The purpose of the meeting was to review the past and current intentions and activities of the network, and to discuss its potential future role. In order to do so:
- We began with a number of the past and current organisers describing their understanding of the network’s intentions and activities alongside inputs from some members who were not able to attend;
- In order to inform our discussions on the future of the network we then had some overviews of other activities in Lancaster University related to sustainability and responsibility (the Global Futures talks; the Institute for Social Futures; activities that Facilities have been involved in, including Green Huddle and Green Lancaster; and the Pentland Centre);
- We then had some small group discussions on the potential future role of the network, and also did a preliminary mapping of other related activities in Lancaster University, and the Lancaster area.
The notes circulated to the network summarise the main inputs and ideas, and list the suggested potential roles for the Network. They also include the preliminary mapping of other related activities in Lancaster University, and the Lancaster area.
Next steps: The notes were distributed to the network, and we invite further comments, suggestions, and information. We have a number of seminars already organised for the upcoming year which we will be running. If we receive further comments and suggestions in the next couple of weeks, we will collate these and circulate mid-November, after which we will organise a ‘planning’ meeting towards the beginning of next term where we will invite people to sign up to activities in which they are interested – some of which may be spin-off groups/activities.
For info on past talks, meetings, etc., see: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/srnetwork/
2015-16 Schedule: all Thursdays, 12.00-13.30 (check individual listings on Home page for location)
12th Nov: Dr Noel Cass, DEMAND Centre (Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand), FASS. Title: “‘It’s the market, stupid!’: Exploring the barriers to low energy office buildings”
3rd Dec: Dr Carmen Dayrell, CASS Centre (ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science) (with John Urry and Tony McEnery). Title: Changing Climates: Discourses around climate change in the British and Brazilian news media
21st Jan: Cllr Jon Barry, Lancaster City Green Councillor and Mayor of Lancaster. Title: “Greening Lancaster – 25 years of trials, tribulations and occasional successes”
11th Feb: Nadine Andrews, HighWire CDT. Title: “Psychosocial factors influencing responses to ecological crisis: defences, needs and frames”
10th Mar: Dr Dmitry Yumashev, LUMS, Pentland Centre. Title: Modelling Global Risks of Climate Change
17th Mar: Dr Gerald Aiken, University of Luxembourg. Title: The Politics of Community Low Carbon Transitions
28th April: Professor Minna Halme, Aalto University School of Business, Finland. Title: Our collaborative future: Activities and roles of stakeholders in sustainability-oriented innovation
9th May: Professor Gail Whiteman, Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, LUMS & LEC. Title: How do companies make collective sense of sustainability challenges? Using Science-based boundary objects to guide action
2nd June: Dr Jessica Davies, LEC, Pentland Centre. Title: Interdisciplinary dirt: Soil sustainability as an interdisciplinary interface