Join us for What Works at the Nexus?

Nexuslogo_strapline_ESRCJoin us at the first Nexus Network conference: What works at the nexus? New connections in food, energy, water and environment on Thursday 27 November from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm at the Coin Street Conference Centre in London.

This is an opportunity for network members to meet, hear high-profile keynote speakers, discuss nexus challenges from a variety of perspectives, and find out about possibilities for collaboration.

The meeting is open to everyone interested in nexus issues, from academia, policy organisations, business, practitioners and civil society. The event is free but we do ask you to register to secure your place as we expect to be oversubscribed. If you are not able to come in person, we hope to webcast the event to allow you to take part- more details to follow.

SECURE YOUR PLACE: Register via eventbrite

The STEPS Centre is a lead partner in The Nexus Network, a new ESRC-funded initiative bringing together researchers, policy makers, business leaders and civil society to improve decision making on food, energy, water and the environment


09:30 Registration and coffee

10:00 Navigating the nexus
Prof. James Wilsdon, Director, The Nexus Network (chair & introduction)

Keynote: Prof. Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Adviser, Defra

Prof. Lyla Mehta,Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies
Prof. Ian Bateman, Professor of Environmental Sciences & Director, CSERGE,University of East Anglia
Dr Jake Reynolds, Director of Business Platforms, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

11:15 Coffee break

11:45 The business of the nexus
Dr Gemma Cranston, Programme Manager, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (chair)

Anna Swaithes, Head of Water and Food Security Policy, SABMiller
Damian Crilly, Manager, Environment & Business, Environment Agency
Adrian Greet, Mars

13:00 Lunch with poster session for small projects and thinkpieces

14:00 Governing the nexus
Prof. Jane Elliott, Chief Executive, ESRC (Chair & introduction)

Dr Gemma Harper, Defra Chief Social Researcher and Deputy Director of Evidence & Analysis
Prof. Michael Bradshaw, Professor of Global Energy, Warwick Business School
Prof. Quentin Grafton, Professor of Economics & Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy (CWEEP), Australian National University
Dr. Heide Hackmann, Executive Director, International Social Science Council

15:15 Tea break

15:45 The global politics of the nexus
Dr Rose Cairns, Network Coordinator, The Nexus Network (chair)

Keynote: Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, Chief Scientist, United Nations Environment Programme

Thomas Lingard, Global Advocacy Director, Unilever
Prof. Andy Stirling, Professor of Science & Technology Policy, University of Sussex & Co-Director of ESRC STEPS Centre
Nick Hildyard, The Corner House (tbc)

17:15 Closing remarks

Martin Cooke, Chair, The Nexus Network Advisory Group
Prof. James Wilsdon, Director, The Nexus Network

17:30 Drinks reception and close