Seminar with Dr María López: The ‘Politics of Death’ in Mexico: Femicide in the Necropolis Juárez (14/11/18, 4-6pm)
Wednesday 14th November, Oculus, OC.04. 4-6pm
Dr María López (London Metropolitan University) will be delivering a presentation addressing the crisis of violence and security provision in Mexico. It addresses the violence affecting women in Juárez, where nearly 1,500 women have been reported murdered since the mid-1990s, and over 3,000 are still missing. Many of the victims are found strangled, mutilated, dismembered, stabbed, sexually abused, burned and with their breasts cut off in desert zones, vacant lots, stream beds, sewers and rubbish dumps. Elaborated pink crosses adorned with flowers and the victims’ names written in black on the crossbars are located by activists in places where women’s corpses have been found. They symbolise the urgent need for strategies to prevent new murders, the protest against the impunity for the crimes already committed and the demand for adequate revaluation of the ideology that ignores and sometimes justifies physical and structural violence against women in the region. The issue of femicide and the impunity over it ultimately provides evidence of the predetermined value on who is targeted to die in Juárez and why.
We are very fortunate to have Joan MacNaughton visiting to deliver a guest lecture on Monday 12th November at 10am in S0.20 to students on the 'Energy Trilemma' module. Ms. MacNaughton is currently Chair of The Climate Group and of the Advisory Board of the New Energy Coalition of Europe. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the James Hutton Institute and of the Energy Savings Trust. Ms. MacNaughton will speak on the relationship between climate security and energy security, the role of international cooperation in achieving these dual objectives, and her experience participating in the COP21 Paris Accord. You're very welcome to attend.
Register here: Saturday 10th November 2018, 2pm-5.30pm at the David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Francis Bancroft building, Queen Mary University of London. Dr Leon Sealey Huggins has contributed a chapter to a forthcoming publication, The Fire Now, edited by Azeezat Johnson, Remi Joseph-Salisbury, and Beth Kamunge. The chapter considers the underlying effects of structural racism that are an integral part of contemporary capitalism. It explores how these effects disproportionately expose people of colour to the deadly effects of climate change globally. To hear more about Leon's contribution to the book, you can attend the free launch event at Queen Mary's, 10/11/18, starting at 2pm. All are welcome to attend.
The work of five GSD students was presented yesterday at Warwick's Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS) Showcase in the Rootes Building. Having spent the summer researching on a diverse array of issues concerning sustainable development, the students presented posters on the findings of their project. Nicola Blasetti also delivered a short talk to the showcase discussing his research with an NGO in Brussels. Congratulations to Anna, Feriel, Julie, Mariam, and Nicola for producing these impressive projects!
- Anna Matrai: The Enabling Environment of Renewable Energy Policies in the United Arab Emirates
- Feriel Bouricha: Ibadism in Djerba: Retracing the Apex and decline of a sustainable community model
- Julie Saumagne: A Critical History of Food Insecurity in Coventry
- Mariam Omar: Sustainable Living in the Hunza Province
- Nicola Blasetti: Impacts of Climate Change on Peripheral Regions: The case for stronger adapation and increased mitigation in Europe
Dr Alec Waterworth, "Unconventional trade-offs? National oil companies, foreign investment and oil and gas development in Argentina and Brazil"
Dr. Alec Waterworth has this month had a paper published in Energy Policy, along with his co-author Prof. Mike Bradshaw (WBS). The paper, titled "Unconventional trade-offs? National oil companies, foreign investment and oil and gas development in Argentina and Brazil", examines the industry's emerging new political economy in terms of competition both between and within International Oil Companies (IOCs) for rival oil and gas prospects. In utilising case studies from Brazil and Argentina, the paper finds that unconventional and deep-water projects are complementary rather than competing assets of an IOC's portfolio, along with clear evidence that political risk and instability as the most pressing inhibitors to investment. The paper can be found here.
