From the macro to the micro: analysis from the IES

Robert Ashcroft
January 2015

After several weeks of waiting and delay, the much anticipated Government Science and Innovation strategy statement was finally released on the 17th December.  A collaborative effort between Greg Clark (Minister for Universities, Science and Cities), Vince Cable (Business, Innovation and...

Mark Everard
December 2014

environmental SCIENTIST | The UK NEA: What now? | December 2014

The stated intentions and aims of both the 2011 UK National Ecosystems Assessment (UK NEA)1 and the 2014 UK National Ecosystems Assessment Follow-on (UK NEAFO)...

Robert Ashcroft
December 2014

Over the past few years, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has been keen to highlight investment in science as a “personal priority” (as reiterated in his Autumn...

Richard Broadbent
December 2014
In a fascinating webinar, Richard Broadbent of Natural England, discussed the idea of the scientific method and how the resultant concepts of scientific confidence and uncertainity influenced the legal concept of the Precautionary Principle upon which EU environmental policy is based....
Robert Ashcroft
Discussion paper
November 2014

Our latest energy factsheet looks at the generation of wind energy.  It is widely accepted that to combat climate change we need to increase the proportion of renewables in our energy mix, but windfarm developments can be highly controversial, whether on- or offshore.

The UK is now the...

Robert Ashcroft
November 2014

In putting together his College of Commissioners, new Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has been making some significant early changes in structure and focus.  In the second post of our blog series on The end of a green Europe?, we examine the new Commission structure, and...


Getting to the heart of the issue

On these pages researchers, professionals and members of the IES team provide in depth analysis of news stories, topical issues and emerging science.

A wide range of analysis will appear on this page, but our main themes for 2017 will include:

  • Environmental policy after Brexit
  • The new IES strategy
  • Diversity & inclusion

​If you feel you can contribute to these themes, please get in touch.

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