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Students voice hope and concern at Warwick Climate Negotiating Forum

Delegates at WCNF in lecture theatre taking part in negotiations

The inaugural Warwick Climate Negotiating Forum (WCNF) took place at the University across two days last month. Run by students and led by GLOBUS Warwick, the student-run online journal at the School for Cross-faculty Studies, this project was the first of its kind at the University. The event gave students the opportunity to experience global climate negotiations first-hand, in a setting that encouraged a rounded learning experience by inviting guest speakers and offering a number of workshops.


Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins to be the keynote speaker at the Political Ecologies of the Far Right Conference 2019

The Political Ecologies of the Far Right conference, taking place from 15-17 November 2019, is an interdisciplinary academic-activist event organised by the Human Ecology Division at Lund University. The conference is in collaboration with The Zetkin Collective, a group of scholars, activists and students working on the political ecology of the far right, and the Centre for Studies of Climate Change Denialism at Chalmers University.

The conference will explore:

Two trends (which) intersect in the present: rapidly rising temperatures and rapid advances of the far right. What happens when they meet?

During the next three days, we will explore this formidable conundrum, and consider together what is to be done, both in terms of research but also in terms of practice. We aim to make this conference a platform to bring together both academics and activists to meet, share learnings, network, build alliances, and start unlikely conversations. They need to happen. This is the first systematic inquiry into the political ecology of the far right in the twenty-first century.

Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins, an Assistant Professor in Global Sustainable Development, will be the keynote speaker at the conference delivering a talk entitled “Between apocalypse and survival: the violence of climate breakdown in, and for, the Caribbean” from 5:30pm-6:30pm on Saturday 16 November 2019. Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins will also be part of the roundtable session and final discussion from 2:45pm-4:30pm on Sunday 17 November 2019.

Sat 16 Nov 2019, 12:55 | Tags: Climate change, Academic Conference, Research

Dr Jonathan Clarke comments on efforts to prevent and respond to flooding

Substantial flooding in parts of the UK has led to people being evacuated from homes and disruption to travel. Dr Jonathan Clarke, a Senior Teaching Fellow in Global Sustainable Development, argues that the benefits of preparing for floods have been evident for a while, but uncertainty as to where responsibility lies hinders progress.

Fri 15 Nov 2019, 14:11 | Tags: Flooding

Students and staff turn to University for change

On Friday 20 September 2019, globally coordinated student strikes took place to protest the lack of government action to combat the climate crisis. On this day, staff and students from across the University took to the Piazza to join the strike. An announcement shown on the Big Screen from the University’s Provost Professor Christine Ennew revealed that the University of Warwick had declared an official climate emergency. In the declaration, the University has shown commitment to zero net carbon from direct emissions and from the energy purchased by 2030, and to zero net carbon from direct and indirect emissions by 2050.


Event reminder: Research and Pedagogy Seminar Series

The School for Cross-faculty Studies' next research and pedagogy seminar will be on Wednesday 13 November 2019, 4pm-6pm on the first floor of the Ramphal Building in R1.03. Dr Craig Morton, a lecturer in Transport Studies from Loughborough University, will present 'Is an Environmentally Sustainable Transport System Possible? Tech-push vs Behavioural-switch Approaches'. His presentation will look at two approaches to promoting environmental sustainability in transport.

The Seminar Series is open to all University students and staff.

Please help us to reduce our environmental footprint by bringing your own mug for refreshments.


University takes a fresh look at tackling urgent global challenges

On Wednesday 23 October 2019, an event was held to celebrate the University’s relaunched Global Research Priorities (GRPs) programme. At the heart of the refreshed programme is the use of collaborative, interdisciplinary research to address urgent global challenges.

The review of the programme, which received contributions from academic staff and postgraduate research students, looked closely at how the GRPs programme can support the University’s research going forward and align it to challenges of global significance.

Thu 07 Nov 2019, 09:00 | Tags: GSD, GRPs, Interdisciplinary, Research, Global Research Priorities

Make the most of your research: BCUR and URSS applications now open

Are you interested in going beyond what you're being taught in your workshops, seminars, and lectures? Carrying out research can lead you to look at and even answer questions that potentially no one else has addressed before you. Not only can research help you to become more engaged with your subject, it can also help you to develop professionally, adding self-education, patience, and organisational and people skills to your capabilities.

Applications for the British Conference of Undergraduate Research and Warwick's Undergraduate Research Support Scheme are now open. These are your opportunities to share your research, engage with other students' work and discuss new ideas.


Volunteering opportunities: Support sustainable development

Kayamandi township, image taken by Warwick in Africa Student Volunteer Teacher 2018

Kayamandi township; Image credit: Lily Rose Pace, Warwick in Africa Student Volunteer 2018

Are you interested in using education as a tool to make a sustainable difference? As a Warwick student, you have the opportunity to volunteer with The Warwick Laksh Programme and the Warwick in Africa programme, which aim to help learners achieve more by creating a long-lasting impact within the partnership schools involved.

Application for the 2020 Warwick Laksh Programme is now open (exact dates of placements to be confirmed). A Learn About Laksh event is being held on Wednesday 30 October 2019 from 1pm-2pm in the Social Sciences Building, Room S0.18, where you can find out more about the programme, how to apply and be inspired to make a difference. The deadline for applications is Friday 6 December 2019.

Applications for Warwick in Africa's Summer 2020 programme (exact dates of placements to be confirmed) will open on Monday 4 November 2019. The deadline for applications is Sunday 12 January 2020.


SCFS Seminar Series 2019/20 kicks off with Dr Christian Krekel (LSE)

Dr Christian Krekel

In its first session of the academic year, the School for Cross-faculty Studies Research and Pedagogy Seminar Series opened with a thought-provoking seminar on teaching deliberate practice across schools in Northern Macedonia, delivered by Dr Christian Krekel, Assistant Professor in Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Wed 23 Oct 2019, 12:30 | Tags: SCFS, Seminar Series

GSD student showcases research at ICUR 2019

ICUR 2019

Every year, students from the Global Sustainable Development department present their research at the annual International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR). This year, the conference took place on the 24th and 25th of September in The Oculus building on campus, showcasing the best undergraduate research from around the world via internationally video-linked sessions.
Thu 17 Oct 2019, 09:00 | Tags: ICUR19, ICUR, Student Research, Research

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