CEP at CECAN meeting

CEP's Dr Clare TwiGger-Ross at CECAN team meeting

Dr Clare Twigger-Ross is attending the internal CECAN (Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity across the Nexus) team meeting at Barnett Hill, near Guildford on Friday 13th October .  This meeting will cover CECAN case studies,  updates from CECAN fellows, and discuss the impact of CECAN in terms of outputs, capacity building in both practitioners and policy makers, and policy relevance.

For further information about CEP's involvement in CECAN see our news items here.

Further information about CECAN can be found at  www.cecan.ac.uk

Staff promotions in CEP

Key CEP staff receive promotions

We are pleased to announce that a number of key staff at CEP have recently been promoted from 1 October 2017 to more senior positions, reflecting their well-established commitment to CEP's approach and the responsibilities they have assumed.

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Paula Orr has been promoted from Principal Consultant to Technical Director (Paula has been at CEP since 2007, specialising in stakeholder engagement, evaluation, social impacts, risk perception, climate vulnerability, and flood risk).


Owen White has been promoted from Principal Consultant to Technical Director (Owen has been at CEP since 2008, specialising in European policy and long-term futures, science-policy, and integrated policy assessment and evaluation).

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Dr Peter Phillips has been promoted from Senior Consultant to Principal Consultant (Peter has been at CEP since 2013, specialising in natural capital, ecosystem services, environmental assessment, evaluation, land use and participatory planning and urban sustainability).


Ric Eales, CEP's Managing Director said:

"We are delighted to have announced these highly deserved senior promotions, reflecting just how lucky we are at CEP to have such knowledgeable, loyal and dedicated staff."

Isabel Cotton joins CEP

New environmental consultant joins CEP

Izzy Cotton has recently joined CEP as an environmental consultant.  Izzy is an environmental scientist with an MSc in Climate Change and Environmental Policy from the University of Leeds, where she also worked previously as a research assistant in CIEMAP  - the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products. 

Izzy is already working on a range of projects for CEP - on the Value of Bathing Water Quality in Scotland, Clyde Marine Planning and Our Bright Future among others.

CEP explore global megatrends in Slovenia


CEP has been commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning and Slovenian Environment Agency to undertake a study to understand the implications of global megatrends (GMTs) on the state of the environment in Slovenia.

The study will involve adapting and implementing a methodology and toolkit previously developed by CEP on understanding the impacts of global megatrends at the national level. This work will particularly consider the implications of two specific GMTs identified by the European Environment Agency in their assessment of global megatrends published in 2015: Intensified global competition for resources (GMT 7); and Increasingly severe consequences of climate change (GMT 9).

CEP's work will involve undertaking desk-based research and assessment of how these two GMT’s might impact the national environmental priorities and efforts to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals, focussing in particular on the aims of the Slovenia National Environment Action Programme and Slovenian Development Strategy.  As part of this study CEP will organise and facilitate two national expert workshops to discuss potential GMT impacts and assess risks and opportunities for the environment and environmental policy in Slovenia.

The project will run from September 2017 until September 2018.

For further information contact Owen White (Project Director) or Rolands Sadauskis (Project Manager). 

* For more information on megatrends see here


CEP running public dialogues on the Clyde Regional Marine Plan

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CEP starting first of two public dialogues on the Clyde Regional Marine Plan (CRMP)

CEP has been commissioned by the Clyde Marine Plan Partnership to run two public dialogues on the Clyde Regional Marine Plan.  Round 1 of the first dialogue will be held in Tarbert, Argyll on Saturday 23 September.  The dialogue is an innovative process designed to enable members of the public to provide insights to improve the regional marine plan and policy making.  Discussions during the day will look at what is important for local people, the main issues for the area and potential solutions.  Participants will also be able to comment on assumptions about what may be practical for the plan to address and the way that issues are prioritised in the plan.

The results will be used to provide information for the Clyde Marine Plan Partnership.

The workshop will be run by CEP’s Dr Peter Phillips who will be working with Jasper Kenter of the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) and a joint team from CEP and SAMS. 

