Facing the Future 2016 Conference: Realising Resilience

| CECHR, Event, Symposium, Lectures & Workshops, Resilience, Sustainability

Facing the Future 2016 is a two-day postgraduate conference for Masters, PhD and early career researchers organised through the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) at the University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute. Our conference will be held from 31 May – 1 June 2016 at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. In our rapidly changing world, it is vital to create and support strong, resilient ecosystems, food systems and human communities. Therefore, this year’s Facing the Future conference will focus on understanding community and ecosystem resilience, and will equip...

Dundee researchers to investigate effects of extreme weather on Scottish rural & coastal road networks

| CECHR, Geography, Environment, Resilience

Dundee researchers to assess the risk to the coastal and rural road network in Scotland due to the effects of storms and extreme rainfall events under new NERC Research Grant The first inter-new-school grant between Geography (Sue Dawson)  and Civil Engineering (Mike Brown, Jonathan Knappett) together with TRL (Transport research Laboratory) and Transport Scotland, the project with a 4-mmont PDRA, will use existing research data to develop a robust risk management tool, easily utilized by asset managers to tool that can be used by industry to examine rural road transport assets in Scotland that are li...

Activism in the Built Environment: Planning

| Geddes Institute, Event, Planning, Architecture, CECHR, Environment

Accompanying the City is a Thinking Machine Exhibition in the Lamb Gallery is a programme of three evening events, the third of which takes place Wednesday 09 December 2015, 6pm in the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee. This double bill should be of interest to planners, architects, citizens and other agitators, everyone interested in the city region as a strategic planning unit, its past and its future, for the Tay Valley and Scotland. ‌Greg Lloyd: The demise of strategic planning (again and yet again) Greg Lloyd is Emeritus Professor of Planning at Ulst...

CECHR Symposium 2016

| CECHR, Symposium, Environment, Sustainability, Resilience, Event

The CECHR symposium will soon be upon us (24th February). This will be located at West Park on Perth Road. The event is open to James Hutton and University of Dundee staff and is free. You can register for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cechr-annual-symposium-tickets-19781822965 We would also like short speed talks (5 min) on the theme “Advances in research, methodologies, CECHR collaborations and impact”. This can include current or completed work, examples of fruitful collaborations among CECHR members, new possibilities and ideas, or advances in methods or novel approaches an...

New Director for CECHR

| CECHR, Resilience, Environment

Professor Ioan Fazey is the new director of CECHR, previously deputy director of CECHR, and Professor of Social Dimensions of Environmental Change, University of Dundee. Pictured here with the new team. The world is facing major social and environmental challenges in ways that are difficult to comprehend. Complexity, uncertainty and change are now the norm and new interdisciplinary and transformative approaches are needed to understand and shape that change. CECHR provides an exciting opportunity to do this by bringing together some of the best social and environmental researchers in the UK from the Univer...

EU Horizon 2020 grant awarded to CEPMLP team


We are delighted to announce that a consortium coordinated by Oeko Institute for Applied Ecology (Germany) and including CEPMLP (School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK), Raw Materials Group (UK-Sweden), Projekt Consult (Germany) and Witwatersrand University (South Africa) have been awarded a EU Horizon 2020 grant in the call for proposals on the societal challenge 'Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials'. The overall grant reaches almost Euros 2 million. The project starts on 1st December 2015. The project is called “STRAtegic Dialogue on Sustainable...

Fully funded Hydro Nation PhD studentship opportunity

| CECHR, Studentships,Geography, Resilience

Managing Catchments for Multiple Benefits: Identifying Landscape Patterns and Ecosystem Services Bundles for Strategic Land Use Policy and Practice Hydro Nation is a Scottish Government funded partnership between CREW, James Hutton Institute and all Scottish Higher Education Institutes.  Funding for this four year scholarship will be in line with the Research Councils UK doctoral stipend levels and indicative fees.  The studentship will be registered at the University of Dundee. Applicants should have a first-class honours degree in a relevant subject or a 2.1 honours degree plus Masters (or equi...

