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Warwick academics will see their innovative work showcased in the COP26 Green Zone.

Exploring Sustainable Futures Game

A simulated role-playing game, co-developed with Cranfield University, to coincide with the World Leaders Summit.

The Game is a role-playing learning experience designed to engage participants in long-term, systemic thinking, helping them to explore alternative pathways to a sustainable future by 2050; it was recognised by the Financial Times as being an example of best practice in teaching about sustainability. At COP26, Warwick’s Professors Emma Macdonald and Hugh Wilson will be acting as games masters, alongside Cranfield’s Sustainability Network.

During the game, players representing established businesses interact with players representing entrepreneurs, policy makers, civil society organizations and ‘the public voice’ as they all react to changes in economy, technology, and society. The ‘winners’ are judged not only by the number of resources they have accumulated, but also by whether they have achieved their purpose, and the teams reflect on the nature of the world they have collectively created through their decisions.

The game was developed by Cranfield University, in collaboration with Forum for the Future and the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS), as part of the EU-Innovate project. It builds on a concept originally devised by the EU-Commission’s Joint Research Council (JCR). Places to play the game have already sold out but this is a participative event that involves the audience.

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Climate Resilience Demonstrator (CReDo) film

CReDo is a pioneering project to develop, for the first time in the UK, a digital twin across energy, water and telecoms networks to provide a practical example of how connected data and greater access to the right information can improve climate adaptation and resilience.

  • Green Zone

CreDo is a collaboration between academic research centres (Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Exeter, Newcastle, Sheffield Manchester and Warwick along with the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the Alan Turing Institute and the Joint Centre for of Excellence in Environmental Intelligence) and industry, funded by BEIS, the Connected Places Catapult and the University of Cambridge.

Professor Smith is working with the Credo Technical Development Team on the expert elicitation of the data: “As the world digitalises so must our plans for resilience to extreme weather, the CReDo project means we can use data to make models to plan for a safer future should extreme weather disrupt our usual environment.

“To collaborate with Anglian Water, BT and UK Power Networks is incredibly exciting, as we can use the latest real world data to make models for the future in case of a crisis, and protect our environment for future generations.”

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Webinar event

Join a webinar about CReDO on Tuesday 2 November 2021, 10.30am - 12.00pm.

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COP26 Universities project showcase

A team of researchers led by Warwick’s Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) has been selected for the COP26 Universities project showcase at COP26, as part of one of four proposals being showcased out of a total of 120 applications.

The research display at COP26 will be video based but attendees will also have the chance to talk to researchers directly about the project. The video is based on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded research project, led by Professor Keith Hyams of the University of Warwick, together with the University of Nottingham and the international NGO Slum Dwellers International (SDI).

It will centre on the exploration of youth views on climate change from urban informal settlements in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. The project focuses on how young people in informal settlements across sub-Saharan African cities are being affected by climate change, and how local policy decisions can aid or hinder their capacity to adapt to climate change.

The research particularly looks at how injustice arises through inequality of support and participation for the poorest communities compared to other communities, and aims to identify what can be done. It is distinct in that it offers a clear ethics and justice framework that shows not just what's involved in making climate response policy decisions at a local or national level, but what principles of ethics and justice should be considered and addressed in policymaking, and how they intersect.

Professor Keith Hyams, is Principal Investigator on the project: “Our objective is to understand patterns of inequality and to enable policymakers to embed climate policies in a justice framework. For example, in some locations, high value settlements that are important to tourism are being protected but informal settlements prone to flood risks are not - we aim to understand the impact of those decisions and what can be done to create balance. In Cape Town we are working directly with the City government department responsible for climate adaptation policy, to get a holistic view of how their decisions are made and to facilitate greater consideration of ethics and justice issues. We're also interested in how climate risk intersects with other risks and are working closely with Warwick Medical School to understand how Covid 19 has heightened and accelerated the challenges posed by climate change in these communities”.

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UK Universities' Climate Innovation Showcase

The COP26 Universities Network has curated a showcase of the innovative work taking place across UK universities.

  • Monday 1 November - Friday 5 November 2021
  • 9.00am-5.00pm
  • Ramshorne, Glasgow

The showcase will highlight the creativity and endeavour of researchers to:

  • develop new ways to reduce greenhouse emissions
  • adapt life to the changing climate
  • help us to better understand the nature of the climate and its impacts
  • inform action.

An image of WMG, University of Warwick’s micromobility trials will be included in the exhibition, in recognition of the innovative approach Warwick is taking to address climate change through sustainable research and action.

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