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

Green, JHH and Cranston, GR and Sutherland, WJ and Tranter H.R., and Bell, SJ and Benton, TG and Blixt, E and Bowe, C and et. al., (2016) Research priorities for managing the impacts and dependencies of business upon food, energy, water and the environment. Sustainability Science. ISSN 1862-4065

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Abstract

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
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11625-016-0402-4
Uncontrolled Keywords: MD Multidisciplinary
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5410 Marketing. Distribution of Products
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2016 10:32
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2017 00:50
DOI or Identification number: 10.1007/s11625-016-0402-4
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4268

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