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Agri-food, Bio-energy & Green-tech

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The production and distribution of food and energy are key to any economy. In the UK, transition to a low-carbon economy is envisaged through technology that enhances the commercial use of knowledge in a competitive global market.

However, choosing a solution is not a simple matter of finding the 'best' technologies – tensions may exist between the multiple aims of agri-food, bio-energy and green-tech policies. Our work analyses the selection of research priorities.

Current projects

Picturing Climate: Participatory Photography and Narrative Storytelling for Climate Change Education

Using arts- and humanities-based methodologies to educate young people in Cuba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Jordan, about the effects of climate change on food security and livelihoods.

Completed projects

Internet of Things: Smart Remote Solar PV Lab

Could remote online laboratories help in training the skilled local engineers and technicians needed around the world if solar energy is to be exploited to the full?

RECIPE: Resources for Community Energy Projects

As the impact of changes in UK government policy increases, a key challenge is to find long-term financial models for projects that are capable of delivering appropriate social and environmental impact.

Knowledge Production for Sustainable Bio-energy

In the UK policy context, the transition to a low-carbon economy is being envisaged through technological solutions which enhance the commercial use of knowledge in a competitive global market place.

Financing Innovation in the UK Environmental and Clean Technology Sector

This project aims to investigate the role of different types of finance for supporting the innovative activity of small and medium sized enterprises (SME) operating in the environmental sector.

Community-Owned Renewable Technology Enterprises and Economic Development

Over the past decade a number of communities in Scotland, mainly in the Highlands and Islands, have succeeded in overturning centuries of (often absentee) landlordism by taking ownership of their land.

Milton Keynes Low-Carbon Living Programme

The Open University is an invited partner in a series of projects under this programme. This includes representation on the Steering and Advisory groups and research work in two projects.

Carbon Saving through Commercialisation of Domestic Micro-Generation Technologies

The purpose of this project is to gain consumer and user perspectives on the adoption and non-adoption of low- and zero-carbon heat technologies.

Co-operative Research on Environmental Problems in Europe (CREPE)

The CREPE project brings together civil society organisations (CSOs) and academics to investigate agri-environmental issues. It will empower and resource CSOs to participate in co-operative research.