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Swans swimming on Keuka Lake. Hills in the background.

Reflections in the water

John Powell considers the action taken to address perceived declines in lake water quality across the Finger Lakes region, and the lessons that can be learned for how to tackle difficult and integrated environmental problems that cross administrative boundaries.
Parchment roll and statute book from the house of commons library

On being civil while serving

John Powell reflects on his time as part of the Defra Bill Team that helped to design the Commons Act of 2006, and the need for good working relationships at the heart of government in order to effectively address complex policy issues.
Two women one seated the other standing talking whilst the seated woman eats food prepared by the other woman

Change as a constant

The third blog from the FARMWELL team who recently visited Romania saw them explore a range of farms in the Brașov area.
A wintery view of Brasov in Romania

Journeys of change

FARMWELL is a European Thematic Network project funded by Horizon 2020 exploring social innovations that have capacity to improve farmer wellbeing . Recently a CCRI team attended a meeting with project partners in Brașov, Romania.
An old disused power station in Romania with large chimneys

A journey through change

The CCRI FARMWELL project team have been on field work in Romania. In this blog the CCRI researchers provide some initial impressions of Romania during the drive from Bucharest into Transylvania.
A tree with sunrise behind

CCRI pre-Christmas (virtual) activity group

In the days leading up to the festive break, CCRI colleagues shared with each other the various 'outdoors' activities they had been doing as many had not been able to travel to the office due to weather conditions.
An ice cream bicycle vendor with an umbrella in heavy rain

Whose water is it?

Inspired by the hot dry weather over the summer of 2022, John Powell has written a new blog considering the topical issue of water now that the inevitable rain has arrived.