NRN-LCEE Theme 3 - Developing the bio economy – social, economic and technological modelling

This research theme addresses the significant challenges associated with building an economy based on raw materials, processes, manufacturing sites and products that impact or depend on the natural environment. This will require collaboration between all disciplines supported by the UK research councils and EU, including engineers, social scientists, biologists, environmental scientists, technologists and others. This theme includes:

  • An agri-environmental focus integrating small-scale systems within constrained observational and modelling frameworks.
  • Modelling and evaluation of natural resource 'stocks and flows' leading to the identification of synergies and constraints which can be used to e.g. inform both rural and urban planning.
  • Provision of an evidence-base for circular bio-processing and bio-refining economies (linked closely to themes 1 and 2).