A recent field trip along the Lower Severn Vale with a group of Landscape and Applied Ecology MSc students highlighted some of the opportunities and challenges associated with weaning ourselves off large-scale and centralised electricity generating systems. The area of interest is part of the Severn estuary between Gloucester and the old suspension bridge carrying the M48 from Aust to Chepstow.
John Powells writes about two developments related to society’s capacity to deal with the management of global commons problems.
Chris Short has been invited to attend a facilitated workshop to discuss arising opportunities for renewable technological development.
Two interesting keynote presentations at the IASC Commons Conference in Alberta last week, provided alternative views of the problems facing the Arctic in the immediate future. Rob Huebert, a research fellow at the Canadian International Council and Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, focused on ‘Arctic Sovereignty and climate change’.
Dr Frances Harris, Senior Lecturer at Kingston University and external examiner for MSc in Sustainable Environments presented ‘Tensions in transdisciplinary practice’. The seminar drew on current research concerning approaches to knowledge co-production at the food, water, energy, and environment nexus. It explored the tensions inherent in such collaborations, the challenges of evaluating transdisciplinary research, and the calls for the development of a standardised methodology associated with transdisciplinary research. View the seminar on CCRI Slideshare. CCRI seminars are free to attend, but if you intend to come along it would be useful if you could let us know by sending an email to