Activism in the Built Environment: Media

| CECHR, Event, Lectures & Workshops,Architecture, Planning, Geddes Institute

Accompanying the City is a Thinking Machine Exhibition in the Lamb Gallery is a programme of three evening events, the second of which takes place this Wednesday 18 November 2015, 6pm in the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee This double bill should be of interest to architects planners lawyers psychologists, artists and other agitators, anyone interested in the city as the arena in which our social political and legal relations are played out and inscribed in our collective memory. Mike Small - Geddes and the 5th Estate: Publishing, Citizenship and Cultural Insurge...

Flourishing Communities and Productive Seas

| Planning, Environment, Geography, Event, Lectures & Workshops

Workshop 1: Marine Spatial Planning and Blue Growth The first of three workshops to discuss how to involve communities in decisions about marine and coastal planning is being held in Dundee on Tuesday, 10th November. The ‘Flourishing Communities and Productive Seas’ event, organised by the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, brings together a range of different disciplines, policy-makers and stakeholders to discuss what has been described as ‘blue growth’. It takes place at Discovery Point from 9.30 to 4.30. International experts will discuss how to navigate the complex lega...

UKELA Garner Lecture

| CECHR, Lectures & Workshops, Environment, Law, Event, Water

Wednesday 11th November, 5.30pm, Dalhousie 2S13 It will be given by James Thornton, CEO ClientEarth. The topic will be "Can we Catch-Up?  How the UK is falling behind on Environmental Law". ClientEarth are a highly-regarded environmental NGO who (amongst other high profile cases) brought the successful action against the UK government for failure to comply with air quality limits. The lecture will be streamed live in the University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building, room 2S13. The lecture will start at 6pm, and there will be tea and coffee on arrival from 5.30pm. Many thanks for that to the Centre for Env...

CECHR Collaborative Research - Incubator Competition, 2016

| CECHR, Environment, Resilience , Sustainability

Applications are invited for up to three ‘Incubator Grants’, sharing from a maximum fund of £5,000, to support new cross- and interdisciplinary projects aligned to the CECHR mission of promoting more sustainable and equitable futures. A key component will be that the project demonstrates the potential to lean towards future research funding. Funding may be directed towards any aspect of the research process e.g. pilot studies, networking workshops, international team meetings [e.g. Horizon 2020] and fieldwork, and international/national visitor exchanges. Proposals should be limited to a ...

Historic Patrick Geddes plans and drawings to be displayed for first time

| Geddes Institute, Architecture, Planning, Event, Exhibition, Lectures & Workshops

Rarely seen work by the hugely influential Scottish planner and botanist Sir Patrick Geddes will go on show at the University of Dundee this month, some of it being placed on public display for what is thought to be the first time. “The City is a Thinking Machine – Activism in the Built Environment” marks the centenary of the publication of Geddes’ 'Cities in Evolution’ (1915) and the associated Cities Exhibitions that ran at that time. Geddes was a pioneering thinker on the design and evolution of cities. 'Cities in Evolution’ was a seminal text which promoted his Citie...

Measuring wellbeing for effective place-making

| CECHR, Geddes Institute, Lectures & Workshops, Architecture, Planning, Event,Place-making

Date: 13/11/2015 Time: 10.00 – 16.00Location: Dalhousie Lecture Theatre (LT1- Ground Floor), University of Dundee Register for tickets Considerable advances around the meaning of well-being have been made in recent years, with a view to influencing national policies which value quality of life, including linkages with the physical environment and the social health of communities. However, as yet there has been little consideration of how well-being can be achieved through collaborative forms of place making. Critics suggest that place making is often more concerned with the form and physical appearan...

Nablus "an authentic urban spaceā€

| Geddes Institute, Planning, Architecture, Event, Lectures & Workshops

The first satellite event for The City is a Thinking Machine ... activism in the built environment exhibition took place in the Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, University of Dundee on Monday 19th October 2015. Mr Naseer R. Arafat, who is visiting Dundee as a guest of the Dundee-Nablus Twinning Association, gave an illustrated lecture entitled: Nablus "an authentic urban space”. Drawing on his research, planning and architectural practice in the city, Naseer reflected on design innovations in Nablus, and explained how the historic city centre of Nablus has transformed over centuries in light of changing...

Valuing nature: ecosystems, ecosystem services, value and decision-making

| CECHR,Environment,Lectures & Workshops,Sustainability, Event

CECHR Lunchtime Seminar Professor Mike Christie, Aberystwyth University ‘Valuing nature: ecosystems, ecosystem services, value and decision-making’. A practical insight into managing biodiversity risks and delivering real business value. Thursday 29th October from 12.30-13.30 (followed by lunch).  River Rooms 3, Tower Building. For more information contact cechr@dundee.ac.uk...

