Anglia Ruskin launches Global Resource Observatory (GRO) project

SML-ARU-GROAnglia Ruskin University (ARU) has launched a three-year project, titled The Global Resource Observatory (GRO) project, in order to map world’s fragility to resource shortages.

Dr Aled Jones, Director of the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) at ARU, will present an overview of the project in his opening keynote speech at the annual conference of the World Association for Sustainable Development in London on 2 September 2013.

The GRO project’s main objectives are to investigate the effect of resource constraints on short-term GDP growth, and to provide clear information to policymakers on a range of scenarios with a view of closing the time-lag between the short-term agenda of governments (usually 5 years) and the long-term vision of current models.

The project will deliver the following outputs:

  • A global database of national demand, supply and flow figures relevant to global resource security
  • A global ‘debt map’ for resource availability, specifying for each UN nation the current supply of resources that can be found within its borders compared to current consumption
  • A world-scale system dynamics model to investigate the current interaction between resources and the economy
  • An agent-based model to investigate possible future economic growth pathways.

The GRO project team is in the process of building a network of collaborators including Lloyds of London, the Aldersgate Group, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, and academics in Italy, Iceland, Sweden and the USA.

The GRO has benefited from £300,000 of seed funding from the Dawe Charitable Foundation.

Image adapted from Anglia Ruskin University website


ARU press release on GRO project

Resource management & ecosystems services page of the ARU Global Sustainability Institute

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