Climate Change – what can we do?

Climate Change – what can we do?

25 May 2010  10am-1pm (please note this has changed from 21 April 2010)
Venue: Happy Computers, Cityside House, 40 Adler Street, London E1 1EE

Free for members of STAN – The Second Tier Advisors Network or Cascade / £35 for non-members

Do you consider the challenge of climate change when advising groups?

What information have you provided to groups on this topic?

How can we begin to embed better practice in relation to climate change?

Climate change can often seem like such a huge and inevitable problem that it’s hard to relate it to our own work and to the work of the organisations we support.  There are however many actions that can help to combat global warming whilst also helping voluntary and community groups to save money, improve their efficiency, and to help to preserve the local and global environment for future generations.

In this half day session,  Karen Mellanby and Eleanor Pryde from Bassac will look at climate change and the way that it links to issues around economic, social and environmental justice. They will highlight the small actions that individuals and organisations can take to combat climate change, and present case studies of organisations that have moved forward and tackled sustainability issues in more indepth way.

Karen and Eleanor will talk about the benefits of acting against climate change as well as looking at some of the barriers to action and highlighting ways to help groups get around them.   This will be an informal event with lots of time for questions and discussion, so no matter what your level of knowledge and experience you are most welcome to attend.

To reserve your place call 020 3349 8911 or fill out the booking form and return to


News from Realities

News from Realities, part of the National Centre for Research Methods, based at the Morgan Centre at the University of Manchester.

1. New audio: Qualitative research impact beyond academia

Extract from talk by Carol Smart about how (and why) we could increase the impact of qualitative research beyond academia.

2. ‘What is Creative Interviewing?’ seminar, 6 May 2010, Manchester
Jennifer Mason gives an introduction to the art of creative interviewing. Part of the methods@manchester lunchtime ‘What is…?’ seminar series.

3. What is narrative analysis? Presentation recording
Recording from presentation by Vanessa May given as part of the methods@manchester seminar series introducing different research methods.

4. New presentation recording: Researching Nature
If you missed this workshop you can watch and listen to Richie Nimmo’s presentation on using actor-network theory as a way into researching nature (slides and audio)

5. Ups and downs of friendships: Realities research in the news
The Critical Associations project is exploring, among other things, the significance of friendships across the lifecourse. Part of the research involved a Mass Observation Project directive enquiring about the negative aspects of friendship. We have collected some of the press snippets, and the British Sociological Association paper they are based on, on the Criticial Associations web page.


Realities, part of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods

Morgan Centre, Unviersity of Manchester

Arthur Lewis Building, Bridgeford Street

Manchester, M13 9PL


Space & The Event

Space & The Event An Interdisciplinary Workshop Hosted by the Social and Cultural Geography Group Geography Department Royal Holloway, University of London 2 Gower Street WC1E 6DP Wednesday May 26th, 2pm – 6pm Concepts of ‘the event’ have taken on an increasingly important role in recent Continental political thought in the work of Badiou, Deleuze, Derrida and Heidegger amongst others. Although these concepts of ‘the event’ are multiple and resist consensus all have become central to debates on the nature of political transformations, the political importance of ontological questions, the relationship between order and sovereignty and the renewed interest in political theology. Whether they have been articulated in relation to appropriation, becoming, rupture or otherwise, these ideas have largely focused on explicitly temporal understandings of ‘the event’. This workshop aims to discuss how ‘the event’ may be read spatially, and what possibilities this may open for re-thinking radical politics. What effect might an examination of ‘the event’ have on our understanding of the relationship between space and politics? Conversely, how could a consideration of spatial politics effect our assessment of the nature, scope and relevance of ‘the event’? What bearing does the relationship between space and ‘the event’ have on other crucial relationships such as between politics and the political, difference and universality, transcendence and immanence, and spatial boundaries and political subjectivities? It is hoped that this discussion may create openings for new understandings of political strategy and spatial practices and enriched conceptions of ‘the event’. The workshop brings together a select interdisciplinary group of academics and graduate students, drawn from across geography, political theory, philosophy and international relations to consider the relevance of this approach to concepts of ‘the event’. General discussion will open out from a series of short papers by speakers addressing the theme in relation to their own work and theoretical approaches. Mustafa Dikeç (Royal Holloway) will discuss Jacques Ranciere, Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths) will discuss Alain Badiou and, provisionally, Marcus Doel (Swansea) will discuss Deleuze and Badiou with J.D. Dewsbury (Bristol) acting as respondent. Directions and a map are provided here. Please note that access to the Gower Street building requires a code which can be obtained at the issue desk of Royal Holloway’s building on the corner of Gower Street and Montague Place. Light refreshments will be provided during at a mid-point break in the program. Please note that this is a closed event with very limited seating available. If anyone wishes to attend or would like any further information on the event please contact the convener, Rory Rowan at

