Keele Institute for Sustainable Futures

A Conversation on Sustainability and Conflict

Keele Institute for Sustainable Futures will host a discussion around the environmental impacts and health legacy of conflict, the impacts of war on migration and refugees and related security issues, and the gendered impacts of conflict.

The conversation is open to all to participate and will feature key voices including Professor Clifford Stott MBE (Professor of Social Psychology, Keele University), Dr Emma Allen (Lecturer, Keele School of Law), Dr Jamie K. Pringle (Forensic Geosciences), Ali Lochhead (Art for Peace, artist), Godefroid Seminega (ASHA North Staffordshire) and Thomas Guilbert-Newell (Keele University Students Union). The session will be Chaired by Professor Zoe Robinson (Director of Keele Institute for Sustainable Futures).

The conversation is linked to Art for Peace, an exhibition by artist Ali Lochhead which explores the impact war and conflict has on the world and the environment; the destruction of livelihoods, identities, securities, homes, the migrations, the inhumanities and the hopes of change. The exhibition is open at Keele University Art Gallery and Chapters Cafe exhibition spaces and will also open in Astley Walk and Newcastle Common in Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre later on this month, more information at Art for Peace

Speaker profiles:

Professor Clifford Stott MBE, Professor of Social Psychology, Keele University. Security and justice issues. As areas of the world become uninhabitable this will lead to migration on an unprecedented scale far exceeding anything we have experienced from recent wars in Syria and Ukraine. Equally, as people protest about failures by governments to address climate change and its surrounding injustices protests and conflicts may increase. There are dangers that in such contexts the relatively rich and habitable areas will fall back on highly securitised arrangements for excluding refugees or supress protest in ways that violate basic internationally recognised rights, arrangements and obligations. 

Dr Emma Allen, Keele School of Law. International law implications of (and potential responses to) climate change-induced sea level rise and territorial loss for the community of Pacific small low-lying island states.

Dr Jamie K. Pringle, Forensic Geosciences. A battlefield conflict geoscientist, specialising in detection and characterisation of relict materials/items, or sadly finding the missing. See:

Alison Lochhead, Artist - Art for Peace. An artist whose work reflects upon the fragmentation of memory and witness of injustices. Her work explores the impact war and conflict has on the world and the environment; the destruction of livelihoods, identities, securities, homes, the migrations, the inhumanities and the hopes of change.

Godefroid Seminega, ASHA. Godefroid graduated from the Free University of Brussels (ULB) – School of Public Health with BSc (Hons) & MA in Public Health. In 2001 Godefroid and others founded a community group-based support service for asylum seekers and refugees which eventually evolved to become the registered charity Asha North Staffordshire.  He is an active member for North Staffordshire Equality Council and elected to the position of Vice Chair on the Black and Minority Ethnic Forum.

Thomas Guilbert-Newell. Keele University, Environment and Sustainability Graduate, Elected Activities and Community Officer Keele Students' Union. A student and activist who has worked extensively to fight against climate change and for climate justice with other student voices with an aim for sustainability both environmentally and socially.

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