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ScottishPower, together with University of Strathclyde and the University of Glasgow, are delighted to be hosting Connect with Climate Change Events, a virtual exchange series which will take place throughout 2021 in the run up to COP26.

About Connect with Climate Change

In advance of COP26 coming to Glasgow, ‘Connect with Climate Change’ offers a platform to engage with academics, students, public and businesses to share ideas and views on a range of climate change topics.

This series of virtual events will encourage “real time” discussions around the different climate issues and provides a forum where, through open dialogue, convention can be questioned and act as a catalyst for positive sustainable change.

To find out more about Connect with Climate Change and why you should attend  our virtual event series, watch this introduction with Victoria Sinclair, our COP 26 Programme Manager.

Next Event

Carbon free commuting and connection: travel in our new normal

Date: 29th September 2021

Transport is the biggest source of carbon emissions in the UK; the first COVID lockdown in 2020 has demonstrated that drastic decrease in transport has a direct and rapid impact on both greenhouse gases emissions and air pollution. Commuting accounts for 25% of transport related emissions; revolutionising commuting is thus pivotal in meeting carbon and pollution targets. This revolution should include moving away from single-occupancy car travel and wider adoption of walking, cycling, public transport and car-sharing but also increase in flexible and “from home” working.


Dr Caroline Gauchotte-Lindsay

Organisation:

James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow

Professional role(s):

Senior Lecturer in Water and Environmental Engineering

Career highlights:

I lead a vibrant and diverse group of researchers working on some of the most pressing environmental challenges. We focus on the fate and removal of pollutants in engineered (wastewater, landfill) and natural (soil, river) systems. We are interested in legacy (petroleum and coal tar) contamination as well as emerging issues such as microplastics and pharmaceuticals. I am also a strong advocate for greater inclusion and diversity in academia and STEM and currently direct a project looking at enhancing the careers of female postdoctoral researchers.

Interest in topic area:

My work is firmly anchored in sustainability issues and my strong belief is that the fight for climate justice and social justice are intertwined. The inclusion and diversity project I direct is aimed at understanding the barriers to networking and collaboration for women in academia. We found that lack of mobility due to caring responsibility is an important factor. I think new ways of working and commuting give us an opportunity for greater inclusion in work for marginalised groups, such as women but also colleagues with disabilities.



Deborah Paton

Organisation:

Glasgow City Council

Professional role(s):

Group Manager: Connectivity Plan

Career highlights:

My current post in Glasgow City Council, developing a transport strategy which really has to contribute to tackling some big challenges. My time at West Lothian Council where I developed an active travel strategy, developed some great working relationships with colleagues, organisations & communities, and properly gained an appreciation of the complexity of local government but also its enormous & valuable contribution to our lives. Gaining an understanding of the transport issues faced by rural and remote rural communities through many consultancy projects in the Highlands & Islands during my private sector career (& some very scenic work trips).

Interest in topic area:

The topic of carbon free commuting is a huge one in the context of Covid-19 with the changes we’ve seen to peak travel demand & a shift to remote working for some – some changes that were arguably already in motion but were accelerated out of necessity during the pandemic. Big challenges remain in how to tackle modal shift for the journey to work to more sustainable modes, as well as to ensure we maintain a thriving public transport network in face of uncertain demand. On the other hand, we have opportunities to rebalance our work/life balance, spend more time in quality local neighbourhoods and improve our walking and cycling infrastructure.



James Dixon

Organisation:

University of Strathclyde / University of Oxford

Professional role(s):

Research Fellow

Career highlights:

James Dixon is a researcher working on the interplay between transport, electricity systems and demand flexibility in advancing understanding of Net Zero trajectories for the transport-energy system. He has also worked as an Energy Systems Technical Specialist at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, advising policy units and ministers on issues relating to low-carbon energy systems, and as an engineer in the aerospace (Rolls-Royce) and nuclear (UK Atomic Energy Authority) industries.

Interest in topic area:

As the ‘problem child’ of climate change mitigation, the transport sector needs radical shifts to meet Net Zero in terms of technology & behaviour. Luckily, those shifts can help us live better – but how do we make them happen?



Dr Caroline Mullen

Organisation:

Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds

Professional role(s):

Senior Research Fellow

Career highlights:

Currently co-investigator on four research projects exploring sustainability and regulation and planning for new mobility services (including electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, shared mobility) and micro-mobility, and investigating approaches to reducing end-use mobility energy demand. Manage the MSc Sustainability in Transport and co-Manage MSc Sustainable Cities, both at Leeds University. For details of publications see https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=3TDjiv4AAAAJ

Interest in topic area:

Transport decarbonisation needs to include changes to the way we travel as well as rapid adoption of low carbon vehicles. Commuting is an important part of this, and we are at a where there are opportunities but also risks. Changes to working practices, especially hybrid-working and home working bring could mean less reliance on cars for commuting. Yet that is only going to be part of the story. The challenge is to create a mobility system providing safe, affordable and viable low carbon mobility for people who will commute through choice or necessity.



