ISF Seminar Series archive

Prior to the launch of the Institute for Sustainable Futures, we have had Sustainability Seminar Series as part of 'KUSRN' - the Keele University Sustainability Research Network. Due to the sucess of this seminar series, it will be carrying on under the Institute.

Prior to the launch of the Institute for Sustainable Futures, we have had Sustainability Seminar Series as part of 'KUSRN' - the Keele University Sustainability Research Network. Please see below the topics we have covered over the last few years within these seminar series.

After a set of successful seminar series, we are now ready for the next series with speakers from diverse disciplines, including Media, Communications, and Culture, Chemistry, Politics, Geography, Environment and Sustainability, and Psychology. Seminars will start in Mid October. Please download a pdf of the ISF Seminars for 2019-20

Our the seminar series are usually run on a Wednesday from 1-2pm in the Walter Moberley Building Room WM0.03.

If you are interested in delivering a seminar in Semester 2, please contact the Sustainability Project Officer, for more information and availability.

If you would like to be kept up to date with the seminar series, please sign up to the specific seminar series mailing list.

Matthew Harris

PhD Candidate, School of Geography, Geology and the Environment

October 16, 2019

Life in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean: linking two of the most remote environments on Earth

Dr Philip Catney

Senior Lecturer, Politics

October 23, 2019

The Political Economy of Street Trees

Dr Maria Heckl
Professor of Engineering Mathematics, School of Chemical and Physical Science

October 30, 2019

Sound Meets Sustainability

Dr Jane Krishnadas

Director of Legal Outreach, School of Law

November 6, 2019


Ashley Murphy

PhD Candidate, School of Law

November 13, 2019

Climate change and security: a Security Council matter?

Dr Mark Charlesworth

Honorary Research Fellow, School of Social, Political and Global Studies

November 20, 2019

Policy in a Planet on Fire

ISF Writefest Writing Retreat

November 19, 2019

Come and work on a sustainability-related project in the company others

Kate Hayes

MSc Geoscience Research

November 27, 2019

Imagery in Geoscience and Communication

Saumu Mwasha

PhD Candidate, School of Geograohy, Geology and the Environment

December 4, 2019


Christos Evangelides

MSc Geospatial Sciences, University College London

December 11, 2019

Using Red-Edge Normalised Difference Vegeta- tion Index (NDVI705) from Sentinel-2 imagery to assess post-fire regeneration

Andreas Wanke

Head of Unit for Sustainability & Energy Management, Freie Universität Berlin

October 5, 2018

From Energy to Sustainability Management at Freie Universität Berlin. Governance, Milestones and Lessons Learned‌

Dr Aleksander Radu

Lecturer in Chemistry

October 10, 2018

Determination of plant nutrients using simple chemical sensors and opportunities to involve Masters students in projects relevant to Precision Agriculture‌

Yesmeen Khalifa
PhD Candidate

October 24, 2018

Integrated Resources Management for Urban Sustainability in the Global South’s Megacities‌

Sophia Hayat Taha

MA International Relations student

October 31, 2018

Constructing Refugee Identity: Goals for Global Equity?

Dr Glenda Jones

Teaching/Research Fellow, Geography, Geology and the Environment

November 7, 2018

The European Plate Observing System (EPOS), a landmark example of an integrated and sustainable research platform for solid Earth Science in Europe

Institute for Sustainable Futures

Full day writing retreat

November 15, 2018

Writefest event open to staff and PGR students

Dr Ian Stimpson

Senior Lecturer in Geophysics

November 21, 2018

Geothermal - sustainable carbon neutral energy from beneath our feet

Dr Allison Gardner

Teaching Fellow in Bioinformatics

November 28, 2018

Automating inequality and the digital poorhouse

Phil Butters

Director of Estates and Development

December 5, 2018


Dr Phil Catney

Senior Lecturer in Politics

October 5, 2016

Cultivating Conversation for Energy Conservation

Dr Katherine Haxton

Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

October 12, 2016

T‌eaching Sustainable Chemistry: escaping from green

Ata Ur Rehman Shaikh

MPhil Student

Monday October 17, 2016

S‌ustainable rural energy in South Asia

James Muiruni

MSc Students in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology

October 19, 2016

A feasibility study on solar-powered computing in Kenyan schools

Dr Daniel Allen

Teaching Fellow in Human Geography

October 25, 2016

Mapping the Archive: Using Historical Hunting Records to Map the Presence of Otters in England

Grant Bosworth

PhD Student in Psychology

November 2, 2016

Pro-environmental values and behaviour: A cross-cultural comparison of the UK and Brazil

Creating the Future of Sustainability Research at Keele: A Networking Event

November 9, 2016

To find out more about this event, follow this link.

Dr Eva Giraud

Lecturer in Media, Communications and Culture

November 16, 2016

Care-full food activism? Contesting consumption practices in the city and on the farm

Dr Marit Hammond

Lecturer in Environmental Politics

November 23, 2016

The Centrality of Culture for Sustainable Prosperity

Dr Mike Musgrave

Teaching Fellow in Environment & Sustainability

November 30, 2016

Complexities of Sustainable Development in African Dry Tropical Forests. Scale, Ecology, Politics, People

Dr Chris Maughan

Early Career Fellow, Coventry University

December 7, 2016

Can food production be fair in an urban context?


