University of Nottingham

Researching Environmental Change Workshop

7 April 2009

Royal Horticultural Society Conference Centre, London


Conference papers


Keynote - Mike Hulme, Professor of Climate Change, University of East Anglia.

"Last Words or First Thoughts? Exposing Climate Change to the Arts and Humanities"

Mike Hulme presentation PDF file icon

Case study 1 - Ben Cowell, Assistant Director, External Affairs, The National Trust.

"‘For ever, for everyone': the National Trust and environmental change"

Ben Cowell presentation PDF file icon

Case study 2 - Kathryn Yusoff (Lecturer in Human Geography, Exeter University) and Jennifer Gabrys (Lecturer in Design, Goldsmiths)

"Zero Degrees: Arts, Sciences and Climate Change"

Kathryn Yusoff presentation PDF file icon

LWEC - Andrew Watkinson , Director of Living With Environmental Change Programme

Andrew Watkinson presentation PDF file icon  

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LWEC Workshop


Researching Environmental Change Workshop

This one-day workshop was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, working through two AHRC-funded funding initiatives – the Landscape and Environment Programme and the Science and Heritage Programme. This workshop also contributed towards the cross-Research Council programme Living with Environmental Change.

The event was held as a precursor to a new AHRC network call examining how arts and humanities perspectives can impact on environmental change. There is a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the arts and humanities that can be brought to bear upon the environmental change debate including, for example, exploring cultural values, creativity, ethics, aesthetics, critical reflection and historical perspectives. Further work however is required in order to explore specific themes to ensure that the dimensions and dynamics of human livelihood are fully embedded in future discussions and considerations of the consequences of environmental change. By considering different themes, this workshop provided an opportunity to highlight:

  • what arts and humanities can contribute intellectually to this area;
  • what the challenges are to engaging arts and humanities research in this area; and
  • where are the creative meeting points between the arts and humanities and other domains in physical science and social science in research on environmental change.

The workshop was an opportunity to bring together researchers from many disciplines within the arts and humanities, (including practice-led researchers). 

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