Research - Articles


TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 111, 2019, Pages 62-72.

This article expresses the need for standardized analytical methods and techniques in microplastic research, supporting SDGs 9.5 (enhance scientific research), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 14 (life under water) and 15 (life on land).

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 Elsevier Atlas Award winning article explores the use of fertilisers within Africa to improve food security. It suggests critical future research directions to advance progress towards SDG 2 (zero hunger). Research and development of local and affordable fertilizers could enhance Africa's agricultural production significantly, increasing 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.

Sustainable Cities and Society, Volume 44, Jan 2019, Pages 475-487.

This article supports SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities).This paper ranks 28 European capital cities based on how smart and sustainable they are. The results will help cities understand where they stand and give policy makers an opportunity to identify areas for improvement while leveraging areas of strength.

Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Volume 34, Issue 1, January 2019, Pages 57-68.

In support of global conservation targets SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG15 (life on land), the Aichi Targets of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity have provided a set of clear conservation targets. The authors argue that scenarios and models are not currently being used to their full potential.

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).

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry,
Volume 112,
Pages 52-65

Supporting SDG 9.5 (enhance scientific research), this review provides a roadmap of current analytical methods for microplastic and nanoplastic research. Enhanced research capabilities in this area may in turn support progress towards SDGs 12 (responsible consumption and production), 14 (life below water) and 15 (life on land).

Futures, Volume 105, January 2019, Pages 155-165.

Relating to SDGs 3 (Good Health and Well-being) and 13 (Climate Action), this Elsevier Atlas Award winning article explores the need for de-growth in developed nations as part of a global effort to tackle climate change and the structural sources of potential short-term wellbeing losses from a sociological perspective.