CEP to present at European foresight meeting

CEP’s Owen White invited by the European Environment Agency to present recent work on global megatrends at European meeting of foresight experts

CEP have recently been delivering a number of projects related to global megatrends and their implications for Europe and European countries, including developing a methodology for understanding implications of global megatrends at the national level; and adapting and applying the methodology in a case study of global megatrend implications in the Western Balkans region.

In the context of the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) own work on global megatrends, and CEP having recently been awarded a framework contract by the EEA to provide expert assistance on forward looking analysis, sustainability assessments and systemic transitions, CEP’s Owen White has been invited to participate in and present at the EIONET (European Environment Information and Observation Network) annual meeting for the network of European experts in forward-looking information and services (NRC FLIS) to be held in Bratislava, Slovakia on 27th – 28th September 2017

Specifically, Owen will be presenting the outcomes to date from the Western Balkans global megatrends study, and participating in discussions related to how the EEA can develop an improved understanding of the implications of global megatrends for Europe and European countries.

For more information please contact Owen White (Principal Consultant).

Clare Twigger-Ross at Flood Management Conference

CEP's Dr Clare Twigger-Ross presented at the 7th International Conference on Flood Management in Leeds

Dr Clare Twigger-Ross presented a paper at the 7th International Conference on Flood Management, Leeds on 6th September: Catalysts for transformative resilience to flooding? The role of community volunteers.

The paper was part of a special session on Local Scale Approaches to community flood resilience chaired by Dr. Jessica Lamond (University of the West of England) and co-authored with Paula Orr, Katya Brooks and Rolands Sadauskis, and drew on data collected for the Defra Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder (FRCP) evaluation (report can be found here).  The slides from the session can be found here.

CEP to develop EEA's urban sustainability knowledge base

CEP commissioned to develop integrated knowledge base for EEA urban sustainability assessments

CEP has been commissioned to lead the first Specific Contract let under the CEP-led framework service contract for the European Environment Agency (EEA) on the provision of expert assistance on forward looking analysis, sustainability assessments and systemic transitions (EEA/IEA/16/003). The project will provide support to the EEA's urban sustainability assessments by developing the integrated knowledge base for urban sustainability issues. CEP is working with consortium partners LSE Cities and various other experts from the CEP-led consortium. 

The project will review existing EEA data products, reports, and research programmes to assess the current state of knowledge "in-house" and any key gaps. Drawing on this, a conceptual framework and vision for urban sustainability related activities within the EEA will be developed and tested with EEA internal and external stakeholders, via participatory meetings to be held at EEA offices in Copenhagen during October and November 2017. 

For more information on this project please contact the CEP Project Manager Dr Peter Phillips.  

CEP's Owen White is the overall Framework Contract Manager and can provide general information on the framework.  CEP's Dr Bill Sheate is the Framework Contract Director.

Clare Twigger-Ross at IAPS board in Spain

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CEP's Dr Clare Twigger-Ross at IAPS board in A Coruña, Spain

Dr Clare Twigger-Ross attended the International Association of Person-Environment Studies (IAPS) board meeting and AGM  on the 29th and 30th August, A Coruña, Spain.  She is the Treasurer of the IAPS board and part of the executive along with Prof. Ricardo Garcia Mira and Dr. Tony Craig.  The meeting covered a wide range of topics concerning the running of IAPS including the next IAPS conference in Rome, 2018 see here for details on the call for papers and the conference itself which is titled: Transitions to sustainability, lifestyles changes and human wellbeing: cultural, environmental and political challenges


CEP at CECAN Workshop on increasing the impact of policy evaluation

CEP at CECAN Workshop on increasing the impact of policy evaluation

CEP participated in a workshop organised by CECAN to explore how evaluation practice can become more impactful in the future. The workshop 'Increasing Impact of Policy Evaluation in Complex Settings – What Works?' took place on 5 September 2017 in London. It sought to:

  1. share recent experience on successful evaluation impact in complex nexus policy areas
  2. share expertise in maximising the impact of evaluation in these policy settings
  3. generate practical recommendations for policymakers, analysts and evaluators
  4. generate ideas for focussing future R&D in this area
  5. produce a policy note on how evaluation practice can become more impactful in future

CEP's  Dr Clare Twigger-Ross discussed the impact of CEP's evaluation of Defra's Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder.

