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Research priorities for managing the impacts and dependencies of business upon food, energy, water and the environment

Green, JMH and Cranston, GR and Sutherland, WJ and Tranter, HR and Bell, SJ and Benton, TG and Blixt, E and Bowe, C and Broadley, S and Brown, A and Brown, C and Burns, N and Butler, D and Collins, H and Crowley, H and DeKoszmovszky, J and Firbank, LG and Fulford, B and Gardner, TA and Hails, RS and Halvorson, S and Jack, M and Kerrison, B and Koh, LSC and Lang, SC and McKenzie, EJ and Monsivais, P and O Riordan, T and Osborn, J and Oswald, S and Price Thomas, E and Raffaelli, D and Reyers, B and Srai, JS and Strassburg, BBN and Webster, D and Welters, R and Whiteman, G and Wilsdon, J and Vira, B (2017) Research priorities for managing the impacts and dependencies of business upon food, energy, water and the environment. Sustainability Science, 12. pp. 319-331. ISSN 1862-4065

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© 2016, The Author(s). Delivering access to sufficient food, energy and water resources to ensure human wellbeing is a major concern for governments worldwide. However, it is crucial to account for the ‘nexus’ of interactions between these natural resources and the consequent implications for human wellbeing. The private sector has a critical role in driving positive change towards more sustainable nexus management and could reap considerable benefits from collaboration with researchers to devise solutions to some of the foremost sustainability challenges of today. Yet opportunities are missed because the private sector is rarely involved in the formulation of deliverable research priorities. We convened senior research scientists and influential business leaders to collaboratively identify the top forty questions that, if answered, would best help companies understand and manage their food-energy-water-environment nexus dependencies and impacts. Codification of the top order nexus themes highlighted research priorities around development of pragmatic yet credible tools that allow businesses to incorporate nexus interactions into their decision-making; demonstration of the business case for more sustainable nexus management; identification of the most effective levers for behaviour change; and understanding incentives or circumstances that allow individuals and businesses to take a leadership stance. Greater investment in the complex but productive relations between the private sector and research community will create deeper and more meaningful collaboration and cooperation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div E > Manufacturing Systems
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 18:57
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 05:58