Safeguarding the Planet: Meeting Sustainable Development Goals

April 2016

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

The 8th University of Essex & Writtle College Conference will be taking place on Friday 29th April.

This conference is an interdisciplinary forum for Writtle and Essex scholars working on environmental, sustainability and development issues to share ideas and research.

Conference Programme:

09:30 - 10:00: LTB 5: Arrival & Refreshments

10:00 - 12:15: LTB 5: Plenary talks

Peter Hobson: 'Rewilding, panacea or Pandora’s Box? Confronting challenges of achieving 2020 biodiversity targets in a modified and changing UK landscape'.

Jeremy Strong: 'The Forager Today'.

Diane Holt: 'Social (and necessity) entrepreneurship in the informal economy – an sub-Saharan African perspective'.

Dr Chris Bishop: 'Reducing Waste in the Food Chain'.

12:15 - 13:15: Lunch

13:15 - 14:30: Panel Sessions

Panel 1: Water

Nigel South: ‘Water, inequalities and injustice- past and present’

Storm Le Roux: ‘Project Acqua: A Financing Framework for the Delivery of Global Water Sustainability'.

Zhang Xiaoyang: 'Urban drinking water crisis and inequality: A case study of China'.

Panel 2: Innovation and Change

Sife Chikunya: ‘Essential oils as feed additives to reduce environmental damage by ruminant animals’.

Zoe Barker, Holly Hodges, Jorge Vazquez Diosdado, Jon Amory and Edward Codling: ‘Assessment of dairy cow welfare through predictive modelling of individual and social behaviour’.

Alfred Mensah: ‘Institutional innovations to reduce transaction costs and risks between farmers and traders in rural markets in Ghana’.

14:30 - 14:45: Refreshments

14:45 - 16:05: Panel Sessions

Panel 3: Extractive Industries

Thoko Kaime: ‘The SDGs and the Right to Energy’.

Jessika Eichle: ‘Indigenous cooperatives: A new response to mining extractivism in the Bolivian lowlands’.

Jasper Finkeldey: ‘Lessons from Marikana? South Africa’s sub-imperialism and the rise of Blockadia’.

Helle Ablevik-Lawson: ‘Sustainable development or neo-extractivism? Avoiding the resource curse in developing Bolivia’s lithium reserves’.

Panel 4: Neoliberalism

Martin Crook: ‘The capitalist mode of conservation as genocide: Selling nature to conserve it’.

Lauren Crabb: ‘Forestry carbon, SDGs and the FIFA World Cup’.

Zareen Bharucha: ‘Exploring the sociogenesis of sustainability challenges: the food-energy-climate change trilemma’.

Boonatwee Teamvan and Sandra Moog: 'Turning the tides in Ban Khun Samut Chin: Disaster economics in a Thai village facing severe coastal erosion'.

16:10 - 16:30: Concluding Commentary

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