Climate, Culture and Society

11 May 2016

Climate, Culture and Society

Staff and research students are invited to attend Reading's new interdisciplinary research cluster's June events.

The cluster focuses on the themes of 'Climate, Culture and Society' (CCS), and is designed to encourage dialogue between scholars in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and their counterparts in the natural sciences working on weather and climate. It has been developed in response to the recent expansion of climate change-related work into the environmental social sciences and humanities (ESSH).

CCS will be home to existing UoR researchers working in this area, and aims to facilitate new, interdisciplinary research across the ESSH, and in particular:

  1. How climate is perceived, known and understood by contemporary and past societies within developed and developing countries;
  2. The diverse ways in which experiences of and knowledges on weather, climate shocks and the ways it might change, are shaped and constructed;
  3. What weather and climate mean to different individuals, groups and institutions, and how these meanings influence the ways that people individually and collectively respond to the climate change problem.

As part of its creation, you are invited to attend two exciting events in June 2016. All staff and PhD researchers at Reading are welcome to these.

1. Climate, Culture and Society Launch Event
An excellent opportunity to learn more about this emerging area of research, and to network with colleagues from across the university.

Date: Thursday 9th June 2016

Time: 16:15 -18:50pm, with a networking drinks reception to follow

Venue: Nike Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building, Whiteknights Campus

Guest speakers include:

  • Joe Smith, Professor of Environment and Society at the Open University.
  • Terry Cannon, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, and lead author of the 2014 World Disasters Report focusing on Culture and Risk.

2. Workshop on 'Engaging with Climate, Culture and Society Research'

This is a half-day, multidisciplinary event for UoR-based staff already working on CCS-related topics, or those who are interested in developing new research in this area (or just learning more).

All academic disciplines are welcome (including those in the environmental social sciences, arts and humanities), and you don't need prior experience of climate change research to participate.

The objectives for the afternoon are for participants to:

  • Learn more about the themes of CCS, and how they interlink.
  • Get to know one-another, what our research interests are, and how they potentially relate to CCS.
  • Start to think about major CCS research questions, and how these might be developed into project ideas/proposals.

As part of the workshop, we would like to invite participants to make short, 5-10 minute presentations about an area of their research related to Climate, Culture and Society.

If you would like to do this, please contact Rinchen Lama at with a provisional title for your presentation.

Date: Thursday 16th June 2016

Time: 12 midday - 17:00, with lunch provided

Venue: Room 1L08, Agriculture Building, Whiteknights Campus.

To attend the launch and the workshop, please register via the following links:

Climate, Culture and Society Launch

Climate, Culture and Society Workshop

This initiative is supported by a Prosperity and Resilience Research Theme RETF grant and the Walker Institute Research Development Fund.

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