Mapping and costing waste inefficiencies in the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus
This £1m 3-year project, WASTE FEW ULL, co-ordinated by the Belmont Forum and JPI Europe, aimed to map and substantially reduce waste (resource inefficiencies) in the urban food-energy-water (FEW) nexus in city-regions across three continents: Europe, Africa and South America.
To do this we established four Urban Living Labs (ULL) in Bristol (UK), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Campinas (Brazil) and Cape Town (South Africa) to:
a) map resource flows
b) identify critical inefficiencies
c) agree the response most appropriate to the local context (e.g. policy intervention, technology diffusion)
d) model the market and non-market economic value of each intervention
e) engage with decision-makers to close each loop
Each international partner is funded by their own country funding agency. UK funders are InnovateUK, ESRC and AHRC.
db+a co-led the bid with University of Coventry's Centre for Agro-ecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) and worked closely with Professor Sue Charlesworth and other leads on overall programme delivery.
db+a was primarily responsible for coordinating the UK Urban Living Lab and its stakeholders in Bristol with Schumacher Institute, and for leading the work package on real world impact planning across the international consortium.
We worked closely with University of Bath and CICERO (Norway) on economic valuation, with University of Reading on the integration of design thinking, and University of Santa Cruz (US) on international integration and outreach.
Coventry University contributed two fully funded PhDs:
· System Dynamics Modelling of Linked Circular Economies
· Agent-Based Modelling of Linked Circular Economies
Outputs & Impact
Click here for academic publications
Click here for project website (hosted by UoSanta Cruz)
Click here for 2-page Briefing Note on the Bristol Urban Living Lab.
Click here for JPI Urban Europe Blog on the Bristol Urban Living Lab - online version here
Click here for review of main impacts and outcomes from the project