ESRC Public Policy Seminar Publication: How climate change affects people in the UK and how can we best develop an equitable response?

Dear All, I am pleased to bring to your attention a copy of the report on ‘How climate change affects people in the UK and how can we best develop an equitable response?’. This seminar was organised in collaboratiESRC Public Policy Seminar Publication: How climate change affects people in the UK and how can we best develop an on with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Local Government Association (LGA) and held on 30th November 2009, London. The seminar’s aim was to inform ideas about potential future research funding opportunities through the Living with Environmental Change and other research programmes, building on existing research being commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the social justice implications of climate change. Please find a link below where you can download the seminar’s agenda, presentation slides and the report: In recognition of the Public Policy Seminars supported and facilitated by the ESRC, a number of publications have been produced to consolidate the research findings and policy implications. I would like to encourage colleagues to make use of these valuable resources, PDF copies can be found on the website and hard copies are available on request. These publications are readily available and are organised chronologically: Please feel free to circulate this information to any of your contacts who may be interested in the seminars or/and publications. If would like to receive further information on the seminars or a free copy of any of the publications please email or myself. Kindest regards, Marzena Marzena Bien Knowledge Transfer Team ESRC Tel: 01793 413137 Email:

PUBLIC LECTURE: New research into cycling: mixed methods, culture and ethnography

New research into cycling: mixed methods, culture and ethnography
Dave Horton, Lancaster University
Rachel Aldred, University of East London
Katrina Jungnickel, University of East London

Tuesday 27th April, 5pm, University of East London

East Building, Docklands Campus, room EBG08

For directions to UEL Docklands see

Refreshments will be served. Please email to reserve a place.

This public lecture showcases two projects using mixed method and qualitative approaches to cycling: the EPSRC-funded Understanding Walking and Cycling, and the ESRC-funded Cycling Cultures.

Dave Horton is undertaking ethnographic research as part of the Understanding Walking and Cycling project. The project adopts mixed methods to explore walking and cycling in 4 English cities, Lancaster, Leeds, Leicester and Worcester. Dave will describe the wider project, before concentrating on the qualitative research, and specifically the ethnographic fieldwork, which he is conducting with the Flemish anthropologist Griet Scheldeman. He’ll give details of the methods that Griet and he have so far been using to produce data which should improve current understandings of cycling; and he’ll talk through some of their preliminary findings, with the hope that those present will discuss and help him think about what they might mean!

Rachel and Katrina are working on Cycling Cultures, which looks at four urban areas with relatively high cycling rates: Cambridge, Hull, Bristol, and Hackney. Rachel and Katrina will discuss the rationale for the project and the findings emerging from pilot and background research. They’ll talk about the methods that they are currently exploring, including using mapping applications (ArcView and Google mashups) to represent and analyse qualitative and quantitative data. Rachel and Katrina will also discuss their ongoing experiments in visual methodology including the use of time-lapse photography, bike cameras, and bike portraits.

This is a UEL Public Lecture in association with UEL Bike Week 2010 (26th-30th April)