Facing the Future 2017

| CECHR, Lectures and Workshops, Symposium, Resilience, Sustainability

Collaborative power for societal transformation in a rapidly changing world Organised as a collaboration between the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience, adaptation CONNECTS from the University of Oslo and the International Futures Forum Facing the Future 2017 is a two-day conference and interactive workshop for Masters, PhD and early career researchers or practitioners from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, organised through the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) at the University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute. Professor Karen O’Brien fr...

CECHR Director discussing IPCC’s 1.5C Report - Critical opportunities for social science to shape the future


Webinar: The IPCC’s 1.5C Report: critical opportunities for social science to shape the future CECHR's Director Ioan Fazey will be joining Bronwyn Hayward, Susi Moser, Petra Tschakert and other experts from the Transformations to Sustainability community for a webinar discussion on opportunities for social science in the forthcoming Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impacts of global warming 1.5°C. What are the impacts of warming at 1.5°C? What would 1.5°C warming mean for responding to climate change, sustainable development, and effo...

CECHR Collaborative Research - Incubator Competition, 2017

| CECHR, Geography, Planning, Environment

Applications are invited for up to three ‘Incubator Grants’, sharing from a maximum fund of £3,000, 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  for generating 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 ...

Re-Inhabiting the Centre

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

Thursday 29th September Venue –  Dalhousie LT3 Supported by the Academy of Urbanism and the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) Conference overview City centres, in particular medium size cities, (like Dundee) are an important part of Scottish history, economy and community but the changing pattern of commerce, housing needs, service provision, demand, expectation and competition is challenging the role of city centres as sustainable and liveable places. Rethinking (Re-Inhabiting) city centres as places to live, prosper and enjoy is one possible future – but ...

Placemaking Symposium - Streets Beyond : Beyond Streets

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

Streets Beyond : Beyond Streets - The changing role and purpose of public space Friday 11th November 2016, University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building  This landmark collaborative learning event celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Academy of Urbanism, organised jointly with Architecture and Design Scotland and the University of Dundee, within the Scottish Government’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. It focus on streets and public space, building upon the highly successful ‘Place Making’ symposium series previously run jointly by the University of Dundee, Academ...

The GROW Observatory – an EU-wide 'citizen science' project

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| CECHR, Environment, Resilience

The GROW Observatory – an EU-wide 'citizen science' project for growers, gardeners, small and family farmers, and space scientists The GROW Observatory (GROW) is a massive, European-wide project aiming to involve tens of thousands of ‘citizen scientists’ that will empower growers with knowledge on sustainable practices and make a vital contribution to global environmental monitoring. Together they will solve key challenge for environmental monitoring – the ability to measure soil moisture at high spatial resolution over large geographical areas – whilst sharing knowledge on gr...

How to engage in thinking about Transformative change

| CECHR, Geography, Environment, Transformations

New research conducted by Professor Ioan Fazey in collaboration with the international futures forum has explored a futures practice called Three Horizons. This intuitive and simple approach can be used with any group to help them develop futures consciousness. That is, a better understanding of how actions in the present relate to the future. The approach is helpful to develop thinking and actions for transitioning from one way of doing things (business as usual) to more transformative patterns. The new research paper, which is based on the extensive expertise of facilitators, outlines the Three Horizons ...

Webinar: The Social Challenge of 1.5°C

| CECHR, Environment, Geography

Save the date: 17:00 CET, 22 June 2016 Join Karen O'Brien, Susanne Moser, CECHR director Ioan Fazey and others from Future Earth´s Transformations Knowledge-Action Network to discuss mobilizing research around the social challenge of a 1.5°C target. The Paris Agreement, signed by over 190 countries, sets an ambitious target to “hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.” But what does this actually mean? A 1.5°C target implies...

Tayplan initiative provides outreach for the local area

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| CECHR, Planning, Environment

Dr Deepak Gopinath, Lecturer in Town and Regional Planning, along with colleagues at the University of Dundee, TAYPLAN and PAS, has been part of an exciting initiative – ‘the Youth Camp’, that used the popular game, Minecraft as well as interactive workshops to plan the future of Dundee's waterfront. TAYplan is one of four strategic development planning authorities each covering the city-regions for Scotland’s four largest cities. They were designated by Scottish Ministers in June 2008 and are responsible for land use planning at a strategic level. TAYplan covers the City-regions of...

Living with Change in the Solomon Islands

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

The next event in the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum will be on Tuesday 7 June at 6pm, when Professor Ioan Fazey will give a talk entitled Living with Change in the Solomon Islands. Change is all around us but seems to be increasing in complexity and speed as we enter a new era dominated by significant global forces and challenges. This is certainly the case for remote communities in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, who are facing rapid changes in economic, social and environmental conditions. In this presentation, Professor Fazey will discuss his research, working in participatory ways with...

