Challenges and Futures for new technologies: finding (e)quality in work, water and food in the energy frontiers

Lead Research Organisation: University of Strathclyde
Department Name: Human Resource Management

Abstract

This interdisciplinary, exploratory agenda focuses on maturing 'low carbon' innovations and policy for agroenergy and, often competing, localised social technologies in food and energy production in south Goias state and northern UK. It does so through two exploratory field visits and two subsequent collaborative pilot research periods. These pilots integrate a baseline geo-mapping survey with worker interviews to explore the implications of ethanol production in north England (from corn) and south Goias (from sugarcane) for the availability and quality of work, of water and of land for food production. These sites are of local, regional and global economic and environmental significance. Secondly, two component case studies of local, participative and potentially socially, environmentally and financially sustainable approaches to food and energy production will be drawn from coastal Scotland and south Goias. These activities form the basis for two complimentary workshops, with a focus on policy and technical innovation towards enhanced social and environmental futures for food and energy production and three structured meetings between partners, senior institutional staff and students to establish and resource an enduring, interdisciplinary research agenda and collaborative postgraduate training. The process will be filmed as part of project learning and dissemination. The project stages are set out below alongside the name of the individual applicant with responsibility for each.
Rationale: BP investment in agrofuel in UK and Brazil typifies recent market diversification by hydrocarbon/0etrochemical majors, and the issues regarding designated technologies: further market capture and concentration may have implications for work and natural resource allocation, while the socio and bio-diverse impacts of food conversion to energy crops remain under analysed. Secondly, Scotland's impressive record as an EU leader in renewable energy and stated aim to attain energy self-sufficiency from renewable resources by 2020 rests heavily on wind and water. Resource scarcity has forced islanders into innovating and maintaining community owned, sustainable energy alternatives leading to repopulation. Furthermore, in its coastal, rural areas short supply chains and low tillage have been among distinct and instructive survival and policy strategies of small farmers and their associations.
Activity: Three day Spring school on 'human and physical resources in the production of renewable energy' with UFG visitors, staff and students of Dept CEE, Dept HRM, Technology and Innovation Centre, existing research partners from Poland and Hungary and stakeholders from public, commercial and social sectors. (E Joao and P Stewart)
Activity -Formal partner meeting
Activity- Pilot Research period 1. Two Postgraduate researchers (CEE and HRM) and one from UFG accompanied by Brian Garvey (HRM). Scoping research that geo-maps the physical influence of ethanol production on land and water use in Hull, provides for preliminary interviews with workers in the sector. Case study development of sustainable food and energy production in coastal Scotland based on community interviews. (B Garvey)

Stage 2 Brazil
Activity - Stewart, João, Garvey and postgraduate researcher in UFG. Field visits to south Goias expansion of agrofuel production for national and EU market.

Planned Impact

The UK-Goias link provides an opportunity of scoping research with international strategic relevance for future food and energy innovation. UK is faced with a diverse range of possible energy technologies; Scotland seeks to be 100% self-sufficient on renewable energy by 2020. Since Kyoto protocol introduced mandates for lower carbon emissions in EU countries, Brazil has boasted the world's first integrated energy matrix and has been a key source of both biofuels for the global market and a key site for investment by oil and food majors. Between low carbon policy and newly emerging agroenergy commodity production, however, exist more localised and potentially sustainable alternatives that suggest that quality at work and environmental sustainability may be further enhanced through promoting the development and transfer of socially orientated technologies and policy agendas.


By engaging scientists across disciplines in key sites of production of emerging energy forms in UK and Brazil we seek to better quantify the opportunities, or indeed risks, for dwellers in these local (rural) areas, their integration or exclusion from developments and question the evident asymmetry between the transnational political influence of industrial leaders of new innovations and the communities relying on land and water in these regions. We wish to establish a collaborative methodology across sciences in UK and Brazil in this exploratory project towards future solution based policy and technical innovation that enhances inclusive, financially, environmentally and socially viable strategies for energy and food production alongside stakeholders whose welfare, income and security are closely linked to the questions of research.

The research will strengthen international partnerships between researchers and institutes involved, open the possibility to exchange researchers and undergraduate and postgraduate students and co-develop programmes of common interest and transnational relevance.
 
