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Dr Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla interviewed on Cuban International Solidarity Programme

Cuban Health Specialists arriving in South Africa to curb the spread of COVID-19

Image credit: GovernmentZA on flickr

Dr Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla, Head of the School for Cross-faculty Studies, was recently interviewed about her research on the Cuban International Solidarity Programme for an article published in the Austrian newspaper, Der Standard.

The article explores the work of Cuban doctors and nurses and the ‘Cut Profits to the Cuban Regime Act of 2020’, introduced by US Republicans and designed to make it more difficult for countries to use the services of Cuban medical professionals.


Dr Mandy Sadan delivers keynote for Himalayan University Consortium event

The Himalayan mountains

Dr Mandy Sadan, Associate Professor in GSD, will be presenting a public keynote lecture for the Himalayan University Consortium titled 'Learning from Life Stories'. The event is part of a publishing seminar for early-career researchers running from 1 - 11 December 2020 called 'Storying the Sustainable Intelligence of the Earth in the New Himalaya', in which Mandy will also be taking part as a mentor.

Wed 25 Nov 2020, 09:00 | Tags: GSD Staff stories Global Sustainable Development Event

New publication: Assessing the Role of Tourism in Sustaining Life Below Water

Last month saw the publication of a new paper in the Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals about 'Tourist Traps: Assessing the Role of Tourism in Sustaining Life Below Water', authored by Dr Jess Savage, Senior Teaching Fellow (GSD); Dr Godwin Yeboah, Senior Research Fellow (IGSD); and Dr Sarah Cook, Research Fellow (Warwick Water Group.


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

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.


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

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

Dr Mandy Sadan joins the GSD Department!

Dr Mandy Sadan joined the School for Cross-faculty Studies at the start of this month as an Associate Professor in Global Sustainable Development.

“These are strange times to be starting a new job but it makes me determined to make the most of it and embrace this new opportunity with open arms. All universities are facing challenges right now, and we all have to pull together and be courageous and innovative in how we deal with the situation. I am delighted that I have been given the opportunity to join the Warwick community and am fully committed to working with and learning from all my new colleagues and to helping our students achieve their goals when they return in Autumn.”

Read more.

Tue 18 Aug 2020, 09:01 | Tags: GSD Staff stories School for Cross-faculty Studies

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