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SASI Workshop: Where do we go from here?

Please see the report from the  SASI Workshop 4 March 2015 (PDF, 1,345 KB).


Food Research Collaboration

The Food Research Collaboration ( , which has steadily risen in members to just over 300, was set up to encourage closer working links between UK academics and civil society on food matters.

The Food Research Collaboration is now launching an online “Research Wanted” forum on the website. This came out of discussions with both civil society and academic members.  They are aware that all the time academics and their students do big funded projects but also have students doing doctorates and dissertations, which could be useful to civil society, and from which briefings might be done for civil society. (In the era of REF, this is impact!)

The Research Wanted section of the FRC website is where people can post ideas and where lecturers/researchers could look for ideas for students to do things, or even to do quick briefings for civil society. A group of students have just done a collective briefing on the environmental evidence about sugar, for example, which is shortly to come out alongside a longer policy briefing about sugar.

The idea is that FRC members can post requests for research support and collaboration from other members. These might include for example:

  • requests for research to be undertaken
  • offers of support to the research process (e.g. suggestions of relevant literature, researchers/authors, examples, methodologies)
  • offers of research (e.g. where a researcher is looking to apply research findings in a different context, where a researcher is looking for collaborators)

The Research Wanted forum can be seen at .  The following four requests have already been received online : 

 Although submitted research requests can be viewed by all, you will need to be logged in as a member of the FRC to actively post requests and participate in any online conversations.  So if you are not already a member, or have forgotten your user name and/or password, please click on the “Become a member” tab on the website  and follow the necessary instructions.


SASI Workshop: Where do we go from here? 

You are invited to a SASI workshop on Where do we go from here? Reframing scholarship and practice in light of the emerging UN Sustainable Development Goals on Wednesday 4th March 2015, 2-4pm in Parliament Hall.

The aims of the workshop are to explore the implications of recent and ongoing changes in sustainable development theory and practice in order to inform potential research, teaching, operational and community based direction at the University of St Andrews and beyond.

As the Millennium Development Goals are superseded by the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, there will be an increased conceptual, practical and policy focus on this area at local, regional, national and international levels.

Research funding direction is expected to respond to this imperative. At the same time, the new QAA guidelines for Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education are supporting an enhancement of teaching and learning in this area which is being explored further by a new Learning and Teaching Committee Working Group on Learning for Sustainability at this institution. The University Sustainable Development Working Group is also facilitating operational climate change and sustainability responses and Transition: University of St Andrews is nurturing a sense of community and enabling community action for sustainability.

There will be an opportunity to hear about the forthcoming SD Goals, to hear external and internal perspectives on the implications for strategic and academic direction and to discuss and evolve new framings of sustainable development.

If you are interested in attending please indicate to Rehema at by 25th February 2015. A more detailed programme will follow soon.


Seminar in the School of Management

Prof. Lisa Jack (from Portsmouth Business School) is presenting a seminar in the School of Management on December 4th from 3pm (in the Gateway, room tbc).  Her topic is:

“Is cheap food sustainable? Honey-Laundering and other contemporary issues from an accounting and management research perspective”

All are welcome.


Is your research relevant to sustainability?

We are looking to develop a network (early career researchers, PGs and Postdocs) from across the university whose research interests are concerned with sustainability. Our introductory meeting will be Thursday 5-7pm (19 September) in the New Arts Lecture Theatre, refreshments will be provided. Any queries please contact Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs at


SASI Humanities and Sustainable Development Workshop

Wednesday 6 November 2013 from 1.45pm to 4.30pm.  Venue to be confirmed. 


  • To identify colleagues interested in questions regarding social inequalities, development and the environment
  • To bring critical new meaning to these terms; perhaps arguing for social diversity, reconceptualising development and exploring humans as part of nature?
  • To explore how we might build on the strengths of the humanities at St Andrews to offer new insights on the discourse(s) of sustainable development

Further information is offered on the SASI Humanities and SD Workshop (Word, 17 KB) document. Everyone is welcome, whether you are in the humanities or interested in seeking perspectives from the humanities or in working with others. We hope for some spirited and critical discussion! We will start with coffee and cake and a chance to talk and move through the agenda from there. 