Title Land: a labour of life 
Description This is a 193 minute film made in Scotland and Brazil as party of the Newton Fund that brings industry, community and labour perspectives on new energy forms, impacts on food production and work 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact a screening schedule is planned for spring to academic and non academic audiences 
URL https://youtu.be/Zqnj3KDdNl0
 
Description The pilot research and academic exchanges identified particular challenges and future opportunities related to the research themes:
Challenges
- The absolute priority placed on cutting costs by major agroenergy and food corporations (often in breach of law) tied to intense market compromises longer term social and environmental security
- Social conflicts are increasing over access to land and water as result of large dam and plantation constructions, contamination from industrial chemicals, and structural unemployment
-A lack of regular, independent monitoring of surface and ground water, soil and labour utilisation and quality in new energy frontiers compromises claims of corporate responsibility linked to market certification
-Policy at national and international level continues to support larger commercial interests than smaller producers of food and energy in Scotland or Brazil
-new systems of food and energy production must be economically attractive to the relevant communities


Future opportunities for research and impact
-New energy technologies such as solar, hydro, biomass and organic residues do offer potential for social and ecological improvements in rural areas of study
- The cost of new technologies and their implementation, training and maintenance do require further political will and investment
-Projects that are designed with appropriate scale, community involvement and integrated energy sources can lead to social and economic benefits and justice that are less reliant on or independent of fossil fuel energy networks
- More rigorous monitoring of direct and indirect implications of new energy technologies on water and land quality and use and adherence to national labour laws is required
- There is a strong potential for further exchange of experiences and practices between Brazil and Scotland. This is particularly regarding community participation in small scale sustainable energy systems in Scotland, and successful seed storage, co-operative and locally networked forms of food production linked to traditional and agrarian reform settlements in Brazil
-The interlinkages between energy extraction and use, the quality and health of labour and dependency on soil and water resources for future sustainability demand further interdisciplinary approaches to research and development, monitoring, assessment and evaluation of existing and alternative technologies
Exploitation Route Community scale renewable and sustainable energy system examples demonstrated by the research have enabled specific Scottish communities to establish themselves as places for academic study and eco-tourism providing a boost to their local economic situation; however, these are not yet fully developed to cover all energy demands. Current engineering design process covers financial, energy and possibly carbon, there is also occasionally an environmental impact assessment, there is however no design process which captures the required multi-criteria sustainability assessment including society, work, water, environment, ecology, health etc. to support balanced decision making on future strategy. Such assessment methods are currently unavailable and should be developed and piloted in the Brazil and Scotland focus locations.
Opportunities: The opportunity exists to develop energy and sustainability assessment and design methods. These could then be applied to develop future roadmaps for the Scottish Communities (Islands and Grid Connected) already at the energy frontier.
Other Communities aspiring to become energy independent and have local sustainable systems (e.g. Kinlochleven) can then also be supported with multi-faceted sustainability assessment methods used in planning and design of appropriate local energy systems.
The development of similar initiatives for Rural Workers Temporary Camps and Permanent Settlements in Brazil incorporating the use of multi criteria assessment methods in design and implementation of local energy systems can give potential for local employment and economic benefits as seen in Scotland. For temporary settlements (and possibly also more permanent locations) there would appear to be an opportunity to develop a modular portable renewable energy system in a box. This could be expanded to provide additional social facilities.
Whether in Scotland or Brazil, the costs involved remain problematic in the absence of greater resource availability linked to policy change towards the realisation of these solutions. The indirect value associated with social benefits of local renewable systems needs to be accounted for.
First, the dire link between water and agriculture translates to concerns about water quality and quantity due to activities such as sugarcane biofuel, cotton and soy production. Agriculture requires vast amounts of water and the pesticides and fertilisers used for this activity pose a risk to the quality of water resources. Future research can explore this area and collect quantifiable data in the realms of water quality and quantity.
In some areas of the state of Goiás, there are concerns about energy generation through small scale hydroelectric plants. Future research can investigate the dynamics of the industry in the area and specifically identify the latent water conflicts that can potentially emerge. Special emphasis should be given to the environmental impact assessments (EIA) done prior to the construction of these plants.
Water is essential for people's livelihoods. During the exploratory fieldwork some issues regarding water access and sanitation were identified. Further research is needed in order to identify and bridge the gaps in this realm. Future efforts should take into account the socio-economic dynamics of rural communities and identify possible solutions for enhancing people's livelihoods through the provision of clean water in adequate quantities.
To conclude, future research needs to investigate how to enhance data monitoring with regards of water quality and quantity. There is a clear need from both the civil society and environmental authorities to work in this direction. The lack of data introduces a level of uncertainty on all the identified water conflicts and issues.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice

