'Framing the Climate Crisis'

Series Name College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Research Workshop
Type Lectures & Talks
Starts at Nov 25, 2015 12:30 PM
Ends at Nov 25, 2015 01:00 PM
Venue Ken Edwards 322
Open To University staff and students

Date - Wednesday 25th November, 2015
Place - Ken Edwards 322
Time - 12.30-15.30
Lunch will be provided 12.30-13.00

Professor Paul Monks
Air Quality, the Anthropocene and Climate
Dr Julian Matthews
Certainty and the challenges journalists face when reporting the ongoing politics of climate change
Dr Caroline Upton
Governing climate action: a political ecology analysis

Climate change, the climate crisis, and sustainability are all contested concepts. They are understood in very different ways by competing perspectives. How we frame such issues has political, social, economic and physical implications, informing both understanding and action. In this workshop we will bring together a range of diverse views to explore the possibilities of a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the climate crisis.

Drawing together research on the physical science of pollution and climate change, academic analysis of media representations of climate change, and the political ecology of policy and practice responses to climate crisis, the workshop will take the form of three short presentations followed by a roundtable discussion to open up a dialogue between these perspectives.

This is the first of three workshops taking a multi-disciplinary look at issues of sustainability, funded by the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities at the University of Leicester, and organized by the School of Management’s Sustainability Research Network. The workshops will be followed by a conference on Scale and Sustainability next spring.

For more information on the workshop, or to confirm attendance, please email chris.land@leicester.ac.uk

Professor Paul Monks – Air Quality, the Anthropocene and Climate

Air pollution is projected to be the world’s top environmental cause of premature mortality by 2050, ahead of dirty water and lack of sanitation. Climate change is a key environmental issue with major concerns in respect of the increase in global temperature and concomitant direct and indirect impacts. Air quality and climate are often treated as separate science and policy areas. Air quality encompasses the hereand-now of pollutant emissions, atmospheric transformations and their direct effect on human and ecosystem health. Climate change deals with the drivers leading to a warmer world and the consequences of that. These two science and policy issues are inexorably linked.

Paul will details some of his recent work in the science and policy arenas looking at the air quality and climate in particular around around topical issues such as diesels and woodburning. Paul is currently the chair of the UK Government Science Advisory Committee on Air Quality.

Dr. Julian Matthews - Certainty and the challenges journalists face when reporting the ongoing politics of climate change

This talk will review my recent research on, and thinking about, elite journalism and its reporting of the climate change issue, including research findings that reveal the increasing legitimacy that this form of journalism affords the issue. It will use the observed patterns that mark its coverage across time to look forward and predict the future sites of contest and struggle that will likely feature in the ongoing mediated politics of climate change.

Julian lectures in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. His research interests include journalism and the mediation of social problems (focusing on terrorism, environmental issues and most recently energy issues). He convenes the News and Journalism Group in the Department and outside the University of Leicester that of the British Sociological Association Media Group and is also Editor for the Blackwell-Wiley International Journal – Sociology Compass.

Dr. Caroline Upton - Governing climate action: a political ecology analysis

This presentation draws on the author’s recent and ongoing work with policy makers, local communities and activists in Mongolia and East Africa to examine contemporary responses and practices across scales, in relation to sustainability and the ‘climate crisis’. Through the lens of critical political ecology it highlights the role of discourse, power relations and resistance in framing the crisis and governing subsequent actions.

It concludes with reflections on wider lessons in policy making and practice.

Caroline Upton is an environmental geographer and social scientist. Her research interests lie primarily in aspects of environmental governance. Recent work has explored dynamic interactions between policy, practice and livelihoods in the context of debates around sustainability, biodiversity, and climate change adaptation. Critical analysis of the ecosystem services paradigm and debates around valuation of nature are another core strand of her contemporary work.

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