Further details of the workshop can be found here.

CEP leading workshop on the implications of global megatrends in the Western Balkans

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CEP leading workshop in exploring the implications of global megatrends in the Western Balkans

CEP is leading a workshop on the Implications of global megatrends in the Western Balkans region: Assessment of risks and opportunities, policy links and gaps” which will be held on 7-8 September 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia. This workshop is the second of two regional workshops held as part of the project Water Use in the Western Balkans: regional outlooks and global megatrends which is being delivered by CEP in collaboration with the European Topic Centre on Inland, Coastal and Marine Waters for the European Environment Agency.

The workshop will bring together regional experts to discuss risks and opportunities for the region and Western Balkans countries arising from global megatrend implications identified through the project scoping workshop held in April 2017.

This workshop will generate the following outcomes:

  • A list of potential risks and opportunities each global megatrend implication presents for the region.
  • An initial assessment of the likelihood of potential risks and opportunities, their extent and time-frames.
  • Identifying existing policies or strategies that relate to the risks or opportunities, and any new policies or changes needed for managing risks and maximising opportunities.

For further information contact CEP's Project Manager Owen White.

CEP delivering ex-post evaluation seminar at Defra

CEP delivering ex-post evaluation seminar at Defra

CEP's Dr Clare Twigger-Ross and CEP associate Teresa Bennett are delivering a 'Simply Evidence' seminar on the ex-post evaluation of flood strategy plans and schemes for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). 

The seminar, to take place in Defra on Wednesday 20 August, aims to increase awareness on what 'ex-post evaluation' is and how evaluation practice can be improved within existing institutional arrangements. Clare and Teresa will also be sharing insights on how ex-post evaluation can benefit the Government's Smarter Guidance agenda, and how lessons arising from current and past evaluations can be taken forward.

This seminar emerges from the suggestions of a project previously undertaken by CEP for Defra on Enhancing Ex-Post Evaluation of Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategies and Schemes (FCERM). Findings from the project suggested that there is space within the current FCERM processes for ex-post evaluation to be developed but for it to be implemented there needs to be institutional support and clear ownership of the process. The project report is available here.

CEP's evaluation of low cost resilience to flooding project published by Defra

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CEP's evaluation of a small-scale project trialing low cost resilience to flooding was published by Defra

CEP carried out an independent evaluation of a small-scale demonstration project designed to test an innovative approach to flood repairable systems in a flood-prone area. The demonstration was carried out in Tewkesbury as part of the project 'Supporting the uptake of low cost resilience for properties at risk of flooding'. The project, led by by the University of the West of England,  involved a number of partners and worked with the local Property Support Network – builders, retailers, loss adjusters, local authorities, and insurers – to support take-up of these approaches.  

The project identifies barriers and proposes solutions to promote low cost approaches that would make properties at risk of flooding more resilient to damage from flood waters. The project's final report, technical annex and CEP's evaluation report (appendix to the final report) are available here.

CEP commissioned to undertake Clyde marine public dialogue

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CEP commissioned to undertake public dialogue to support the development of the Clyde Regional Marine Plan

CEP, working with SAMS Research Services Limited (SRSL), has been commissioned by the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership (CMPP) to design and deliver a public dialogue to support the development of the Clyde Regional Marine Plan (CRMP).

The dialogue will engage with around 30 members of the public from two locations in the CRMP area to: discuss how people engage with, use and benefit from the marine environment; consider key marine planning and management issues; and deliberate on potential policy options and measures for consideration in the emerging draft CRMP. 

The project builds on successful public dialogue work undertaken by CEP for Marine Scotland on the social impacts of offshore renewables and other, land-based participatory planning work undertaken by CEP for Scottish Natural Heritage in the Pentland Hills Regional Park.

For more information please contact Paula Orr (Project Director) or  Dr Peter Phillips (Project Manager).

CEP's environmental and economic evaluation of TimberLINK published by the Forestry Commission

CEP's environmental and economic evaluation of TimberLINK published by Forestry Commission Scotland

CEP, with partners Reference Economic Consultants and the University of Strathclyde, was commissioned by Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) to carry out an Environmental and Economic Evaluation of the TimberLINK service.  TimberLINK is a public service contract, funded by the Scottish Government, to support short-sea coastal shipping of roundwood in Scotland.

