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  • Date and time: Monday 10 February 2020, 11am to 12pm
  • Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Audience: Open to alumni, staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

One Planet Week event

Is it possible to do effective carbon-neutral research on global development?

Panel members: Dr Hanne Cottyn, History (Research Associate); Dr Jon Green, SEI (Senior Researcher); Dr Eleanor Jew, Environment and Geography (Lecturer); Dr Joshua Kirshner, Environment and Geography (Senior Lecturer); Dr Papiya Mazumdar, Health Sciences (Research Fellow).

In this interactive and interdisciplinary event, five panellists will discuss the practicalities of carrying out global development research in a sustainable, carbon-neutral way. The panellists, representing different disciplines and career stages, will share their experiences and perspectives to invite discussion, and consider questions such as:

  • Is global development research inherently more carbon-intensive than other research? Is carbon-neutral research actually achievable?
  • Could global development research be just as effective if done on a lower-carbon model? Are there any downsides to lower-carbon approaches, e.g. for partners in the Global South?
  • Is it hypocritical to be promoting equitable and sustainable societies while being a frequent flyer? How feasible is it to replace air flight with ground travel for global development researchers?
  • Is a low-carbon research model incompatible with career development and promotion which emphasises the importance of international activities and collaborations? Should we prioritise air travel for early career researchers over senior academics?

We look forward to seeing you there. Tea and coffee will be provided, but don't forget to bring your own cup! 


Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Hearing loop