Issues

We currently focus on four main issues: disarmament and security, climate change and energy, questions of who controls science and technology and issues surrounding new and emerging technologies. You will also see that we work on some other issues too. You can explore these with the menu on the left of this page and with the search function. Material in this section includes all SGR's main outputs since 2005, with a selection of the more important material from before then.

Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, outlines plans for a huge increase in funding from the European Union for military R&D - and discusses how it can be challenged.

Article from SGR Newsletter no.46; advance online publication: 13 February 2018

Dr Philip Webber, SGR, describes the shocking effects should nuclear weapons ever be used again in war.

Article from Huffington Post UK website; re-published: 31 January 2018

SGR, Medact, and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health welcome the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN for its critical role in campaigning for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, agreed this summer. The organisations view the TPNW as a significant step forward towards eliminating these weapons of mass destruction - and urge the UK government to support the treaty.

Joint statement; 8 December 2017

Dr Philip Webber, SGR, looks at cases of positive transitions from the Cold War period and more recently, to help us tackle the security problems of today and tomorrow.

Presentation at the SGR conference 2017; online publication: 20 November 2017

The deterioration of the Arctic ice cap and its climate has continued apace. Vanessa Spedding provides an update on recent developments.

Article from SGR Newsletter no.46; advance online publication: 2 November 2017

Presentation by Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, at CND conference.

Published online: 16 October 2017

This year's recipient is the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), of which SGR is a partner organisation.

Media release, 9 October 2017

With 'New Scientist Live' being sponsored this year by Shell and BAE Systems, SGR has joined other campaign organisations in calling for them not to take sponsorship from the arms and fossil fuel industries in future.

Joint statement, 25 September 2017

Analysis showing how the UK's Trident nuclear weapons are powerful enough to cause a nuclear winter, and the implications of this for the UK's policy of nuclear deterrence.

Presentation by Dr Philip Webber, SGR, at 'Health Through Peace' conference, York University, UK

Online publication: 12 September 2017

An updated analysis of the large-scale and problematic involvement of the military/ arms industry in UK research and development - including an assessment of alternative priorities.

Presentation by Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, at 'Health Through Peace' conference, York University, UK

Online publication: 11 September 2017