Jason Gill

Organisation:

University of Glasgow

Join us to explore what post-COVID commuting might look like, its impact on the climate agenda and the co-benefits it could offer in terms of health and well-being, work-life balance, gender equality and economic opportunities.

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Revisiting consumption for a climate friendly future:
In conversation with Professor Tim Jackson

A principal challenge to addressing the climate emergency is overconsumption. Consumption is embedded in our everyday lives, at the level of the individual, home, community, urban and wider national and global society. It involves the activities of multiple stakeholders whose actions and logics influence the consumer landscape. It is, therefore, important to consider the role of consumption and the consumer citizen within a multi-stakeholder landscape involving, individuals, households, communities, service providers, business and policy makers.

Join Deirdre Shaw, Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Solutions and Professor of Marketing and Consumer Research, University of Glasgow as she discusses this important topic with Tim Jackson*, Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity and Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey.


Professor Tim Jackson

Tim is an ecological economist and writer. Since 2016 he has been Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) at the University of Surrey in the UK, where he is also Professor of Sustainable Development. From 2004 to 2011 he was Economics Commissioner for the UK Sustainable Development Commission where his work culminated in the publication of Prosperity without Growth (2009/2017) which has subsequently been translated into 17 foreign languages. It was named as a Financial Times ‘book of the year’ in 2010 and UnHerd’s economics book of the decade in 2019. His latest book Post Growth – life after capitalism was published by Polity Press in 2021. In 2016, Tim was awarded the Hillary Laureate for exceptional international leadership in sustainability. In addition to his academic work, Tim is an award-winning dramatist with numerous radio-writing credits for the BBC.

More info:

Tim holds degrees in mathematics (MA, Cambridge), philosophy (MA, Uni Western Ontario) and physics (PhD, St Andrews). He also holds honorary degrees at the University of Brighton in the UK and the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Belgian Royal Academy of Science. 



Professor Deirdre Shaw (Host)

Deidre is Professor Marketing and Consumer Research at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow.

Deirdre has researched and taught in the area of consumption ethics throughout her career, publishing on the subject in a range of international journals (including Psychology and Marketing, Journal of Business Ethics, Marketing Theory, European Journal of Marketing, Business History, British Journal of Management, Work, Employment and Society, Journal of Marketing Management, Sustainable Development), contributing to books and non-academic publications, giving invited talks and supervising PhD researchers in this area.

She is co-section editor of the Consumer Ethics section of Journal of Business Ethics and is Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Solutions, University of Glasgow.

Her current work focuses on consumer perspectives of modern slavery as well as working in the areas of sustainable clothing and equality and sustainability.

Over three “bite-size” Podcasts they will explore key questions, including: How can we transform current consumption behaviours? What do climate friendly consumption lifestyles look like? How can we support and embed behavioural transformation?

*Professor Jackson is a world-renowned expert on sustainability and author of acclaimed publications in this area, including, the landmark book Prosperity Without Growth and most recently Post Growth Life after Capitalism.


Podcasts:

In conversation with Professor Tim Jackson: Part 1 Click here to listen (25 mins)
In conversation with Professor Tim Jackson: Part 2 Click here to listen (17 mins)
In conversation with Professor Tim Jackson: Part 3 Click here to listen (11 mins)

To download the Podcast and listen “on the go” Click here

You can also find the podcast by searching for 'Connect with Climate Change' on any of the following podcast apps - Anchor, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocketcasts, Radio Public & Spotify.


Future Events

COP26: Did it deliver? Reconciling local needs and global goals

Date:TBC (Post COP26)

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Connect with Climate Change

Raising ambition: A tale of two Regions

An equitable and sustainable future for all: pipe dreams or real schemes? 

Join us to discuss how decarbonisation can happen in a fair, equitable and inclusive way that empowers communities and leaves no-one behind.

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Climate Change – The Financial Conundrum of the Century

Learn what it means to for businesses to make climate-friendly financial decisions.

Ask the experts

As Part of our Connect with Climate Change series, we ask the experts for their views about current topics of interest.

In our first of our updates we asked expert Michael Mehling, Deputy Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy about what to expect from the COP26 Climate Change Summit in advance of it's arrival in Glasgow this November. 

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