Public engagement with low-carbon diets

Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh (CAST & University of Bath) 3S Seminar, 21th April 2021, 16:00-17:00 BST on MS Teams (please email Mandy Harmer <Amanda.Hamer@uea.ac.uk> if you would like to attend, an invite will be sent before the seminar). In this talk, I will present recent findings from public deliberation (e.g., Climate Assembly UK) and opinion surveys to…

Public engagement with algorithms in public services

3S members Helen Pallett and Jason Chilvers are among the authors of a new briefing note on public engagement with algorithms in public services in the UK. This briefing note is one of the outputs of the ‘Just Public Algorithms‘ Project which was funded by the Not Equal Network+ (EPSRC). The briefing note summarises the…

New ScienceBrief Review on the impact of advisory bodies on climate policy

3S member Harriet Dudley recently had her first lead author publication. It was a ScienceBrief review paper that reviewed the existing evidence of the impact of independent expert advisory bodies on the design and delivery of climate policy. The review paper synthesises findings from more than 20 peer−reviewed scientific articles gathered using ScienceBrief. The publication was…

3S at the regional launch of ClimateUEA

Tom Hargreaves of the 3S Research Group will be speaking at the regional launch of ClimateUEA. The event, to be held on Thursday 11th February 2021 between 5 and 6.15pm, seeks to showcase the depth and breadth of climate change research taking place across the University, to inspire new audiences and encourage collaboration across disciplines and sectors to stimulate positive climate action.

New podcast on the links between colonialism, technology and climate change

Dr Martin Mahony of the 3S Research Group is the first contributor to the Sainsbury Centre’s ‘New Perspectives’ series of podcasts, in which new light is shed upon collection items by artists, writers and researchers. In this podcast, Martin reflects on what a pair of Alaskan snow goggles can tell us about the links between colonialism, technology and climate change

New 3S paper on ‘environmentalism after the pandemic’

3S members Elliot Honeybun-Arnolda and Tim O’Riordan have recently published a perspective piece that explores possible futures for environmentalism after the COVID-19 pandemic, in the Journal for the History of Environment and Society. The article explores the possibility of a transition to ecocentric futures in a post-pandemic world based on historical ideas of environmentalism. Environmentalism…

Norwich Good Economy Commission

Dr Noel Longhurst of 3S is playing a key role in the recently launched Norwich Good Economy Commission. This new collaboration between the UEA and Norwich City Council is a 2-year active investigation into the economy of Norwich combining multi-disciplinary approaches. The project is part innovation lab, part think-tank which aims to develop a shared definition of and routes to a ‘good’ economy in the city. As a steering group member Noel is helping the commission take forward three exciting areas of activity.

Light violence at the threshold of acceptability

Dr Casper Ebbensgaard (3S Research Group, UEA) 3S Seminar, 18th November, 16:00-17:00 GMT on MS Teams (please email Mandy Harmer <Amanda.Hamer@uea.ac.uk> if you would like to attend, an invite will be sent the day before the seminar). In this paper, I investigate how the legal planning system in the UK encourages forms of residential high-rise development in…

#NegativeEmissions. Can Twitter publics participate in climate policy assessments?

Dr Laurie Waller (3S Research Group, UEA) 3S Seminar, 14th October, 16:00-17:00 BST on MS Teams (please email Mandy Harmer <Amanda.Hamer@uea.ac.uk> if you would like to attend, an invite will be sent the day before the seminar). The large-scale removal of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CDR) is a central focus of contemporary climate policy. Assessing the “real-world”…

New 3S review on ‘negative emissions technologies’ and climate futures

3S members working on the FAB-GGR project have published a new article in the journal Wires Climate Change. Laurie Waller, Jason Chilvers and Irene Lorenzoni, along with colleagues from the Tyndall Centre reviewed the global literature on the feasibility of large-scale greenhouse gas removal (GGR), examining how social and political dimensions have been treated. The…

Harriet Dudley

I am a 1+3 PhD student in the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) and in the Science, Society & Sustainability (3S) Research Group.  My research explores UK climate change governance, specifically the role of the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) in shaping the wider knowledge and governance landscapes in which specific…

3S Vision for a Sustainable Future

Members of 3S have put forward a vision for a sustainable future in a new collection of thought pieces published by the University of East Anglia. The short piece ’Making sustainability social’ was written by Jason Chilvers and Tom Hargreaves on behalf of 3S drawing on our key insights. ‘Visions of a Sustainable Future’ is…

Democracy in the making – 4S/EASST 2020 Conference Panel

3S Chair Jason Chilvers and Jan-Peter Voß (Berlin University of Technology) are advertising a Call for Papers for an open panel on “Democracy in the making” to be held at the 4S/EASST conference in Prague, 18-21 August 2020. They invite submissions which reconstruct how ‘the demos’ is enacted in practice and how this is supported by…

