I have always had an interest in environmental issues, I’m told in fact that I used to make and put up anti-whaling posters in primary school. That interest has broadened over the years to include policy and social issues but the core has remained the same. What was probably mostly youthful exuberance has grown up, alongside an increasing academic interest in the future, into community activism and outreach with local environmental groups based in Norwich.
I graduated from Keele University in 2010 with a 2:1 (Hons) dual degree in Applied Environmental Science & International Relations. Following that I went through a series of initiatives involving council waste sites and helping local companies “green” their business model while studying for a PGCert in Sustainable Business Management.
I stayed at Keele to do an MSc in Environmental Sustainability & Green Technology between 2012 and 2013. The topics covered were roughly evenly split between Green Technology, Sustainability and Politics but during my time on the MSc I audited virtually the entire syllabus in order to gain more information and a wider context on what I was studying as part of the core course. I graduated in 2013 with a Distinction. The course had a strong emphasis on multi-disciplinary thinking as it is run out of the university’s science outreach centre. My final project was focused on the knowledge-action gap in terms of sustainable action.