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Cambridge Interdisciplinary Research on the Environment

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Pathways Project

Pathways to Understanding the Changing Climate is an interdisciplinary research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), that brings together educationalists and social anthropologists with the aim of understanding how people narrate and respond to their ever changing local landscapes.

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Research in the Community

CIRE has several projects engaging with the community from schoolchildren, both in the UK and overseas, to grass roots organisations and environmental agencies.

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Healthy Waterways

This follows on from the Pathways Project and uses the findings emerging from that project about engaging communities and connection to place to facilitate an ongoing project in South Africa called the Aller River Pilot Project.

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Orkney: Beside the Ocean of Time

This interdisciplinary project is a collaboration between Richard Irvine and his colleagues, with the Orcadian artist Anne Bevan, and The Pier Arts Centre, to find ways to investigate and represent time-depth in landscape, using Orkney as a model.

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Climate Histories Seminar Series

The Climate Histories Seminar Series is an interdisciplinary research group funded by CRASSH and involving the Departments of Social Anthropology, Geography and the Department of Engineering's Sustainable Development Centre.

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Blowing in the Wind

This project explored renewable energy, pastoralism and changing patterns of land-use in Chinese Inner Mongolia.

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Cambridge Interdisciplinary Research on the Environment is a group that was initiated following a successful AHRC Network grant within Social Anthropology which created an interdisciplingary netwook on Climate Histories. Following the success of this network an interdisciplinary seminar series was funded by CRASSH from 2011–2016 to continue work on this theme. This series was co-convened by the Departments of Social Anthropology, Geography, and the Engineering Department's Centre for Sustainable Development.

The series brought together people from a range of academic and non-academic backgrounds including the sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences, and those working within policy, industry, activism, education, and media and continues as an occasional series hosted at the Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit.

The connections and networks made through the discussions in this series formed the backdrop against which some funding bids were developed and the projects that resulted are also featured on this site.