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Horizon scanning newsletters

Horizon scanning newsletters

Project Description The Institute for Environment, Health, Risks and Futures (IEHRF) is based within Cranfield University’s School of Applied Sciences. Our expertise spans the natural, technological, economic and political domains. Our horizon scanning activity is part of a significant project within the Institute, funded by a partnership of government and research council organisations. Horizon scanning is: “The systematic examination of potential threats, opportunities and likely future developments which are at the margins of current thinking and planning...  Overall, it is intended to improve the robustness of ... policies and [the] evidence base.” (Defra, 2002) Horizon scanning provides a regular overview of some of the key issues and insights relevant to your future business. We cannot - and do not want to - present you with everything we find. Instead, this document is designed to inform you - policy and strategy makers, customers and stakeholders - about what we think are important things happening around us. We do not aim to give specialised insights in this document, but instead provide an opportunity to think about how changes, beyond your immediate field of work, may impact your future. Download our horizon scanning newsletters:  
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Annual Key Factors Report 2012

Annual Key Factors Report 2012

The report looks back over the all of the horizon scanning conducted between 2011 and 2012 (and a series of 13 workshops), and identifies the key trends and developments under thirteen key factors. Using these new trends, we report on issues which may influence our clients ability to achieve objectives, in addition to the associated emerging risks, opportunities, challenges and wildcards. Finally, we discuss cross-cutting issues common to all Key Factors which may require collaborative action. This document is designed to inform future research, policy action and strategic reflection, by highlighting emerging issues of strategic importance to the environment and the Defra network. Consumer attitudes and behaviour Health and well-being Science, technology and innovation Energy supply and demand Natural resources and waste management Agriculture, forestry and rural communities Food production, processing and distribution Land use and land management Climate, environment and biodiversity Oceans, marine life and fisheries Economy and industry Globalisation (geo)politics and national security Demographics and urbanisation Reports and downloads CERFs Annual Key Factors Report is now available for download here. If you need help using this report to inform strategic planning in your own organisation, please contact Anna Rathe at a.a.rathe@cranfield.ac.uk
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Valuing cultural ecosystem services with social media and gaming

Valuing cultural ecosystem services with social media and gaming

A horizon scanning report that identifies where social media and gaming techniques are currently/could be used for non-monetary valuation of  cultural ecosystem service provision. Specifically, the report investigated novel opportunities for valuation 1) learning/education, 2) local identity/sense of place, 3)recreation and tourism Downloads and reports Using Social Media and Gaming to Value Cultural Ecosystem Services For more information please contact Anna Rathe (Research Fellow, CERF) at a.a.rathe@cranfield.ac.uk