Effective policy and world-class science are both needed to prevent catastrophic environmental degradation on a global scale, yet science and policy often operate in different worlds and to different timelines.
We need to act now to address biodiversity loss, climate change and poverty, interlinked challenges that are undermining human health and wellbeing around the globe.
The social and environmental challenges we face are solvable, but rapid responses are needed. Policymakers and scientists need to work together to develop effective, solution-focused policies to get results.
To encourage researchers to work across disciplines and engage in policy work and outreach, we need to ensure that this essential work is valued and rewarded in academic career paths.
Policymakers and researchers often work at different speeds and can be driven by different incentives. Effective policy needs these communities to be aligned and work together.
Fast-paced research ‘Sprints’
These mobilise the best interdisciplinary research teams from across the University of Oxford and beyond to deliver solutions-focused science that provides the information decision makers need, when they need it. Sprints are undertaken in close collaboration with government at all levels, industry partners, NGOs and local communities. They build a new model for academia to work with stakeholders and catalyse a culture change around how interdisciplinary research and policy engagement is funded and delivered.
Delivering solutions-focused science through co-production with policymakers and feeding into the policy cycle in real-time.How does it work? Can I get involved?
Can we solve the “spin-up” problem in Earth System Modelling?
This sprint will be further developing an Earth System Model algorithm to improve work within Climate Model Intercomparison Project simulations, in partnership with the UK Met Office.
How can we manage uncertainties in habitat greenhouse gas emissions?
This sprint will address the uncertainty in how confident we can be of any climatic benefits resulting from changing land-management.
What do we need to know to safely store CO2 beneath our shelf seas?
This Sprint will build a decision-making framework for the environmental impact assessment of proposed sites for sub-sea CO2 storage in offshore reservoirs.
Advancing Diversity and Inclusion at Agile
The Agile Programme Team is pleased to share our new Diversity and Inclusion Plan. Developing and publishing this plan provided an opportunity for us to reflect on the connections between equality, diversity and inclusion and the environmental sciences. Here, we offer some of the challenges, thinking, and goals that have informed our D&I Plan.1 March 2024
Nature-based Solutions: New knowledge hub for policy-makers and practitioners
The new Nature-based Solutions Knowledge Hub will help practitioners and policymakers to plan, design, implement and monitor NbS with multiple long-term benefits, by taking an integrated approach that blends ecological, social and economic considerations.29 February 2024
New Call for Agile Sprints
The Agile Initiative welcomes Expressions of Interest for new Sprint research projects from Oxford University researchers.15 February 2024
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