SPRU news highlights

Browse news highlights from the Science Policy Research Unit.

This year

These highlights are drawn from our news articles, project pages and stories in the press over the current year.

Pathways to inclusive labour marketsImage of Pillars project logo

A new project on how emerging technologies may affect the future of work and the policies required to reap the benefits of these changes.

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A hand holding a tablet on which there are buildings and illustrations depicting digital connectivitySPRU experts give recommendations on digital technology’s role in sustainable development

Dr Tommaso Ciarli and Prof Maria Savona took part in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) Expert Group Meeting.

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iconLiving Together: Hansalim as a model for solidarity pathways towards sustainable food systems

With the global food system in crisis, a new project explores how solidarity cooperatives could make a significant contribution to realising sustainable agri-food systems.

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iconCarbon Intensive Regions in Transition – Unravelling the Challenges of Structural Change

Decarbonisation of the power sector and fossil-fuel dependent industries is a critical part of Europe’s low carbon future.

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wind turbinesCritically examining smart, industrial, and household energy systems in Mexico, N. Ireland, and UAE

This research program is focused on critically examining smart, industrial, and household energy systems for their role and impact in low-carbon energy transitions.

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wind turbines in snowToward Just, Ethical and Sustainable Arctic Economies, Environments and Societies

The development of the Artic has been historically characterised by inequitable practices, further complicated today by the adverse effects of climate change.

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iconPathways of crop and livestock intensification for Green Revolution in Africa

Evidence from smallholder farmers in Rwanda.

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Photo of Maria SavonaProfessor provides thought-leadership on policies for post-pandemic reconstruction

Professor Maria Savona discussed policy with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

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iconTo end King Coal’s reign, must his loyal subjects get paid?

The huge task of phasing out coal requires a detailed roadmap to sequence coal plant retirement.

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iconProfessor Jeremy Hall calls for policy change in a post-COVID-19 economy

Professor Jeremy Hall discusses how the extraordinary global challenges we are facing during this pandemic provides us with an opportunity

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iconCovid-19 rapid knowledge exchange hub on diagnostic testing systems

The Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) urged countries to “Test. Test. Test.” as a core part of national responses to COVID-19

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iconRole models: The need for responsible modelling in the age of pandemic

Too many examples of coronavirus modelling have been insufficiently transparent about their uncertainties and too precise in their claims.

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iconWhy does President Trump want to mine on the Moon?

Professor Benjamin Sovacool comments on President Trump wanting the United States to start mining on the Moon for minerals.

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iconModernity without its clothes

The pandemic crisis shines a light on futilities of control.

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iconGlobal easing of regulations for coronavirus vaccines

Human trials of Covid-19 vaccines could start without normally essential animal-studies data.

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iconInclusive Green Infrastructures for Urban Wellbeing

In cities across Asia, green infrastructures that support the health and livelihoods of urban and peri-urban residents are being degraded and destroyed.

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iconCoronavirus: Food Rationing

Food rationing must be introduced immediately to prevent the UK running short of fresh fruit and vegetables, three experts have warned Boris Johnson.

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iconMaria Jahoda Annual Lecture

Professor Jennifer Rubin was welcomed to the University of Sussex as the guest speaker of this year’s Marie Jahoda Annual Lecture 2020.

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