Research - Articles


Sustainable Cities and Society, Volume 46, February 2019.

A tool to evaluate energy key performance indicators in a neighbourhood has been developed, linking overall climate goals to local measures. Contributing to SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) and 11 (sustainable cities and communities), this research provides decision making support in energy planning.

Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Volume 34, Issue 2, February 2019, Pages 154-166.

This research supports SDGs 2 (zero hunger), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the goals). Ecological intensification aims to use ecosystem services (e.g. pollination and pest management) to sustain agricultural production while minimising environmental impact. Kleijn et al. discuss the benefits of ecological intensification and ways that scientists can better communicate these to farmers.

Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Volume 34, Issue 2, February 2019, Pages 132-138.

This article reflects on the ecological sustainability of insects as food, developing SDG 2 (zero hunger) and SDG 12 (responsible production and consumption). Sustainability of insects for food will be determined by a range of factors including the species reared, the type of feed used and management of waste.

January 18, 2019

Companies can advance SDG 10, reduced inequalities and contribute to SDG 8, decent work for all by ensuring inclusive cultures and attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. This article outlines mistakes companies need to avoid if they are to be truly diverse and inclusive.

Joule, Volume 3, Issue 1, 16 January 2019, Pages 81-100

To achieve goals 7 and 13, we need more renewable energy, and yet the intermittency of renewable sources like wind or solar power means there is a pressing need to develop effective energy storage systems. This Joule study analyses the application-specific lifetime cost for a range of different electricity storage technologies. The analysis strongly suggests that specialized technologies are unlikely to compete with lithium ion battery storage for nearly all applications.

Science of The Total Environment, .Volume 648, 15 January 2019, Pages 669-680

This paper explores the application of fertilisers within Africa and suggests future directions for research to advance SDG 2 (zero hunger). Targeting the production of local and affordable fertilisers will progress both food self-sufficiency and nutrition security.

Ecological Modelling, Volume 391, January  2019, Pages 29-39.

Contributing to SDG 2 (zero hunger) and SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), this research uses a holistic view to create a Food-Energy-Water (FEW) nexus in order to reveal the hidden connections related to food self-sufficiency issues within China and Japan.

Ecological Modelling, Volume 391, Jan 2019, Pages 9-15.

This article explores SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production). The distinctive characteristics, self-efficiency or external dependency of energy demand’s water footprint in China’s two biggest and fastest developing megalopolises are explored.

Kidney International, Volume 95, Issue 2, January 2019, Pages 242-248.

This editorial outlines opportunities to improve our understanding of disparities in kidney disease, the best ways for them to be addressed, and how to streamline efforts toward achieving kidney health equity across the globe. This serves to address SDG 3 (good health and well-being) and SDG 10 (reduced inequalities).

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 99, January 2019, Pages 66-82

This paper advances SDGs 9 and 12 by investigating the construction of strategies aiming to up-scale low-carbon innovations from pilot to full commercial scale. The authors reveal that the growth plans conveyed in the roadmaps are overly optimistic and they call for policy rooted in realistic expectations and adequate to the phase of innovation.