SR+ Seminars 2015/16

15th Oct:  SR+ review:

On 15th October we’re suggesting a get-together to review the aims and focus of SR+ Network activities in order to help plan future activities. As such, it would be great to have as many participants as possible. Please do let us know by email if you are planning to attend (email:

We’re proposing to start with a brief overview of SR+ history and activities in recent years, after which we will focus on how SR+ might continue and develop the good work done by Judi and others over the last few years.

We are very happy to receive any comments or suggestions you might have in advance of the meeting or, indeed, if you are unable to join us on the day.

For info on past talks, meetings, etc., see:


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

15th Oct:    SR+ review

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

18th Feb:   Nadine Andrews, HighWire CDT. Title: “Psychosocial factors influencing responses to ecological crisis: defences, needs and frames”

10th Mar:  available

28th Apr:   available

26th May: available

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