SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

2017 Highlights

Sun and cityscape graphic 100pxFinnish energy sector requires renovation

Report from Smart Energy Transition highlights urgent need for thorough renovation of the Finnish energy sector.

Raw Chicken 100pxHow Brexit threatens food security

New blog reports on the impact of Brexit on food standards and safety.

Construction site & sparks 100 pxLocal Distribution of productivity Gains: heterogeneous Effects

New project examines the effect of firm labour productivity changes on wages in the UK, particularly on low-paid occupations and low-skilled workers in local labour markets.

Tim Foxon Book Cover 100x100 pxEnergy and Economic Growth

New book examines the dynamics of energy’s role in economic and industrial change and the need to move towards a more sustainable future.

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How to Think About Technological Change

Researchers publish toolkit of theories or concepts most useful at explaining socio-technical diffusion and transitions.

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Conflict and Private Economic activity

New project investigates impact of violent conflict on entrepreneurial activities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Luigi Orsenigo

Professor of Economics of Innovation Appointed

Luigi Orsenigo appointed as the RM Philips Chair in Econimics of Innovation.

Rumy Hasan book cover - square 100pxReligion and Development in the Global South

New book examines compelling links between religious oppression and economic stagnation.

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Research finds previously unacknowledged links between the UK's civil and military nuclear agendas.

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Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium

Major international initiative based at SPRU to be extended to a 5-year programme.

UK at night seen from space 100pxNational Centre for Energy Systems Integration

New research centre uses innovative modelling tools to map UK's energy future.

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New project investigates screening for cancer in the post-genomic era.

Scientists looking at microscope 100pxSerendipity in Research and Innovation

ERC grant awarded for project exploring the idea of ‘serendipity’ in research.

Deep transitions graphic squareDeep Transitions programme

SPRU launches £1.5m cutting-edge research programme on Deep Transitions.

Solar panels and wind square 100pxNew INNOPATHS project

New project maps innovation pathways for Europe's low-carbon transition.

Food table square 100pxA Food Brexit: time to get real

The UK is seriously unprepared for the effects of Brexit on its food system, reveals new report

Bicycle sharing in Amsterdam - GRF conference imageSPRU co-hosts GRF conference

SPRU and IDS host the 'Sustainable Lifestyles, Livelihoods and the Circular Economy' conference

THELMA awards squareRecognition at THELMA awards

SPRU recognised for forward-thinking research at THE Leadership and Management Awards

STEPS centre logoFree Pathways to Sustainability course

The STEPS Centre has launched an online learning platform

UN logo squareTransforming innovation with the UN

SPRU academics work with UN Commission on transforming innovation for SDGs.

Chris Freeman reading black and white photoFirst Christopher Freeman Annual Lecture

Professor Luc Soete gives inaugural lecture in memory of Chris Freeman.

How did we do that - Rapid Transitions report cover squareIs rapid transition possible?

New STEPS Centre book shows radical transitions are more possible than we think.

Paul Nightingale 100x100SPRU Professor wins teaching award

Student-nominated award given to SPRU Professor for outstanding teaching.

Andy Stirling squareSPRU Professor made AcSS Fellow

SPRU Professor conferred the award of Fellow by the Academy of Social Sciences.

Johan Schot NOVA honorary degree - squareSPRU Director receives honorary degree

SPRU Director awarded an honoris causa from Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.

solar1Renewable energy and the UK energy mix

BBC Radio interviews SPRU academic about renewable energy and the UK energy mix.

NEXUS logo pngSustainability in Turbulent Times

The Nexus Network launches final report at major conference and workshop.

Illustration of hut with water pumpNo 1 for development studies

Sussex ranked best in the world for development studies by QS World University Rankings 2017.

ICIF infrastructure banner image squareInfrastructure Grand Challenges

Outcomes from SPRU's collaboration within the ICIF 'Grand Challenges' project.

Commons logo greenBEIS industrial strategy report

New report on industrial strategy cites evidence from SPRU researchers.

johan lerchendal squareTransformative innovation policy

New research on transformative innovation debuted at Lerchendal Conference 2017.

IPSP logoInternational Panel on Social Progress

Science and technology an essential cross-cutting theme in new report on social progress.

SSRP 100pxSSRP funding announced

SPRU members awarded project grants in first round of SSRP funding.

SPRU graphic for think tank index squareNo.1 UK think tank

SPRU ranked no.1 science and technology think tank in UK by Global Go To Index.

Art meets science graphic'The Fusion Effect' cited in WEF paper

SPRU research referenced in WEF White Paper, on importance of combining arts and science.