We are delighted to announce that Hala Alhaffir, a MASc in Global Sustainable Development offer holder, has been successful in securing two prestigious international scholarships to enable her to take up a place on our new programme. Hala will be jointly funded by Chevening and the Saïd Foundation. A Chevening Scholarship ‘enables outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world to pursue one-year master’s degrees in the UK’. The Saïd Foundation scholarships are ‘targeted towards outstanding individuals with leadership potential who will be drivers of positive change’.
We spoke to Hala to find out more about her background and her plans for the future.
The School for Cross-faculty Studies is delighted to announce that it has been successful in its application for the Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We are now engaged in implementing our five-year Athena SWAN Action Plan.
Applications are invited for a three-and-half-year (42 months) funded PhD studentship at the University of Warwick starting in autumn 2021. The successful candidate will be based at the University’s Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies (YPCCS) and the research can be into any aspect of the history, literature, culture or societies of the Caribbean.
Before submitting an application, candidates should identify and make contact with a potential supervisor from among the Centre's academic staff. Academic members of staff at the Centre include Professor Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla, Head of the School for Cross-faculty Studies; and Dr Leon Sealey Huggins, Assistant Professor in GSD. You can also identify a potential co-supervisor from our list of PhD supervisors at the School for Cross-faculty Studies. Without a suitable supervisor, the candidate will not be eligible.
The world is acting on climate change - just not effectively. Hear from Dr Nick Bernards, Associate Professor in GSD, in his latest article for The Conversation on climate action.
"If we want results, we may need to go beyond simply demanding action and instead focus on changing the way the global economy is organised and governed."
There has been a prominent and growing realisation that the current “real” global food prices – as adjusted for inflation - are high, relative to the past.
Example headlines include:
“Prices are at the highest since 2014, risking faster inflation” (Bloomberg, May 2021).
However, this representation is inaccurate. Based on simple observation of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) publically available graphics (2021), it is more accurate to say that:
‘It is on average harder to buy food today in 2021, than it has been since 2014, and in fact for most of the noughties, the entire decade of the 1990s, and the 1980s; most of the 1970s, and every year of the 1960s! Food is more expensive today than it has been for the vast majority of modern recorded history.'
While significant media attention on the impact of COVID-19 has empirical justification, most FAO crop reports cite unpredictable weather to explain supply contraction.
This might not be the beginning of the end of the world; but if and when that does come, it will very likely look something like this.
The dual issues of chronic food shortage and inequality currently driving social unrest in South Africa offer further insights into potential futures where the injustice of our global Climate Emergency remains unchallenged.
School for Cross-faculty Studies experts comment on the latest IPCC report
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading authority on climate, published its latest report on Monday 9 August 2021.
The IPCC report represents a red alert and an immediate call to action. Among the key points to be drawn out of the report are the concerns that extreme weather events are on the rise; carbon dioxide levels are at their highest in 2 million years; and changes to ice, ocean and sea levels could be ‘irreversible for centuries’.
- Hear from Professor João Porto de Albuquerque, Director of the Institute for Global Sustainable Development, on the "two crucial and immediate take home messages from the report"
- Hear from Dr Marta Guerriero, Deputy Head of the School for Cross-faculty Studies (GSD), on the “unequivocal” evidence presented by the report and the "urgent" need for collective action
The UK State of the Climate report, published on Thursday 29 July 2021, suggests that the UK is already feeling the impact of disruptive climate change. Dr Jonathan Clarke, Senior Teaching Fellow in GSD, comments on how society needs to prepare for these effects.
Earlier this year, Maddie Booth, a Politics, International Studies and GSD graduate, led a partnership project to help students interested in careers in sustainability. In her role as Sustainability Officer at Solihull College and University Centre, along with the Sustainable Development team at Solihull Council, Maddie organised online webinars and resources featuring local businesses, universities, and other organisations. Staff, current students, and alumni from the GSD Department were involved in the project, sharing their experiences to help students learn more about sustainability careers.
We are delighted to announce that several academic members of staff from the School for Cross-faculty Studies have received promotions:
- Dr Nicholas Bernards has been promoted to Associate Professor
- Dr Bryan Brazeau has been promoted to Associate Professor
- Dr Kirsten Harris has been promoted to Associate Professor
- Dr Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla has been promoted to Professor
- Dr Gioia Panzarella has been promoted to Senior Teaching Fellow
- Dr Gavin Schwartz-Leeper has been promoted to Associate Professor
All of the above promotions came into effect on 1 August 2021, apart from Dr Nicholas Bernards’ promotion which has been in effect since 1 July 2021.
We congratulate Nick, Bryan, Kirsten, Stéphanie, Gioia, and Gavin on their success! These promotions reflect their commitment to their work and we are proud to have these colleagues as valued members of the School for Cross-faculty Studies.
Warwick Sutton Scholars is a two-year programme for Year 8 and 9 students from under-represented backgrounds in higher education across the West Midlands. Coordinated by Warwick's Widening Participation and Outreach team, the aim of the programme is to inspire students to consider university as an option for the future.
The Year 9 programme is run in collaboration with the GSD Department. Due to the pandemic, this year the programme was run entirely online, with more (shorter) events. The participants worked in groups on a research project titled 'Every Plate Tells a Story', aimed at addressing a problem linked to food and sustainable development. They established a research question, conducted primary research (surveys), and designed an intervention aimed at tackling the problem.