, community and public engagement and procurement and suppliers

 

The programme will also feature a number of case studies in the sessions and most of them are winners or highly commended entries in Green Gown Awards.

 

In partnership with the National Union of Students (NUS), the conference will hold a number of workshops that will be particularly relevant to students and students’ union representatives.

 

The event will also facilitate networking in a number of ways, including a pre-conference social the night before the main conference, an exhibition and a gala dinner.

 

EAUC AGM 2016 will also be held during the conference. The EAUC is a not-for-profit charity with a membership of over 215 universities and colleges, supporting sustainability in the UK tertiary education sector.

 

Parts of the graphic (including logos) are from respective websites

 

 

More…

 

EAUC Annual Conference 2016 website https://www.eventsforce.net/assuredevents/frontend/reg/thome.csp?pageID=42694&ef_sel_menu=1240&eventID=104&eventID=104 | #EAUCConf2016

 

EAUC Annual Conference 2016 on the EAUC website http://www.eauc.org.uk/annual_conference | @TheEAUC

 

The conference programme https://www.eventsforce.net/assuredevents/frontend/reg/tOtherPage.csp?pageID=42983&ef_sel_menu=1244&eventID=104&eventID=104

 

Host | University of the West of England (UWE) http://www.uwe.ac.uk/ | @UWEBristol

 

Headline sponsor | Carbon Credentials http://www.carboncredentials.com/ | @CCESltd
Learning in Future Environments (LIFE) Index website http://www.eauc.org.uk/life/home

 

University of the West of England (UWE) | Sustainability http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/visionandmission/sustainability.aspx

 

 

#AlienLETTER series | Sustainability education through storytelling-driven letter writing

 

#AlienLETTER 1 | Paris climate change deal costs Earth a galactic award, reveals an alien letter to the UN https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/paris-climate-change-deal-costs-earth-galactic-award-un-jayawardena

 

#AlienLETTER 2 | Earth could learn from Milky Way’s Galactic Convention on Successful Life https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/earth-could-learn-from-milky-ways-galactic-convention-jayawardena

 

#AlienLETTER 3 | Mother Nature is in charge but humanity can take control of her https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mother-nature-charge-humanity-can-take-control-her-3-jayawardena

 

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

Green Gown Awards 2015 | Wales TSD, Lancaster, Nottingham and Brighton reign high; Leadership Award to Dr Jane Davidson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/green-gown-awards-2015-wales-tsd-lancaster-nottingham-and-brighton-reign-high-leadership-award-to-dr-jane-davidson/

 

EAUC-UNEP Agreement | UK higher education to enrich North-South collaboration on developing sustainable graduates https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/eauc-unep-agreement-uk-higher-education-to-enrich-north-south-collaboration-on-developing-sustainable-graduates/

 

Universities have an obligation to empower students to deal with climate change, says Porritt at LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/universities-have-an-obligation-to-empower-graduates-to-deal-with-climate-change-says-porritt-at-lsbu/

 

New book | Professional development of European university educators on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/02/01/new-book-professional-development-of-european-university-educators-on-education-for-sustainable-development-esd/

 

A report that spans 53 institutions in 33 European countries | ESD professional development in higher education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/a-report-that-spans-53-institutions-in-33-european-countries-esd-professional-development-in-higher-education/

 

HEFCE wants Sustainable Development (SD) to be central to HE, says new SD framework will influence future funding https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/hefce-wants-sustainable-development-sd-to-be-central-to-he-says-new-sd-framework-will-influence-future-funding/

 

Formally launched! QAA-HEA ESD Guidance for UK higher education providers https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/formally-launched-qaa-hea-esd-guidance-for-uk-higher-education-providers/

 

A report that spans 53 institutions in 33 European countries | ESD professional development in higher education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/a-report-that-spans-53-institutions-in-33-european-countries-esd-professional-development-in-higher-education/

 

Informal communication has a key role in sustainability-oriented institutional change, says Green Academy Lead at Worcester https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/informal-communication-has-a-key-role-in-sustainability-oriented-institutional-change-says-green-academy-lead-at-worcester/

 

