New Sustainability Science Summer School
8th April 2013
The Sustainable Places Research Institute is launching a new Sustainability Science Summer School to be run in June this year. The Summer School, a joint venture with the University Graduate College, will provide a unique and high quality research training forum for interdisciplinary doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in the field of sustainability science and place-making.
It will give PhD students exposure to high quality research being conducted on sustainability from across the sciences, the opportunity to learn from these research experiences and practices and to share common experiences in both researching and writing work which can lead to high quality outputs and dissemination outlets. It aims to serve a wide range of student interests and career plans not just those that consider themselves to be working in the field of sustainability.
- A social scientist might want to know what tools and measures best assess current interactions between people and their natural environments, and can also be used for predictive purposes?
- A biologist might want to understand how science is used policy making, how we build models, how we scrutinise them, and how policy makers can and should use them.
We hope that the week will also provide an interdisciplinary forum for researchers to exchange their ideas, plans and needs in their fields. Allowing for the opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges for achieving a more joined-up approach to improving the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of society, and how to develop a more integrated approach to stakeholder engagement.
There will be half day sessions covering some of the key frontiers of the field focussing on research practice and writing and disseminating sustainability research. The sessions will be a mixture of informal talks by the leaders, workshops, group discussions and presentations.
This is the first year we have run the Summer School and we are keen for feedback, if you are interested in finding out more or have any comments please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
During the week, the Summer School will cover the following themes:
- Sustainability Science and place-making: the current state of the art and critical perspectives with Terry Marsden.
- sDNA introduction and demonstration from Crispin Cooper.
- An introduction to urban governance for food security with Roberta Sonnino and Ana Moragues Faus.
- Creative thinking in health and community research. Yi Gong.
- Research Approaches in Sustainability Science: Delphi and Case study approaches. Abid Mehmood and Susan Baker.
- Science and public policy: governing environmental risks. Methods, publishing and the research process. Brian MacGillivray.
- Cooperative research: methods and applications. A one-day focus on participatory methods with Leanne Cullen-Unsworth and Alex Franklin.
- Ecosystems and People. Isabelle Durance.
- Ontologies, epistemologies and practices for sustainability science and place-making. Terry Marsden.