URL http://www.workandglobalisation.com
 
Description The pilot research led to a presentation to, and follow up meeting with the Secretaria Estadual Goias, recursos hidricos, the State water authority regarding monitoring of public water courses.The research has also contributed in-camera briefing to and as academic advisor on the food strategy policy document, 'Plenty' presented to Scottish government. It has informed the Council of the Small isles, western Scotland who requested further partnership Findings informed a subsequently successful applications to Newton Fund British Council Research Links, to 2 EPSRC grants, and two KE grants. The film, Terra/Land has been presented to government, at public engagement festival (Edinburgh) and in Brazil. We have been consulted by Scottish Government in relation to our development of a new assessment tool kit for community renewable energy schemes and have received an implementation grant for it application in three locales in Brazil. The published work as a result of this has been referenced in a report by the key international market certification organisation (BONSUCRO) for ethanol export.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Public Policy, Territory and Labour
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact A significant impact of this group to date has been the securing of food banks in rural communities of Goias, a practice that, with statutory support has grown exponentially in terms of families involved, greatly enhancing local food and livelihood security.
URL https://laboter.iesa.ufg.br/p/3464-nucleos-e-linhas-de-pesquisas
 
Description Statement to committee for the international certficiation of sugar and ethanol trade, BONSUCRO
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description EPSRC Global Challenges Large Grant Institutional sponsorship
Amount £240,178 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P511055/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description EPSRC Impact Acceleration
Amount £9,900 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/K503861/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 04/2017
 
Description Knowledge Exchange
Amount £4,600 (GBP)
Organisation University of Strathclyde 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2015 
End 10/2015
 
Description Newton Fund Research Grant UK-Brazil ESRC and CONFAP
Amount £98,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/MO11577/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 12/2015
 
Description Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop Grant
Amount £42,200 (GBP)
Funding ID 228971714- 
Organisation British Council 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2016 
End 01/2017
 
Description Scottish Universities Insight Institute Knowledge Exchange
Amount £19,700 (GBP)
Organisation Scottish Universities Insight Institute 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2016 
End 05/2017
 
Title New assessment tool kit 
Description Since this grant we have received £19,700 from the Scottish Universities Insight Institute to devise an interdisciplinary tool kit for the assessment of community renewable energy projects in Scotland and Brazil. This tool kit integrates assessment of the physical environment (Civil and Env. Engineering, Strathclyde), the energy potential from natural resources (Mech. and Aerospace Engineering, Strathclyde), the socio-economic character and aspirations of local communities (Business Schools of Strathclyde and Herit-Watt) and societal and cultural values (Cultural and Media studies, University West of Scotland). It involves four third sector organisations in its development and will be launched in May 2017. I 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact It is envisaged that this tool kit will be the preferred assessment tool used in relation to ambitious plans from the Scottish Government towards community energy schemes, and community ownership of assets under the Community Empowerment Act 2015. It has been discussed at a meeting in the Scottish Parliament in February 2017 in relation to policy and practice of community consultation for installation of new projects. It will be formally launched to the Scottish Government and Scottish Rural Parliament in September 2017. 
URL http://www.scottishinsight.ac.uk/Programmes/Programmes20162017/ABridgeOverTroubledWaters.aspx
 
Title agroenergy expansion 
Description Using the Laboter digitial laboratory of our collaborators Federal University of Goias, the project created maps of sugarcane expansion between 2006 and 2014 in the SW Goias region of study and the relation to water courses and native habitat Wew also collaborated to compile a database of changing employment statistics within the sector in four municiaplities between 2006 and 2015, allowing for comparative study over space and time 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The work has been presented and informed dialogue with industrial leaders in a 2015 Sao Paulo conference 
URL http://www.workandglobalisation.com
 