Máté János Lőrincz

PhD Student in Sustainable Energy

December 7, 2016

Narrowing the gap between smart metering and everyday life. Comfort, cleanliness, and smart metering techniques in undergraduates' households

Dr Zoe Robinson

Director of Education for Sustainability

Sophie Bessant

Academic Developer

Rebecca Laycock

Teaching Fellow in Environment & Sustainability

January 11, 2016

Sustainability at Keele - what do you think? Results of staff and student surveys

Dr Andy Zieleniec

Lecturer in Sociology

October 21, 2015

Tartan, Shortbread, Whisky and the Stag: Continuing Myths of the Scottish Highlands

Dr Daniel Allen

Teaching Fellow in Human Geography

October 28, 2015

Animal Life, Death and Human Identity: An Otter Obsession

Rebecca Laycock

PhD Student in Sustainability

November 4, 2015

Action Research for Sustainability: Being a green activist-researcher

Giulia Mininni

PhD Student in Politics

November 11, 2015

Can energy empower women? A case study of the Solar Mamas project in rural Rajasthan; summary of fieldwork findings.

Dr Emma Surman

Lecturer in Management

November 18, 2015

Food Swapping as an Alternative Market Practice?

Dr Marit Boeker

Lecturer in Politics

November 25, 2015

The Conceptual Necessity of Democracy for Sustainability

Anna Wienhues

PhD Student in Politics

December 2, 2015

Justice in and to the Environment

Dr Sharon George

Sustainability Hub Manager

December 9, 2015


Sophie Bessant

PhD Student in Education for

Dr Zoe Robinson

Director of Education for Sustainability


Sustainability at Keele - what do you think? Results of staff and student surveys

Dr Brian Mac Sharry

Guest lecture

March 20, 2015

UNEP's Protected Planet Report, which tracks progress towards global targets for protected areas, and his work on the Protected Planet website, which is an online interface for the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) and the most comprehensive global database on terrestrial and marine protected areas. Protected areas are important for conserving biodiversity and providing ecosystem services by, for eaxmple, reducing habitat loss and fragmentation, reducing species extinction, reducing pollution and conserving endangered species.

Dr Zoe Robinson

Director of Education for Sustainability

Wednesday 7 May

Are Geography students good ‘environmental citizens?’ A comparison between year of study and over time

Dr Sarah Taylor

Lecturer in Ecology

Wednesday 28 May

Biosecurity and the future of forests and forestry in the UK

Dr John Hegarty

Senior Lecturer in Eco-psychology

Wednesday 4 June

Ecopsychological perspectives on sustainability

Dr Richard Waller,

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

Wednesday 11 June

Impacts of climate change on Arctic environments

Sophie Bessant

Sustainability Project Officer and PhD Student

Wednesday 18 June

The Marketization of English Higher Education and the Sustainability Agenda: contradictions, synergies and the future of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Lavinia Udrea

Philosophy PhD Student

Wednesday 25 June

UK Public Policy for Influencing Pro-Environmental Behaviour

Deidre McKay

Senior Lecturer in Social Geography and Environmental Politics

Wednesday 2 July

Everyday Objects: why recycled plastic is a problem for Filipino culture

Professor Andy Dobson

Professor in Politics

Wednesday 9 July

Reducing Energy Consumption through Community Knowledge Networks (RECCKN)

Giulia Mininni

Sustainability Project Officer and PhD Student

Wednesday 16 July

Challenges and opportunities for women led low cost sustainable renewable energy technology (RET) projects in off-grid communities of the global south

Máté Lorincz

PhD Student

Wednesday 23 July

Interdisciplinarity in Action:Energy Cultures as a Concept, a Framework and an Organizing Principle

Dave Emley‌ 

Keele Arboretum Lead

Wednesday 22 Oct

40 Years of Watching Nature - Winners and Losers

Dr Sherilyn MacGregor

Senior Lecturer in Politics

Wednesday 29 Oct

Go ask Gladys: Why research on domestic energy consumption should not be gender blind

Rebecca Laycock

Sustainability Project Officer

Jon Melhuish

Mind Flow Aquaponics, Birmingham

Wednesday 5 Nov

(Joint Session)

Rebecca: University Community Gardens for Sustainability and Urban Community Gardens: Reviewing, comparing and directing research


Jon: What is the future of urban agriculture?

Professor Mark Ormerod

PVC Research and Enterprise

Phil Butters

Director of Estates and Development

Wednesday 12 Nov

(Joint Session)

Keele’s Energy Plan, Smart Energy Network Demonstrator and the City Deal

Nicola Buckley

Environmental Education Officer

Lavinia Udrea

Philosophy PhD Student

Wednesday 19 Nov

(Joint Session)

Nicola: Evaluation of a School-based environmental education programme: Fostering environmentally responsible behaviour through intergenerational learning

Lavinia: Why do we need a discussion about moral values in relation to environmental protection?

Dr Stephen Whitfield

Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability, University of Leeds

Wednesday  26 Nov

A Critical Perspective on ‘Climate Smart’ Agriculture  for Africa

Dr Peter Thomas

Senior Lecturer in Botanical and Environmental Science

Wednesday 3 Dec

Can trees solve the problem of climate change?

Austin Haffenden

Teaching Fellow in Environment and Sustainability

Grant Bosworth

Psychology PhD Student

Wednesday 10 Dec

(Joint Session)

Austin: Computational Sustainability: the development of new computational tools, models and methods to balance the economic, societal and environmental needs necessary for a sustainable future.

Grant: Talking  Rubbish:  How psychology can help design and implement interventions to increase recycling rates

Dr Ben Anderson

Lecturer in History


Wednesday 17 Dec

Protecting Danger: Elite Mountaineers and Naturschutz Alternatives

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