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Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins

Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins
Contact details
Email: l dot sealey-huggins at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel.: +44 (0)24765 24970
Room: Ramphal R3.29
Twitter: @Leon_Ayo (personal account)

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and Wednesday 10.30 - 11.30

Weeks 6+ and at other times: By appointment.


Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins

biography

I joined the Global Sustainable Development (GSD) programme in September 2016 from the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Prior to that appointment I worked in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds.

My work centres on the social and political relations of climate change, with a particular focus on the Caribbean region. In my research I consider the sociology and politics of climate change in the Caribbean, investigating what climate justice means in the context of global historical, and present, inequalities. I am particularly keen to bring a sociological lens to bear upon what are often very unsociological, and depoliticised, discussions of climate change.

research

I completed my PhD in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds in 2014. The thesis constituted a sociological investigation into the politics of climate change in the Caribbean. It involved conducting ethnographic fieldwork with actors involved in activism, public engagement and policy-making across the region. The thesis found that while there are indeed trends towards depoliticised, and unsociological, responses to climate change in and around the Caribbean, it is impossible to understand these tendencies without reference to the history of the region as a formerly colonised area. Moreover, the current trajectories of development and climate change in the Caribbean need to be understood in relation to more recent shifts towards forms of neoliberal governance.

My general research interests centre on and around: the sociology of climate change in the Caribbean; the conditions of contemporary higher education; explorations in activist-scholarship; and the impacts of neoliberalism on contemporary societies.

Current Projects:

  • Along with Black Conscious Coventry, Dr Meleisa Ono-George, Dr Lara Choksey and Dr Nathaniel Tobias C———, I am coordinating a European Culture Foundation-funded community research intervention, Windrush Strikes Back! Grounded in the conviction that “We are here, because you were there”, the project aims to recruit local descendants of the Windrush Generation to act as “Decolonial Detectives”, digging deeper into inter-related hidden histories.
  • Antipode International Workshop Grant “Frontiers of environmental justice: Building
    transoceanic solidarity between the Pacific, the Caribbean and the United Kingdom”, University of
    Warwick, Institute for Global Sustainable Development/Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies. In collaboration with Dr Anja Kanngieser.

teaching and supervision

I am delighted to have been a part of the launch of the GSD programme at Warwick. The programme has offered me the opportnity to bring together the different disciplinary approaches I have worked with (mainly geography, sociology, political sciences) into my teaching. The programme is attacting a very engaged body of students who are a pleasure to work with.

On the Global Sustainable Development Programme I am responsible for three modules:

Beyond the School, I have a broad range of teaching experience in sociology including having taught on introductory social theory and research methods courses, and more specialist environmental sociology modules.

I have supervised a number of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations to completion.

I am particularly keen to explore the role of education in pursuit of more equal and sustainable societies, and am trying to adopt pedagogical approaches that will help to achieve this end.


publications, media and community engagement

Peer reviewed publications

Community engagement

I have worked with a number of activist networks, community organisations and civil society groups to broaden the conversations on climate change and social justice beyond the academy. In conjunction with Black Conscious Coventry I participated in an Ideas Cafe: Caribbean Studies Workshop.

Media

In addition to contributing non-academic publications, I am keen to share my research with as wide an audience as possible. I have appeared as an invited commentator on broadcast media including Al Jazeera (What's behind world's recent extreme weather events? - Inside Story), the BBC, France24, and Talk Radio.

Selected non-academic publications

Selected conference papers and invited presentations