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Centre Director

Dr. Amanda Slevin

Director, Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action 
Research Fellow, GroundsWell Consortium

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Dr Amanda Slevin is Director of the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action, and a Research Fellow with the GroundsWell Consortium, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics.

As an environmental sociologist, educator, and community activist, Amanda’s research spans macro, meso and micro levels of society-environment interactions. She deliberately combines her interdisciplinary research with her 20+ years’ experience in community development, youth work, adult and community education to advance multi-level socio-ecological action. For example, in tandem with academic outputs like peer-reviewed publications, Amanda often organises, co-organises and participates in community engagement events, writes accessible articles, engages in public debate via media interviews, and collaborates with myriad partners. A co-founder of the multi-stakeholder Belfast Climate Commission, Amanda was the first Chairperson of Climate Coalition Northern Ireland (2020-22) and played a leadership role in NI’s largest movement for climate action, actively collaborating with cross-party, cross-community MLAs, legal experts, and civil society groups around the development and introduction of NI’s first Climate Change Act (2022).

Encompassing over 200 outputs, Amanda’s track-record of societal impact includes invited high-level inputs to climate and energy policy (UK, Irish and NI Governments), innovative student, stakeholder and public engagement initiatives like the award-winning ‘Creating our Vision for a Greener Future’.