Centre for Environmental Strategy News

Here are the latest stories from the Centre for Environmental Strategy.

Student Designs 'Zero Bills' House

Take a look inside and learn more about how the innovative home is built…

Vacancy in the Centre for Environmental Strategy

Research Fellow: Reducing Uncertainty in Early Design Decisions for Aerospace.

Role Available in the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)

CUSP currently have a vacancy for the role of Centre Coordinator.

Fourishing Humanity: Autumn Public Lecture Series 2016

Professor Stephen Morse will be giving a talk on International Development as part of the Autumn Series of public lectures at Guildford Cathedral.

CES hosts Showcase 2016

A two-day event held by the University’s Centre for Environmental Strategy highlighted its recent ground-breaking research in the field of sustainability.

Estimating the carbon footprint of crime

CES engineering doctoral student Helen Skudder has published research on the carbon footprint of crime.

The article “Addressing the Carbon-Crime Blind Spot: A Carbon Footprint Approach” is published in the Journal for Industrial Ecology and has also been reported in Science.

Prof Tim Jackson announced as Hillary Laureate 2016

The University is pleased to announce that Professor Tim Jackson, Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity, has been appointed Hillary Laureate for 2016 by the Hillary Institute of International Leadership.

Round-up of the British Councils Researcher Links Workshop in Kuala Lumpur

“Bioenergy, Biorefinery and Bioeconomy: Promoting innovation, multidisciplinary collaboration and sustainability” – British Councils Researcher Links workshop by CES, 30th May to 3rd June, 2016

New Book by Prof Stephen Morse : Rich Pictures

CES Professor Stephen Morse is author on a new book called Rich Pictures. It is part of the Earthscan Tools for Community Planning series by Routledge.

Could palm oil be greener than we think?

Palm oil has long been the enemy of environmentalists, but new research at Surrey suggests that biofuel from palm oil production could help to wean Malaysia off fossil fuels, reducing the country’s high greenhouse gas emissions.

PhD Studentships Available in the Centre for Environmental Strategy

Three new ESRC studentships are available as part of the new Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP).

Urban Metabolism: a Review in the UK Context

A new report looking at energy and materials use in cities and the implications for environmental sustainability is published today on the gov.uk website.

Enough is Enough: Listen to Prof Tim Jackson on BBC Radio 4

Centre for Environmental Strategy Professor Tim Jackson has appeared on BBC Radio 4 to discuss our aspirations for "stuff".

What will consumption and production look like in 2030?

Cities are driving change, we’re eating less meat, and businesses have become ‘Lifestyle Support Services’. Ian Christie and Professor Richard Murphy explore an imagined future in which Global Goal 12 (Responsible consumption and production) is being realised.

CES Professor Tim Jackson debates the case for slower growth in the Economist

If the rich world aimed for minimal growth, would it be a disaster or a blessing?

Surrey’s Centre for Environmental Strategy leads Mexico-UK bilateral research workshop on Biorefinery

The Mexico-UK Biorefinery Workshop identified key research and development areas for a sustainable bioeconomy, over a week-long workshop in May 2015.

CES Receive the Athena SWAN Departmental Bronze Award

CES received an Athena SWAN Departmental Bronze Award for their efforts in recognising and advancing the careers of women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) in higher education and research. This comes in addition to the Institutional Bronze Award which was awarded to the University in April 2012.

CES Tim Jackson Interviewed by Larry Elliot of the Guardian

What would happen to the global economy if we turned away from fossil fuels? Would we need to accept a voluntary global recession on a scale never before witnessed? Would we need to turn away from the idea of growth altogether?

CT scanning reveals why tilting trees produce better biofuel

Surrey researchers have used medical imaging techniques to explore why making willow trees grow at an angle can vastly improve their biofuel yields. 

Discover more about this research project on the main Feature page.

Dr Jacquetta Lee contributes to the BBC World Service Discovery Programme on the 'Throwaway Society'

BBC World Service Discovery Programme on the ‘Throwaway Society’ was first aired on 26th February and is now available online.  Click here

The growing mountain of electronic waste, from phones, tablets, computers and televisions is a current cause for concern. These programmes look at who should be responsible for that waste? How can we reduce it?  And how can we produce it without unsustainable depletion of the earths natural resources or pollution. Discovery looks at new ideas and technologies to enable companies to make more stuff at an affordable environmental cost.

Are you afraid of the dark? Energy security in the age of cyber terrorism

The sun may be setting on the time when you could flick a switch, confident that the energy system could always deliver power on demand. 

Read more about the annual Roland Clift Lecture on the main Feature page.

Surrey media trains up next generation of sustainability experts

Sustainability professionals need to be able to effectively share sensitive and sometimes controversial information with the media. So when Surrey’s Sustainability for Engineering and Energy Systems EngD Research Engineers (REs) were given the chance to polish their skills in a real, live television studio as part of their ‘Communications Management’ module, they were shown how to deal with a crisis, the importance of maintaining composure under intense pressure and received the chance to take part in on-air interviews.

Read more about the module and the students' experience on the main Feature page.

Grants Available for Researcher Links workshop in Mexico

Biorefinery Research - promoting international collaboration for innovative and sustainable solutions

The workshop is being held at The Mexican Institute of Petroleum, Mexico City, Mexico from 18 - 22 May 2015

Stephen Morse Invited to Speak at an Assessment Frameworks and Indicators Workshop in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Stephen Morse was invited to attend and speak at a workshop on assessment frameworks and indicators held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 16th – 19th November 2014. The workshop was part of a capacity building process for National Reporting Toolkits: For full details please click here

Surrey’s water regulation paper scoops Annual Richard Macrory Prize

How can we improve the quality and availability of drinking water in developing countries? This question was asked by a team of researchers in an article that received the prestigious Richard Macrory Prize.

Read more about the award-winning article on the main Feature page.

Surrey Professor joins climate and sustainability Foundation

Surrey’s Professor Tim Jackson has been appointed to a new Foundation, chaired by former EU-commissioner for climate action, Connie Hedegaard. 

Read more about the Kann Foundation on the main Feature page.

Metrics of Sustainable Diets & Food - Expert Workshop

Steve Morse took part in a 2-day expert workshop on Metrics of Sustainable Diets & Food.

The workshop was held on 4th & 5th November 2014 in Montpellier France.


NERC ‘SCENARIO’ studentship is available.

An analysis of the role of satellite-based information in the management of forests. Supervisors Stephen Morse (Surrey), Geoff Griffiths (Reading) and Jim Lynch (Surrey). The project will focus on the current and potential use of Earth Observation data for indicators to aid forest management in Brazil, a country with some of the most important and diverse forest ecosystems in the world also facing significant pressures from  illegal logging, extractive industries, hydropower and agriculture. Please go to the SCENARIO website for application details: http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/nercdtp/home/. Any questions regarding the project can be sent to Stephen Morse at s.morse@surrey.ac.uk.

Surrey co-hosts the Electric Vehicle Summit

University of Surrey and Surrey County Council provide a platform for knowledge-sharing between the automotive sector, government and academic research community. 

Discover more about the Electric Vehicle Summit on the main Feature page.

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