Sustainability leadership is all around us, says Director SD at Canterbury Christ Church University https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/sustainability-leadership-is-all-around-us-says-director-sd-at-canterbury-christ-church-university/

 

Disciplines speak ‘Sustainability’ in different languages, says ESD academic lead at Bristol https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/disciplines-speak-sustainability-in-different-languages-says-esd-academic-lead-at-bristol/

 

Online learning is a driver for sustainability, says Dr Speight at HEA-Nottingham seminar https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/online-learning-is-a-driver-for-sustainability-says-dr-speight-at-hea-nottingham-seminar/

 

ESD London Conference | Sustainability is a core theme in higher education today and will remain so tomorrow, says VC LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/esd-london-conference-sustainability-is-a-core-theme-in-higher-education-today-and-will-remain-so-tomorrow-says-vc-lsbu/

 

Education for Sustainability (EfS) is enriching curriculum and student experience at Gloucestershire, says Professor Tilbury https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/education-for-sustainability-efs-is-enriching-curriculum-and-student-experience-at-gloucestershire-says-professor-tilbury/

 

UNEP publishes Greening Universities Toolkit https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/unep-publishes-greening-universities-toolkit/

 

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

Green Gown Awards | An international celebration of sustainability in tertiary education https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/green-gown-awards-an-international-celebration-of-sustainability-in-tertiary-education/

 

UWE’s Institute for Sustainability, Health and Environment | Towards a healthy, sustainable and low carbon future https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/uwes-institute-for-sustainability-health-and-environment-towards-a-healthy-sustainable-and-low-carbon-future/

 

Sustainability in UK higher education | Ten great moments in 2014 https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/sustainability-in-uk-higher-education-ten-great-moments-in-2014/

 

New QAA/HEA ESD Guidance | Complementing UK Quality Code for Higher Education https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/new-qaahea-esd-guidance-complementing-uk-quality-code-for-higher-education/

 

Ten ways to supplement QAA-HEA Guidance on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)? Some food for thought https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/ten-ways-to-supplement-qaa-hea-guidance-on-education-for-sustainable-development-esd-some-food-for-thought/

 

Why universities should lead their wider communities’ sustainability endeavours | Three reasons https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/why-universities-should-lead-their-wider-communities-sustainability-endeavours-three-reasons/

 

A green tale of four UK universities | HEA Green Academy workshops – Worcester, Canterbury Christ Church, Bristol and Nottingham https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/a-green-tale-of-four-uk-universities-hea-green-academy-workshops-worcester-canterbury-christ-church-bristol-and-nottingham/

 

UNEP Greening Universities Toolkit | A global resource for advancing green and sustainable campuses https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/unep-greening-universities-toolkit-a-global-resource-for-advancing-green-and-sustainable-campuses/

 

A visual celebration of good practice in sustainability | 40 photos from 18 UK universities https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/a-visual-celebration-of-good-practice-in-sustainability-40-photos-from-18-uk-universities/

 

The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects | Handbook to ‘the University of the Future’ https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/the-sustainable-university-progress-and-prospects-handbook-to-the-university-of-the-future/

 

LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective/

 

A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-cafe-who-depends-on-whom/

 

 

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Nexuses of the Urban workshop | Interactions between Water, Energy and Food Provision for Sustainable Cities

BIG-NexusUrbanWorkshop

A Nexus workshop, titled ‘Nexuses of the Urban: Interactions between Water, Energy and Food Provision for Sustainable Cities’, will take place at the University of Sussex from 12 to 13 May 2016.

 

Workshop participants will take stock of what kind of plural understandings of ‘urban nexuses’ are emerging, produced by (partnerships between) activists, communities, think tanks, corporations, and multilateral organizations, natural scientists, humanities scholars and social scientists.

 

The workshop will particularly reflect on the contribution that different social science perspectives might make in understanding urban nexuses, and how social scientists might effectively participate in inter- and trans-disciplinary initiatives. Another aspect that will be considered is what kind of policy mechanisms and events might support the pursuit of the partnerships for developing new understandings.

