The supply (and security of supply) of energy, water and food and the production of waste are at the forefront of global debate, being a constant source of uncertainty in planning for the future

Their impacts on wellbeing and economic development are complex due to their interplay with national regulations and internationally negotiated treaties. Our rapidly expanding resource use has created environmental impacts that present us with the most challenging agendas for the 21st century. Proceeding with existing production methods and consumption habits, exacerbated by the ever increasing global engines of growth, will further erode our scarce resources increasing pollution, contributing to and creating global economic instabilities. Hence, transformative solutions to low-carbon resource production combined with demand reductions will need to be at the core of our policies, not only to address resource scarcity but also the impact of our changing climate.

To fully understand how energy, water, waste and food flow within and through our cities we need to consider not only their quantities, but also the reasons for their movement (what is causing their demand), who is paying for them and who controls them. In this way we not only understand how an energy source such as oil moves into, around and out of cities, but also what forms it takes (e.g., gasoline), what those forms are used for and hence how it is consumed (e.g., to power cars) and why the demand for those forms exists (e.g., to travel to work).

We must also understand the need for these resources in the first place, how locally controlled resources increase (or otherwise) resource security, the need for and use of local materials, and alternative paradigms for resource security.

Research Theme Team

Chris Rogers Chris Rogers
Principal Investigator University of Birmingham
Susan Lee Susan Lee
Researcher University of Birmingham
Christopher Bouch Christopher Bouch
Researcher University of Birmingham
Joanne Leach Joanne Leach
Research Fellow University of Birmingham
No picture available Dexter Hunt
Researcher co-investigator University of Birmingham
Martin Locret-Collet Martin Locret-Collet
Doctoral Student University of Birmingham
Marianna Cavada Marianna Cavada
Researcher University of Birmingham
No picture available Valeria De Laurentiis
PhD Student University of Birmingham
Jonathan Ward Jonathan Ward
PhD Student University of Birmingham

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