Lecture: “Guatemala: Social Justice in the land of the Maya”, Ross Eventon (OC1.09, 08/11/2018, 9:00am)
This Thursday 8 November 2018, we will be welcoming Ross Eventon. He will give a guest lecture entitled: “Guatemala: Social Justice in the land of the Maya” in OC1.09 at 9.00am. Although this lecture is linked to the module GD313: Human Rights and Social Justice in Latin America and the Caribbean, the lecture is open to all GSD and LA students.
Guatemala is one of the poorest, most unequal societies in Latin America. For years it has competed with Haiti for the lowest place in the region on the Human Development Index. The legacy of a brutal civil war, which killed over 200,000 people, is still alive in the political system, rampant with corruption and dominated by business groups and the military. Activists and human rights defenders are murdered with impunity and imprisoned arbitrarily. The country's fabulous natural resources are exploited with little benefit for the population; almost every one of its five hundred rivers and rivulets are contaminated. Yet the government has debated elevating the "crime" of obstructing mining projects to "terrorism." The majority of Guatemalans are of indigenous descent, but political life remains the remit of the largely white or mestizo upper classes. Why has the struggle for social justice in Guatemala failed? What obstacles have prevented the unification of the indigenous population and the creation of a political apparatus that works in their interests? In this difficult scenario, what has been, and what can be, the role of international NGOs?
Warwick Engineering Society's 2018 Conference, 'Journey: To A Sustainable Future' takes place tomorrow, Wednesday 7th Novemeber (14:00-19:30). In what promises to be an insightful event discussing an array of sustainability issues, Dr. Leon Sealey-Huggins will be participating in a forum panel on 'Advancing Technology vs Altering Our Behaviour, Which Will Secure Our Future?'. Tickets remain available for the conference and more details can be found here.
Life Sciences and GSD student Laura Mansfield was part of a team of 11 Warwick students which won a Gold Medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition in Boston in October. With the goal of designing innovative solutions for producing safe water sources, Laura has been researching how gas vesicles in bacteria could counteract lead poisoning and heavy metal water contamination. The Warwick iGEM Team have also worked on Human Practices and Outreach aspect of the project, producing practical solutions for the real world. With the input of experts and stakeholders from across the world including Pakistan, Taiwan, and Malaysia, the team were commended for their studies and recommendations to combat biological, organic, and inorganic pollutants.
Congratulations to Laura and all involved!
New BASc Hispanic Studies & GSD course launched for 2019/20
Launching for the first time in Autumn 2019, Global Sustainable Development are partnering with the School for Modern Languages and Cultures to deliver a BASc in Hispanic Studies and GSD. This is the first of our degree programmes offering a modern language as a core component of the course. The degree is split 50-50 between GSD and Modern Languages and provides a truly interdisciplinary approach to studying the Hispanic World. With Hispanic Studies, students will study 50% language and 50% cultural modules. With GSD, students will gain a comprehensive and interrogative understanding of sustainable development, whilst also investigating some of the critical challenges facing Hispanic regions. Hear more from Dr. Stephanie Panichelli-Batalla, who will be teaching on the GSD side of the course:
“Studying Global Sustainable Development with Hispanic Studies offers you a unique opportunity to study a language and its cultural context from a different but complementary perspective. Acquiring excellent written and oral communication skills in the Spanish language, as well as a profound understanding of the cultural aspects of specific societies of the Hispanic world, will help you understand better the problems faced by the countries that are part of it. There is a particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean, which offer an array of topics of interest, ranging from environmental issues, economic inequalities, to human rights violations. Using a problem-based approach possible solutions and ways to approach current issues are explored, while taking into consideration their respective cultural and linguistic context.”
On Thursday 18th October, staff, students and visitors from across the University and beyond were welcomed to the third Sustainability Summit, celebrating the University's achievements and sharing knowledge on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Students from GSD Society delivered a presentation about Warwick's expanding GSD courses offered by the School for Cross-faculty Studies and the courses' unique pedagogical approach. They also highlighted the important work GSD society is undertaking across campus to raise the profile of sustainable development. GSD Society were joined by the Environmental Sustainability Team, Climate Reality, and keynote speaker Farooq Ullah (Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development and a Director of Stakeholder Forum). You can read a full review of the Summit here.