Innovation-environment interactions

Innovative technologies generally have a range of complex interactions with the natural environment, both positive and negative, as perceived by different societal actors. They can provide more environmentally sustainable systems and improve the quality of life. Achieving the desired benefits while minimising the negative aspects requires an integrated and inclusive analytical approach. Innogen conducts in-depth, rigorous research into these innovation-environment interactions to support the delivery of optimal environmental outcomes from the introduction of innovative technologies.

Projects

Innogen Annual Meeting

3 June 2021

On the 24th May over 30 Innogen members from the Open University and the University of Edinburgh participated in the Institute’s virtual meeting. Following the keynote presentation by Prof. Smita Srinivas on ‘The What, When, How of Policy for Technological Capabilities’, various PIs and PhD students gave short presentations on their work and future plans. Over the course of the day, they were able to exchange ideas and identify new opportunities for collaboration and funding.

Meet our Researchers: Dr Mark Lamont

9 September 2020

Dr Mark Lamont, Lecturer in International Development at The School of Social Sciences & Global Studies Development, The Open University, joined Innogen in June 2020. After completing his PhD in Social Anthropology at The University of Edinburgh, he has worked at The University of Victoria, Canada; Goldsmiths, The University of London; and The British Institute in Eastern Africa. He is currently working on research projects in Kenya that promote sustainable community development and resilience. In this Q&A he highlights the need to redesign the application of social science research to address global challenges and growing inequalities.

Optimising the sustainability of fish farming in Scotland

2 September 2021

Innogen researchers have published a report that examines how innovations in fish farming can contribute to meet multiple government policies and objectives, including Net Zero, a circular economy, zero waste, marine and land biodiversity targets and UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Meet our Researchers: Dr Katie Adam

20 February 2020

We speak with Dr Katie Adam, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on interdisciplinary animal health projects. She trained as a veterinary surgeon at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh and holds a master’s degree in Aquatic Medicine from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science. Before joining Innogen, she worked in clinical veterinary practice and as a field epidemiologist, researching endemic animal diseases. 

Book Launch: Sustainable Futures by Raphael Kaplinsky

17 June 2021

Innogen and the International Development & Innovation research network based in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The Open University are hosting the online launch of Prof. Raphael Kaplinsky’s new book: Sustainable Futures: An Agenda for Action.