Researcher / Research Associate at Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College UHI

Fixed Term for 3 Years in the first instance

Annual salary:  Research Associate: £24-27k; Researcher: £27-31k

The Centre for Mountain Studies and the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development are based in Perth, at Perth College UHI, an Academic Partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands.  They are looking for a Researcher or Research Associate, who will play a key role in the Centre, working on all aspects of project development and implementation, and teaching modules in the online MSc in Sustainable Mountain Development.

To succeed in this exciting role, the post holder will have a PhD in a relevant discipline and will be able to demonstrate research competence.  The Centre for Mountain Studies are looking for someone who will submit successful proposals for research and consulting project opportunities to generate external income.  Excellent communications skills and a strong interest in knowledge exchange are also important.

The post holder will represent the Centre to both internal and external stakeholders, as well as supervising postgraduate students.

Please see Researcher Research Associate at Centre for Mountain Studies Perth College UH (Word, 501 KB) for further information.


T C Smout Lecture in Scottish History

The St Andrews Institute of Scottish Historical Research is delighted to announce the inaugural T C Smout Lecture in Scottish History. This annual lecture has been established to celebrate Professor Emeritus Christopher Smout’s 80th birthday and his ongoing contribution to Scottish Historical Studies. Prof Smout CBE, FBA, FRSE, was Professor of Scottish History at St Andrews from 1980 until 1991 and was appointed Historiographer Royal for Scotland in 1993. Since the publication of his classic History of the Scottish People, 1560-1830 in 1969, his influence on Scottish historical studies has been unparalleled. In recent years he has played a leading role in the development of environmental history and his latest book, co-authored with Mairi Stewart, The Firth of Forth: An Environmental History (2012), has been widely acclaimed as a model of its kind.

The inaugural lecture will be given by Professor Fredrik Jonsson (University of Chicago) on Thursday 26 September 2013 at 5.15 pm, New Arts Lecture Theatre, University of St Andrews, on "Enlightenment's Frontier: the Scottish Highlands and the Origins of Environmentalism." The University Principal, Prof Louise Richardson, will take the chair. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

Abstract: What was the place of the environment in the Scottish Enlightenment? This lecture recovers the forgotten networks of improvers and natural historians that sought to transform the soil, climate, flora, and fauna of Scotland in the eighteenth century. The Highlands offered a great outdoor laboratory for rival liberal and conservative views of nature and society. But when the improvement schemes foundered toward the end of the century, northern Scotland instead became a crucible for anxieties about overpopulation, resource exhaustion, and the physical limits to growth. In this way, the rise and fall of the Enlightenment in the Highlands sheds new light on the origins of environmentalism.

Fredrik Albritton Jonsson is Associate Professor of British History at the University of Chicago. His book Enlightenment's Frontier: the Scottish Highlands and the Origins of Environmentalism, is newly published by Yale University Press.

Prof. Jonsson will also lead a workshop discussion of his current research, ‘Cornucopianism: a preliminary genealogy’, on Thursday 26 September 2-4 pm (venue to be confirmed).

Abstract: The threat of accelerating climate change has revived a long-standing debate over the environmental limits to economic development. Can the biosphere sustain exponential economic growth over the long run? This talk explores the historical origins and logic of cornucopianism as an ideology, taking issue with Timothy Mitchell's recent argument that the postwar oil economy gave rise to dreams of endless growth. Instead of a single technical or conceptual breakthrough, we appear to be dealing with overlapping myths of abundance and exploitation, shaped in great part by the promise of available technology. Natural philosophy, frontier expansion, and manufacturing propaganda produced alternating objects of cornucopia. Each of these visions of
abundance proved unstable and temporary. Indeed, cornucopianism and environmental anxieties have been closely intertwined in theory and practice from the seventeenth century onwards.

For more information please contact Prof. Roger Mason ( or see our website:


A celebration of the Firth of Forth: An environmental History

Professor Jan Bebbington and Dr John Clark (SASI and the Institute for Environmental history) are delighted to invite you to a celebration of the Firth of Forth: An environmental History, a book recently co-authored by Professor Smout (St Andrews) and Mairi Stewart (University of highlands and Islands).

