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Theme Panel Chair
Professor Jim Longhurst
University of the West of England
Email: Jim Longhurst

Theme Panel Secretary
Paul Hudson
GWR Project Manager
Tel: 01392 269104
Email: Paul Hudson



During 2010/11, GWR are organising a series of seminars in the South West on broad topics within 'Sustainability'. These seminars can viewed 'live' at Exeter, Bath, Bristol, UWE and Plymouth via Access Grid nodes in these universities.

Sustainability Seminar Timetable 2011; Mondays 1-2 p.m


February 21st - Linda Price, Queen’s University Belfast, Family Farming: Culture, Suicide and Rural Support in the UK and Canada

February 28th - Steven Wolf and Clive Potter, Imperial College; Exploring implications of 'the market turn' in agri-environmental policy in the US and the UK: Prospects for disruptive policy innovation

March 7th - Anja Dalton, PhD Research Student, University of the West of England, Re-claiming the utilitarian: gender differences & sustainability in UK cycling

March 14th - Brian Ilbery, Professor of Rural Studies, Countryside and Community Research Institute, Risk and plant disease management: grower-agronomist relationships

March 21st - Ian Bailey, Associate Professor in Human Geography, University of Plymouth, Political strategy and climate policy: lessons from Europe and Australia's 'great big tax on everything

Recorded seminars


February 7th - Phil Goodwin, Professor of Transport Policy, Centre for Transport and Society, UWE Bristol, and Emeritus Professor, University College London, Sustainable Behaviour Change in Transport: Possibilities, Perception and Politics

January 17th - Isobel Tomlinson, Policy and Campaigns Officer, The Soil Association, Doubling production to feed the 9 Billion: A critical perspective on a dominant discourse of food security


November 22nd - Graham Harvey, The New Agrarians

November 15th - Lauren Parry, University of Exeter, The Sustainable Carbon Management of Moorlands: the spatial distribution and accumulation of carbon on Dartmoor, South West England

November 8th - Tim Chatterton, Social Science Policy Fellow, UWE/Department for Energy and Climate Change, DECC – A view from the inside

November 1st - Paul Hooper, Manchester Metropolitan University, Climate Change Double-Speak: Just how big is an airport's carbon footprint?

Abigail Bristow, Professor of Transport Studies, Loughborough University, Personal carbon trading: a review of evidence on acceptability and potential behavioral impact

1st March - Mary Quicke MBE, Quickes Cheese, Newton St Cyres, Devon, 'Sustainability and slow food on a Devon farm'

22nd Feb. - David Coley, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Energy and the Environment, University of Exeter, 'Food Miles: a knowledge transfer project at Riverford Organics'

10th Feb. - Tim Jackson, University of Surrey and Director of RESOLVE, 'Prosperity without growth'

5th Feb. - Tim Lang, City University, 'Sustainable diet - Fact or fiction?'

1st Feb. -David Banister, Professor of Transport Studies, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University, The sustainability of high speed rail - Reinventing the Wheel

If you want to view any of the seminars below, please contact Paul Hudson


7th December - Damian Maye, 'Sustainable food futures? Local food networks and food security'

30th November 2009 - Matt Lobley (GWR Fellow, Exeter University), 'Local food for local people'

17th November 2009 - Jeff French (Brunel University and a Fellow at Kings College University London), 'Social Marketing what it is, and how it can help tackle big and small social issues’

9th November 2009 - Lorraine Whitmarsh (Cardiff University) , 'Public uncertainty about climate change'

2nd November 2209 - Matthias Varul, 'Fairtrade and Critical Research - What Role for Academic Comment?

October 19th 2009 - Duncan Russel, 'Connecting Science and Policy: The Impact of the Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee on the implementation of sustainable development in the United Kingdom'

Monday 18th May: Jay Talbot, Chair of the Community Council of Devon, Current challenges facing rural communities

Monday 16th March: Nigel Griffiths, Sustainable building renovation

Monday 9th March: Prof. Catherine Mitchell, University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, The drivers for, and constraints of, delivering a sustainable energy policy in the UK

Monday 23rd February: Neil Carter (University of York) and Charlotte Burns (University of Leeds), Vote blue, go green? The conservatives and the environment

Monday 12th January 2009: Marja van Loef, Cornwall sustainable tourism project (Coast)


Monday 8th December 2008: Dr Guy Schumann, GWR Research Fellow (University of Bristol, University of Bath), Space borne radar and flood hydrology: floods of data

Monday 1st December 2008: Dr Tim Ryley, Lecturer in Transport Studies, Loughborough University, Sustainability and air travel

Monday 24th November: Dr Martin Genner, GWR Research Fellow (University of Bristol, Plymouth University, Marine Biological Association), What can genetics tell us about fish movements?

Monday 16th February: Mark Robins, RSPB, England's protected landscapes: sleeping giants of a sustainable rural England?