Nexus2020 paper published

Co-designed research themes to tackly global challenges


A research paper showing how collaboration between business and academia can identify the most urgent research priorities to ensure the sustainability of food, energy, water and the environment, is published in the journal Sustainability Science.

The paper draws on the Nexus Network Nexus2020 activities, led by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Nexus2020 engaged over 250 people, including academics and companies such as Asda, EDF Energy, HSBC and Nestlé, to co-produce research priorities that can be investigated and that will lead to outputs that can be practically implemented by business.


Priority themes that emerged include

  • research around development of pragmatic yet credible tools that allow businesses to incorporate the interactions between food, energy and water demands in a changing environment into their decision-making
  • the role of social considerations and livelihoods in business decision-making, in relation to sustainable management
  • identification of the most effective levers for behaviour change
  • understanding incentives or circumstances that allow individuals and businesses to take a leadership stance on these issues.

More information

You can read the paper on Sustainability Science website.

Research priorities for managing the impacts and dependencies of business upon food, energy, water and the environment. Green, J.M.H., Cranston, G.R., Sutherland, W.J. et al. Sustain Sci (2016). doi:10.1007/s11625-016-0402-4

For more information contact Hannah at CISL


This article is taken from The Nexus Network.