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  • Environmental Change Institute

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    ECI is an interdisciplinary unit administered within the Oxford University Centre for the Environment that undertakes research on environmental issues, teaches an MSc in Environmental Change and Management, and fosters university-wide networks and outreach on the environment. Founded 1991 through benefactions, ECI was designed to answer questions about how and why the environment is changing and how can we respond through public policy, private enterprise, and social initiatives. ECI research and teaching is characterised by a focus on global and regional environmental change, through projects that bring together the natural and social sciences, and by an orientation to applied and public policy. The research is grouped around three interlocking themes: Climate, Ecosystems, and Energy.  Many research projects have a goal of influencing and informing public policy and decisions about the environment. The Institute is also promoting research initiatives and fostering collaborations in the fields of food and water. Uniquely in the UK, the ECI is playing a lead role in the Government’s three major climate and energy research initiatives: UK Climate Impacts Programme, the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and the UK Energy Research Centre.  ECI’s cross-disciplinary innovation has been acknowledged in it becoming a founding

  • Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR)

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    CSEAR’s primary object is to aid the development of social and environmental accounting, and to support and encourage others who wish to practice, teach or research in this area of work – especially less experienced and/or isolated colleagues. The Centre’s main function is to also act as international network and focus for social and environmental accounting research. Currently we have members in 40 countries. Collaborative research is undertaken, supported and encouraged. The journal <i>Social and Environmental Accountability Journal (SEAJ)</i> is published twice a year by Routledge. Annual conferences are held in the UK and Australia/New Zealand; with conferences also organised in Brazil, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, China and the USA/Canada on a regular basis.

  • Organic Research Centre (ORC)

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    The Organic Research Centre exists to develop and support sustainable land-use, agriculture and food systems, primarily within local economies, which build on organic principles to ensure the health and well-being of soil, plant, animal, man and his environment. The ORCe was established as a “Centre of Excellence” to address the major issues raised by a global economy based on an intensive agricultural system. It is the UK’s leading research, development and advisory institution for organic agriculture, having played a pivotal role in the development of organic research, policy and standards since 1980. The organisation is firm in its belief that realistic solutions to the critically important environmental issues facing us all can be found. The ORC continues to research, develop, provide and demonstrate solutions and to investigate appropriate technologies for processing, distribution and marketing of food. The Centre believes we can develop a genuinely sustainable, equitable and healthy food system based on production methods that husband finite resources and enhance biodiversity. The Centre disseminates information through adviser training and accreditation services, producer training and courses, website, articles and policy papers, scientific papers and publications and the production of a regular journal – the Bulletin. Th