Why the UK nuclear industry needs its own NASA

The nuclear sector seems unique in its characteristics and challenges – it is highly regulated, subject to intense pressures over operational safety, expensive, and the days when it was at the cutting edge of technology were in the 1950s and 1960s.  But much the same can be said of the US space sector, which is now showing signs of technological renaissance. What might nuclear power innovation strategists learn from the experience of the space industry over the past three or four decades? 

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Author: Abeer Abdalla, Doctoral Practitioner

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Staff and Student Sustainability Survey

The Staff and student sustainability survey is part of a study that analyses how to best improve the environmental performance of the University of Surrey and at HEIs in general.  This report presents the findings of the Staff and Student Sustainability Survey conducted in May 2019 at the University of Surrey.  A final sample of 448 members of staff and 781 students was achieved, with responses being collected online and through direct engagement.

The full report is available here

Author:  Nicola Rieg, Doctoral Practitioner

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Proper use of pre-qualification questionnaires can inject value into projects

Pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs) are used to ensure suppliers and contractors meet minimum standards, typically on health & safety, quality and the environment. Any contractor will also know PQQs vary considerably between clients, ranging from as few as three questions for some small projects to more than 100 for public projects like HS2. Topic areas also vary, from solely health and safety and financial figures through to cyber security accreditation or sustainability KPIs. This all translates into considerable variation in the time and resources taken to complete these forms, as well as the wider value they present to clients.

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Author:  Luke Deamer, Doctoral Practitioner

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Exploring the Status Quo of Water-Energy Nexus Policies and Governance in Jordan

This paper evaluates the status quo of the policies and institutional structures of the water and energy sectors in Jordan, and whether they can be oriented toward an integrated governance of the Water-Energy Nexus (WEN).  It contributes to two main gaps in the WEN literature; the limited available studies on the institutional and governance aspect of the WEN, and the shortage in qualitative research in this area, particularly in the Middle East region.  Proposals identified recommend adopting collaboration arrangements tailored to each sector’s needs and existing structures, and supported by effective enforcements and adequate human and financial resources; essentially from private sector, to ensure an incremental and steady change toward inter-institutional coordination.  Findings of this study will help expand the debate on the WEN governance to other countries comparable to Jordan, to help policymakers to effectively plan for joint water-energy investments for a more sustainable future. 

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Authors:Raya Al-MasriDr Jonathan Chenoweth; Prof Richard Murphy


In the Age of Extinction, who is Extreme?

Extinction Rebellion have made headlines with their protests. They have also been accused of extremism. But in the era of climate breakdown and during the sixth mass extinction, is their program really extreme, and who gets to decide this? In this article, CES research fellow Simon Mair and Professor of Social Ecology & Ecological Economics at Leeds university, Julia Steinberger argue that Extinction Rebellion’s program for economic and political reform is well supported by social scientific evidence.

Authors: Mair, S. and Steinberger, J

For the full article please see Open Democracy

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