We are part of a new national research hub which is developing new ways to measure the effectiveness of domestic policies on energy, water, environment and food (the ‘nexus’), and how they affect wider society.

At a glance

  • DatesMarch 2016 start (three years)
  • SponsorEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) in collaboration with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Environment Agency (EA), and the Food Standards Agency (FSA)

  • Funded£250,000 (£2.45 million total project)

  • PartnersUniversity of Surrey, Durham University, Newcastle University, University of Warwick, University of Westminster, University of York, Risk Solutions, European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment, and Arizona State University

The Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN) is a new national research hub, based at the University of Surrey. It is developing new ways to measure the effectiveness of domestic policies on energy, water, environment and food (the 'nexus'), and how they affect wider society.

The focus is on pioneering, testing and promoting evaluation approaches and methods across the energy, environment and food nexus where complexity presents a challenge to policy interventions, and so contribute to more effective policymaking.

Further information

The 'Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus', a £3m national research centre hosted by the University of Surrey. Visit CECAN

New centre to measure the effectiveness of UK energy, water, environment and food policies. Economic and social research council, Jan 2016. Read the article

Doctoral Opportunity

Phd Studentship available for this project. More details