Enhancing wellbeing: inclusive, community collaborative approaches to place making

| Geddes Institute, Planning, Architecture, Environment, CECHR, Lectures & Workshops, Event, Place-making

Resources from the event, Report, videos, Galleries - now with final report Briefing Attitudes to well-being are beginning to change, both within government and society, with a shift away from the idea that a flourishing life is primarily connected to material prosperity towards one that positions well-being as a significant goal for public policy. This shift is being accompanied by a commitment to empower local communities, unlocking social capital and giving individuals greater voice in the processes of place making that determine the quality and direction of their lives. Together, these changes pro...

Youth Camp 2015 with Minecraft on the Waterfront

| Planning, CECHR, Architecture,Environment,Lectures & Workshops,Geddes Institute, Event

Youth Camp 2015 was a successful and engaging workshop where seven secondary schools across the TAYplan area developed hypothetical visions for what they think Dundee waterfront should look like through interactive sessions using the popular game, Minecraft. Each participating school team was given an individual plot on a model of the Dundee Waterfront (designed in Minecraft by Andrew Rennie, Conservation Officer, Perth and Kinross Council) to develop their visions of the waterfront. A central aim of the Youth Camp was to encourage young people to think differently about places they live and to help them u...

Husam Al Waer awarded Reed and Mallik Ltd journal prize

| Architecture,Awards,CECHR,Planning, Geddes Institute, Place-making

Congratulations to Husam Al Waer who has been awarded the Reed and Mallik Ltd journal prize (for the best paper in journal) for his paper ‘Improving contemporary approaches to the master planning process’ published in the journal Urban Design and Planning (Vol 167 issueDP1). Each year, ICE Publishing acknowledges the best work published in their journals at the ICE Publishing Awards ceremony. We award authors from both industry and academia who have produced work judged by their peers to be of exceptional quality and benefit to the civil engineering and science community. Each paper is free to ...

Exploring options for flood retention and resilience on private land

| Planning, Environment, CECHR,Lectures & Workshops, Human Geography, Geography, Resilience, Sustainability, Event

On May 27 CECHR hosted Professor Jirina Jilkova, Vice Rector for Research, from J. E. Purkyne University, The Czech Republic, and Dr Thomas Hartmann, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, for a research seminar on potential models of flood retention. The discussion first examined Natural Water Retention Measures, then creating space for flooding upstream from potentially vulnerable cities, and, finally, ways in which cities themselves are variously preparing themselves for flooding – promoting a resilient city approach. Whilst these three options to reduce flood risk in a catchment area are not entire...

Facing the Future 2015 Conference

| CECHR, Event, Symposium, Lectures & Workshops, Resilience, Sustainability

Facing the Future 2015 is a two-day postgraduate conference for Masters, PhD and early career researchers organised through the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) at the University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute. Our conference will be held from Tuesday 26 May – Wednesday 27 May 2015 at the University of Dundee, Scotland. This symposium aims to equip new researchers from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities with the intellectual tackle to meet the wicked problems of massive environmental change from interdisciplinary perspectives. Formidable problems confronti...

Social Cash Transfers in Southern Africa: Funded PhD studentship

| Human Geography, Geography, Environment, Studentship

Funded ESRC linked project PhD studentship available at the School of the Environment, University of Dundee Applications are invited for a full-time, three-year PhD studentship to undertake a research project to examine: how political and economic power relationships between national and international institutions are implicated in the design and implementation of social cash transfer schemes. The studentship is supervised by Dr Lorraine van Blerk (Reader, Human Geography) and forms part of a larger ESRC/DFID grant examining Social cash transfers, generational relations and youth poverty trajectories in ru...

Flourishing Communities and Productive Seas

| CECHR, Environment,Sustainability,Lectures & Workshops,Planning, Event

Over forty delegates attended a one day CECHR-funded symposium on marine spatial planning on 28 April, organised by Deborah Peel and Alison Reeves, and postgraduate students from the Masters in Spatial Planning (Marine Spatial Planning). Participants came from a range of backgrounds, including central government, local authorities, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Crown Estate, and NGOs, such as Scottish Environment LINK and PAS. The event was chaired by Greg Lloyd, Emeritus Professor at Ulster University. The aim of the event was to find ways to ‘talk’ across marine science, social science and l...

