Sustainability: sharing values, creating communities

Sustainability: sharing values, creating communities

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Queens Building, Southlands College

University of Roehampton

80 Roehampton Lane


SW15 5SL

United Kingdom

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Academics, policy makers, activists, clergy and lay people explore values, roles and commitments at a time of ecological emergency.

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Places are free of charge and include lunch, refreshments and post conference drinks.

· Pastries and coffee from 9:00 **

· Opening Session 9:30

· Closing Plenary concludes at 17:15 followed by drinks.

The Susanna Wesley Foundation has adopted a ‘default veg’ policy, whereby vegetarian food will be offered by default at catered events. 'Default Veg ' is an initiative by Creature Kind.


This year, the 150th Anniversary of the foundation of Southlands College, the Susanna Wesley Foundation is joining with our colleagues in the University of Roehampton, and in particular its Faculty of Business and Law, to contemplate questions around sustainability. We will explore ways of thinking about the environment, the economy and society, and how we can organise ourselves in order to care for our common home and enable the flourishing of all.

Drawing on members of the Southlands community and from elsewhere, both academics and practitioners, we will consider the values which inform our different approaches, and hear from those who have taken action to bring about change. Participation and conversation will be at the heart of the conference, as we all seek to come to understand and to ‘live’ what it means to be fully human in an interconnected and ever-evolving universe.

Speakers/contributors will include:

Prof Molly Scott Cato, Professor of Green Economics in the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Roehampton. She is a former Green MEP and author of Sustainable Finance (2022), and more.

Prof Robert Beckford, Director of the Institute of Climate and Social Justice at the University of Winchester, having taught previously at Queens Foundation and the University of Birmingham. He is a prolific author and TV/radio presenter in the areas of social criticism and theology.

Dr Alastair McIntosh, land reform pioneer and a lecturer in nonviolence, spirituality and environment. He is the author of Soil and Soul (2004), Riders on the Storm (2020), and more, and a founding trustee of the GalGael trust.

Dr Steven van den Heuvel, Director of the Institute of Leadership and Social Ethics at Evangelische Theolgische Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium, researching for a just and sustainable society. Recent books include Relational Anthropology for Contemporary Economics: A Multidisciplinary Approach (2022), Historical and Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Hope (2020) and Leading in a VUCA World (2018).

Prof Sunitha Narendran, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Roehampton and member of the Roehampton Climate Network. Her recent research focuses on decision-making and risk.

Prof Jérémie Gilbert, Professor of Human Rights in the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Roehampton, specialising in the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples. His books include Natural Resources and Human Rights (2018, OUP).

Prof Anne Roberston, Professor in the Centre for Integrated Research in Life & Health Sciences at the University of Roehampton. Her research focuses on freshwater community ecology and she is part of the Roehampton Climate Network.

Hannah Brown, the Campaigns and Church Engagement Officer for the Joint Public Issues Team: Churches working for Peace and Justice (JPIT) engaging the local and national church, and faith groups, in transformative action and advocacy around climate justice and a just future.

The Revd Dr Martin Poulsom, Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of Roehampton specialising in theology of creation and in the work of Edward Schillebeeckx. He is a Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He is also a Trustee and Board member of Operation Noah.

Dr Neil Williams, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Roehampton. His main research areas are American pragmatism, post-Kantian idealism, and environmental philosophy.

Parallel breakout sessions will include contributors from the University’s Faculty of Business and Law. There will be opportunity, too, to join a session in which practitioners will be sharing their work around engaging with environmental issues in church settings.

For those who would value a period outdoors in contemplation, the Revd Morna Simpson will be leading people around the campus in a contemplative photography session.

For any enquiries please email Liz Pickett ( and keep an eye on our website Susanna Wesley Foundation/SWF Annual Conference 2022 for more information.

**Conference attendees will be able to enjoy locally grown produce, from Growhampton, a sustainability programme delivered by the Students’ Union at the University of Roehampton, and from Paradise Cooperative, which also farms land in the London Borough of Wandsworth. Representatives from these initiatives will talk about local, sustainable food production.

Registration closes on Wed 22nd June 2022.

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