The Economic and Social Research Council and the Brazilian funding agencies CONFAP and CNPq are collaborating on a new Nexus Social Science research programme, under the recently launched Newton Fund.
The programme will foster long-term relationships between academics and practitioners in UK and Brazil, that promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries, and will build on work already undertaken on the social science of the food, water, energy, environment nexus.
ESRC invites leading UK academics and non-academics to be selected for a two-day workshop in London, to develop the scope of the programme, on 13 and 14 April 2015.
The key challenges include:
- Sustainable prosperity – financing the green economy and sustainable growth; economic threats and opportunities of the sustainability agenda; innovative green growth.
- Resilience and societal transformations – preparedness in coping with shocks; security of and competition for resources; issues of resource conflicts.
- Consumption – behavioural and socio-cultural changes; understanding and encouraging sustainable behaviours; new technologies and public acceptance.
- Shaping public policy – innovative methods development in complexity; analysis and testing of climate change mitigation and adaptation interventions.
- Governance of sustainable resource use – equitable access to resources, and understanding trade-offs; externalities and challenges to existing governance.
The aim of the workshop will be to consider a shortlist of thematic options. The outcomes of the workshop will feed into the Funders’ final decision on the themes for the strategic calls under this programme. As your role is only advisory, participation in the workshop will not preclude you from applying to these calls in future.
Apply to attend
If you would like to be considered for this workshop, please submit the following to Alexa Mills firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 20 March 2015:
- a one-page CV.
- an outline of your expertise and research interests in relation to the key challenges identified.
- any international collaborations.
You should be available for both dates and accommodation will be provided for those required to travel.
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