A multi-disciplinary one-day conference hosted by Centre of Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action.
The growing body of scientific evidence confirming the catastrophic environmental impact of anthropogenic activities cannot be ignored. Urgent responses are required to mitigate the effects of climate breakdown and environmental degradation. Join the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action (SECA) as it asks, What ‘life innovations’ are required in the transition to a fair and sustainable future?
Focusing on core issues regarding the sustainable use of land and space, cultural transformations and sustainability transitions, this multidisciplinary conference will bring early career researchers from across Queen’s University Belfast together with leading climate activists and sustainability professionals in the first event of its kind for SECA. This will showcase some of the extensive sustainability PhD research underway at Queen’s in three interactive panel sessions which prioritise discussion and promise to be intellectually stimulating.
All interested are welcome to join.
We are delighted to announce our guest speakers:
- Anna Kernahan (Climate activist, Fridays for Future)
- Kaitlyn Laverty (Climate Youth representative NI).
Panel 1: Sustainable use of land and space
Chaired by James Orr (Director, Friends of the Earth NI).
- Future blueprints of climate adaptation
Rebecca-Jane McConnell, School of Natural and Built Environment
- Predicting the Unpredictable: the role of eco-evolutionary experiences in species interactions across taxa and habitat
Joshua Clarke, School of Biological Sciences
- Can sustainable protein sources support healthy muscle ageing?
Rachel Reid-McCann, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
Panel 2: Cultural Transformations
Chaired by Rachel Woods (Green Party MLA for North Down).
- Navigating the mystery of future geographies in climate change fiction
Matthew Munro, School of Arts, English and Languages
- Deconstructing ‘Nature Connection’. Is ‘nature connection’ a concept which supports capitalism?
Louise Taylor, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
- In Other Wor(l)ds: the conundrum of Anthropocentrism in the Anthropocene
Matt Valler, School of Arts, English and Languages
Panel 3: Sustainability Transitions
Chaired by Jacqueline Gibson (Sustainability consultant, Belfast Harbour Commission, Radius Housing and Blenheim Palace).
- Transitioning Through a Crisis: industrial customer responses to a government-led green technology innovation
Amani Gharib, Queen’s Management School
- Investigating public perceptions and willingness to pay for carbon capture and storage in the United Kingdom
Tanisha Waring, School of Biological Sciences
- Exploring the transformative potential of marine community science
Benedict McAteer, School of Natural and Built Environment