Description ESALQ University Sao Paulo 
Organisation University of Sao Paulo
Department Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture
Country Brazil 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Due to their expertise on food and agricultural technologies, Strathclyde complemented the Newton Fund grant with a £4600 Knowledge exchange grant that facilitated their involvement in workshops and field visits.
Collaborator Contribution 2000-ESALQ reciprocated Strathclyde hosting of a Professor for the Newton Funded international workshop and field visit by hosting four Strathclyde acadmics in Sao Paulo for an international symposium, providing food and transport for our participation
Impact Professor Sandra Cruz availed of an internal knowledge exchange grant to present at our Newton Fund workshop on challenges and futures for new technologies. She brought expertise in agricultural technologies to our workshop with energy engineers, environmental engineers, geographers, architects and sociologists and political economists. Her institution subsequently hosted a major sympoisum, on our request, with trade unions, ethanol business leaders and political representatives. They are partners in a proposal to ESRC and FAPESP for a three year project to integrate food and energy technologies in a rural settlement in Sao Paulo
Start Year 2015
 
Description Newton Fund UK Brazil Research Strathclyde Goias 
Organisation Federal University of Viçosa
Country Brazil 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This collaboration began during a visit a co-researcher in 2012 and 2013 to Goias state in Brazil. The Federal University of Goias (UFG) hosted the researcher and provided field and laboratory access and hosted the first of a new seminar series based on this research agenda. This research has been published and presented in UK, Brazil and Europe. Strathclyde through two internal knowledge exchange grants supported mobilities and Strathclyde became a co-organiser of the second in this seminar series in 2013 and I made a research visit and presentation in 2014. Following a MoU between the universities our joint application to the Newton Fund Research Project furthered the research agenda across disciplines.
Collaborator Contribution UFG provided office space, lab access, transport to and from remote field sites (car and driver) for our researcher for our initial research. They hosted annual seminars that invited our participation, introduced us to state funding agencies and signed a MoU with the business school. They collaborated on a conference presentation in Brazil and publication. They were Brazilian lead partner on two successful Newton Fund bids and involved three staff and 2 students in research exchanges, presenting at Strathclyde international workshop and pilot field visits. They will host our upcoming collaborative international Newton Fund workshop.
Impact Co-hosting international workshops and seminars in UK and Brazil Successive, successful joint funding applications to ESRC, British Council, FAPEG, CONFAP Newton Fund, EPSRC, Scottish Insight. Undergraduate and post graduate secondments. Staff mobilities between institutions. Memorandum of Understanding International assessment of PhD submissions Pilot research published in leading journals. New research network with Strathclyde, Goias and institutions from Mexico, Brazil and Mozambique, 'Socio-environmental dynamics'.
Start Year 2012
 
Description State University of Goias 
Organisation State University of Campinas
Country Brazil 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The research team presented at the institution and we in turn hosted by the municipal authorities in the city of Quirinopolis to present findings.
Collaborator Contribution The partner organised the industry site visit to the ethanol distillery Sao Francisco; accompanied field visits, arranged industry and third sector visits and provided students who are working in energy sector for interview
Impact Currently preparing an academic for submission Website Project report Meeting with Secretary of Environment
Start Year 2015
 
Description UNICAMP energy department 
Organisation State University of Campinas
Country Brazil 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Strathclyde availed of a Knoweldge exchange grant to complement the Newton Fund activity and host a renewable energy expert from UNICAMP for the international workshop
Collaborator Contribution in 2015 UNICAMP reciprocated Strathclyde hosting of a Professor for the Newton Funded international workshop and field visit by planning and bringing particular expertise to a Sao Paulo international symposium, providing food and transport for our participation
Impact The Professor Arnaldo Walter contributed to a subsequent symposium in Sao Paulo on the sugar and ethanol sector and willing participant in a future ESRC/FGAPESP application
Start Year 2016
 
