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Reference Number ES/Y502364/1
Title Stirling Local Policy Innovation Partnership
Status Started
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research 5%;
Not Energy Related 95%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES 25%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 90%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy 5%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 5%;
Principal Investigator Professor R Simmons

Applied Social Science
University of Stirling
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 01 January 2024
End Date 31 December 2026
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £4,037,135
Industrial Sectors
Region Scotland
Programme KE Policy Impact - Other
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor R Simmons , Applied Social Science, University of Stirling (99.976%)
  Other Investigator Professor L Beevers , Sch of Engineering and Electronics, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Dr T Robertson , Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling (0.001%)
Dr AN Tyler , Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling (0.001%)
Mr D Irving , Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling (0.001%)
Dr P D Hunter , Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling (0.001%)
Professor I Docherty , Business School, University of Glasgow (0.001%)
Dr S S Knox , Management, Work and Organisation, University of Stirling (0.001%)
Professor M Moro , Economics, University of Stirling (0.001%)
Dr JH Atterton , Research, SRUC (0.001%)
Professor A Bhattacharjee , Sch of Social Science, Heriot-Watt University (0.001%)
Professor S Arthur , Sch of Energy, Geosci, Infrast & Society, Heriot-Watt University (0.001%)
Dr A Rocha , Business Schoo, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Dr F Siedlok , Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University (0.001%)
Dr B Matthews , Applied Social Science, University of Stirling (0.001%)
Dr S Engstrom , Applied Social Science, University of Stirling (0.001%)
Ms C Preston , UNLISTED, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (0.001%)
Mr G Ponton , Resarch and Innovation, Scottish Water (0.001%)
Dr C C Hoffmann , History and Politics, University of Stirling (0.001%)
Dr HR Stephan , History and Politics, University of Stirling (0.001%)
Professor PA Cairney , History and Politics, University of Stirling (0.001%)
Dr K Champion , Communications, Media and Culture, University of Stirling (0.001%)
Dr D Miller , Information & Computational Sciences, The James Hutton Institute (0.001%)
Professor GB Mannion , Education, University of Stirling (0.001%)
Dr RC Helliwell , Enviromental & Biochemical Sciences, The James Hutton Institute (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , The Scottish Government (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish Enterprise (SE) (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Stirling (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish Natural Heritage (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish Water (0.000%)
Project Contact , CENSIS (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Woodland Trust (0.000%)
Project Contact , Sustrans (0.000%)
Project Contact , Anstruther Improvements Association (0.000%)
Project Contact , Anthony Collins Solicitors (0.000%)
Project Contact , Aquabio Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Be-St (0.000%)
Project Contact , CEMVO Scotland (0.000%)
Project Contact , Clackmannanshire Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Climate 2050 Group (0.000%)
Project Contact , Community Enterprise (0.000%)
Project Contact , Community Led Local Development (0.000%)
Project Contact , Consumer Scotland (0.000%)
Project Contact , Creative Scotland (0.000%)
Project Contact , CreditNature Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Dementia Services Development Centre (0.000%)
Project Contact , Development Trusts Association Scotland (0.000%)
Project Contact , Disability Equality Scotland (0.000%)
Project Contact , East Lothian Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Edinburgh & SE Scotland City Region Deal (0.000%)
Project Contact , Sniffer (0.000%)
Project Contact , Social Enterprise Scotland (0.000%)
Project Contact , Stirling Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Regio (0.000%)
Project Contact , Strathard Community Trust (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Leven Programme (0.000%)
Project Contact , The UK Water Partnership (0.000%)
Project Contact , VisitScotland (0.000%)
Project Contact , WWF Scotland (0.000%)
Project Contact , West Lothian Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce (0.000%)
Project Contact , Edinburgh City Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Edinburgh College (0.000%)
Project Contact , Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust (0.000%)
Project Contact , Falkirk Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Fife Chamber of Commerce (0.000%)
Project Contact , Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (0.000%)
Project Contact , Fife Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Forestry and Land Scotland (0.000%)
Project Contact , Forth Environment Link (0.000%)
Project Contact , Forth Estuary Forum (0.000%)
Project Contact , Forth Ports Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Forth Rivers Trust (0.000%)
Project Contact , Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce (0.000%)
Project Contact , Forth Valley College (0.000%)
