The annual event is on the 23rd of June this year.
Geography Teachers’ Conference
‘Humans in Nature’
Tuesday 23rd June 2015
School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds
The Sustainability Research Institute will bring together some of their top academics to share insights
into the latest cutting edge research on human interactions with the natural environment, in this
exciting teachers’ event. We are fascinated by the connections between people and environment, and
the conflicts and opportunities that this interface presents. We will cover topics such as nature and
the city, justice and adaptation to climate change, and the work retailers are doing on sustainability. In
addition, you will find out about some of the less obvious - but perhaps more interesting - options for
students who are considering university, and meet other teachers from related disciplines. The
Sustainability Research Institute in Leeds is made up of the largest collection of social scientists in the
UK working on environmental issues. This year is our 10th anniversary, and we look forward to
celebrating that with you at this teachers’ event.
The event is FREE, with lunch and refreshments included!
To book a place, or for more information, contact Alice Lambert at email@example.com
Here are the sessions:
Why retailers (should) care about sustainability
Dr Claire Quinn (Lecturer in Natural Resource Management)
Retailers hold an important “gatekeeper” position in the UK food supply chain. They can create
positive change, but they can also pass on the responsibility (and the cost) to others. In this session
we’ll examine the role of the retail sector in sustainability, in particular how one retailer (M&S)
engages with ideas of sustainable agriculture, climate change and biodiversity.
Nature and the City
Dr Martin Dallimer (Lecturer: Environmental Change)
For the first time in human history, over half the world’s population now lives in towns and cities. In
England that figure reaches 80 to 90%. Urban areas are profoundly different from the natural
environments which they replace. Nevertheless, our towns and cities often have large areas of ‘green
space’, such as public parks and domestic gardens. This presentation will explore the myriad benefits
that urban green spaces, nature and wildlife can provide for a human population for whom
experiences of ‘nature’ are increasingly restricted.
Fair adaptation to climate change
Professor Jouni Paavola (Professor of Environmental Social Science)
Climate change is already happening and will get worse even if progress is made in mitigating the
emissions of greenhouse gas emissions. Local authorities and government agencies will thus need to
act to protect people from adverse impacts of climate change. This workshop will explore why and
how social justice considerations are important for adaptation planning. It clarifies how adaptation
planning and measures should acknowledge that people are differently impacted by climate change
and may be vulnerable to these impacts to a different degree.
Do Your Students Want to Change the World?
Dr Lucie Middlemiss (Admissions Tutor and Lecturer in Sustainability)
Students studying Geography, Economics or Politics at A level are often unaware of the less obvious,
but more exciting, opportunities at degree level. In this session, led by our admissions tutor and one of
our top students, we will show what’s involved in our environment-related degree programmes, and
you will hear about the student experience ‘from the horse’s mouth’