The Local Nexus Network: Launch Event and Scoping Workshop

The 3DP-RDM network is one of six networks being funded in 2015-16 on the theme of re-distributed manufacturing. We previously advertised the launch event of the Re-distributed Manufacturing in Healthcare Network (RiHN) on 26th March. Another of the RDM networks, the Local Nexus Network will be also be holding its launch event this month.

The theme of this network launch event and scoping workshop is “Building sustainable local nexuses of food, energy and water: from smart engineering to shared prosperity”. It will be held on Monday 23rd March 2015 from 10am – 4.30 pm at the Oxford University Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY.

The event will introduce the Local Nexus Network project to key stakeholders, gather common interests in local nexuses, initiate discussions on the key issues, and start building the community of nexus researchers and practitioners.

This network is for everyone from academia, business, governance or community groups, who is interested in rational integration between food, energy and water, by leveraging geographical proximity between physical, technical, economic, political, and societal resources.

Those wishing to participate should RSVP by Friday 13th March to: Jo Hamilton (Co-ordinator): jo.hamilton@ouce.ox.ac.uk Tel: 01865 275 856.

 
The Local Nexus Network
‘Local nexus’ refers to decentralised food, energy and water systems which interact with each other within the context of local livelihood and environment. The sustainable development of local nexuses has the potential to contribute to the shared prosperity between business and community and between human society and natural ecosystems. This calls for a combination of “smart” engineering (smaller scale technologies, integrated processes) and driving forces from businesses, communities and policy makers.

As one of the six 24-month research networks on re-distributed manufacturing (RDM) funded by the EPSRC and the ESRC, the Local Nexus Network aims to: 1) establish the state of the art of local productions of food, energy and water; 2) generate initial insights to guide researchers, businesses, policy makers and communities who are enthusiastic about exploring the potential of local nexuses, and 3) develop an evidence-based agenda for future research. A key mission of this network is to form an inclusive research and stakeholder community around the theme of local nexuses.

This network was proposed by a multidisciplinary academic team involving six UK universities. The members include Dr Aidong Yang (PI, systems integration), Dr John Ingram (Co-I, food systems) and Jo Hamilton (network co-ordinator) of University of Oxford, and theme leaders including Prof Matthew Leach (Surrey, energy), Prof David Butler and Dr Raziyeh Farmani (Exeter, water), Dr Lisa De Propris (Birmingham, business clusters and models), Dr Laura Purvis (Cardiff, supply chains) and Prof Andy Pike (Newcastle, policy and society). This academic team is supported by representative stakeholders, currently including Nestlé, Innocent, CHPA, Thames Water, Oxford City Council, Good Food Oxford, and FLAG.

Contacts
Dr Aidong Yang (Principal Investigator): aidong.yang@eng.ox.ac.uk
Dr John Ingram (Co-Investigator): john.ingram@eci.ox.ac.uk
Jo Hamilton (Co-ordinator): jo.hamilton@ouce.ox.ac.uk

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