Sustainability Thinking Space

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Wolfson S&C Hub Rick Manlove, Lili Jia, Elizabeth Wild
Date 30/11/2022 at 17.30 - 30/11/2022 at 18.30 Where Gatsby Room

A free, interactive sustainability education and thinking space open to all Wolfson members, providing a guided space to develop your sustainability thinking, action and development.

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Open to all Wolfson members, the Sustainability Thinking Space is a guided space to learn, with others, think on and exchange ideas. You will explore what increasing sustainability means to you personally and/or in your research, what compounding actions big or small you can take right now and into the future, and more broadly how we can all respond to the climate emergency in a meaningful way. These are split in to two:

  • Personal Sustainability Thinking Space
  • Sustainability Thinking Space: Research

You will be guided in your exploration by two professional experts from with the Wolfson S&C Hub community: Rick Manlove (Personal) and Dr Lili Jia (Research), with a guest speaker Elizabeth Wild (Personal). Find some words from these lovely people below.


What does the Sustainability Thinking Space involve?

Focusing alternately on the development of your Personal Sustainability Thinking Space and Research Sustainability Thinking Space, sessions are split into bi-weekly workshops – Wednesday’s 16:00-17:00 – throughout Michaelmas Term:

  • Wed 12 Oct 16:00-17:00 - Sustainability Journey: where are we headed? (Personal) - slides

  • Wed 19 Oct 16:00-17:00 - Understanding the challenges of sustainability research (Research) - slides

  • Wed 26 Oct 17:30-18:30 - Your Sustainability Journey: making a difference (Personal) - slides

  • Wed 2 Nov 17:30-18:30 - Understanding assumptions of interdisciplinary research (Research) - slides

  • Wed 9 Nov 17:30-18:30 - A Just Transition: Elizabeth Wild Guest Host (Personal) - slides

  • Wed 16 Nov 17:30-18:30 - Sustainability research strategies (Research) - slides

  • Wed 23 Nov 17:30-18:30 - Sustainability Action: what can I do? (Both)

  • Wed 30 Nov 17:30-18:30 - Multilevel learning and reflections (Research) - slides

You will encounter, learn and interact with common and emerging sustainability frameworks, discuss how you might apply them to your interests or improve upon them, and be guided on how to think outside the box and act with meaning and compounding effects.


Who is it for? 

Personal: All Wolfson members past and present, student, staff, academic, alumni and all others, who want to make a positive difference in the world and contribute to becoming “a truly regenerative College” and global citizen. 

Research: anyone doing research, particularly Masters and first year PhD students, but all are welcome/something to learn for everyone.


What will you get from it? 

All: Some information and knowledge; some ideas, thought-stimulation and challenges; some signposts and starting places; the beginnings of action; lots of camaraderie and friendship.

This is a chance to think on and exchange ideas in a friendly and safe space, and maybe to create new ideas to help yourselves, Wolfson, Cambridge or the wider global community to become ever greener and fairer in an increasingly divided world.

For those on the Research Sustainability Thinking Space, you will also learn and explore shared challenges in interdisciplinary research and how to avoid the common pitfalls.


What’s the format? 

Weekly informal, facilitated learning sessions and interactive workshops, with a few slides and questions, plenty of potential for further action, lots of thinking, sharing and discussion, opportunities to work with others on actions/projects of your choice... and should you want, opportunities to help lead a session or activity! 


Who leading it and why are they involved?

Personal Sustainability Thinking Space

Rick Manlove: I’m a Wolfson Alumnus and graduate of the CISL Masters in Sustainability Leadership. After a career in international business I’m now committed to supporting upcoming generations in tackling some of the big issues of today. 

Elizabeth Wild: I'm a member of Wolfson and a graduate of the CISL Masters in Sustainability Leadership. My work is mostly on business & human rights, which is an important component of achieving a world that's both greener and fairer. I really like Wolfson's ambition to be a sustainability leader among Cambridge colleges... and this opportunity for all of us to make a difference, big or small, is why I'm here.

Sustainability Thinking Space: Research

Lili Jia: I'm an ESRC Policy Fellow and a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. I hold a PhD in Economics, an M.Sc. in International Trade and a B.Sc. in Management. My research interest focuses on motivating behaviour changes toward health and environmental sustainability with interdisciplinary and systems approaches, hence why I'm involved in this Sustainability Thinking Space with the Wolfson S&C Hub! I am a supervisor of Master students at both Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and Institute for Manufacturing (IfM).

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