 

The programme will be structured around the following orienting questions

  • What divergent framings and understandings of ‘urban nexuses’ are emerging and why are they important, in what ways and to whom?
  • What are the implications of these understandings and their foci for governance of nexus interactions by public, private and hybrid arrangements?
  • What implications do these understandings hold for political-economic action by, and for alliances between, civil society organizations, businesses and social movements striving for sustainability and justice?
  • What kind of relations (inter- and trans-disciplinary alliances, engagements with the material world) underpin the making of the emerging understandings of ‘urban nexuses’?
  • What new inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches (and concepts) do we need to further understand interactions at ‘urban nexuses’, including the interdependent vulnerabilities associated with access to food, water and energy in cities?

 

Led by Dr Saurabh Arora from Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, this event is supported by the core team of Nexus Network.

 

The Nexus Network

 

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Nexus Network is a three-year initiative to foster debate, innovative research and practical collaborations across the linked ‘nexus’ domains of food, energy, water and the environment. It brings together researchers, policy makers, business leaders and civil society to develop collaborative projects and improve decision making in these areas.

 

The Network’s aims are to:

  • Encourage debate, fund innovative research and improve decision making across the linked ‘nexus challenges’.
  • Support interdisciplinary, cross-sector collaborations
  • Enable researchers and stakeholders to develop and share new methodologies, data, conceptual frameworks, skills and practices directed towards nexus challenges.

 

Its partner organisations are:

  • Faculty of Social Sciences | University of Sheffield
  • Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU) | University of Sussex
  • College of Social Sciences and International Studies | University of Exeter
  • Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) | University of Sussex
  • Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) | University of Exeter and University of East Anglia (UEA)
  • Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership | University of Cambridge

 

Note: This post mainly consists of extracts from the conference page on the Nexus Network’s website. The logos in the graphic are from respective websites.

 

 

More…

 

Conference web page on the Nexus Network website http://www.thenexusnetwork.org/events/nexuses-of-the-urban-interactions-between-water-energy-and-food-provision-for-sustainable-cities/

 

The Nexus Network http://thenexusnetwork.org | @uk_nexus

 

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ | @esrc

 

Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/faculty/social-sciences | @SheffSocScience

 

Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/ | @SPRU

 

Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS), University of Sussex http://steps-centre.org/ | @stepscentre

 

The Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) http://www.cserge.ac.uk/

 

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership http://www.cisl.cam.ac.uk/ | @cisl_cambridge

 

College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/ | @UofESSIS

 

 

#AlienLETTER series | Sustainability education through storytelling-driven letter writing

 

#AlienLETTER 1 | Paris climate change deal costs Earth a galactic award, reveals an alien letter to the UN https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/paris-climate-change-deal-costs-earth-galactic-award-un-jayawardena

 

#AlienLETTER 2 | Earth could learn from Milky Way’s Galactic Convention on Successful Life https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/earth-could-learn-from-milky-ways-galactic-convention-jayawardena

 

#AlienLETTER 3 | Mother Nature is in charge but humanity can take control of her https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mother-nature-charge-humanity-can-take-control-her-3-jayawardena

 

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/

 

Researching the way for a Sustainable Prosperity | Surrey-led CUSP Centre begins journey https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/researching-the-way-for-a-sustainable-prosperity-surrey-led-cusp-centre-begins-journey/

 

Sustainable Lifestyles conference | Good life of the good person is only possible in a good society, says Prof Jackson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/sustainable-lifestyles-conference-good-life-of-the-good-person-is-only-possible-in-a-good-society-says-prof-jackson/

 

UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ucl-grand-challenges-celebration-how-does-civilisation-get-to-22nd-century-without-collapse-asks-professor-price/

 

Newcastle professor says, MicroGrids can light the way for UK’s low carbon transition https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/newcastle-professor-says-microgrids-can-light-the-way-for-uks-low-carbon-transition/

 

UCL Conference: Denaturalising nature, just sustainabilities and an ‘Environment Domain’ https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/ucl-conference-denaturalising-nature-just-sustainabilities-and-an-environment-domain/

 

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-cafe-who-depends-on-whom/

 

Can’t fit 7 billion into a six-bed (space) hotel? But we live as if we could….! https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/cant-fit-7-billion-into-a-six-bed-space-hotel-but-we-live-as-if-we-could/