Resilient Coasts and Flourishing Seas?

| Planning, CECHR, Lectures & Workshops, Environment, Sustainability, Event, Symposium

Symposium: Tuesday 28 April 2015 The Baxter Suite 1.36, Tower Building, University of Dundee (9.30-4pm) Interested in Marine Spatial Planning? Want to know more about Scotland's first National Marine Plan? Why not attend a free event at the University of Dundee to find out more about what colleagues are researching in relation to the marine environment? This one day symposium will bring together inter-disciplinary expertise from practice and across the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CEHCR) and Offshore Renewables Institute to explore key issues with respect to the marine and land/sea...

Addressing complex real-world problems: a new discipline, a repository and you

| CECHR, Environment, Lectures & Workshops,Event

Professor Gabriele Bammer - Australian National University - College of Medicine, Biology and Environment Please join us for a working lunch -Tuesday 24th March 12.30-14.30, River Rooms 1 & 2 Abstract - As researchers, fragmentation hinders our ability to contribute to addressing complex (‘wicked’) real-world problems such as global environmental change, organised crime and growing inequalities. Although many approaches have been developed to deal with such problems, including systems thinking, inter- and trans-disciplinarity, action research and so on, there are few links between rese...

Funded PhD in Freshwater Ecosystems

| Studentship, Sustainability

Sediment flux and provenance in agricultural catchments:Sustainable land use management for the conservation of the Freshwater Pearl Mussel Ref 2015008 Background The Freshwater Pearl Mussel Margaritifera margaritifera (FPM) is a long-lived invertebrate that is found in fine gravel in clean, well-oxygenated, unpolluted freshwater. The species has undergone a dramatic decline over the 20th century. Ireland is now considered a stronghold for the FPM, supporting approximately 46% of the EU population. However, recruitment levels are insufficient in all Irish FPM populations and the species is of unfavourable ...

Dundee Conservation Lectures in their 21st year

| Planning, Architecture, Environment,Lectures & Workshops, Geddes Institute, Event

Classical Revival in 18th Century Architecture Murray Grigor OBE & Peter Burman 6 pm D'Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building The 21st season of the Dundee Conservation Lectures continues on  24th March.  Murray Grigor OBE is the probably greatest Scottish exponent of architecture and design through fi lm and his celebrated fi rst fi lm, Mackintosh, 1968, rekindled interest in the then neglected architect. He has since gone on to make over 50 fi lms with a focus on arts and architecture (most recently 'Beatus: the Spanish Apocalypse', 2014). 'The Hand of Adam' ...

2015 CECHR Annual Symposium

| CECHR, Symposium, Event,Environment, Resilience, Research

Key Theme - the Impact Agenda Wednesday 11th February 2015 Westpark Conference Centre in Dundee This year’s Symposium will explore the issue of research impact, we are delighted that the Principal will be joining us for the afternoon session. It will include a mix of keynote and short 5 min speed talks, posters and facilitated discussion about different aspects of impact. This can include accounts of engagement with 'problem holders', novel ways to generate impact, knowledge exchange processes and the translation of research - both curiosity-driven and applied - into people's lives. The Sym...

CECHR Collaborative Research - Incubator Competition, 2015

| CECHR, Sustainability, Resilience

Applications are invited for up to three ‘Incubator Grants’, sharing from a maximum fund of £5,000, to support new cross- and interdisciplinary projects aligned to the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience [CECHR] mission of promoting more sustainable and equitable futures. This year proposals are encouraged which align with the key societal challenges:  ‘promoting the sustainable use of global resources; shaping the future through innovative design and improving social, cultural and physical well-being - identified in the University’s Transformation vision...

Scottish Food Security Alliance PhD Studentships

| CECHR, Geography, Environment,Studentships

The Scottish Food Security Alliance is a new collaboration between the James Hutton Institute, the University of Dundee and the University of Aberdeen that recognises the important role Scotland has to play in ensuring crop-based food security.  The alliance delivers basic, strategic and applied science, with the aim of offering relevant and practical solutions to complex issues surrounding food security. The Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience director Professor John Rowan is directly involved in two of these proposals – Irrigation as a climate-resilient pest control strategy ...