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New publication: Tales of Treatment highlight the benefits of grassroots public engagement

A person holding green coloured pills in their hand

An approach to public engagement which respects grass-roots and community knowledge has an important role to play in improving our understanding of the relationship between traditional healing and Western-style medicine in low- and middle-income countries, and could generate new approaches to tackling antimicrobial resistance, according to a new paper published in Medical Humanities.

Wed 30 Sep 2020, 09:00 | Tags: GSD Staff stories Global Sustainable Development Research

Get involved: The World Innovation Challenge

Registration for the World Innovation Challenge is currently open until Monday 5 October 2020.

This is a great opportunity for Warwick students to work in international teams with Monash University students. The aim is to create a business idea that tackles a key sustainability challenge. The Challenge starts on Friday 9 October 2020 at 9:30 am (BST). Participants will work online for 48 hours (including sleep/resting and other work) to make a business plan.

Tue 29 Sep 2020, 09:00 | Tags: Student stories IGSD Global Sustainable Development Event

New study documents the behavioural impacts of phones and social support networks in rural Southeast Asia

A mobile phone user in Thailand

Image credit: Dr Marco J Haenssgen

A new paper demonstrates the facilitating yet potentially inequitable role of mobile phones in rural healthcare access.

GSD researcher Marco J Haenssgen, Giacomo Zanello (University of Reading), and Nutcha Charoenboon (University of Bristol) have released a new paper in the prestigious journal World Development. Analysing health behaviours in rural Thailand and Laos, the researchers highlight the complexities of technological change and caution against over-enthusiastic medical interventions that aim to promote health through mobile phones.


School for Cross-faculty Studies students to present at ICUR 2020

The International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) is an annual academic conference, led and sponsored by the University of Warwick and Monash University, connecting student researchers globally using video conferencing technology.

This year, the forum will take place on the 29-30 September and will be modified to accommodate current pandemic restrictions. Both audience and presenters will join the conference virtually through the new ICUR App. A number of students from the School for Cross-faculty Studies will be presenting their research at ICUR next week.


Upcoming event: Launch of Warwick’s report on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

On Friday 25 September 2020 at 12-1pm (UK time), Warwick will be launching its inaugural report on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report will highlight the University’s progress towards the SDGs, covering case studies on various initiatives that are contributing towards the goals.

This first report of its kind is the product of collaboration between academics across the University and the Sustainability team in Estates. From the School for Cross-faculty Studies, the working group has included the Head of School, Dr Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla; and the Director of the Institute for Global Sustainable Development (IGSD), Professor João Porto de Albuquerque.

During the event, the University’s Provost, Professor Christine Ennew, will introduce the report before handing over to members of the group who’ve been involved in its production to expand on some of its key areas. There will be time for discussion, and the event aims to offer an opportunity for the Warwick community to reflect on the progress to date and contribute to a discussion on what might come next.

How to register

This event will take place on Microsoft Teams and is open to all. You can register for the event here. By registering for the event you will be sent the link to the event and a copy of the report.

Find out more about the event.

Wed 23 Sep 2020, 09:00 | Tags: GSD IGSD Global Sustainable Development Event

Dr Gioia Panzarella contributes to resources for developing critical digital pedagogies

Now more than ever, we’re thinking about the role of the digital in educational settings. How can digital technology help us ensure educational environments are platforms for engaging students as full agents of their own learning?

Launched last month, ‘Critical Digital Pedagogies in Modern Languages - a Tutorial Collection’, guest edited by Paul Spence and Renata Brandão, offers online tutorials which explore the theories and applications of digital methods and tools for engaging with modern languages and cultures. This publication is the result of a “tutorial writing sprint”, which took place in the summer of 2019. The purpose of the two-day event was to learn how to produce self-learning online tutorials.

Dr Gioia Panzarella’s self-learning tutorial in the collection guides learners of Italian in an exploration of online resources made available by associations fighting against organised crime. The tutorial focuses on the critical understanding of online resources, and in particular, on the need to encourage learners to engage critically with websites whilst learning a language (in this case, Italian).

Editors Spence and Brandão explain that, thanks to this tutorial, “In assessing the state of antimafia resources and the way in which they communicate their message, the learner will gain skills in evaluating digital resources while engaging with Italian culture through authentic content and developing intercultural competences.” (Critical Digital Pedagogies in Modern Languages - a Tutorial Collection)

You can access Gioia’s tutorial here.

The Special Collection is open access and is published by Modern Languages Open.


Dr Jonathan Clarke comments on findings from the UK’s first Climate Assembly report

Published today, the Climate Assembly UK's The path to net zero report provides new intelligence about the view of the UK public on the way forward for achieving net zero emissions.

Welcoming the findings of the report, Dr Jonathan Clarke, Senior Teaching Fellow in GSD, sees great potential in citizens assemblies in efforts to drive climate action. Read more.

Thu 10 Sep 2020, 14:25 | Tags: GSD Staff stories Global Sustainable Development

Have your say: The Graduate Outcomes survey

The Graduate Outcomes survey opened on Tuesday 1 September 2020 for summer 2019 graduates. The survey will be open until Monday 30 November 2020. Graduates will be contacted on behalf of the University by the Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited (HESA)/IFF research by email, text, and telephone.

What is the Graduate Outcomes survey?

About 15 months after finishing their course, graduates are invited to respond to the Graduate Outcomes survey. This national survey collects information on the activities and perspectives of graduates. The survey aims to help current and future students gain insight into career destinations and development.

Have your say

If you graduated in the summer of 2019 we'd really appreciate it if you're able to fill out the survey. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. Your responses will be invaluable in helping current and future GSD students. They'll also help us promote our courses and inform our work with local and national employers. On a wider level, the survey is also of national significance as it provides a deeper understanding of the higher education sector and the state of the graduate labour market. Thank you in advance for your time and responses.

Wed 09 Sep 2020, 09:00 | Tags: GSD Student stories Global Sustainable Development

Dr Maria Gavris joins the GSD Department!

Dr Maria Gavris joined the School for Cross-faculty Studies at the start of September as a Senior Teaching Fellow in Global Sustainable Development.

“I am very excited to have joined this close-knit, interdisciplinary team and to have the opportunity to contribute to Warwick’s innovative GSD programmes. I look forward to working with – and learning from – my new colleagues and students. I am taking up this post in challenging times, marked by the Covid-19 crisis and its socio-economic consequences; in this context, the thing I am perhaps most excited about in my new role is the opportunity to introduce students to alternative perspectives in economics which challenge the current way of doing things and help us envision a better future.”

Read more.


Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins co-organises upcoming conference on climate justice with RiGG NET

Taking place next week on 2-3 September 2020, the Disruption, Decarbonisation and Reparations conference is an online series of events "bringing together activists, civil society leaders, and academics working towards the common goal of climate justice, broadly construed". Organised by Warwick's interdisciplinary Research in Global Governance Network (RiGG NET), the conference aims to touch on many of the diverse issues that form part of the climate justice conversation.

Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins, Assistant Professor in GSD, is a co-organiser of the event and will be involved in a number of sessions, including:

Each session during the two-day conference will consist of a panel-style event in which contributors present their work, followed by a group discussion and questions.

Staff and students are welcome to register and attend. You can register for the conference here. 

Fri 28 Aug 2020, 08:28 | Tags: GSD Staff stories Global Sustainable Development Event

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