Understanding innovative public-private partnerships at the food-energy-water-environment Nexus

The UK government’s Industrial Strategy, 25 year Environment Plan, and Clean Growth Strategy are all strewn with calls for more working in partnership across sectors. In the October 2018 Budget, Philip Hammond announced the government would stop using the much-maligned public-finance initiative model of public-private collaboration. There is thus a real and urgent need to understand better what innovative and effective partnership models are out there and how we can learn from them.
In this seminar, Pete will present preliminary findings from an overview and critical review of current public-private partnerships (excluding PFI projects) in the UK, working in food, energy, water and environment (or ‘Nexus’) domains. He will consider what partnerships are out there, what forms they take, how they are funded, what affects their success and effectiveness, and how we can learn from them.
Pete will also present his ongoing work with one particularly partnership, the South Lincolnshire Water Partnership, exploring governance options and ways to embed learning in their activities.
This is a relaxed, informal seminar presenting ongoing work – and Pete is very keen to receive comments, questions, and feedback!

Tuesday, 27 November, 2018 - 12:30 to 14:00
Dr Pete Barbrook-Johnson
Presenter(s) biography: 

Pete is a researcher based at the University of Surrey and hosted by CECAN and CRESS.
Alongside his interest in innovative Nexus PPP, his research interests are in environmental policy, social science, and complexity science. He has used a range of research methods in his research including agent-based modelling of social and policy systems, stakeholder causal system mapping, and qualitative and quantitative social research methods.
He has conducted research with and for the likes of UK government departments/agencies such as Defra, BEIS, the Environment Agency, and the Health and Safety Executive; and businesses such as Anglian Water and Risk Solutions. Internationally, he has collaborated with, and/or produced research for, the eThekwini Municipality Government (Durban, South Africa), the Emilia-Romagna Regional Government (Italy), and CGIAR centres in Ethiopia.
Previously, Pete was one of CECAN's 'Knowledge Integrators', a Research Fellow at the Policy Studies Institute (PSI), and a PhD student and then Research Fellow at CRESS.
Pete studied Economics at the University of East Anglia, before completing his MSc in Environmental Technology (specialising in Environmental Economics and Policy) at Imperial College London in 2008.
As part of his fellowship, Pete is grateful for the mentorship of Ian Christie (University of Surrey), Henry Leveson-Gower (Defra), and Steve Moncaster (Anglian Water).