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Sustainable Cities, Economies, and Communities

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Innovation for Health Building

University of Surrey

Guildford

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With ever-increasing demands on the world's resources, Surrey research is addressing key sustainability issues from individual lifestyles to the economy.

Join us on Monday, 3rd July for the third evening in the Discoveries on your Doorstep series for a showcase of research from across the University on the theme ‘Sustainable Cities, Economies, and Communities.’

The evening will include a range of talks, poster presentations, and the opportunity to meet and hear more from researchers at the cutting edge across the University of Surrey.


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5:30pm: Registration and research exhibitions

6:15pm: Invited talks

7:15pm: Q&A with invited speakers

7:30pm: Networking and research exhibitions


Our Research Exhibitions

  • From “Bedside To Bench”: a novel tool for a personalised therapy in solid tumours
  • Flow Activities As A Route To Living Well With Less
  • Stories of Involvement in Community Energy
  • Inoculating University Students Against Binge Drinking
  • Supporting Parents Who Are Dying, And Their Children


Our Speakers

Dr Birgitta Gatersleben - Promoting Sustainable Lifestyles: An Environmental Psychology Perspective

The need to promote more sustainable lifestyles is now widely accepted. But this is a hugely complex issue, not in the least because there is little clear and shared understanding of what this actually means. The idea that raising awareness of the problems will result into voluntary behaviour changes is still very dominant in policy and research despite significant evidence that this doesn’t always work. This talk draws on findings from different multidisciplinary research projects to provide alternative ways of thinking about sustainable lifestyles associated with high wellbeing and low environmental impact.

Birgitta is Reader in Environmental Psychology and Course Director of the MSc in Environmental Psychology and have been at Surrey since 1998. I received my PhD from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands and my Masters from the University of Leiden. Most of my work to date concentrates on understanding sustainable lifestyles and experiences in nature.

Dr. James Suckling - Water, Energy and Food: Towards a Sustainable Future

Current systems for providing water, energy and food are unsustainable and need overhauling. Issues arise in part because they are regulated in silos, but in reality are intimately intertwined: legislation which is created for the benefit of one may cause negative unintended consequences in the others.

James' talk will draw on the multiple examples of innovative products and systems being developed that may reduce the environmental impact at the water, energy, food nexus. In order for such innovations to flourish it is necessary to understand the conditions under which they operate and what may be needed to support them to grow to become mainstream practice. But we must also take steps to understand what effect the scaling up of innovation may have across the whole water, energy, food nexus to best ensure that they do not create their own negative unintended consequences.

James is a Research Fellow in the 'Stepping Up' project based in the Centre for Environmental Strategy. His research interests include the environmental impact that electronic devices cause through their manufacture, use and disposal. His work takes multidisciplinary approaches to tackling the problem by involving materials chemists, engineers, designers and social geographers.

Elizabeth Saunders - From Crude Oil to Bacteria and Fungi

Elizabeth Saunders

Not only are oil prices sky rocketing due to depleting reserves but crude oil and it's derivatives are not sustainable and contribute to global warming. In her talk, Elizabeth will discuss how bacteria and fungi can be used in place of crude oil mining to make the same products what we currently derive from crude oil using renewable plant biomass and agricultural waste products.

Elizabeth is a doctoral student in the School of Biosciences and Medicine. Her project investigates the production of sustainable biofuels that can be synthesised in place of traditional crude oil drilling techniques.


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