Project Contact , Forth Valley NHS Board (0.000%)
Project Contact , Green Action Trust (0.000%)
Project Contact , Greenspace Scotland (0.000%)
Project Contact , Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (0.000%)
Project Contact , Homes for Scotland (0.000%)
Project Contact , Industrial Biotechnology Innovation C (0.000%)
Project Contact , Keep Scotland Beautiful (0.000%)
Project Contact , Learning through Landscapes (0.000%)
Project Contact , Loch Lomond & The Trossachs Nat. Park (0.000%)
Project Contact , NHS Fife (0.000%)
Project Contact , NHS Lothian (0.000%)
Project Contact , NHS Lothian Charity (0.000%)
Project Contact , Planning Aid Scotland (PAS) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Public Health Scotland (0.000%)
Project Contact , RSPB Scotland (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scotland Food and Drink (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scotland's Towns Partnership (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Edu (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish Agricultural Org Society (SAOS) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish Canals (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish Land & Estates (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish Older People's Assembly (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish Water Independent Customer Grou (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish Wildlife Trust (0.000%)
Project Contact , Sensory Trust (0.000%)
Project Contact , Skills Development Scotland (0.000%)
Project Contact , Clackmannshire Third Sector Interface (0.000%)
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Abstract This proposal suggests a Local Policy Innovation Partnership (LPIP) in the region of the Forth Water Basin (FWB) in Scotland (including the Firth of Forth and the capital city, Edinburgh). Its innovative structures for 'optimising outcomes' from water assemble an excellent academic and stakeholder team, combining the capacities of each for the benefit of all. This unique, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral partnership addresses three fundamental questions: (i) How can we optimise outcomes from water resources, in the pursuit of sustainable and inclusive economic growth? (ii) How can we raise stakeholder capacity to enable and connect new opportunities from partnership, including community resilience and empowerment? (iii) How can we build productive and harmonious relationships between human and natural systems in these pursuits? In sum, this novel and ground-breaking partnership addresses important, urgent and complex issues that lie at the core of our life and economy.Everywhere in the world people organize in relation to water. Its resources and assets provide essential 'goods' and 'services' and huge opportunities for the economy, society and communities. Harnessing these productively is a key route to optimising growth, value and community outcomes. Yet water is also multi-faceted and difficult to manage. Our work with stakeholders has identified that a diverse, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral social and public policy approach is urgently needed to square the value and impacts of water for human systems and communities and vice-versa. Also urgently needed is a serious investment in science-based capacity building across all stakeholders, focused on demystifying water's value chains and enabling innovative opportunities to raise the levels of key economic, social, community and environmental benefits. Engagement has been high in Phase 1 of the project, and this has been invaluable in prioritizing our activities in LPIP Phase 2. The shared vision we have developed has also significantly increased the membership of the LPIP. Our solutions-led approach to innovation adds to knowledge concerning key unanswered public policy questions of productivity, place-making, and positive-sum system interactions, particularly in some of the most deprived communities in Scotland. No-one has yet assembled the multi-disciplinary scientific capability we propose here, which builds on world-leading technological innovation to (i) optimise outcomes for communities and (ii) create transferable learning for initiatives and investments in similar contexts across the UK. These ideas are generating enormous energy in stakeholder interactions. More than 80 partners have now provided letters of support across all the key areas required to deliver on our key objective to 'optimise outcomes from water resources in the Forth Water Basin'. Collaboration on this scale is important in building system change. It is strengthening local capacity for innovation, research and knowledge exchange in a way that exceeds the boundaries and boundedness of current networks. With its powerful enabling infrastructure, the Partnership is thus at once a policy network, a learning community, and a direct actor in the water system - able to identify and implement actionable insights and to challenge the conditions that can stifle positive action. 'Optimising outcomes' means raising levels across the board for sustainable and inclusive economic growth, resilient communities and a healthy environment, through innovative solutions, place-making, and positive-sum system interactions. Moreover, our technologically-advanced HsO, and conceptual and methodological development in an important and transferable learning context, will add further value to initiatives and investments in similar water basins across the UK
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Added to Database 07/02/24