July 2018

New MSc course in Sustainable Energy Systems

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At last!   Our new MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems is taking applications now for a start this September in London.

The new course is jointly run with UniSA, kicking off in London with courses on Resource Development and Sustainability, Renewable Energy, Law, Geopolitics and Research methods.  Students then transfer to Adelaide to do my course on […]

June 2018

Environmental Impacts of Deep Sea Mining

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Holly and some co-authors have just written an article for the World Economic Forum, highlight how difficult it might be to manage the environmental impacts from Deep Sea Mining. A key point  is that biodiversity offsetting, where damage in one place is made up for by doing good or preserving biodiversity elsewhere, really isn’t a […]

May 2018

Social Media use in the Energy & Resources Sectors

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Last week Craig presented a paper on ‘Social Media Use in the Australian Energy and Resources Sectors’ at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association meeting in Adelaide, which is the main annual meeting for the O&G industry in Australia.

Building on work that past students have done in Craig’s Social Licensing course, the paper documented […]

April 2018

Congratulations Masha

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We didn’t note it at the time, but Mariya Koleva handed up and defended her PhD thesis earlier in the year.  Masha’s latest paper integrating water processing with environmental considerations is now out at Science of the Total Environment, with a author’s open access version available for 50 days at this link.

Well done!



March 2018

Holly’s Latest Paper on Deep Sea Biodiversity Offsetting

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Open Access Paper at Frontiers in Marine Science – available here

January 2018

ERME Group now based at UniSA – Mawson Lakes Campus

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We’ve moved, geographically at least.  While still part of Engineering at University College London, the ERME Group is now located in the Future Industries Institute at UniSA’s Mawson Lakes campus.  Following the closure of UCL Australia as a stand alone campus at the end of last year, along with the other UCL Australia staff and […]

November 2017

Embedding Research into Teaching

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One of CAS’s areas of teaching at UCL is in the relatively new area of ‘Social Licence to Operate’.  CAS’s MSc module Social Licensing (SERAG018)  is essentially about community engagement for the extractives industry, covering a range of aspects on how industry and their stakeholders actually do/can/should interact – from the theory about what a […]

Hola de Santiago

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Craig is (very briefly) in Santiago this week to present a paper on Social Licensing at the 4th International Conference on Social Responsibility in Mining. Based on work from Chris Bartley’s MSc thesis from a few years ago, we argue that social survey data might better be presented to engineers and finance types using Multidimensional […]

October 2017

Media Attention for Holly’s Research

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A nice summary of some of Holly’s research on Biodiversity Offsetting in the media:  https://www.newsdeeply.com/oceans/articles/2017/10/17/bait-and-switch-scientists-question-use-of-offsets-in-ocean-projects 


New paper published: Optimisation approaches for the synthesis of water treatment plants

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Masha’s paper in Computers and Chemical Engineering has finally appeared, after a long time being ‘in press’.

In the paper Masha has used a mixed integer nonlinear programming (MINLP) model approach to look at optimising complex processes such as water purification. In this case, pretty complex problems required complex solutions and Masha actually used  partially linearised […]

September 2017

New Paper: Realising a vision of no net loss through marine biodiversity offsetting in Australia

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Our latest paper to be published in Ocean & Coastal Management reviews current marine biodiversity offsetting practice in Australia. Our review shows that biodiversity offsetting is being used to regulate the environmental impacts of development projects located in marine areas. We found that the application of key principles for biodiversity offsetting success (no net loss […]

June 2017

New paper in Nature Geoscience

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Holly has just co-authored a short correspondence on Biodiversity Loss from Deep-Sea Mining in Nature Geosciences.  Based on an assessment of the four tiers of mitigation hierarchy (biodiversity loss should be avoided, minimized, remediated and — as a last resort — offset) the paper argues that mining with no net loss of biodiversity in the deep […]

MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources

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May 2017

New research published: Sensitivity of oyster reproduction to antifouling compounds

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Ex-post-doc Laura, Craig, Antony and colleagues from Sweden have just published a paper Low sensitivity of reproductive life-stages in the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) to abamectin in the journal Chemosphere. The paper is pretty much what’s in the title – using a range of ecotoxicology assays, including our new method for assessing sperm motility, we […]

New paper: A global snapshot of marine biodiversity offsetting policy

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A global snapshot of marine biodiversity offsetting policy  is the first paper from Holly Niner’s PhD and  has just appeared in Marine Policy. Abstract pasted below and a free pdf can be downloaded for fifty days, after which an authors’ copy will be available from the UCL research publication service.

Well done Holly!

Abstract:  Biodiversity offsetting is used […]