Sustainability Science Summer School
In 2014 the Sustainable Places Summer School ran as a joint venture with the University Graduate College, providing a unique and high quality research training forum for interdisciplinary doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in the field of sustainability science and place-making.
Providing postgraduate students and early career researchers with exposure to high quality research being conducted on sustainability from across the sciences, the course offered the opportunity to learn from research experience and practices and to share common experiences in both research and academic writing, which can lead to high quality outputs and dissemination outlets.
It aimed to serve a wide range of student interests and career plans not just those that consider themselves to be working in the field of sustainability. For example:
- A social scientist might want to know what tools and measures best assess current interactions between people and their natural environments, and can also be used for predictive purposes?
- A biologist might want to understand how science is used in policy making, how we build models, how we scrutinise them, and how policy makers can and should use them.
The week provided an interdisciplinary forum for researchers to exchange ideas and discuss the opportunities and challenges to achieving a more joined-up approach to improving the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of society, and how to develop a more integrated approach to stakeholder engagement.
Summer School themes
- Sustainability Science and place-making: the current state of the art and critical perspectives Terry Marsden.
- Writing for Journal Publication [Social Sciences] Alex Franklin
- Writing for Journal Publication [Natural/Physical Sciences] Isabelle Durance
- Introduction: urban governance for food security Roberta Sonnino and Ana Moragues Faus
- Environmental health protection: models and evidence Brian MacGillivray
- Spatial Network Analysis Crispin Cooper
- GIS for Sustainability Science Isabelle Durance
- Creative thinking in health & community research Yi Gong
- Qualitative Research: Multimodal Methods and Case Study Methodology Abid Mehmood and Bella Dicks
- GIS for social sciences and planning (practical session) Crispin Cooper
- GIS for Natural Sciences (practical session) Isabelle Durance
- Participatory Action Research Participatory Action Research Alex Franklin and Ria Dunkley