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CRASSH funding for Cross-disciplinary Climate Histories Project (phase 2)

last modified Jul 07, 2011 05:52 PM

24th June 2011

The Centre has recently participated in a successful funding application and the Climate Histories Network has just received a grant from CRASSH to host an interdisciplinary Climate Histories seminar series with sustainable engineering over the coming academic year. The series will include invited speakers, discussion groups, and the opportunity for graduate and post-graduate students to present their work in progress. Anyone interested in finding out more information about the series, or wanting to participate should contact Richard Irvine (rdgi2@cam.ac.uk).  

This work will build on previous collaboration on the first phase of the Climate Histories Network that was funded by AHRC and ran from June 2010 and culminating in a Conference in January 2011. For further information see the Climate Histories Website.  

This funding provides an excellent opportunity to further develop tangible links between Engineering, Social Anthropology and other departments and bring together researchers from a diverse range of backgrounds.  The Co-Investigators for this project are Dr Barbara Bodenhorn (Social Anthropology) and Dr Heather Cruickshank (Engineering) with assistance from Libby Peachy (MIASU).

Key Themes of the Course

Context

The need to engage in better problem definition through careful dialogue with all stakeholder groups and a proper recognition of context.

Perspectives

An ability to work with specialists from other disciplines and professional groups acknowledging that technical innovation and business skills also must be understood, nurtured and combined as precursors to the successful implementation of sustainable solutions

Change

An understanding of mechanisms for managing change in organisations so future engineers are equipped to play a leadership role.

Tools

An awareness of a range of assessment frameworks, sustainability metrics and methodologies such as Life Cycle Analysis, Systems Dynamics, Multi-Criteria Decision making and Impact Assessment.