Peter Higgins, Professor of Outdoor & Environmental Education, Director of the Global Environment & Society Academy and Director of Learning for Sustainability Scotland shares his views on education and the recent school climate strikes.
Lan Wang reports back from the 24th annual Conference of the Parties (COP), a meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to address climate change globally.
Sarah, Communication Manager; Aisling, Projects Coordinator (Energy); Vanessa, Committees & Projects Officer; and Kerry, Projects Coordinator – Sustainability and Festivals, reflect on their personal sustainability resolutions.
Kerry Cheek shares findings and recommendations from her work with the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability researching sustainability in the Festival Fringe.
She is Sustainable began in London in 2016 as a two day event for women working in the Sustainability sector. Since then a number of events have taken place in other cities, with Edinburgh’s first event taking place this year on the 20th April. SRS Projects Coordinators Aisling O’Reilly and Rachael Barton reflect on the day.
Martin Samson, a 3rd year Economics and Psychology student, reflects on his recent participation in the Responsible Futures Auditing Programme which gave students the opportunity to audit the University’s social responsibility and sustainability practices.
We recently said farewell to Caro Overy, Engagement Manager for the Department for Social Responsibility & Sustainability. We asked her to share some thoughts on what she’s learnt over the last seven years.
Jaime and Luis share a flavour of what their two month placement with our Department was like.
Sonja Peacock reflects on her work placement with the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability over the Summer.
Simon Christie, Campus Facilities Manager at Moray House School of Education and the Centre for Open Learning, writes about his recent experience of using an electric bike to commute to work.
The clocks are back; the temperature is consistently in single digits, and there are loads of great new series online to try and distract you from these facts.
Claudia Cox, a fourth-year Classics student at the University of Edinburgh, shares her insights into Sustainable Backpacking through Central America.
MSc Environment and Development graduate Anita Owiti discusses her 8 week internship mapping community engagement at the University.
Physics student Rachel Harrington shares ways in which the average student can live more sustainably while at University, from small personal changes to getting involved in a wider collective
Biotechnology student Grace Ferris explains what Climate Week is and shares her personal perspective on living sustainably.
Amanda Midhamre completed a work-based placement with the department in order to produce research for her MSc Environmental Sustainability dissertation.
George Kapatayes completed a work-based placement with the department in order to produce research for his MSc International Development dissertation.
Energy Programme Assistant Mairi Kemp discusses her internship looking at the role of Energy Coordinators at the University.
Masters student Daniel Proudfoot reflects on an 8-week work-based placement investigating how to increase student engagement with sustainability and the University’s climate strategy.
MSc graduate Alison Carlyle reflects on her time as a Student Engagement researcher for the Department for Social Responsibility & Sustainability.
In March 2017, student Anthony Corless got in touch with us to say he was giving up mains electricity for lent. We asked him to write a blog, which he submitted on paper in person at our office. Intrigued? Read on.
Building on the success of a textile repurposing project in collaboration with Zero Waste Scotland and IKEA, students at Edinburgh College of Art recently showcased a collection of hand-crafted bags at February’s Sustain.Ed festival.
Slurp is a social enterprise project lead by a group of students from the University of Edinburgh, and seeks to tackle the problem of homelessness at its source, by working with young people at risk of homelessness.
Dr Heid Jerstad is a GCRF Post-doctoral research fellow in Social Anthropology, and is interested in how changing weather patterns impact human lives. Here she discusses her past research and the Weather Matters hub – an online space for scholars to debate weather and climate change-related research.
Yvonne Laird is a Research Fellow working at the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy. Here she shares her favourite things about cycling to work.
Caro Overy, Engagement Manager, reflects on her month of trying out a vegan lifestyle in January.
I’ve worked in Sustainability for most of my professional life, and so have quite frequently ended up in groups, meetings, or discussions where the climate impact of industrial farming is mentioned. I fully understand the climate and health benefits of a diet with fewer animal products and more plant based food.
Public lecture review by Joshua Stein, 4th year student in German and History Continue reading Enlightenment Lecture: Scientists change the world: why can’t they change their image?
Emma Dixon and Fanni Barocsi joined the department on work-based placements from the MSc Science Communication and Public Engagement course. Find out about the work they carried out on “Conflict Minerals”. Continue reading Work-based placements: Emma and Fanni investigate conflict minerals
Alexandra Starks reflects on her experience as an auditor for the Sustainability Awards at FloWave and the Institute for Academic Development.
Environmental economics PhD student Nazli Koseoglu reflects on her experience of attending Conservation stream of Beijing Forum held at the University of Peking, China between 4rd– 10th November.
Being one of the world’s leading universities, the University of Edinburgh attracts staff and students from all nationalities, possessing different backgrounds, skills and experiences. In turn, they share fresh ideas, making a great contribution to academic curriculum development, and help give everyone an opportunity to experience different cultures and broaden personal horizons. Therefore, the University “speaks” with its staff and students, and promotes a positive culture, where racism – in any form – is unacceptable.
Grazia Esposito is a Procurement Administrator at the University of Genoa. For a few days in April, she visited the University of Edinburgh under a Erasmus programme to learn about socially responsible and sustainable procurement.
Aster graduated in 2015 with an MSc in Environmental Sustainability. Find out how her dissertation project has turned into a research position with the Institute of Geography.
Aida and James joined us from the MSc Science Communication and Public Engagement course, and were tasked with collating research at the University specifically to do with climate change.
A reuse and repair fair bringing together local social enterprises, businesses and charities helping the University to reduce its waste. Summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies.
Claire Martin, Projects Coordinator for Events and Student Engagement, reflects on how Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 was celebrated by both the University and the city. Continue reading Fairtrade Fortnight 2016
Andrew Arnott, our Labs Sustainability Coordinator, reflects on the S-Lab Scotland event on Monday 1st March Continue reading S-lab Scotland event: the Effective Laboratory
Over two days in December 2015, sixty-odd people gathered as part of a Social Responsibility and Sustainability Special Project Grant to discuss research around off-grid solar. This post reviews those discussions.
Eight academics at the University make their contribution to the climate change debate.
Associate Chaplain Ali Newell reflects on recent interfaith efforts to highlight sustainability and equality for all within the context of the refugee crisis, Paris Attacks, and Scotland’s Climate March.
Graduates Célia Nyssens and Chris Palmer presented the student Carbon Railcard project at the Global University Climate Forum, running in Paris during COP21. Continue reading Alumni at COP21: Célia Nyssens and Chris Palmer at the Global University Climate Forum
Graduate Shona Rawlings reflects on her experience at COP21 as part of the 2050 Climate Group.
In the first of a series of blogs from Edinburgh alumni attending COP21 in Paris, 09/10 Carbon Management graduate Gautam Jindal reports on why he’s at the conference.
Continue reading Alumni at COP21: Keeping fingers crossed at the negotiations
With the festive season in full flow, 3rd year Social Anthropology student Zoe Anderson reflects on her internship at the One World Shop and why we should consider choosing fair trade products at Christmas.
Our Changing World Enlightenment lecture by Julia Marton Lefévre on 24th November 2015; summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies
Our Changing World lecture by Prof Peter Higgins and Prof Charles Hopkins on 3rd November 2015; summary by Marlena Segar, 1st year student in Social and Economic History with Environmental Studies