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SSS- Achievements 2012-13 Academic Year

Published: 15 June 2013

It’s the end of the academic year 2012-13 and there’s a lot in store for SSS in 2013-14. But before we embark on the year ahead, let’s take a moment to reflect on all the achievements in 2012-13.


Firstly, all of us at Sustainability Science at Southampton (SSS) USRG want to thank all of our members and followers for your engagement with our work throughout 2012-13-as contributors, as readers, as partners and as supporters. 2012-13 has been a very successful year for SSS.

Our mission is to undertake research, teaching and knowledge mobilisation that matters: to do work that promises to make a tangible difference to addressing all three pillars of sustainable development- economic growth, social development and environmental protection.

 Examples of our work in 2012-13 include:

  • Throughout 2012 SSS has published a number of peer reviewed papers, articles and working papers. Our research has reached national and global audiences around significant research developments, including high impact journal research articles in Nature, PNAS, and Science. See our publications page.
  • SSS has harnessed wide ranging expertise across our leading academics to impact policy through Contribution to the UK government's foresight report into "Reducing the Risk of Future Disasters".
  • 2012 also saw the commencement of our biggest ever world-class collaborative research projects- the awarded £7.3M projects (two consortia and several other types of project) funded by the NERC/DFID/ESRC Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)
  • We supported and facilitated innovative opportunities to share research insights with international audiences and impact policy through discussions with Sir John Beddington in early 2012 and Professor Guy Poppy's attendance and presentation at Rio+20.
  • Our dynamic events (workshops, seminar, reading groups) brought together academics, students, staff, the public and practitioners to share their insights in the field of Sustainability Science, including public lecturesat NOCS and the Winchester Science festival; and the successful celebration of the UN World Development and Information Day public seminar.
  • We have opened up learning and are enabling our students to substantively engage in sustainability issues through the unique curriculum innovation modules ‘Global Challenges' and ‘Living with Environmental Change'.
  • There were blogs, a range of social networking activities, and a Global Challenges YouTube Channel which proved extremely successful in reaching public audiences.

Key events in 2012-13 include:

Multidisciplinary Research Week (#MDRWeek)

MDR Week UN World Water Day:

  • Water quality: addressing global problems at source
  • Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)- ASSETS & DELTAS Launch
  • 'Flow' - For Love of Water: Documentary Screening


Our collaborative activities, partnerships and leadership in harnessing wide ranging expertise in Sustainability Science across the University of Southampton have resulted in value added results that would not traditionally be possible.


What's coming up in 2013-14?

We are now looking forward to the year ahead. 2013-14 will bring new developments in the field of Sustainability Science as the global community moves towards the post-Millennium Development Goals (MDG) era. We care passionately about our research and recognise the pressing need to scale up practical solutions to end extreme poverty in all its forms, promote economic growth, and advance environmental sustainability. These challenges are as formidable as any from millennia past. 


Keep an eye on our website and follow us on twitter for the latest SSS news and events.  

With best wishes,

John, Felix, James, Emma (Co-chairs of SSS) & Ali (Research Coordinator)




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