Description Brazil Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This workshop was fist hosted in 2013 when Strathclyde researcher B Garvey was invited to present and has developed, with assistance of Newton Fund to an international gathering to look at effects of internationalisation of sugar and ethanol industry on land, labour and livelihoods and water resources in Goias : 3º WORKSHOP SOBRE "A EXPANSÃO DA AGROINDÚSTRIA CANAVIEIRA EM GOIÁS -BRASIL: EFEITOS SOCIOAMBIENTAIS E PRECARIZAÇÃO DO TRABALHO NO CAMPO. This brought together academics and students from Brazil, UK, Mozambique and third sector and social organisations, Trade unions and the secretary for water resources for Goiania. This engagement allowed for followup pilot research undertaken buy Strathclyde Catalina Silva-Plat who was seconded at UFG and provided a background to the issues before a field excusion to SW and NE Goias. It provided a strong basis for recommendation emerging from the Netwon Fund. The research team from Strathclyde presented to the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.workandglobalisation.com
 
Description European Sociology Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact P Stewart and B Garvey along with Federal University of Goias PhD candidate presented a paper on the Newton Fund research to the European Sociological Association Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, 2015. As a result they were invited to join the ESA's political economy research cluster and are submitting a joint paper to the Journal of Economy and Society
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.workandglobalisation.com
 
Description Findhorn workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Strathclyde research team for the Newton Fund were invited to co-organise, present and participate in a 'Harnessing Community Energy' conference at the ecovillage, Findhorn, a home of various sustainable food, energy and architecture solutions. Two post graduate students subsequently, completed research studies, Strathclyde's Paul Tuohy continues to be part of the formal energy working group for the village and has been working with the Foundation of further energy projects. the visit facilitated an exchange between key journalists in public media who contributed to the accompanying film and representatives for the UN training programme in Scotland who have invited contact regarding further UK-Brazil projects along this theme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.workandglobalisation.com
 
Description Hull petroleum visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The visit to the petrochemical and bioethanol plants along the Hull estuary brought Masters students to a major hydrocarbon based industry and to a 'green' energy plant and to trade union offices from where they developed theses on land, water use and work. These students in turn presented their work to around 50 participants at one session of the international workshop hosted by Strathclyde linked to the Newton Fund
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.workandglobalisation.com
 
Description Industry visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A visit to the hydro electric dam and industry where there is conflict over water availability and a posped site for further research. The local communities engaged in Iporá, NE Goias presented a concern on the availability of water resources. Communities are not necessarily against hydro electric ventures but against the quantities and the way in which they are being constructed. The concern is that too many of these hydroelectric plants are being built and they are privatising public water resources.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.workandglobalisation.com
 
Description Industry visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The São Francisco distillery is located in the rural area of Quirinópolis in the south west of Goiás, a region presents an intensive production of sugarcane monocultures for bioethanol. Human resource and health and safety managers for agricultural and industrial production of this multinational corporation provided industrial perspective to the research team and students and generated debate about land use, pesticide use and staff turnover in the industry. The visit forms the basis of a collaborative journal article by business and engineering academics. Workers from the distillery contributed to a subsequent conference in Sao Paulo and film
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.workandglobalisation.com
 
Description International sugar cane and ethanol conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This international conference brought together industry leaders, academics, social movements, NGOs, trade unions and policy makers in a three day debate and discussion about sustainability and corporate responsibility in the sugar and ethanol industry. It was the first of its kind and spanned disciplines and involved universities of Sao Paulo, Goias state, Parana, representatives from Shell, Raizen and from government. It had a large impact on employees in the sector who had many questions about the instability of the current market and corporate strategies amd reported a shift in understanding of the dynamics in the sector. The was a remarkably frank debate and representatives from various sectors and a report and recommendation was provided to the key market certification body, Bonsucro, on behalf of participants. The Strathclyde research team is now working with the organisers to pilot a three year project on integrating food and energy production in rural settlements. This will be the focus of a followup visit in 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.workandglobalisation.com
 
Description Island visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A collaborative research visit was made by UK and Brazilian scientists from business, engineering and geography to explore renewable and sustainable energy systems in a remote community-Isle of Eigg, which is exemplary. Post graduate students completed their theses based on the visit and now student links have been established with the local authority and the island now forms part of engineering department visits, a new module being developed by the business school and Strathclyde is now a consultant for the Western isles governing body. The hydro and wind energy model is being used as a case study for a proposed intervention in an agrarian reform settlement in Sao Paulo state and NW Goias state
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.workandglobalisation.com
 
