Published 03 July 2017
The Sydney Environment Institute has been awarded a Partnership Collaboration with the Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network and Global Environment and Society Academy at the University of Edinburgh. We will commence our collaborative research with the University of Edinburgh later this year.
SEI Co-Directors Professor David Schlosberg and Professor Iain McCalman will collaborate with Dr David Farrier, from the Edinburgh Environmental Humanities
Network and Professor Elizabeth Bomberg, Deputy Director of the Global Environment and Society Academy on a joint project which aims to develop research collaborations between scholars in environmental humanities and social sciences at the University of Sydney and Edinburgh.
The project aims to:
- To develop deeper, interdisciplinary, cross-national understandings of key global environmental issues spanning the local to the global level.
- To develop workshops on oceans imaginaries and environmental practices of everyday life.
- To use those workshops to produce high-quality academic publications, as well as public facing outputs (including online lectures and podcasts to be jointly hosted on SEI and EEHN websites).
- To develop specific ongoing research projects for external funding, and to explore postgrad opportunities (including new programs and/or educational exchange).
The project includes two academic workshops which will take place at the University of Sydney in February 2018 and the University of Edinburgh in April 2018.
The Sydney workshop will focus on developing a multidisciplinary and multi-sited project which examines the deep time of deep waters. Scholars in the Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network are focused on the North Sea and surrounding Arctic and Atlantic oceans, as well as the coastlines of Northern Europe, while Sydney scholars are focused on the Pacific and Indian Oceans, coastlines of Australasia, and the Antarctic. This project will investigate the comparative cultural, historical, and material stories that circulate through these channels.
The focus of the Edinburgh workshop will be on environmental practices of everyday life, also known as sustainable materialism, and the development of an environmental focus on material flows, or the circular economy. Sydney and Edinburgh have researchers focused both on the practices of individuals and groups on the one hand (SEI and GESA), and on the broader processes of the circular economy, such practices engender (Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Integrated Sustainability Analysis at Sydney). The workshops will include this wide range of researchers.
More details on this collaboration are to come later in the year, in the lead-up to the first workshop.