 

Three BIG business leaders, one BIG concern | Can they all be wrong? https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/three-big-business-leaders-one-big-concern-can-they-all-be-wrong/

 

Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson/

 

Sustainability-oriented quotes and sayings | Twenty gems from Native Americans to Einstein https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-oriented-quotes-and-sayings-twenty-gems-from-native-americans-to-einstein/

 

Exeter’s ESI | World-class answers to environmental questions https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/exeters-esi-world-class-answers-to-environmental-questions/

 

Surrey-coordinated SLRG | Nurturing sustainable living through research https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/surrey-coordinated-slrg-nurturing-sustainable-living-through-research/

 

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Bristol & UWE to host int’l symposium on Sustainability in Higher Education with a focus on students

BIG-Bristol-symp

An international symposium titled ‘Learning from the Sharp End – Implications for Sustainability in Higher Education’, will take place in Bristol on 7-8 September 2015.

This event, jointly organised by the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE) and supported by the UN SIDS Partnership ‘Learning from the Sharp End of Environmental Uncertainty’ and the National Union of Students (NUS), is part wide programme of activities for Bristol’s year as the European Green Capital for 2015.

Central to the approach adopted by the UN SIDS partnership is the concept of learning from those in the front line of change. This conference will use that approach to learn from those developing initiatives in higher education.

The symposium will focus on new ideas to empower and enable students to make a difference and to deliver a more sustainable future. It will showcase the best international experience of engaging students in sustainability learning with an emphasis upon holistic approaches which link student-led activities, the informal curriculum, skills and engagement development in the formal curriculum and the campus and city as living laboratories. It also has a sub theme, namely, Postgraduate Voices – tomorrow’s agenda.

The symposium will feature a number of keynote speakers:
• Jamie Agombar (Ethical and Environment Manager, National Union of Students NUS)
• Simon Kemp (Academic Lead – ESD, University of Southampton)
• Professor James Longhurst (Assistant Vice Chancellor, Environment and Sustainability, UWE, Bristol)
• Sara Parkin (Forum for the Future)
• Iain Patton (CEO, The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges EAUC)
• Chris Wilmore (Bristol Green Academy Academic Lead, University of Bristol)
• Professor Carolyn Roberts (University of Oxford)

The event will include workshops and roundtables and over thirty academic papers will be presented. Moreover, a pre-conference programme will enable delegates to explore Bristol as European Green Capital and contribute to this special year.

The two universities are leading a HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) Catalyst Fund project, called ‘Student Capital: Green Capital’. The project brings together formal and informal curriculum initiatives to test different ways of engaging students in sustainability learning, focusing on how student capital can be harnessed to make a difference to the students and in the community. Contributions to this Symposium will inform the outcomes of that work.

Graphic adapted from the symposium website.

More…

Symposium website https://sites.google.com/site/beyondesd/home

Learning from the Sharp End of Environmental Uncertainty in SIDS
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdinaction/index.php?page=view&type=1006&menu=1348&nr=7918

Bristol 2015: European Green Capital https://www.bristol2015.co.uk/
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UCL Grand Challenges | 5-year celebratory event on 13 October

SML-UCL-GC-5yrs

University College London (UCL) will hold an event to celebrate the first five years of UCL Grand Challenges programme at Darwin Lecture Theatre (WC1E 6BT) from 6 to 9pm on 13 October 2014. Open to academics, alumni, student and the general public, this event is FREE to attend but pre-booking is essential.

 

UCL Grand Challenges is the mechanism that brings together the university’s researchers from different disciplines in order to address questions of global significance. For an overview, please visit:

 

UCL Grand Challenges | Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140911112647-101066234-ucl-grand-challenges-global-health-sustainable-cities-intercultural-interaction-and-human-wellbeing

 

Reflecting and building upon the personal and institutional experiences gained over the last five years, this celebratory evening aims to define the actions needed to strengthen, enhance and enable further cross-disciplinary engagement within and beyond the university, for the benefit of the wider society.

 

The programme will include a review of achievements of the Grand Challenges programme, views on the personal and institutional challenges that cross-disciplinary working presents, and a panel discussion on the future of Grand Challenges hosted by the UCL President and Provost, Professor Michael Arthur. The evening will come to a close with a drinks reception.

