Autumn term 2020-21 news

This course will begin on schedule in Autumn and we look forward to seeing new and returning students in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. If students can’t travel to campus in time for the start of term, the Department has made plans to still provide them a high-quality remote educational experience during the Autumn term.

Teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online), known as ‘multi-mode’ delivery. The balance in the ‘multi-mode’ offering may be subject to change. We will do our best to provide you increased on-campus teaching and research activities as we progress throughout the year.  For more information about multi-mode delivery, the learning experience and the steps we’ll be taking to keep students safe on campus, please see our Covid-19 information for applicants and offer holders page.

We will update our course pages with further details once they are finalised.


Thursday evening Policy Seminars

As part of the MSc course, the Centre holds a regular series of Thursday evening Policy Seminars given by a range of speakers from areas including government, industry and non-government organisations who come to talk about their particular involvement in the environmental field. These seminars are of great value, as they provide a prime opportunity for informal socialising and networking.

External speakers range from international experts to course alumni, with their contribution ensuring coverage of current issues, the possibility of placement-style dissertation research and an invaluable source of job announcements. 

All students are expected to attend.

Autumn Term:

03/10/2019

"Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)"
Clare Farrell and Paul John Nelson (Co-founder of Extinction Rebellion)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


10/10/2019

"The many faces of EU environmental and climate policy"
Andrea Illes (Senior Consultant, Environmental and Climate Policy, Ricardo Energy & Environment)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


17/10/2019

"Winning the change in the economy we need for the planet"
Angela Francis (Chief Advisor, Economics and Economic Development at WWF)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


24/10/2019
"Acid rain. Experiences of a parliamentary select committee advisor on environmental issues."
Nigel Bell (Emeritus Professor of Environmental Pollution)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


31/10/2019

"Planetary Health and the implications of the Planetary Health agenda for biodiversity conservation"
Sarah Whitmee (Ecologist, conservation biologist and researcher on planetary health)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


07/11/2019

"Sustainable diets - more than just food "
Dan Crossley (Executive Director of Food Ethics Council)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


14/11/2019

"Accelerating the global low carbon transition (a policy perspective)"
Simon Sharpe (Head of International Climate Change Strategy / Projects)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


21/11/2019

“Transport and climate change – a smooth journey ahead?”
Jameel Hayat and Rohit Sharma (Transport econ & policy of IPCC)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


28/11/2019

“Global water shortages: causes and solutions to avoiding a new world war”
Dave Barker (Climate Fiction author & Economist)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


05/12/2019

"How scientists can influence policy, and how policymakers can influence science"
Mark Burgman (Director of CEP, Chair in Risk Analysis & Environmental Policy)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


Spring Term:

09/01/2020

"The role of environmental consultants in building projects within the UK planning policy framework"
George Locke (Environmental Consultant role in UK engineering)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


16/01/2020

"Endocrine distribution: lost in translation?"
Olwenn Martin (Leader of the Planetary Health pathway of BASc Global Challenges)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


23/01/2020

“Funding Opportunities for Sustainability Research in Core Industries”
Nikzad Oraee (Chief Legal Officer Jovein Cement Plc)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


30/01/2020

Title TBC
Chris Hocknell (Director at Eight Associates)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


06/02/2020

"Accelerating sustainable innovation"
Georgia Parker (Innovation Manager at Fashion For Good)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


13/02/2020

"Achieving the UK's net-zero target"
Mike Helmsley (Senior Power Analyst at the Committee on Climate Change (CCC))
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


20/02/2020

"What’s in a name? The role of definitions and language in energy policy"
Pippa Palmer (SolarAid MD)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


27/02/2020

"Can business help to unlock systems transformation? What needs to change if we are to drive significant progress over the next 10 years"
Jules Hill-Landolt (Director of Sustainable Lifestyles programme)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


05/03/2020

Title TBC
Laurie Kell (Director, SEA++International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


12/03/2020

"Applying The New to Capital Projects"
Jake Tudge (Management Consultant, Accenture)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building