‘Life innovations’ for the climate crisis: PhD research at QUB


25/06/2021 9:45 am - 4:00 pm

Event Information

The growing body of scientific evidence confirming the catastrophic environmental impact of anthropogenic activities cannot be ignored. Urgent responses are required to mitigate the effects of climate breakdown and environmental degradation. Join the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action (SECA) as it asks, What ‘life innovations’ are required in the transition to a fair and sustainable future?

Focusing on core issues regarding the sustainable use of land and spacecultural transformations and sustainability transitions, this multidisciplinary conference will bring early career researchers from across Queen’s University Belfast together with leading climate activists and sustainability professionals in the first event of its kind for SECA. This will showcase some of the extensive sustainability PhD research underway at Queen’s in three interactive panel sessions which prioritise discussion and promise to be intellectually stimulating.

All interested are welcome to join. We will follow up with the Zoom link for the day.

We are delighted to announce our guest speakers:

  • Anna Kernahan (Climate activist, Fridays for Future)
  • Kaitlyn Laverty (Climate Youth representative NI).


Panel 1: Sustainable use of land and space

Chaired by James Orr (Director, Friends of the Earth NI).

  • Future blueprints of climate adaptation

Rebecca-Jane McConnell, School of Natural and Built Environment

  • Predicting the Unpredictable: the role of eco-evolutionary experiences in species interactions across taxa and habitat

Joshua Clarke, School of Biological Sciences

  • Can sustainable protein sources support healthy muscle ageing?

Rachel Reid-McCann, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences


Panel 2: Cultural Transformations

Chaired by Rachel Woods (Green Party MLA for North Down).

  • Navigating the mystery of future geographies in climate change fiction

Matthew Munro, School of Arts, English and Languages

  • Deconstructing ‘Nature Connection’. Is ‘nature connection’ a concept which supports capitalism?

Louise Taylor, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

  • In Other Wor(l)ds: the conundrum of Anthropocentrism in the Anthropocene

Matt Valler, School of Arts, English and Languages

Panel 3: Sustainability Transitions

Chaired by Jacqueline Gibson (Sustainability consultant, Belfast Harbour Commission, Radius Housing and Blenheim Palace).

  • Transitioning Through a Crisis: industrial customer responses to a government-led green technology innovation

Amani Gharib, Queen’s Management School

  • Investigating public perceptions and willingness to pay for carbon capture and storage in the United Kingdom

Tanisha Waring, School of Biological Sciences

  • Exploring the transformative potential of marine community science

Benedict McAteer, School of Natural and Built Environment

Event Details

HostThe Centre for Sustainability, Equality & Climate Action, Queen's University Belfast
Booking URLhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/life-innovations-for-the-climate-crisis-phd-research-at-queens-university-tickets-158086447821