Category: Climate Impact

Rigorous, open-access analysis and data can drive business towards net zero

Achieving a net zero transition requires co-ordination and concerted effort by multiple stakeholders across the economy, including investors. Discussing the Transition Pathway Initiative at the Grantham Research Institute at LSE, Carmen Nuzzo explores …

Asking SMART questions can link sustainability research to practitioner needs

Despite large investments in research and development, India struggles to translate sustainability research into tangible impacts that help solve environmental challenges across its large geography. Anjali Neelakantan and Veena Srinivasan suggest this …

When more is less – what makes environmental data useful?

Improvements in technology and data processing now enable the effects of air pollution to be monitored by individuals. However, as Dawn Nafus discusses this radical singularisation poses challenges for broad-based community action. From computer vision…

The Future Is Now: An Introduction to Prefigurative Politics – review

The Future Is Now: An Introduction to Prefigurative Politics explores how prefigurative politics can help us to reimagine how we live in the face of climate change and ecosystems’ collapse. This stimulating volume, masterfully edited by Lara Monticelli…

Is sustainability research the victim or saviour of a broken academic publishing system?

Considering how sustainability research fits into the landscape of academic publishing and responding to a critique that half of sustainability research adds little to the field, Thomas Bauwens, Denise Reike and Martin Calisto argue that rather than be…

Resilience without accountability holds back transformative change

The concept of resilience is often positioned as a solution to social challenges, notably the unfolding climate crisis. However, as Benedikt Fecher, Ali Aslan Gümüsay, Stephan Bohn and Anna Jobin discuss, resilience on its own is insufficient without a…

Building Institutional Memory for Research Projects – Why education is key to long-term change

Research Impact, especially as conceptualised in the Research Excellence Framework, is often seen as bounded within a clearly defined project timeframe. In this post, Ryan Nolan, discusses how the National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research (N…

Transformation by design or by disaster – Why we need more transformative research now

Global society is beset with many ‘wicked problems’ that are unlikely to be resolved by traditional disciplinary research methods. In this post, Kristina Bogner, Michael P. Schlaile and Sophie Urmetzer discuss the concept of transformative research and…

Joining the Scientist Rebellion – Can research have impact without losing neutrality?

As the world focuses its attention on COP-27 the question of what role science and researchers should play in driving the response to the Climate Crisis is central. As researchers in growing numbers subscribe to movements, such as Scientist Rebellion, …