Fully-funded PhD positions in 3S

We currently have two competition-funded PhD positions available in the 3S Research Group, to start in September 2020. Both of these positions offer full funding for home and EU students and would be based in the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA, Norwich, UK. Tom Hargreaves and Gill Seyfang are the academic supervisors on the project…

3S at the Future of Utilities: Smart Energy 2019 Conference

3S’s Tom Hargreaves recently spoke at a major industry conference on the Future of Utilities: Smart Energy 2019. Across two days, the conference explored the range of ways that smarter technologies and approaches might change the UK energy system. Tom Hargreaves’ presentation focussed on the challenges householders face when engaging with smart home technologies. This drew…

The lived experience of energy vulnerability among social housing tenants

3S members Tom Hargreaves and Noel Longhurst have published a new working paper based on their research into fuel poverty and emotions. The paper argues that dominant policy understandings of fuel poverty tend to overlook its lived experience, resulting in narrow, overly technical problem framings and solutions. The authors explore a range of emotional engagements with…

Remaking Participation wins EASST book award

Remaking Participation, a book edited by 3S Chair Jason Chilvers and Matthew Kearnes (UNSW, Sydney), has received the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) 2018 Amsterdamska Award. The award, in honour of science and technology studies (STS) scholar Olga Amsterdamska, is made for a “significant creative collaboration in an edited book or special issue…

3S makes a big splash at sustainable water symposium

A team of academics from the Science, Society and Sustainability (3S) Research Group at UEA made waves last week with a pioneering premiere performance of Theoretical Blind Date – the water edition. The social science-based, water-themed dating game show was a standout contribution to the ‘Water for our People and Planet’ research symposium of the…

New Energy Perspectives Podcasts

3S PhD student and researcher Elizabeth Errington has produced a brilliant new series of podcasts about energy, which will be of interest to energy researchers, policy-makers and practitioners alike. They cover a range of issues including justice, gender and behaviour change. This is was Liz has to say about the new series: “Affordable energy is…

Broadening public engagement with energy

3S researchers Jason Chilvers, Helen Pallett and Tom Hargreaves have today launched an important policy briefing calling for a new approach to public engagement with energy.   The UK Energy Research Centre briefing – entitled ‘Public engagement with energy: broadening evidence, policy and practice’ – translates findings from our Remaking Energy Participation project to policy-makers…

3S at the forefront of transforming social engagement with sustainability

On the 20th and 21st September, a Social Sustainability Summit organised by the 3S Research Group at the Enterprise Centre, UEA, will bring together a select group of leading thinkers and practitioners in sustainability, innovation, and public engagement from across different sectors to co-produce a set of guiding principles for transforming social engagement with sustainability.…

3S academic wins National Teaching Fellowship

A leading 3S academic at the University of East Anglia has been recognised for her exceptional teaching in sustainability, and has been named a National Teaching Fellow by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) today. Dr Gill Seyfang in UEA’s School of Environmental Sciences receives the prestigious title, which is the highest individual recognition for excellence in…

New article on Theoretical Theatre teaching innovation

  We’re proud to announce that our first pedagogical paper on 3S’s award-winning teaching method Theoretical Theatre, has been published in the Journal of Contemporary European Research, Vol 13 (3) 2017. Our teaching team in 3S has pioneered this exciting and effective teaching innovation, which is catching on across the country and the world. This…

3S Research stands the test of time

Research on local organic food systems by 3S’s Dr Gill Seyfang (Reader in Sustainable Consumption) is a ‘Classic Paper’ in the field of Sustainable Development. Dr Seyfang’s work is the 5th most-highly cited paper on Sustainable Development that was published in 2006. This is according to Google Scholar, whose ‘Classic Papers’ highlight the ten most-cited…

3S key insights launch

The 3S research group are launching our seven key insights resulting from our work on societal engagement with sustainability over the last five years. We believe these insights will help to transform social engagement with sustainability. Whether you see yourself as a policy-maker, an activist, a researcher, an innovator, a practitioner, a community organiser, an…

2017 Seminar Series

We are very proud to be organising the ENV Social Science Seminar series for 2017 with these upcoming talks – all welcome. ENV Social Science Seminar Series 2017 All seminars run on Wednesdays from 4-5.30pm Date Room Speaker name Organisation Talk title 01/02/17 TPSC 2.03 Phil Grunewald University of Oxford 8 ways of being flexible:…

Solidarity Economies

ENV Social Science Seminar Solidarity Economies: Geographies of social, solidarity and antagonistic economies – Peter North Wednesday 7th December 2016 TPSC 2.03 4.00 – 5.30pm This seminar addresses grassroots attempts to build socially inclusive and sustainable economies through what are variously called diverse or community economies.  It distinguishes between social entrepreneurship, using business skills to…