Description Public policy, territory and labour 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Strathclyde co-applicant on Newton Fund B Garvey was invited onto a scientific panel to inform public policy on land use and access, work availability and conditions linked to primary production in the state of Goias. Pilot research in Goias undertaken by Strathclyde has informed public ministeries-the Secretary of Environment in Quirinopolis and Secrtaery for Water Resource in Goias about dearth of monitoring and independent assessment of water, air and soil quality and impact on workers' and residents lives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.workandglobalisation.com
 
Description SINGA conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Co-applicant in the Newton Fund, Brian Garvey was invited onto the Scientific Committee for the International Symposium of Agrarian Geography hosted by Federal University of Goias. This involved reviewing submitted papers to the conference and selecting those for the theme on Work, Land and Precarity and chairing this theme over two days.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.workandglobalisation.com
 
Description STELLAR research project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Strathclyde led a working group with 20 partners to set an international research agenda across Europe, Brazil, Columbia and Mozambique. This working group decided to join as full and associate partners in a bid for a four year research training programme (ITN) and made a collaborative application to Marie Curie Horizon 2020, to build upon the success of the current 'Changing employment' ITN.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.changingemployment.eu
 
Description Site visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact An exchange of presentations at the The Casa da Abelha milk cooperative that has resisted the expansion of sugarcane production in the region of SW Goias. Its aim is to provide alternative methods of subsistence to rural communities whilst protecting the environment and the local society. In exchange of presentation included the organisation supporting the co-op that outlined concerns about the uncontrollable expansion of sugarcane in the region while our researcher highlighted the relevance of water supply, quality and accessibility. Representatives contributed extensively to the film related to the project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.workandglobalisation.com
 
Description Sustainability conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Our collaborative paper has been accepted to the 22nd International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference13-15 July 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://isdrs2016.exordo.com
 
Description Third sector visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with representative for a familial agricultural production for the Ipora region. They subsequently formed part of a Newton Fund funding application and field trip for students of UFG
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.workandglobalisation.com
 
Description Traditional community visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Quilombola Kalunga of Montealegre community was visited in the northeast of the state of Goiás. Quilombolas are descendants of black slaves who escaped after the abolition of slavery at the end of the 19th century and who formed remote settlements in the rural areas of Brazil. The Kalungas are the Quilombola communities that live specifically in the state of Goiás. The Montealegre community is located in a remote area, it takes around 2-3 hours to get there from Montealegre (the nearest town). More than 1000 families live in the community and it counts with nine schools. The representative organisation contributed data and request to be involved in research agenda going forward including a Newton Fund application.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.workandglobalisation.com
 
Description Workshop Challenges and Futures of New Technologies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 150 people attended a three day solution based workshop exploring effects of new energy technologies on land labour and water resources
The interdisciplinary
This solution-orientated workshop invited forward looking contributions from academics, students, workers, community activists and trade unionists from Brazil, Scotland, UK and broader Europe as part of a project entitled 'Challenges and Futures for new technologies' funded by Newton Fund RCUK/CONFAP with further support from the Knowledge Exchange Development Fund of University of Strathclyde and EU Marie Curie Changing Employment Initial Training Network. By exploring social, policy and technological innovation that takes account of contemporary power inequalities in natural resource access, food and energy production the workshop sought to found further research, linked to practical implementation of participative, socially and ecologically committed forms of food with energy production.

Each presenter was requested to present in plain language for a non specialist audience. Explaining contemporary situations and challenges under each theme was important but we asked that each presenter concludes by suggesting practical ways that her or his research can contribute to seeking solutions through collaboration across disciplines and borders.

The workshop concluded with commitment to collaborate on a three year research agenda between UKand Brazil and seek funding for this. One subsequent Newton Fund application was unsuccessful and a second proposal was successful. The Stathclyde social, business, healyh and engineering scientists are now embarking on a collaborative project on work, land contamination and hydro energy as a result of the workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.workandglobalisation.com