30th Oct seminar – Trial by media: the case for sustainability

Thursday 30th October, 12 – 1.30pm, Charles Carter C37/40 Lancaster University with Gareth Reece PhD reesarcher HighWire DTC

Trial by media: The case for sustainability
Media coverage of sustainability is often said to simply reflect the views of the public. On the other hand media can construct new outcomes, portray polarised information, distort through dramatization, supress realities, and conceal truths. Expressed concisely by Jim Morrison – “Whoever controls the media, controls the mind”, so it is worth reminding ourselves of Voltaire’s “With great power comes great responsibility”. Telling stories to inspire generations, that challenge the status quo, reveal truths, and transform cultures, media institutions have the potential to revolutionise the way we live to promote a sustainable society – So why not?

The research I am presenting to you here is based on the inevitability that the narratives within a media organisation directly and indirectly influence the content that is produced. I review some of my research addressing sustainability ante-narratives in media organisations through a case study at the BBC. Ante-narratives, rather in the manner of a bet in poker, present living stories that have the potential to become the dominant narratives of the future. The talk and discussion will reveal findings such as ‘trans-sustainability’ and the dynamics of shared cross-industry sustainability efforts (mediagreenhouse.co.uk), probing and developing further the broader subject of representation of sustainability in the media, and most importantly, what we can do with it.

Trial by Media - Gareth Reece

LEC seminar 20th June – accelerated energy innovation & sustainable innovation studies


Accelerated Energy Innovation and Sustainable Innovation Studies Friday 20th June, 2 – 3.30pm Training Room 1, Lancaster Environment Centre 3, Gordon Manley Building, Lancaster University Dr Mark Winksel, Edinburgh University ‘Accelerated energy innovation’ has become a prominent aspect of energy … Continue reading

May 1st seminar: socio-ecological urban development & technological food production


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Thursday 13th March, 12.-1.30pm, Charles Carter D38/41 Lancaster University with Vincent Walsh, MIRIAD Manchester Metropolitan University Advancing the boundaries of ecological urban systems Researcher-entrepreneur Vincent Walsh will present his action-led PhD research on biological (vermiculture and forest) urban systems. The research is … Continue reading

March 13 seminar: why language matters in environmental communication


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Thursday 13th March, 12.-1.30pm, Charles Carter C37/40 Lancaster University with Arran Stibbe and Paul Chilton Ecolinguistics – the search for new stories to live by.  Arran Stibbe, a reader in ecological linguistics at the University of Gloucestershire will give a whirlwind … Continue reading

30/1/14 seminar: sustainability + responsibility in professional education and curricula


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Thursday 30th Jan, 12.-1.30pm, Charles Carter C37/40 Lancaster University “Towards understanding attitudes, behaviours and practices in relation to sustainability and environmental concerns: responsibilities in professional education and curricula” Pat Cox, Reader in Social Work and Social Justice, School of Social Work, University … Continue reading