Since its launch in autumn 2014, agile-ox has been conducting extensive market research into Oxfordshire’s buzzing environmental scene.
This mapping is still under way, but we have already learnt enough to create a preliminary snapshot of what is going on in the county. There is a huge amount, and this wealth of local expertise and activity suggests that Oxfordshire is well placed to become an environmental exemplar.
Why are we mapping?
Our market research is helping to pinpoint synergies – areas of strength and potential collaboration – and to understand how Oxford University research can benefit the county as a whole. Knowing who is doing what helps us join the dots between environmental organisations and people, and create an Oxfordshire ‘ecosystem’ greater than the sum of its parts.
How are we doing it?
We are identifying key players – local government, business, NGO, community and science – in the county’s environmental future and gathering information on their current needs and priorities. We are also mapping current University research.
We have held an extensive (but by no means exhaustive) series of one-to-one meetings and attended many events.
The results of our mapping exercise so far: the HOT TOPICS and our thematic map of Oxfordshire
We have devised an evolving list of the county’s current ‘hot topics’: our most pressing environmental challenges. You can find out more about Oxfordshire’s environmental hot topics here.
We have also started to build a set of thematic and geographic maps, and you can see the beginnings of our thematic map of Oxfordshire’s environmental ecosystem here.
What is missing?
We have not yet mapped the relationships and collaboration between different stakeholders, but we hope to do this soon.
We are aware too that our list is potentially endless, and that many organisations and individuals are currently missing. Our maps are not exhaustive (nor will they be), but we are adding to the list as we meet and work with others.
- If you are not on our maps but would like to be, it will soon be possible for you to add yourself directly via the website.
- If you are interested in finding out more about agile-ox, Oxford University research(ers) and possible collaboration, we would love to hear from you – get in touch.