Research

Elsevier,

Competition for Water Resources: Experiences and Management Approaches in the US and Europe, 2017, Pages 19-35

This book chapter addresses goals 6 and 12 by providing an overview of water resources in Europe and the associated anthropogenic and natural pressures. It further introduces the main instrument of the European Union (the Water Framework Directive) initiated as a response to the expected water crisis.
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Sustainable Materials and Technologies, July 2017

The development of new high-efficiency magnets and/or electric traction motors using a limited amount of critical rare earths or none at all is crucial for the large-scale deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) and related applications, such as hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and e-bikes. This article shows that the permanent magnet synchronous-traction motor (PSM) remains the technology of choice, especially for hybrid vehicles (HEV and PHEV). Better material efficiency and a larger adoption of motors free of rare earths have the potential to reduce the pressure on rare earths supply for use in electric road transport applications. Reduced reliance on rare earths supports both SDG 9 and SDG 11.
Elsevier,

Social Science & Medicine, Volume 172, January 2017, Pages 115-123.

This research aims to distinguishing hypothetical willingness from behavioural intentions to initiate HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Findings from this study contribute directly to SDG 3 (good health and well-being) and SDG 10 (reduced inequalities).
Elsevier,

The Lancet Psychiatry, Volume 4 No 1 January 2017

In this Comment, Louise Howard and colleagues review the mental health literature and report that many researchers are not considering or reporting the role of sex and gender within their studies. This “gender neutral” approach, they argue, is in fact gender biased, as it undermines scientific validity and efficiency, and means gender-sensitive treatments and services cannot be designed or delivered. The authors call for greater awareness of this issue by funders and journals, and gender parity in mental health research populations.
Elsevier,

Procedia Manufacturing, Volume 8, 2017, Pages 377-384

This paper argues that product stewardship strategies that integrate environmental information along the value chain help enable the transition to a more circular economy. Examples from automotive, ship and aircraft industries are presented, analyzed and discussed. This article explores how the development of a more circular economy supports several of the SDGs, including SDGs 8, 9 and 12 by examining the opportunities sustainable manufacturing offer.
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Sustainable Cities and Society, Volume 28, 2017, Pages 453-465, ISSN 2210-6707

An international review of stormwater regulation and practices, especially for low-exposure, landscape irrigation schemes in urban environments, was undertaken with a view to identifying what could be used in Alberta, Canada. A general lack of clear guidance and regulation to manage stormwater quality and potential public health risks was identified, which could be hindering the uptake of stormwater schemes generally.This related to SDG6 and SDG 11.
Elsevier,

Results in Physics, Volume 7, 2017, Pages 962-968

In this article a new mathematical model incorporating both vaccination and quarantine to study the dynamics of Ebola epidemic has been developed and comprehensively analyzed. The existence as well as uniqueness of the solution to the model is also verified and the basic reproduction number is calculated. Different rates of vaccination to predict the effect of vaccination on the infected individual over time and that of quarantine are discussed. The results show that quarantine and vaccination are very effective ways to control Ebola epidemic, supporting SDG 3.
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Sustainable Cities and Society, Volume 28, 2017, Pages 435-449, ISSN 2210-6707,

Cities are strongly dependent on infrastructures providing essential services, namely Lifeline Systems (LS) that support societal functions, safety, economic prosperity and quality of life. The operation of LS in ordinary conditions as well as after disasters is crucial. The main aim of the paper is to define a System Dynamic Model (SDM) to assess the evolution of resilience of a drinking water supply system in case of natural disasters, with particular attention to the role of both ‘structural’ and ‘non-structural’ parameters drawing on the L’Aquila (Italy) earthquake as a case study.
Elsevier,

Building and Environment, Volume 114, 2017, Pages 178-186

Thirty years of public health research have demonstrated that improved indoor environmental quality is associated with better health outcomes. Recent research has demonstrated an impact of the indoor environment on cognitive function. In high-performing buildings additional benefits to health and productivity may be obtained through green certification. This relates to SDGs 3, 9 and 11.
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Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 67, January 2017, Pages 1420-1435

This article argues that an integrated electricity market in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) would enable an efficient use of the regions vast clean energy resources, in support of SDG 7. Ppossible techniques that help expedite the renewable power generations to overcome the limitations associated with the establishment of the ASEAN power grid (APG) are explored, as well as future research direction in enhancing the utilization of APG for ASEAN.

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