Briefing: Resource scarcity and resource security - A suppressed civil engineering challenge

Chris D.F. Rogers*, Dexter V.L. Hunt, Joanne M. Leach, Phil Purnell, Katy E. Roelich

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While natural and manufactured resources provide the raw materials with which civil engineers work, the term 'resources' should always be considered in its wider interpretation and then in the context that resources are in many cases limited. That they should be used wisely (resource efficiency) is beyond contention - we do this as a matter of course - yet considerations of where and how resources are obtained and refined for use are far less likely to feature in a civil engineer's psyche. Similarly, considerations of resource availability for others now, and importantly in the future, and the vulnerability of these resources to future supply disruption (e.g. for geopolitical reasons) are likely not to be in the forefront of our thinking when conducting our routine business. The ICE Research, Development & Innovation towards Engineering Excellence panel has chosen this topic as one of pressing importance across all the sectors that comprise civil engineering. Accordingly, the panel is promoting this topic for Research & Development Enabling Fund (R&DEF) proposals. This briefing note describes the prior work of the panel in exploring the extent of this issue, along with insights from current research, to raise awareness, encourage R&DEF proposals and prime debates on this topic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-52
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Waste and Resource Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017


  • Natural resources
  • Recycling & reuse of materials
  • Waste management & disposal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal


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