Aspect members: Zinc, University of Bath, Exeter University, University of Glasgow, University of Greenwich, University of Reading, Teesside University, University of York, Royal College of Art, Queensland University of Technology

What is the project doing? 

The project has recruited a Research Assistant with a social science background to lead the preparatory research for the next venture-builder programme on reducing environmental harms. They will join the project for three months from 7th March and will work on the development of a research-based Manifesto for our new mission. This will reflect insights from both desk research and engagement with academic and other experts, starting with those in our partner organisations. The Manifesto is a key tool in the recruitment of founders to join the venture-builder; it also informs the programme of content delivered for those founders.  

Why is this needed? 

This project aims to ensure the inclusion in the Manifesto of opportunity areas that reflect priorities and approaches informed by social (as well as natural and physical) sciences. This will help ensure that the next Zinc venture-builder creates new environmental start-ups grounded in robust research, including insights from the social sciences. 

How can members get involved?

Members can support this project by helping the new RA to identify and engage with relevant research and researchers from their own institutions, both to support the development of a first draft Manifesto and to help review and refine that draft. 

For further information please contact Rachel Middlemass (


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19 September 2023

Social Sciences Innovations to reduce environmental harms

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