Firth of Forth: An Environmental History is a captivating exploration into the life of the Firth of Forth which considers a wide range of questions. The Firth of Forth combines a rich wildlife with a history of long and intense human activity around its shores and in its waters. The speakers will draw from the book and their own interests of the Firth of Forth. After the talks there will be a space for questions and discussion, followed by a wine reception and finger buffet.


Dr John Clark (Chair) will introduce the speakers and book, Firth of Forth: An Environmental History

Professor Chris Smout – ‘Has the use of the Forth been sustainable in the past?’

Mairi Stewart – ‘Changing perceptions of the upper Forth’

Dr Tim Stojanovic – ‘Human responses to change on the Forth Estuary: Marine and CoastalGovernance’.

The event is free, but please let us know if you will be joining us (RSVP to Rhona by Wednesday 24th April,


Passport for Environmental Excellence

The Passport for Environmental Excellence environmental training that has been established by Estates and CAPOD has now been verified by the Energy Institute and the University is now an Approved Training Provider.

This external verification validates our environmental awareness campaigns.

Please see for details of the Passport for Environmental Excellence scheme.


Sustainable Seafood

Mr Edward Cassano will be delivering a talk on ‘Sustainable Seafood’ during Green Week on Friday 15 March at 10.30am in the Irvine Lecture Theatre. Mr Cassano has a rich background in this area and will cover a wide range of topics, including a basic introduction of sustainable seafood (wild catch and aquaculture) as well as current market based conservation efforts, issues of supply, an analysis of current progress and certification schemes.  The talk will last for around 40 minutes, after which there will be time for questions.

For further information, please see Edward Cassano bio (Word, 14 KB) and Edward Cassano resume (Word, 79 KB).



We the Owners: Employees Expanding the American Dream

St Andrews Sustainability Institute - School of Management - Co-operative Education Trust Scotland & Co-operative Development Scotland

Tuesday 5 March, 1800 – 2000, School V, United College, North Street

Please RSVP by 1500 Friday 1 March to Rhona McLaren (

St Andrews is to host one of five showings in Scotland of the short film We the owners: Employees expanding the American dream. We are delighted that the film’s executive producer, Mary Ann Beyster, and David Erdal (active advocate for employee ownership and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Management) will be joining us.

1800 – Doors open

1810 – Screening of film

1905 - Wine reception and Q&A session with Mary Ann Beyster and David Erdal, Chaired by Dr Ross Brown of the School of Management.

2000 – Session end

More about the film (See the trailer here)

In the short film We the Owners: Employees Expanding the American Dream, founders and employee owners from New Belgium Brewing, Namasté Solar and DPR Construction answer this important question.  The film was made to educate and motivate the next generation of business leaders, technologists and educators on the 'art of the possible' in ownership structures, corporate culture, incentives, rewards and innovation models.

The film captures the inspiring stories of employee owners and founders from three US companies by following their decisions on expansion, succession, recruitment and layoffs. As the stories in the film show, employee ownership comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. But the core message from all of these companies rings out loud and clear: the power of the voice, vote and shared ownership of employees cannot, and should not, be taken for granted.

What can Scotland learn from this? What can St Andrews learn from this? There are five film screenings taking place across Scotland. Each screening will be followed by a discussion with the creator of the film, Mary Ann Beyster, and representatives from the employee ownership sector in Scotland.


Reading Group: Sustainability Science – Semester 2

The Sustainability Science reading group will be held on the following times this semester: Mondays from 1210-1340 on 18 February, 4 March, 1 April and 29 April 2013.


If you would like to join the group please get in touch with Rhona ( The group are looking forward to seeing as many staff and PhD students who are interested and can make it to the meetings.



UN decade of education for sustainable development


Wednesday 23 January 2013

The Scottish Government in association with the Sustainable Development Education Network is hosting the next in its series of conferences as part of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development in Victoria Quay, Edinburgh on Wednesday 23 January 2013.


Scotland is a world leader in education for sustainable development because of the collaborative culture that exists between disparate bodies across all sectors of education. So the theme for the next conference is cooperation, exploring the positive impact on education, society and the economy of a culture of cooperation and collaboration.


The programme for the event will include guest speakers and practical workshops sharing the remarkable results that a culture of cooperation has had on their organisations and giving practical support on bringing a more collaborative culture to your classroom, workplace or institution. The conference will also give you a chance to catch up on the Decade and beyond, including the Scottish bid for a UN Regional Centre of Expertise in ESD. Full details will follow nearer the time, but you may wish to note the date now for next year's diary.


