SR+ Seminars 2015/16

15th Oct:  SR+ review:

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:

2015-16 Schedule: all Thursdays, 12.00-13.30 (Charles Carter C37 and C40, unless otherwise stated)

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

26th May: Dr Jessica Davies, LEC, Pentland Centre. Title to be confirmed

June 11th seminar: Co-housing: balancing environmental and social sustainability?

Thursday 11th June, 12.-1.30pm, Charles Carter C37/40 Lancaster University
with SImon Grant Lancaster Cohousing and John Foster Lancaster University

Co-housing: balancing environmental and social sustainability?

Lancaster Cohousing is a living project in Halton, by the river, with about 40 member households. The vision was to live more sustainably, and the “Passivhaus” homes have been successfully built. The vision was also to govern our shared areas of concern by consensus. What kind of consensus works at that scale? What might make it sustainable socially, or even resilient to societal as well as personal disruption? Simon Grant lives there, and explores some of these governance issues.

John Foster makes some links to issues of resilience.


May 7th seminar: Explorations in first person inquiry and a new cosmological paradigm


Thursday 7th May, 12-1.30pm, Charles Carter C37/40 Lancaster University with Dr Dr Helena Kettleborough, Manchester Metropolitan University Explorations in first person inquiry and a new cosmological paradigm to examine our practice to learn our way into a more sustainable future Given … Continue reading

Training Course on Holistic Approaches to Sustainability in HE Institutions – March 2015


1st-6th March 2015, Manchester Metropolitan University This week-long training course aims to assist representatives of higher education institutions to avail clarity on the importance, need and usefulness of holistic approaches to sustainable development. It also aims to motivate participants to … Continue reading

Dec 4th seminar: What do you think you are doing? A reflective conversation


Thursday 4th December, 12 – 1.30pm, Management School LT6 Lancaster University with Judi Marshall, Prof of Leadership and Learning, Dept of Management Learning and Leadership, Lancaster University Management School What do you think you are doing? A reflective conversation initiated … Continue reading

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


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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. … Continue reading