Research papers 2021

University of Cardiff – PhD placement

Novel Genetic Entities - GMOs within the planetary boundaries framework by Fiona Messer January 2021

The planetary boundaries framework was developed by the Stockholm Resilience Centre. This defines a ‘safe operating space’ of human activity within the Earth System. There are nine key processes, the transgression of which would result in unacceptable levels of global change. One of the boundaries is for ‘novel entities’. These would include new and exotic forms of toxic compounds, nanomaterials, plastics and micro-plastics, cellular agriculture, engineered bio-based materials – and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

This paper explains what GMOs are and how they affect the environment within the context of a safe operating space. The exploitation of novel entities by human activity and the interactions with other earth system function (other planetary boundaries) makes for highly complex systemic effects. Read: 202101 Novel Genetic Entities...

Volunteer & Intern papers

A Quantitative Analysis of Support Towards Climate Change by Jaione Yubero January 2021

This paper examines whether socioeconomic background influences young people’s views of climate change in the United Kingdom. To provide an answer to this question, a series of factors were considered. Educational attainment and social class as part of a self-assessment were considered to provide an accurate picture of the young individuals’ socio-economic background. Read: 202101 A Quantitative Analysis ...

The economic impact of COVID-19 for ethnic minorities by Nia Lake January 2021

The COVID-19 recession is unique from previous modern economic downturns. The virus has dictated the economy and taken precedence over other aspects of life. This recession has shown many how disproportionate the impact of the recession is on people from different ethnic groups and why this occurs. While Bristol is slightly more diverse than the national average and is typically more progressive, there is still a lot of work needed to undo decades of economic suppression which is highlighted in times like this. Read: 202101 The economic impact ...

Crisis, hope and the future: in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic by Georgia Embling May 2021

The social sciences often neglect the future as a research topic, instead preferring to focus on the linear relationship between the past and present. It is useful to explore how the future is imagined during a global crisis that has impacted the social landscapes of communities all around the world. Read: 202105 Crisis, hope and the future ...

Is Bristol’s One City Approach enough to tackle the effects of job polarisation? by Tiana Francis May 2021

The Coronavirus pandemic and its economic effects have profoundly impacted the UK economy and the labour market’s occupational structure. However, its economic effects are unequal. Low-skilled workers in urban areas with a stronger polarised labour market are experiencing greater vulnerability to job losses attributed to COVID-19. Read:  202105 Is Bristol’s O...

On Resilience in 2021 by Nohelia Fernandez May 2021

Resilience might conjure up the symbolism of fighting, of resistance, of coming out of something stronger and thus not having given in to the opposing forces that were intent on halting you in your path. Resilience seems to be something that would be injudicious not to admire, right? Well … Read: 202105 On Resilience in 2021 ...

The Smart Energy Transition, A Systems Thinking Perspective by Smruthi Radhakrishnan April 2021

To tackle and mitigate the environmental impact of fossil fuel use, countries and researchers across the world have developed elaborate plans to transition to clean, renewable energy sources. Many governments have set ambitious, yet legally binding targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions, with the growth of wind, solar and hydropower showing great promise for the future of the energy industry. Exciting theoretical designs of “smart energy systems” are constantly proposed, but research must go beyond specific technological innovation to identify how this shift can be achieved at a higher level. Read: 202104 The Smart Energy Trans...