Talking FOGs with Pennine Water Group

PWG_Logo_NBEarly in the project we worked with our partner organisations to identify four specific issues, through which we can explore the new light that nexus thinking, together with a focus on everyday kitchen practices, can shed on ongoing policy challenges. One such issue, identified in collaboration with Waterwise, is the widespread disposal of fats, oils and grease (FOG) via kitchen sinks, leading to severe blockages in drains and sewers.
On 16th March two of the project team, Liz Sharp and Mike Foden, presented initial findings from our work on FOG to some of the water engineers in the University of Sheffield’s Pennine Water Group, as part of their regular seminar series. Our aim was to test out our ideas and get some feedback from a more technically minded audience.

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Report of workshop 3, nexus, policy and practice

What can policy (broadly understood) do differently to get people to do things differently at home, such that demand for resources of food, water and energy decline? That was the fundamental problematic underlying a day of creative engagement and informed critique between people from government, regulation, civil society, consultancy and academia in London in December.

The key outcomes of the day, building on the previous two workshops, amounted to the shaping of a research agenda aimed at enabling engagement of policy practices in ways to usefully reframe how initiatives seek to reshape domestic practices to reduce resource demand across the EFW nexus.

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Workshop 2 Reshaping the domestic nexus, Manchester

The focus of the second workshop in the Domestic Nexus series was on researching and understanding changes in domestic practices which can reduce demand for resources was . It took place on 23rd November, at Manchester Friends Meeting House. 35 participants, including from Aalborg, Tartu and Roskilde as well as from around the UK, chewed over ideas and issues in a packed programme of talks and discussions. Continue reading “Workshop 2 Reshaping the domestic nexus, Manchester”

Critical insights on nexus, home and transitions at the Sheffield workshop

The first ‘nexus at home’ workshop made for an excellent start to the series. After some transition and nexus themed warm up orchestrated by Will Medd, Zoe Sofoulis (University of West Sydney) got things  rolling with critical insights on home and household – thinking of it as node, assemblage and as distributed in community relations – in relation to understandings of water management and use. Continue reading “Critical insights on nexus, home and transitions at the Sheffield workshop”