Placements 2017 - Colm Bowe

Developing understanding and strategies for business to engage and inform UK Food and Farming policy to ensure that Natural Capital is an integral part.

The objectives of this placement is to: i) explore business engagement with UK policy for” Food and Farming and Natural capital” ii) make recommendations to business on how best to invest resources to influence UK policy to ensure natural capital is an integral part of the UK food and farming strategy iii) facilitate the engagement of business with policy makers through a high level workshop. The placement will be based at The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) working alongside their partner agri-food business Volac, and University of Cambridge academics on their Investing in Nature Programme. This placement will allow the candidate, a natural scientist who has experience sustainable agriculture and valuing natural capital with business, to better develop political science techniques and an understanding of policy mechanisms, particularly around food and farming and natural capital. The placement will involve mapping and engagement of policy stakeholders, discourse analysis and interviews with key players. This will result in the following outputs which may influence business and policy: a policy brief, business recommendations and guide to policy engagement, a high level workshop and an academic report and journal paper on the political landscape of Natural Capital and Food and Farming.

Introduction to Placement - presentation

Output - The inescapable truth: Brexit, business and natural capital