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Sustainability in Turbulent Times

16th March 2017

‘Sustainability in turbulent times: How can research, policy and business meet global challenges?’
CUSP/Nexus Network/CECAN conference
Venue: Central London

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Sustainability in Turbulent Times

Over the next few years, the British exit from the EU, a 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 conference, run by the ESRC-funded Nexus Network (in which STEPS is a core partner), the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) and the Centre for Evaluating Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN), will

  • explore the future of environmental policy
  • examine the relationship between prosperity, inequality and sustainability
  • pin-point the role of expertise and emotion in policy making
  • consider practical approaches to navigating complexity.


Speakers and chairs include Achim Steiner, Director, Oxford Martin School and former Executive Director, UNEP, Tim Jackson (Director, CUSP), Natalie Bennett (Green Party), Mike Hulme (Kings College London), Andrea Westall (FDSD), Craig Bennett (Friends of the Earth), Rebecca Willis (Green Alliance/Lancaster University, Mary Creagh MP (Chair of Environmental Audit Committee), Michael Jacobs (UCL), Andy Richardson (Head of Corporate Affairs, Volac International), Charlotte Burns (York), James Wilsdon (Director, the Nexus Network), Jane Elliott (Chief Executive, ESRC), 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), Nigel Gilbert (Director, CECAN), Clare Matterson CBE (Special Adviser, Wellcome Trust), Kathryn Oliver (University of Oxford), Andy Stirling (Nexus Network / SPRU / STEPS Centre) and Dipak Gyawali (Director, Nepal Water Conservation Foundation).


For a selection of our work, projects, events and blog posts related to the Nexus Network, see our Nexus project page.

For more information on the conference, see the event page on the Nexus Network website.


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