Information supplied by Dave Brown, Behaviour Change Team, Climate Change and Water Industry Division. 



Reading Group in Sustainability Science


Shona Russell, Lucy Anderson and Jan Bebbington have put together an outline for a reading group in sustainability science that is going to meet four times a semester.  In S1 they plan to meet on Fridays between 1-3pm (which includes time to eat lunch together) … in weeks 2, 5, 8 and 10.  Please see the Sustainability Science Reading List (PDF, 442 KB)for an outline of the material that the group are going to read together as a starter for ‘10’ - of course as they head off the reading list will morph and change as they all become more familiar with this material.


If you would like to join the group please let Rhona McLaren know (  The group are looking forward to seeing as many staff and PhD students who are interested and can make it to the meetings. 



Future Connections 2012 


Future Connections 2012 was an interdisciplinary PhD student conference for Sustainable Development researchers, held in June. It was organised by members of the St Andrews Sustainability Institute, Rebecca Folly, Alex Gnanapragasam, Rod Bain, Lucy Anderson (PhD researchers from the Schools of Geography and Geosciences, and the School of Management) and Rhona McLaren (SASI, School of Management). The two day event was designed to address the unique challenges faced by sustainability researchers, to provide a platform for presenting work-in-progress, and to foster a network of SD PhD researchers across Scotland. The format proved highly successful with nearly 60 delegates attending from 11 of Scotland’s Universities. The organisers are grateful for the support given by SASI, CAPOD, School of Management, School of Geography and Geosciences, and Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society, and also to staff members for their generous participation.



Art and Sustainability in Fife

For full details, please see the fifedirect website at


Oxfam Humankind Index launched


On 24 April 2012, Oxfam launched its Humankind Index in Edinburgh. The goal of the Index is to assess Scotland’s prosperity and real wealth. The Index does not use just one indicator, like GDP has been traditionally used, to assess Scotland’s well-being. The Index measures overall prosperity based on a number of things people told Oxfam matter to them. The Index takes money into account but also recognises it takes more than economic growth for a nation to be prosperous. 


Oxfam hopes the report will influence and help the Government to make informed decisions to focus on what really matters to people. You can find more information, two reports (results and technical annex), and a short film about the Humankind Index is available here:


University of St Andrews and Carnegie Trust put all Sustainable Development Commission reports into an online archive


The Sustainable Development Commission (SDC), which closed on 31 March 2011, was the UK Government’s independent adviser on sustainable development. The SDC held Government to account to ensure the needs of society, the economy and the environment were properly balanced in the decisions it made and the way it ran itself. An online repository housed at the University of St Andrews has been created to ensure that SDC documents continue to be freely available online. The reports were analysed so they can be searched using key words. The project was funded by Carnegie Trust UK and the St Andrews Sustainability Institute.


Bridging the gaps in our energy research


29 May 2012


On the 29th of May, the University will be hosting a one-day event to highlight the activities of researchers, broadly involved in energy related work, across the University. The aim of the day is to stimulate long-term culture change with respect to cross-disciplinary working within and beyond St Andrews University, to enable researchers to respond to new opportunities arising from the EPSRC Delivery Plan. The objectives are to Initiate new, long-term collaborations between researchers across the EPSRC remit (within USTAN and non-academic partners); Stimulate innovative approaches to collaboration between disciplines; and Increase the cross-fertilisation of ideas and the take up of advances across the boundaries between disciplines. For more information, please see the EPSRC invite (PDF, 242 KB) .


2012 Transition University of St Andrews AGM


Tuesday 6th March, 1730-1900, Arts Lecture Theatre


The 2012 Transition AGM is approaching and we would like to extend an invitation to all interested individuals to join the Steering Group. As part of the Steering Group, you will have an opportunity to be in a leadership position in Transition and help guide the work being done to make our University less carbon-intensive and more sustainable. Membership starts at the AGM and runs for 14 months in accordance with our constitution, allowing an overlap of old and new committee members. All members of the University community are welcome to attend the AGM.