 

This news post is based on UCL’s news post on the event | The graphic is an adaptation from the UCL website

 

 

See also…

 

UCL Grand Challenges Celebration http://events.ucl.ac.uk/event/event:l4b-i0p5zut1-hcegaq/grand-challenges-celebration

 

Free registration http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grand-challenges-celebration-tickets-12971081855?aff=eorg

 

UCL Grand Challenges | Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140911112647-101066234-ucl-grand-challenges-global-health-sustainable-cities-intercultural-interaction-and-human-wellbeing

 

UCL Grand Challenges http://www.ucl.ac.uk/research/grand-challenges | Global Health http://www.ucl.ac.uk/global-health | Sustainable Cities http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sustainable-cities | Intercultural Interaction http://www.ucl.ac.uk/intercultural-interaction | Human Wellbeing http://www.ucl.ac.uk/human-wellbeing

 

Green UCL http://www.ucl.ac.uk/greenucl

 

UCL Conference: Denaturalising nature, just sustainabilities and an ‘Environment Domain’ https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/ucl-conference-denaturalising-nature-just-sustainabilities-and-an-environment-domain/

 

UCL symposium focuses on Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/ucl-symposium-focuses-on-sustainable-resources-for-sustainable-cities/

 

NEW BOOK: Imagining the Future City: London 2062 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/new-book-imagining-the-future-city-london-2062/

 

LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140507110247-101066234-lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective

 

Can’t fit 7 billion into a six-bed (space) hotel? But we live as if we could….! http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140827190849-101066234-can-t-fit-7-billion-into-a-six-bed-space-hotel-but-we-live-as-if-we-could

 

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140414095133-101066234-making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions

 

Sustainability | A balancing act? Four of them? https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140409090334-101066234-sustainability-a-balancing-act-four-of-them

 

A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140407045738-101066234-a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-caf%C3%A9-who-depends-on-whom

 

‘A cylinder of oxygen, please!’ | Why we should be worrying about natural resources http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140729065705-101066234–a-cylinder-of-oxygen-please-why-we-should-be-worrying-about-natural-resources

 

Why universities should lead their wider communities’ sustainability endeavours | Three reasons https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140606053309-101066234-why-universities-should-lead-their-wider-communities-sustainability-endeavours-three-reasons

 

Positioning itself at the pinnacle of global higher education | Can UK higher education use sustainability as a vehicle? http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140817165316-101066234-positioning-itself-at-the-pinnacle-of-global-higher-education-can-uk-higher-education-use-sustainability-as-a-vehicle

 

re:centre at Bradford | RE-thinking business in the emerging era of the Circular Economy http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140829203957-101066234-re-centre-at-bradford-re-thinking-business-in-the-emerging-era-of-the-circular-economy

 

OISD at Oxford Brookes | Building the way for sustainable development http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140903092422-101066234-oisd-at-oxford-brookes-building-the-way-for-sustainable-development

 

Surrey-coordinated SLRG | Nurturing sustainable living through research http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140907210503-101066234-surrey-coordinated-slrg-nurturing-sustainable-living-through-research

 

Newcastle Science Central | University-City Council partnership bringing together science, business and sustainable living http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140909120325-101066234-newcastle-science-central-university-city-council-partnership-bringing-together-science-business-and-sustainable-living

 

Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU | A pioneer that brings together environment, development and education http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140905133659-101066234-education-for-sustainability-msc-at-lsbu-a-pioneer-that-brings-together-environment-development-and-education

 

UCLan’s CSD | Advancing Sustainable Development through Architecture, Construction and Environment http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140906165944-101066234-uclan-s-csd-advancing-sustainable-development-through-architecture-construction-and-environment

 

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Newcastle University’s £50 million ‘living lab’ project to develop the future Smart City

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Newcastle University announced in December 2013 an ambitious £50 million project to create a ‘living lab’ for trialling new technologies and systems in the endeavour to develop the smart city of the future.

