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News archive 2018

LEEP news stories from 2018.


Professor Ian Bateman featured in WIRED magazine

Professor Ian Bateman (Director - LEEP Institute, University of Exeter Business School) was interviewed for WIRED magazine's article, 'From ethics to accountability, this is how AI will suck less in 2019'.

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SWEEP project helps Dartmoor National Park to prepare for population rise

Specialists in economics and ecology from the SWEEP team have been working closely with Dartmoor National Park Authority to produce a new study looking into the possible effects and opportunities of a growing local population in surrounding areas on the special qualities of the National Park.

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Professor Ian Bateman presents at The RSA Taunton Seminar on Food, Farming and Countryside

Professor Ian Bateman visited Bridgwater & Taunton College Cannington Campus today to present at The RSA Taunton Seminar on Food, Farming and Countryside, to discuss 'Food, Farming and the Countryside: Policy directions and decision making'.

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NEVO tool successfully launched

The LEEP Institute's NEVO tool was successfully launched today via webinar, which was hosted by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network.

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The RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission publish progress report

"We cannot carry on treating our food, farming and countryside as we do currently. We are failing our citizens, our communities and our environment."

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LEEP article published in the 'Historic England: Heritage Online Debate'

LEEP Institute article entitled, 'ORVal: The Outdoor Recreation Valuation Tool,' published in the 'Historic England: Heritage Online Debate'

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Economics Department and LEEP Institute win prestigious Turing Award

The University of Exeter Business School is delighted to announce that through collaboration between the Economics Department and the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP), the research team has been awarded a prestigious Turing-HSBC-ONS Economic Data Science Award.

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LEEP article published in the Land Use Policy journal

'Public Funding for Public Goods: A Post-Brexit Perspective on Principles for Agricultural Policy,' written by Professor Ian Bateman and Ben Balmford has been published in the Land Use Policy jounal.

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No-deal Brexit

Professor Ian Bateman has commented on the Farming guidance papers, which were published by the Government today and provide guidance on how to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

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Gemma Delafield, Will Ingram and Elena Dimitriou - How can PhD students engage in the science-policy interface?

Will Ingram, Gemma Delafield, and Elena Dimitriou give their take-home messages from a science-policy workshop held at the University of Exeter, to which Royal Society policy staff contributed.

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Natural Capital Committee receives significant mention in 'The Government's 25 Year Plan for the Environment'

The Natural Capital Committee has received a number of mentions within the recently published 'The Government's 25 Year Plan for the Enviriment' document.

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Gemma Delafield wins Best Presenter award

Gemma Delafield (PhD Student - LEEP Institute) has won the award for Best Presenter at the Annual PGR Students Conference in Economics.

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Bringing health and the environment into decision making: The Natural Capital Approach

Professor Ian Bateman and Dr Ben Wheeler's paper has been published by The Rockerfeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health.

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Professor Richard Brazier wins the Pride of Devon 2018 Environment award

Professor Richard Brazier has won the Pride of Devon  Environment award  for his work on reducing flooding, improving water and soil quality, and land management.

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The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has launched a new report; The future for food, farming, and the environment.

The inquiry focused on the impact of leaving the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and whether the Government’s proposals will deliver on its ambitions to both increase farm competitiveness and enhance the environment.

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SWEEP Team Engagement Day

On Wednesday 23rd May 2018, a SWEEP Team Engagement day was held with local ecologists, in the Braunton Countryside Centre in North Devon and followed by a tour of the Braunton Burrows, the core of the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere.

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A response to the Defra Consultation

Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit

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Future Farms & Landscapes workshops

On the evening of Thursday 12th April, we held the first of several workshops with local farmers in North Devon.

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LEEP Institute contribute to new HM Treasury 'The Green Book'

University of Exeter expertise has been extensively adopted by the government in creating new guidelines on how to evaluate how money is spent on new policies, projects and programmes.

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Academics launch report for Rockefeller Foundation

Experts at the University of Exeter have contributed to an international report on how to bring health and the environment into global policy-making.

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Response to Michael Gove’s speech at the Oxford Farming Conference

Professor Ian Bateman, welcomed the overall direction of the policy outlined by Mr Gove but warned that a firm timetable needs to be agreed for change.

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