Research - Articles


Reliability Engineering & System Safety, Volume 182, February 2019, Pages 258-268.

This paper proposes a Coloured Petri Net modelling technique as a tool for modelling the community pharmacy dispensing process. The novelty of this approach is the ability to perform the evaluation of process reliability and efficiency in a single simulation-based model. This should support SDG 3 (good health and well-being) and 12 (responsible consumption and production).

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 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.

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.

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 111, 2019,Pages 173-184. 

Advancing SDG 9.5 (enhance scientific research), this review explores experimental techniques for the assessment of micro- and nanoplastics in the environment. Enhanced research into these environmental pollutants may further support SDGs 12 (responsible consumption and production), 14 (life below water) and 15 (life on land).

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).

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 111, 2019,Pages 37-46.

Contributing to SDGs 9.5 (enhance scientific research), 14 (life under water) and 15 (life on land), this article identifies research priorities for current and future studies on microplastics and their interaction with organisms.

United Nations Development Programme, January 2019

This analysis of 160 cases of artificial intelligence (AI) being used for social good touches on all 17 of the SDGs, with Goal 3, good health and wellbeing, being particularly well documented in terms of AI for good.

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.