Based on Science Central in the heart of Newcastle, the project will change the face of Newcastle city centre where all elements ranging from traffic through energy to buildings will work together to improve the user experience while reducing the carbon footprint. Putting users at its heart, the project will combine digital ingenuity and scientific expertise with social innovation.

Working alongside policy makers, businesses and public organisations, the university’s plans will put ‘the first science on Science Central’ – the hub for digitally enabled urban sustainability research. Among the plans is an Urban Observatory for monitoring the urban environment, pulling together different data (e.g. traffic flow, air quality, extreme weather) required for real-time decision making.

‘Over the next four years, we hope to see Science Central grow to become an exemplar of urban sustainability research,’ says Professor Chris Brink, Vice-Chancellor Newcastle University, ‘bringing together academia, organisations, industry, democracy and communities to develop solutions that will make a difference to people’s lives across the globe.’

Professor Philip Taylor, who is leading the Newcastle University part of the Science Central project, views the project as taking a dynamic and ambitious city like Newcastle and using it as ‘a test bed to create a world-leading example of urban sustainability that others can follow.’

Fiona Standfield, Director of Newcastle Science City, responsible for the delivery of Science Central, emphasises that the project also reflects ‘the ambitions of the North East to play a vital role in the delivery of globally important R&D projects.’

Another project linked to this is the £2 million Cloud Computing Centre for integration and analysis of big data sets.  According to Professor Paul Watson, Director of Newcastle University’s Digital Institute, a big challenge of a ‘smart city’ is how to analyse data in such a way that it becomes meaningful and useful.

Although the £50 million research facility will be complete and functioning by 2017, some of its research projects have already started. These include:

  • £3.5 million i-BUILD Centre, led by Professor Richard Dawson, set up to understand interactions between energy, water, transport, waste and digital technology systems
  • £2 million grid–scale energy storage test bed, led by Professor Philip Taylor, to pave the way for the future of Smart Grids and energy storage across the UK
  • £1.3 million MyPLACE project, led by Professor Peter Wright, to develop and test a digital platform and toolkit for the public to engage with local councils and other organisations more effectively in the research, planning and design of the urban environment

The University’s presence on Science Central is part of its commitment to the Science City partnership with Newcastle City Council.

Image from Newcastle Science Central website (http://www.newcastlesciencecentral.com/)

 

More

£50 million ‘living lab’ takes smart cities to the next level (news post on Newcastle University website) http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/news/item/million-living-lab-takes-smart-cities-to-the-next-level2

£50 million investment brings first science to Science Central http://www.newcastlesciencecentral.com/news-and-media/news/50-million-investment-brings-first-science-science-central/

Science Central: Newcastle University invests £50m http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-25340546

£50 million investment for Science Central development http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/update/2013-12-11/50-million-investment-for-science-central-development/

Newcastle University unveil £50m investment into Science Central http://www.thejournal.co.uk/business/business-news/newcastle-university-unveil-50m-investment-6394506

Newcastle Science Central website http://www.newcastlesciencecentral.com/

Newcastle Science City website http://www.newcastlesciencecity.com/ | Twitter: NCL Science City @NCLScience

Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/#/ | Twitter: Sustainability@NCL @NCLSustainable; Professor Philip Taylor (Director) @rolyatlihp

Digital Institute at Newcastle University https://digitalinstitute.ncl.ac.uk/ | Twitter: Digital Institute @digitalinst

Newcastle City Council http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/home/

i-BUILD Centre http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press.office/press.release/item/a-smarter-way-to-deliver-our-urban-infrastructure

Grid–scale energy storage test bed http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press.office/press.release/item/leading-by-example-science-central-key-to-energy-storage-and-smart-grids-of-the-future

 

Related posts on The Sustainable University News & Info website

UCL symposium focuses on Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/ucl-symposium-focuses-on-sustainable-resources-for-sustainable-cities/

NEW BOOK: Imagining the Future City: London 2062 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/new-book-imagining-the-future-city-london-2062/

UEL Sustainable City seminar on Challenges and Opportunities in East London https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/uel-sustainable-city-seminar-on-challenges-and-opportunities-in-east-london/

 

A related post on The Sustainable University Notes blog:

Higher Education’s role in building a sustainable world http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/higher-educations-role-in-building.html

 

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