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

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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.

 

 

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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

 

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From The Sustainable University News website

 

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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/

 

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From The Sustainable University Library

 

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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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Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) formally launched

SML-Exeter-ESI-launchThe Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) at the University of Exeter was formally launched on 23 April 2013, six months since it began operations.

 

Led by Professor Kevin J Gaston, this £30-million environmental research institute leads interdisciplinary research on environmental change, striving to enhance the quality of people’s lives by way of improving human-nature relationship. Its research spans three interrelated themes:

  • Clean technologies
  • Natural environment
  • Social science and sustainability

 

Image adapted from the ESI website

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New website: The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education

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An online resource, titled ‘The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability,’ went live at http://efsandquality.glos.ac.uk in December 2012.

Developed as the core output for the project Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability: Strategic Approaches to Quality Enhancement, a two-year project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), this resource aims to share practice and insights from this initiative.

The project, which successfully concluded in September 2012, operated through an institutional arm (a consortium of five universities comprising Gloucestershire, Aston, Brighton, Exeter and Oxford Brookes) and a sector arm (working with Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education [QAA], Higher Education Academy [HEA] and an Expert Advisory Board chaired by QAA).

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CONFERENCE: Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue

A national conference Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue was held on 2 July 2012 at Aston University, UK. Anthony McClaran, CEO of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), delivered the keynote address ‘ESD and the quality landscape – policy, practice, priorities.’

 

A panel discussion on ‘ESD and quality – pathways and perspectives’ was followed by three parallel workshops on Leadership and change, Capacity building and CPD and National guidance on ESD. The programme also included an ESD and Quality Chat Show on student engagement and graduate profiles.

The conference was informed by Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability: Strategic Approaches to Quality Enhancement, a project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). This two-year project, scheduled to end in September 2012, is a result of the recognition of the need for strategic work to scale up efforts on ESD through the quality assurance and enhancement systems of higher education. Led by the University of Gloucestershire, the project operates through an institutional arm (a consortium of five universities comprising Gloucestershire, Aston, Brighton, Exeter and Oxford Brookes) and a sector arm (working with QAA, Higher Education Academy and an Expert Advisory Board chaired by QAA).

Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena

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CONFERENCE: Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue

A national conference, titled ‘Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue,’ will be held on 2 July 2012 at Aston University, UK. Anthony McClaran, CEO of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), will provide the headline presentation at this event, which will involve keynote speakers, plenary discussions and interactive workshops.

The conference is informed by Leading Curriculum Change for Sustainability: Strategic Approaches to Quality Enhancement, a project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). This two-year project, scheduled to end in September 2012, is a result of the recognition of the need for strategic work to scale up efforts on ESD through the quality assurance and enhancement systems of higher education. Led by the University of Gloucestershire, the project operates through an institutional arm (a consortium of five universities comprising Gloucestershire, Aston, Brighton, Exeter and Oxford Brookes) and a sector arm (working with QAA, Higher Education Academy and an Expert Advisory Board chaired by QAA). The conference will bring together findings and insights emerging from the project.

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HEFCE awards £11 million for 28 carbon reduction projects

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has awarded nearly £11 million to 27 higher education institutions for 28 carbon emission reduction projects.

In this second round of the Revolving Green Fund (RGF), four universities – Exeter, Derby, Bradford and Plymouth – received funding for major building retrofit projects that are collectively expected to cut carbon dioxide emissions by around 18,500 tonnes a year.

Twenty-four HEIs, including Exeter, received a total of £6.83 million for small scale energy efficiency projects. They are: Canterbury Christ Church University, Coventry University, Edge Hill University, University of Exeter, Kingston University, Lancaster University, University of Leicester, Loughborough University, University of Lincoln, University of Liverpool, University of London, University of Northampton, University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, University of Oxford, University College Plymouth Marjon, Royal Veterinary College, University of Southampton, Southampton Solent University, University of Surrey, University of Sussex, University of Warwick, University of Winchester, and University of Worcester.

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Green Gown Awards 2011

Green Gown Awards 2011 celebrated exceptional sustainability initiatives of UK universities and colleges at its annual Awards Night at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London on 3 November 2011. The awards spanned 13 categories, ranging from carbon reduction to social responsibility.

Organised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), this annual celebration is in its seventh year since its launch by the Higher Education Environmental Performance Improvement (HEEPI) project in 2004. Green Gown Awards, now in its seventh year, recognise annually the exceptional sustainability initiatives of universities and colleges in the UK.

Iain Patton, Chief Executive of EAUC, says, ‘This year’s winning and commended entries demonstrate not only that innovative institutions are taking successful action to minimise their environmental footprints and enhance their social contribution, but also that this is often accompanied by other organisational benefits. The financial savings from many sustainability actions are certainly compatible with the belt tightening that seems inevitable in future years. It is therefore all the more important the whole sector learns from the successes of the Green Gown Awards’ winning and commended entries.’

Green Gown Awards 2011 – winners:

Carbon Reduction: Coventry University

Colleges & Smaller Institutions: South Lanarkshire College

Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change: Plymouth University

Courses: University of Exeter Business School

Green ICT: University of Hertfordshire

Promoting Positive Behaviour: Loughborough University

Research and Development: University of Salford

Skills: South Eastern Regional College

Social Responsibility: London College of Fashion

Space Efficiency: Nottingham Trent University

Student Initiatives and Campaigns: Lancaster University Students’ Union [LUSU]

Sustainable Construction and Refurbishment: Queen Mary University of London – Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects

Sustainable Procurement: Durham University

List of winners and highly commended entries

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