Overview of launch event.

Scoping workshop
Scoping workshop

23rd March 2015

The Launch event and scoping workshop had the following aims:

  1. Formally launch the Local Nexus Network project
  2. Introduce the network to key stakeholders
  3. Initiate discussions on the key aspects and issues that the network should look at, and identify areas of synergy, overlap and concerns
  4. Define our network in terms of key boundaries and ways to work around the case studies
  5. Exchange with other parallel initiatives

Aims 1, 2 and 5 were achieved through the presentations at the beginning of the day, and the networking throughout the day. Aims 3 and 4 were achieved through the scoping workshops, which took place during the day.



The event brought together over 40 participants from the academic partners, key stakeholders, academics in related projects, such as those focusing on re-distributed manufacturing and nexus projects, local stakeholders involved in food systems in Oxford, and representatives from South Cambridgeshire council responsible for the development of Northstowe.

Introducing the Local Nexus Network

Locally sourced food and drink
Locally sourced food and drink

Presentations were given which covered the following areas of the Local Nexus Network.

View presentations (pdfs)

Local Nexus Network

Local Nexus Network Overview: OVERVIEW_LNN_launch230315

Energy feasibility project: ENERGY_LNN_ launch230315

Food feasibility project: FOOD_LNN_launch230315

Water feasibility project: WATER-LNN_Launch230315

Business and value chain feasibility project: Business &VC_LNN_Launch230315

Policy and society feasibility project: POLICY&SOCIETY_LNN_Launch230315


Context and related nexus projects

Manufacturing the future. EPSRC theme

The Nexus Network. ESRC

Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains



Scoping workshops

Scoping workshop results
Scoping workshop results

The participants broke into smaller groups for scoping workshops to address the following questions:

  1. What are potential benefits and problems of a localised food system, and for whom?
  2. What socio-economic and biophysical conditions are needed to achieve a more localised food system?
  3. What are the opportunities and/or requirements for local energy and water to support a localised food system?
  4. What are the key technical, social, economic, policy research areas and questions relating to the local food-energy-water nexus?

A summary of the discussions is contained in the LNN Launch event and scoping workshop report_SUMMARY_Public.