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Climate Histories Discussion

Discussion chaired by Dr Hildegard Diemberger and Dr Heather Cruickshank - Alison Richard Building
When Oct 22, 2014
from 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM
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- What is, and what 'should be', the relationship between academia and activism in the context of climate change?
- How can academics better influence the politics and policy of climate change?
- How can we better involve the local communities in which we work? (For e.g. how effective were Susan Crate's 'climate change booklets' distributed to local community members?)
- How can we, and should we, work more closely with non-governmental organisations?
- How can we publish the results of our research to articulate our findings outside our own disciplinary boundaries?

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.