The report, now published by Forestry Commission Scotland, establishes an understanding and, where possible, a monetisation of the direct and indirect environmental and economic impacts of the TimberLINK service and potential alternatives. 

For financial year 2015/16, the evaluation found that TimberLINK produces a net benefit of £620,660, which is similar to the value of the subsidy, meaning that payments are commensurate with the realised environmental and economic benefits of the service.  In reality, these benefits are likely to exceed the subsidy payment as the environmental benefits estimated are highly conservative.

Forestry Commission Scotland has used the evaluation results to inform ongoing deliberations regarding future spending policy and priorities, including the contract for TimberLINK which has recently been renewed.

For more information on TimberLINK see our relevant Case Study webpage or contact the CEP project manager for the TimberLINK evaluation Dr Peter Phillips



CEP's Dr Clare Twigger-Ross, Owen White and Dr Bill Sheate delivered a seminar for the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN) on Learning lessons from practical policy evaluationThe seminar reflected on the findings of a meta-evaluation study of 23 of CEP's evaluation projects, exploring lessons around the evaluation of complexity, the role of methods and the nature of evaluation impact (full report available here). 

To listen to the discussion on the key factors that affect evaluation progress and gain insights on managing complexity and navigating an evaluation through dynamic policy landscapes, click here.

CEP currently recruiting

CEP seeking to recruit Senior Consultant

CEP is seeking to recruit a Senior Consultant to be based at our London office. This is an opportunity for an exceptional candidate to join our growing multi-disciplinary team providing innovative approaches to environmental, social and sustainability practice and research.  Further information and application forms are available on the Jobs page and via the link below.

Senior Consultant

We are seeking an exceptional candidate with at least 4-5 years' relevant work experience who shares our approach and vision.

The successful applicant is likely to have an excellent academic record with a natural science or social science degree (e.g. biology, ecology, environmental science, marine / earth science, geography, psychology, sociology, social anthropology, politics, social research methods) plus a related second degree.

CEP participatory land use planning webinar

An introduction to participatory land use planning: making it work for people and the environment 

WEBINAR: Thursday 13th July 2017, 1.00 - 1.30 pm British Summer Time (GMT+1)

Participatory land use planning is an internationally-recognised approach to making decisions about how land, water and natural resources are managed and used. It has significant implications for those involved in managing environmental assets in the UK. The UN Sustainable Development Goals reinforce the need for it to be applied. In this webinar, CEP's Dr Peter Phillips and Dr Bill Sheate will introduce this topic and the associated one-day training course (on 6 September). They will draw on work they have undertaken for The Pentland Hills Regional Park, commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Pentland Hills reports published

Pentland Hills collaborative land use management reports published

CEP's reports to the Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) on adopting a collaborative approach to land use management in the Pentland Hills Regional Park have been published.

As part of the project, CEP was asked to adopt the ecosystem approach which is a way of working that combines the need to manage nature in terms of dynamic ecosystems whilst involving affected communities and other stakeholders in decision-making. The project explored, with the Park’s Consultative Forum of local stakeholders, opportunities to work with nature and sustain the provision of key ecosystem services - the benefits people get from nature - in the Park.

The findings of this research are documented in the following reports:

These outputs will play a key role informing the next Pentland Hills Regional Park Management Plan (2017-2027).

For more information contact CEP's project manager Dr Peter Phillips.

CEP's Dr Peter Phillips awarded Honorary Lectureship

CEP's Dr Peter Phillips has been appointed as an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde

CEP's Dr Peter Phillips has been appointed as an Honorary Lecturer within the University of Strathclyde's Faculty of Engineering. This appointment recognises Peter's service, since 2012, as a guest lecturer within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Peter teaches a class on Applied Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and supervises / examines MSc dissertation projects. He also leads the development of collaborations between CEP and the University, including: the Land Use Strategy (LUS) Delivery Evaluation Project for the Scottish Government; and developing climate change adaptation indicators for transport infrastructure, for ClimateXChange.