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  • James Van Alstine has recently published two reports on the extractive industries in Uganda (oil and gas) and Zambia (copper) as part of his four year research project titled ‘Rights, Risk and Responsibility: Building Community Capacities for Engagement with the Extractive Industries’. The aim of the research is to increase understanding about the extractive industries and enhance community capacities to negotiate more effectively with the extractive industries for sustainable local benefits. The reports can be downloaded from:
  • Anna Wesselink has received a 2.5 year Marie Curie reintegration grant to support her work on Enhancing Research Impact on Mitigation and Adaptationto Climate Change (ERIMACC). The overall aim of the proposed research is to better understand how to enhance the societal impact of climate change governance research. Producing research impact requires expertise that is not generally incorporated in traditional disciplinary academic training and education. Therefore, the secondary aim to increase the expertise on research impact of those conducting climate change governance research is no less important. Her intention is to use the Learning Histories method to encourage reflexive practice and recording of learning.
  • Sarah Bradbury and Vivek Mathur were succesfully selected to participate at the Sustainable Practices Summer School at the University of Manchester from 14th to 16th September 2011. The Summer School reviewed the latest thinking and empirical work on everyday practices on consumption. It included contributions from Ted Schatzki (University of Kentucky), Elizabeth Shove (Lancaster University), Dale Southerton (University of Manchester) and Alan Warde (University of Manchester, University of Helsinki).
  • George Holmes has received a two-year fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust to look at the 'emergence and dynamics of private conservation initiatives in Patagonia, in southern Chile and Argentina'. Recent decades have seen a rapid growth in private individuals, NGOs and communities choosing to manage land for conservation, and to compliment traditional government run national parks and reserves. This study will analyse the driving causes of this trend, how these private reserves work in economic and political terms, and consider their potential to contribute to conservation at a global level”
  • Claire Marsh is working on a range of Action Research initiatives with groups of staff and senior managers from the NHS in the East Midlands region of the UK, to help develop organizational strategies for sustainability.  The aim of this work is to support on-going action and reflection on organizational values, strategies and practices with a view to developing more sustainable alternatives to those which currently dominate.   Key mechanisms used to achieve this is include the development of an inter-organizational learning community made up of members of NHS Trusts across the region, and the establishment of links to the broader UK and international policy and research community concerned with health and sustainability.