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ECPR Summer School on environmental politics and policy
The Research Centre for the Study of Politics, International Relations and Environment (RI for Social Sciences) is hosting a summer school for PhD students on environmental politics and policy from June 17-28. Twenty PhD students have come to Keele from all over Europe and North America to spend an intensive 10 days giving papers on their doctoral research and attending lectures by top environmental scholars. Topics include international climate change governance and policy, Green Party politics, environmental justice activism and transnational environmental crime. Chancellor Jonathon Porritt will give a seminar on the final day next week.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Fosket, officially launched the event with a welcome address to delegates. He stressed the importance of interdisciplinary environmental research at Keele as well as the efforts being made to 'walk the walk, not just talk the talk'.
The summer school has been organised by Dr Sherilyn MacGregor, convenor, with Dr Brian Doherty, of the ECPR Standing Group on Environmental Politics. Keele PhD students Guilia Mininni and Carys Hughes are playing an active role in organising the event, which includes tours of the Keele Arboretum, Sustainability Hub and campus allotments, environmental films at the KPA and a 'teachers vs students' football match.
The ECPR is a prestigious, international scholarly organisation that was founded in 1970 by Professor Jean Blondel, a comparative political scientist who taught at Keele from 1958 to 1963. About the European Consortium for Political Research - http://www.ecpr.eu/AboutUs/ECPR.aspx. This year will be the sixth occasion that the ECPR's Environmental Politics Standing Group has run a Summer School - website: http://www.keele.ac.uk/ecprsummerschool/