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28 Apr

Linda-Jean Cockcroft joins RPA

Linda-Jean has joined RPA as Technical Director - Business, Industry & Growth and will be working on REACH, other chemicals legislation and more broadly to support RPA’s work in the fields of impact assessment and policy analysis for the European Commission and national authorities. Based in the UK, she will also spend a considerable amount of time in Brussels.

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RPA has recently completed an independent evaluation of the Sciencewise programme for 2012-2015 on behalf of Ricardo-AEA. The Sciencewise programme is funded by Business, Innovation and Skill (BIS) and run in partnership with Ricardo-AEA, Involve and the British Science Association.

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RPA, in conjunction with Natural England, undertook a study to determine the opportunities and threats to the local economy as a result of its environmental dependencies. The work identified key opportunities for and threats to the economic plans of the New Anglia LEP which stem from the economy’s dependence on the environment. Such opportunities and threats may be significant, but have previously been given insufficient consideration in economic development planning, partly because the complexity of the evidence base makes them hard to assess. This report is based on the thorough and systematic process defined by the LEED toolkit. It draws on economic and environmental expertise and data, as well as the experience of key partners in the local area. The toolkit was developed by Natural England and is available to other LEPs.

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