Sustainability in turbulent times conference, Thursday 16 March 2017, London
- The Nexus Network annual conference, in association with Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity and the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus.
- Date and time: 09.00-17.45 on Thursday 16 March 2017
- Location: London
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.
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.
If you are concerned with how research, policy and practice can help to tackle global challenges then we look forward to seeing you at this event.
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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
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
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
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
Small group discussions of personal responses and strategies to the current global political turbulence, and ways that the sustainability community can / should respond.
- Skills and capabilities for transformative trans-disciplinarity
What skills and capabilities are required for transdisciplinary research with transformative potential, and how can these by nurtured and supported?
- Learning from history
How can we use experience of earlier environmental policies to formulate better ones in the new political climate, and what could the role of evaluation be in doing so?
- The political nature of sustainable prosperity
How can we build a political consensus for sustainability that is inclusive and fair? How do research and practice move beyond the divisive nature of ‘post-truth’ populism?
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
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.
The Nexus Network, the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity and the Centre for Evaluating Complexity Across the Nexus are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
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