SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

2019 Highlights

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Modern Energy Cooking Services Programme

Academics are developing a method to help build systems that have the potential to transform access to clean cooking services.

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Fuel and Transport Poverty in the UK's Energy Transition

A new three-year research project will explore ways to ensure that the UK’s shift to a low-carbon society does not leave anyone behind. 

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Solar-Biomass Reversible (SolBio-Rev)

The core objective of this project is to reduce the primary energy consumption of the whole building sector across the EU.

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Investigating alleged use of chemical and biological weapons

Alexander Ghionis served as Rapporteur at the fifth UNSGM Designated Laboratories workshop in Spiez, Switzerland.

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Shaping Policies across Sub-Saharan Africa

SPRU attended an international policy workshop organised by the IPCR in Abuja, Nigeria. 

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Shale gas policy debate likely to continue

Neither pro or anti shale gas actors show signs of winning the policy debate, according to new research

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RISIS2 - Open Science Project

RISIS 2 has been designed to promote a research infrastructure to advance Science Technology and Innovation studies

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Science on safety of chlorinated chicken 'misunderstood'

Government’s assurances that there are no health problems are misleading, say food policy experts

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No-deal chaos to hit food businesses in Ireland

A new briefing argues that a no-deal Brexit would lead to disruption in food supplies across Ireland

Hinkley point power station boxGreat Britains Creative Industries 

Businesses from Greater Brighton’s creative industries generated more than £1.5 billion in turnover last year.

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TRansit - Modelling transition risk

Working to understand the macro-economic implications of the transition to a net-zero carbon economy.

Hinkley point power station boxOperationalising Socio-technical energy transitions

Processes and decision-points for realising the transition of the UK energy system(s) towards decarbonisation

Hinkley point power station boxResearch and innovation for the global goals

Mapping development for science, technology and innovation that address Sustainable Development Goals

Hinkley point power station boxBrexit: Averting Food Disruption

Councils urged to ramp up contingency planning to avert food disruption in any version of Brexit

Hinkley point power station boxUnclear nuclear

How UK energy consumers unwittingly pay for military infrastructures.

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Reframing UN Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Reviews

SPRU research shaped a new United Nations Framework which will help countries achieving the UN’s SDGs.

Turbines sunset boxDiscussing transformative technologies in energy

Sussex Energy Group hosts event with panel of representatives from the UK energy sector

Beef squareSTEPS Centre Unveils 2019 Theme: Uncertainty

The STEPS Centre has launched a new theme for 2019 on Uncertainty.

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No 1. UK think tank
SPRU ranked 1st in the UK (3rd globally) by Global Go To Index in its list of top Science and Technology think tanks.