Dundee team to help local communities Make Sense of the environment

| CECHR, Environment, Research, Resilience, Sustainability

Making Sense is an EU H2020 funded project that seeks to empower citizens through personal digital manufacturing applied to the design and deployment of environmental sensors. The consortium is formed by University of Dundee, The Peers Educators Network, JRC IAAC and is lead by Waag Society. The project will show how environmental monitoring with open source software, open source hardware, digital maker practices and open design can be effectively adopted by local communities. Also by appropriating their own technological sensing tools they make sense of their environments and address pressing environmenta...

Dundee Water Centre contributes to the launch of first journal dedicated exclusively to international water law

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| CWLPS, CECHR, Environment, Law

The first issue of Brill Research Perspectives - International Water Law has been published in both electronic and paper forms under the leadership of Salman Salman, Editor-in-Chief and Honorary of the Centre for Water Law Policy and Science (under the auspices of UNESCO), University of Dundee. Dr Alistair Rieu-Clarke, Reader in International Law, at the Dundee Water Centre is also a member of the editorial board together with Professor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes (University of Geneva), Professor Gabriel Eckstein (Texas A&M University), Professor Lilian del Castillo-Laborde (University of Buenos Ai...

Bees research shows not all neonicotinoids are the same

| CECHR, Sustainability, Environment

The group of chemical insecticides known as neonicotinoids have been identified as presenting a serious risk to bee populations, leading to bans on their use. But at least one may be unfairly named among the offenders when it comes to risks to bumblebees, according to new research led by the University of Dundee. The new study found that one of the neonicotinoid insecticides – clothianidin – did not show the same detrimental effects on bee colonies as its close chemical relatives imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. All three neonicotinoids have been subject to an EU-wide moratorium on their use. Dr ...

Sustainable mining: Managing and mitigating environmental and biodiversity impacts of the Guyana Goldfields

| CECHR, Lectures & Workshops, Sustainability,CEPMLP

CECHR Lunchtime Lecture – Thursday 12th May, 12.30-14.30, Carnegie Lecture Theatre The lecture will be followed by a light lunch. Reed Huppman, who is the Vice President, Sustainability and Health & Safety, Guyana Goldfields Inc. will be delivering a CECHR/CEPMLP lecture on the 12th of May entitled ‘Sustainable mining: managing and mitigating environmental and biodiversity impacts of the Guyana Goldfields’.  Reed is an expert geologist and geomorphologist with applied experiences all over the world, most recently he has spent considerable time working with mining operation in Guy...

Prof. Reid Speaks at Conference in Sweden on "Environmental Rights in Europe and Beyond"

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| General News,Research News

In late April Prof. Colin Reid was one of the speakers at a conference in Sweden on "Environmental Rights in Europe and Beyond".  Almost 100 people attended the event in Lund, organised by the Swedish Network for European Legal Studies, with contributors and participants from Europe, the USA and Australia. Prof. Reid's paper noted that environmental interests tend to lose out when in conflict with more firmly established legal rights, but that responding to this by trying to create equally strong environmental rights may not be an appropriate way forward and that other solutions should be sought....

Earth Day blog for Oxford University Press

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| General News,Research News

In response to an invitation to mark Earth Day (22 April), Prof. Colin Reid has provided a blog for the Oxford University Press website: http://blog.oup.com/2016/04/conservation-biodiversity-environmental-law/.   The blog, headlined “The conservation of biodiversity: thinking afresh”, considers how a recasting of existing nature conservation laws might be required to cope with the increasingly dynamic physical environment arising from climate change and our increasing appreciation of the need to conserve ecosystems, not just isolated nature reserves. New thinking about ecosystem servi...

Workshop on Ecosystems and the Law

| General News

On 12 April Dundee hosted a workshop to discuss the role of ecosystem services in legal adjudication.  Experts from academia, legal practice and regulatory bodies across the UK and Ireland, with further contributions from Florida and Chile, explored how the law can respond to the growing scientific appreciation of the many ways in which society benefits from the natural environment, benefits which are not all captured in existing commercial transactions and values. These benefits, such as providing flood management and the habitat for the pollinating insects which are vital to crop production, need to...

Dundee Geographer advises BBC Earth

| Geography, Resilience, CECHR

Dr Sue Dawson, Geography, University of Dundee talking about the impact on Scotland of the Storegga Slide tsunami 8000 years ago for BBC earth online. Sue’s research looks are the sedimentology and recurrence of tsunamis through the Holocene (last 10,000 years) and how changes in climate as we move through the 21st century may lead to more potential tsunamis with ice melt leading to increase volumes into the northern North Atlantic and the possible release of methane through destabilisation of sediments. Tsunamis on the sale of Storegga are much less likely however and more localised, but still often...

Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience Annual Review

| CECHR, Environment, Resilience, Sustainability

We are proud to be presenting the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience Annual review. This showcases and celebrates some of the excellent work of CECHR and its wide interdisciplinary constituents and associates. Requests for hard copies can be made to Louise Henderson: cechr@dundee.ac.uk. Last year's review can be found at: CECHR Annual Report 2013/14 ‌‌...

Transdisciplinarity - the future doesn't fit into a single discipline

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

Friday 18th March, 12.30-14.30, River Room 3, Tower Building Alfonso Montuori, Professor in Transformative Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies Abstract - Disciplinary specialization has produced an overwhelming amount of information, and proved to be enormously generative. At the same time, it’s increasingly unclear what to do with all this information, let alone how to apply it or even begin to think about it, because it mostly remains buried inside the walls of a specific discipline. Particularly during this time of perilous transition and uncertain futures, this is a dangerous s...

Melbourne, a city transformed

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

Professor Ian Gilzean, the Chief Architect from the Scottish Government will be visiting CECHR on Tuesday 22nd March and will be delivering a lecture followed by a discussion from 4-5.30 pm titled ‘Melbourne, a city transformed’.  The lecture will take place in 3G05, LT2 in the Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee and will be followed by a reception giving guests the opportunity to meet Ian in a more informal setting.  If you would like to attend this lecture please register through Eventbrite.   Abstract: The city of Melbourne made it three years in a row as the world'...

Coming Home Professionally: Place and Placemaking -Transformative Perspectives on Planning and Design

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

We are delighted to welcome Professor Ian Wight from the University of Manitoba to present at a CECHR working lunch on Friday 26th February.  Ian will be discussing ‘Coming Home Professionally: Place and Placemaking  -Transformative Perspectives on Planning and Design,’ which will be followed by a discussion and then lunch. All staff and students at the University of Dundee are welcome. We have a limited number of places available so we recommend that you register early for this event.  Date – Friday 26th February Venue – River Room 2, 9th Floor Tower Building Time &n...

Focus on Transboundary Aquifers

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

The Scientific Basis of the UN ILC Draft Articles on Transboundary Aquifers A CWLPS/CECHR seminar given by Shammy Puri (Secretary General, International Association of Hydrogeologists) on Tuesday 16th February, from 12-1pm in the Carnegie Lecture Theatre As a member of the advisory team to the UN ILC Special Rapporteur drafting the Articles on the use of transboundary aquifers, Shammy Puri was deeply involved in providing the scientific framework of the hydrolgeology of transboundary aquifers. His in depth knowledge on such aquifers came from his direct experience in exploring, designing and later exploita...

Flood Scheme and Climate Resilient opportunities discussed at Hawick workshop

| CECHR, Environment, Resilience, Planning, Geography

Recreation, energy, the local economy and natural flood management were among the opportunities highlighted at a joint workshop for the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme and the Scottish Borders Climate Resilient Communities project. Members of the public, community groups and politicians attended the event on Monday, held in Hawick Baptist Church’s community hub. The workshop was held in the wake of last month’s devastating flooding in Hawick, which was one of the main topics discussed. With experts from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in attendance, Teries reflected on their experiences of the fl...

Working with Farmers on Natural Flood Management

| Water, CECHR, Environment, Event

Dundee's Prof Chris J Spray will be speaking on Working with Farmers on Natural Flood Management at the UK Water Partnership's upcoming Sustainable Food, Farming and Water Workshop, March 10 in Reading. Global challenges in providing sustainable food and water, in the context of a growing population and environmental change, are ever increasing and intensifying. The Farming and Water Action Group of the UK Water Partnership published a series of reports in 2015 that explored the links between water and food production and the challenges for delivering both food ...

CECHR associate director helps mystery bee scientific

| CECHR, Environment, James Hutton

Bestselling author Peter May has just released his latest thriller, Coffin Road. He came up with the idea after he? read about our Christopher Connolly, who has been working on the effects of pesticides on bees. Here is what Chris has to say about the experience: Collaborating with a novelist is not the first public engagement experience that springs to mind. So when Peter May contacted me for help in writing his latest novel ‘Coffin Road’ that would be based around our research into neonicotinoids and bees, I realised that it was a great opportunity to reach a new audience. Peter May shar...

Facing the Future 2016 - 1st keynote announced

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

Ralph Throp, Head of Community Resilience Policy, Scottish Government, now confirmed as first keynote speaker. We are very pleased to announce our first keynote speaker for the Facing the Future Conference 2016: Ralph Throp, head of community resilience policy of the Scottish Government. Ralph has been head of community resilience policy at the Scottish Government for the last four years. In this role, he is responsible for developing the Scottish Government’s approach to community resilience to emergencies. Ralph has worked on numerous emergency responses, including flooding. He will share his pract...