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Sustainability in Turbulent Times: How can research, policy and business meet tomorrow’s global challenges?


Date: Thursday 16 March 2017
Timings: 09.00 - 09.45 Registration, tea & coffee
09.45 Conference start - 17:45 End of conference
17:45 -18.30 drinks reception.


Who should attend?

This event is open to all, from academia, policy, business and civil society, concerned with how research, policy and practice can help to tackle global challenges.


Introduction

These are turbulent times in which to advance sustainable development. Join 350 professionals from academia, policy, business and civil society to explore how research, policy and business can meet these global challenges.

Over the next few years, the British exit from the EU, the new US administration, and unpredictable waves of populism and authoritarianism are likely to recast key environmental and social policies and to have profound effects on the prospects for sustainable prosperity. International frameworks of governance and collaboration will need to be redesigned, and the legitimacy of some forms of expertise and evidence are being called into question.


Focus

With a focus on the food-water-energy nexus, the Nexus Network annual conference, in association with the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity and the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus, will

- Explore the future of environmental policy.
- Examine the relationship between prosperity, inequality and sustainability.
- Debate the role of expertise and emotion in policy making.
- Consider practical approaches to navigating complexity.


AGENDA

Updated 10 Jan 2017

09:00 – 09:45 Registration & coffee

09:45 – 10.00 Welcome and introduction

James Wilsdon, Director of the Nexus Network

10.00 -10.45 Opening keynote: Global sustainability goals in a new political climate

Achim Steiner, Director, Oxford Martin School and former Executive Director, UNEP

10.45 – 12.00 Session 1: Political populism and sustainability

What are the implications of recent swings towards populism and nationalism around the world, for the relationship between inequality, democracy and sustainability?

Chair: Tim Jackson, CUSP

Speakers:

Natalie Bennett, Green Party
Mike Hulme, Kings College London
Andrea Westall, FDSD
Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth

12.00 – 13.00 Networking lunch & poster session to showcase Nexus Network, CUSP & CECAN projects

13.00 – 14.00 Session 2: Post-Brexit environmental policy

What are the likely implications of Brexit for agriculture, fisheries, wildlife, water, energy, climate and nexus issues? How might the economic impacts of Brexit effect environmental policy?

Chair: Rebecca Willis, Green Alliance & Lancaster University

Speakers:

Mary Creagh MP, Chair of Environmental Audit Committee
Michael Jacobs, University College London
Andy Richardson, Head of Corporate Affairs, Volac International
Charlotte Burns, University of York

14.00 – 15.00 Session 3: Global challenges and national priorities – the changing landscape for interdisciplinary research

Big shifts are underway in UKs research funding and policy landscape. What opportunities are created by the Global Challenges Research Fund, the imminent launch of UK Research and Innovation and reform of the Research Excellence Framework?

Chair: James Wilsdon

Speakers:

Jane Elliot, Chief Executive, Economic and Social Research Council
Dame Athene Donald, Master, Churchill College, Cambridge & Chair, HEFCE Interdisciplinary Advisory Group
Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Adviser, Defra
Beck Smith, Senior Policy & Advocacy Adviser, Save the Children

15.00 – 15.30 Tea break

15.30 – 16.45 Parallel sessions

  • World cafe session: Fear and hope in turbulent times
  • Skills and capabilities for transformative trans-disciplinarity
  • Learning from history
  • The political nature of sustainable prosperity

16.45 – 17.45 Session 4: Brokers and boundary spanners: where next for evidence and experts at the food-water-energy nexus?

Evidence informed policy making has never been in greater demand, nor has it been more contested. How can we better understand the complexities of the research policy interface?

Chair: Nigel Gilbert, CECAN

Speakers:

Clare Matterson CBE, Special Adviser, Wellcome Trust
Kathryn Oliver, University of Oxford
Andy Stirling, Nexus Network & SPRU
Dipak Gyawali, Director, Nepal Water Conservation Foundation

17.45 – 18.30 Drinks reception and networking.



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Please register now for this free event.

If you have any questions, please contact Deborah on info@thenexusnetwork.org


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