Environment

Group Lead: 
Mara Miele

The Environment research group is a large cluster of human geographers and planners interested in understanding the manifold challenges that the environmental crisis poses. Members of the environment research group have undertaken studies with a focus on sustainable production and consumption, systems for urban food and food governance, and they have engaged with the emerging field of 'more-than-human' and animal geographies. These innovative fields of research are concerned with new interdisciplinary perspectives to nature, foods, health, animal diseases, animal welfare, water, materiality, pollution, species, gardens and rural sociability, able to cut across the borders between the natural and social sciences. The members of the research group share a commitment to field research as well as an interest in the development of new visual research methods and a strong experience in collaboration with researchers in natural sciences, humanities and visual and performing arts.

Research Group Seminar Series

The events in this series are free but you must register to attend. Further information and registration can be found by following the link for the event (where available) or by visiting our CPLAN Events page.

Wednesday 16thOctober 2013, 5.30pm
Professor Noel Castree, Manchester University
Jon Murdoch Memorial Lecture - Representing the Anthropocene: Who Will Get to Speak for Everything and How?
Glamorgan Building Committee Rooms

Tuesday 26th November 2013, 5.30pm
Professor Peter Jackson, Sheffield University

Consumer Anxieties about Food

Glamorgan Building Committee Rooms

Friday 29th November 2013, 3.45pm
Professor Melissa Caldwell, University of California

Gastronomica Meet-and-Greet – a short publishing workshop

Glamorgan Building Committee Rooms

Tuesday 10th December 2013, 5.30pm
Professor Erik Swyngedouw, Manchester University

The Post Political City? De-politicisation or the Insurgent Polis

Glamorgan Building Committee Rooms

Tuesday 17th December 2013, 4pm
Dr Mara Miele, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography

Making Animals Kill-
able: the apparatus of the slaughterhouse
Glamorgan Building Council Chamber

Tuesday 14th January 2014, 5.30pm
Dr Jamie Lorimer, University of Oxford

Wildlife in the Anthropocene: Conservation without Nature

Glamorgan Building Committee Rooms

Tuesday 21st January 2014, 4pm
Dr Adrian Evans, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography

Mobile knowledges: exploring the (im)possibilities of monitoring changing ‘views’ during longitudinal public engagement exercises

Glamorgan Building Council Chamber

Tuesday 28th January 2014, 4pm
Richard Samuels, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography

The Multi-level Perspective and methods: exposing the silent partner
Ray Chan, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography

Governing bamboo, policy implementation, and actors’ interactions under pragmatic bamboo projects in rural Lin’an, Zhejiang

Glamorgan Building Council Chamber

Tuesday 4th February 2014, 4pm
Professor Mike Goodman, Reading University

May the Fork be With You: Celebrity Chefs and the Cultural Biopolitics of Good Food

Glamorgan Building Council Chamber

Friday 7th February 2014, 1pm
Professor Terry Marsden, PhD students, Conclusions: Dr. Roberta Sonnino and Dr. Mara Miele, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography

Cardiff Postgraduate Food Research Conference
Glamorgan Building Committee Room 1

Tuesday 11th February 2014, 4pm
Dr Jon Anderson, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography

Reclaiming Jet Lag as the 'State' of Travel Disorientation

Glamorgan Building Council Chamber

Tuesday 18th February 2014, 4pm
Jens Lachmund, Department of Technology and Society Studies, University of Maastricht
The Reinvention of Urban Nature: Wildlife Preservation and Ecological Planning in West- and Post-Unification Berlin

Glamorgan Building Council Chamber

Tuesday 25th February 2014, 4pm
Dr Justin Spinney, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography

'Feeds and Speeds': producing product qualities, entanglements and mediation in the Personal Computer industry

Glamorgan Building Council Chamber

Tuesday 11th March 2014, 4pm
John Clayton, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography

'Otter predation and specimen fisheries': Figuring the assemblage, an ontological synthesis in the quest for relevant questions
Emma Spence, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography
'Assembling mobile methods: A case study of superrich mobility and maritime geographies
Glamorgan Building Council Chamber

Tuesday 18th March 2014, 5.30pm
Food, Energy, and the Sociogenesis of Climate Change
Professor Mark Harvey, University of Essex

Glamorgan Building Committee Rooms

Tuesday 25th March 2014, 4pm
Dr Andrew Kythreotis, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography

Effective Sub-national Adaptation to Extreme Events: The Imperative of Coupling Technology with Strong Regulation and Governance

Glamorgan Building Council Chamber

Tuesday 8th April 2014
Dr Jon Anderson, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography

How can the Oceans be Governed? Panel Discussion and 'Water Worlds: Human Geographies of the Ocean' Book Launch
Glamorgan Building Committee Rooms

Tuesday 29th April 2014, 5.30pm
Professor Andrew Barry, University College London

The Energy Crisis Revisited: the 1970s and 2010s in Comparison
Glamorgan Building Committee Rooms

Tuesday 6th May 2014, 4pm
Delyth Crimes, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography

Farmer Well-being in Wales

Rohit Madan, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography

Glamorgan Building Council Chamber

Tuesday 13th May 2014, 4pm
Dr Kim Ward, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography

Whose Map? Unfolding the Mapping Practices of Animal Disease

Glamorgan Building Council Chamber

Tuesday 20th May 2014, 4pm
Pawel Pustelnik, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography

European Green Leadership Confronted: the Case of Inclusion of Aviation into the European Union Emissions Trading System
Alister Forman, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography

Making Sense of Niche Innovations for Low Carbon Transitions

Glamorgan Building Council Chamber

Tuesday 27th May 2014, 4pm
Dr Gareth Enticott, Cardiff School of Planning and Geography

TB or not TB? Enacting Animal Disease on the West Coast of New Zealand

Glamorgan Building Council Chamber

Tuesday 3rd June 2014, 4pm
Dr Alex Franklin, Cardiff University

Glamorgan Building Council Chamber

Environment Research Group Seminar Series 2013-14

Current research is centred on the following themes:

Sustainable production and consumption systems:
Under this theme there are several projects focusing on a wide range of issues, such as sustainable communities (with the Sustainable Places Research Institute), ecological footprint; regulation of environmental risks within food systems, looking specifically at issues of biosecurity (Bovine Tubercolosis),  understandings of risk, practices of risk management, public attitudes towards risk management practices, governance and regulation of risk practices, effects of new governance regimes on the regulation of risks. Sustainable rural development (Wales Rural Observatory, EU and WAG; EU FP6 project Enlarging Theoretical Understanding of Rural Development (ETUDE, 2007-2009); On public food procurement through involvement in an ESRC-funded project on school food systems in the USA, Italy and the UK (2005-2008); Researcher on “Knowledge-Brokerage Activities for Sustainable Food Production and Consumption” ( EU FP7 FOODLINKS, 2011-2013).

Planning and Governance:
With projects looking at delivering renewable energy under devolution (ESRC) and wind energy and justice to disadvantaged communities (JRF);  Geographies of poverty and welfare, rural homelessness and rural space (Wales Rural Observatory), new geography of food (e.g. ITN Marie Curie EU-funded project on ‘Urban, Peri-Urban and Regional Food Dynamics: Towards an Integrated and Territorial Approach to Food’ (PUREFOOD, 2010-2014);   Bio-patenting and animal breeding – applicability of patent law and recommendations for the future development of the regulatory and legislative framework; Simulating and Evaluating a Better Regulation of Converging Technologies (SEBEROC); Animal welfare policies (Welfare Quality Network) and implementation of current EU animal welfare regulation (Defra/AHVLA);  Religious slaughter and halal /kosher food standards;.

Future research is likely to develop in relation to the following themes:

A new field of research on urban food systems in both developed and developing countries, building on and developing current funded projects which run until end of 2013 (FOODLINKS) and end of 2014 (PUREFOOD).

Nature-Culture assemblages and studies of  more-than- human geographical topics (animals’ farming, nature, foods, health, animal diseases, animal welfare, water, materiality, pollution, species, gardens) which cut across the borders between the natural and social sciences – Taking forward current projects on Farmers' confidence in badger vaccination (Defra, 2015, and involving CCRI and AHVLA) - Farmers on the edge: understandings of risk amongst farmers in areas vulnerable to animal disease (Defra).

The development of new ethnographic, internet and visual research methods for mapping emotions and affectual environments, involving interdisciplinary collaborations.

Governance of genetic resources for food and agriculture, including but not confined to the role of intellectual property rights, transitions and contestation in regions and multi-level systems (low-carbon, biodiversity, resource extraction such as 'fracking'); Democratic Innovations - participatory and deliberative democracy in theory, research and practice (in environmental policy and planning and beyond).