Register now through our online store (£30 full rate incliding dinner, free for postgraduate students with dinner as a £20 option)Environments and Ecologies (PDF , 104kb)Please note this is a one day event taking place on 13th December.
The argument that environmental issues are deprioritised by policymakers and the public during times of economic decline has once again emerged. There is evidence to support these claims, some argue that urban green spaces are being neglected as a result of budget cuts, equally, others highlight challenges to urban regeneration, with funding sources more limited and projects harder to negotiate, especially with less desirable spaces such as polluted brownfield sites. Ironically some argue that environmental problems may have actually lessened during the recession, for example, Castellanos and Boersma (2012) attribute a 20 per cent drop in NO2 levels in 2010 in Europe at least in part to the global recession. However, despite the cuts, in the UK some environmental agendas clearly remain in place and are becoming a more standard part of policy rhetoric, especially those relating to low carbon initiatives. It is also becoming increasingly more unusual to find low carbon strategies that do not take into consideration (at least on the surface) broader social concerns such as poverty and social inclusion.
These issues raise a number of questions: how are urban environments changing as a result of this altering terrain? Are new networks forming in order to continue environmental or social goals that were previously supported through the public purse? Are social and environmental goals being balanced differently since the recession?
Confirmed speakers at the symposium are Dr Rowland Atkinson (York) who will present on violence and video gaming and Dr Gareth Millington (York) who will explore film noir and Essex. Meanwhile Professor Elaine Campbell (Newcastle) will focus on transgression and space and Dr Tracey Potts (Nottingham) will be considering the politics of the dark tourist souvenir.
The presentations at this event will be turned into a podcast.
CURB's First Annual Public Lecture