If you want to find out more please come along to the February Open Forum to hear more about what we have done this past year and help us create our plans for the future. At the Open Forum we will have a sign up for the AGM and welcome you to ask any questions. If you cannot attend the Open Forum but want wish to run to join the Steering Group please let us know by writing to by noon Monday 5 March. In your email, please identify your interest; your status (academic staff member, support staff member or student (and year of study)); a position you would be interested in (if there is one in particular, such as Secretary or Open Forum Co-ordinator); and if you plan to run for Transition Coordinator.

The AGM will take the form of an election to select the new Committee and Coordinator, and a celebration of the achievements of the outgoing Steering Group and Transition 2011-12. 

If you have any questions about the AGM structure or what participation in the Steering Group would involve please email For more information on Transition see our website at and the Transition Facebook page at



Transition University of St Andrews Open Forum


Tuesday 28th February, 1730-1900, Arts Lecture Theatre


The Transition Steering Group would like to extend a warm invitation to everyone from the University and local community to come along to our next Open Forum, on the Tuesday of Green Week, and help us decide on the future activities of Transition. Current funding runs out at the end of March, and we need to plan now for the future.

The University Principal, Students' Association President, and two of the current Transition Project Officers will be there to reflect briefly on achievements so far, then we will turn to the question of the way forward.

Please bring along any ideas you have for new projects, thoughts about ways in which current activities could be extended or adapted, and your enthusiasm. We will bring refreshments and lots of paper!


See the Transition Facebook page at for more information.



With less than a month to go there is still time (just) to take part in the inaugural documentary entitled "The UK's Best Sustainable Schools". This film is being produced by Cycling4SEED who will be visiting (by bicycle!) schools from Lands End to John O'Groats and capturing on film the freshest ideas, the best practise, the most exciting plans and hopefully even the most exciting results of sustainability in schools.  Please see cycling4SEEd page on the Sustainability and Environmental Education website for more information.


Sustainable Laboratories at St Andrews - HEEPI Workshop


Wednesday 9 November 2011

There will be a HEEPI workshop at the University of St Andrews on Wednesday 9 November to share learning across the sector of the new science buildings.  Please see the HEEPI Sustainable Laboratories at St Andrews (PDF, 514 KB) flyer for full details.


Transition Open Forum - get involved in transforming our University!


Tuesday 25 October, 17:30-19:00


The aim of Transition University of St Andrews is to engage the community at the University of St Andrews in collective carbon-emission reduction activities in response to the challenges of climate change and peak oil. The University is working hard on technical fixes and alternative technologies (see but there are many things we can influence which would have a large effect on the environmental impact of our institution, and ourselves as individuals. Have you ever thought 'if only they did X then people would reduce waste / conserve energy / travel differently / consume less'? Well 'X' could be the perfect Transition project.

Transition has employed three full-time staff to work on 9 particular carbon reduction projects over the year (see with funding from the Climate Challenge Fund - but that isn't enough. We need new ideas, more projects, and people keen to help drive change.

The Transition Open Forum, on Tuesday 25th October from 17.30 - 19.00 in Parliament Hall, is your chance to get involved. Hear what is being done already, and explore some new ideas and how you can help put them into action. There will be refreshments, there will be enthusiasm, and there is the potential for some great projects to arise. Come and be part of it.



Jamie Peters is announced the Best Green Campaigner/Activist at the Scottish Green Awards



At the Scottish Green Awards held at the Glasgow Science Centre on 29 September 2011, Jamie Peters from Transition University of St Andrews was announced as the winner of the award for Best Green Campaigner/Activist. This award is designed to encourage and reward the techniques of a Scottish campaigner (over 18 years of age). For full details of the Scottish Green Awards, please see



Transition Open Forum


Tuesday 27 September 2011, 5.30 – 6.30pm, The Gateway Foyer, University of St Andrews


Transition University of St Andrews is a growing movement made up of students, staff and members of the St Andrews community who are working together to combat the global issues of climate change and peak oil. We believe that working on a grassroots, community level here in St Andrews, we can make a real difference in the face of these global challenges.


This year Transition University of St Andrews are planning lots of engaging activities for everyone to get involved with, and we would love to hear from you! On the last Tuesday of each month we will host Open Forums. These Forums are intended to be a space for Transition to report on their activities, get feedback and work on new projects as a group. It is a space for new ideas, and we want lots of them! BYOC (Bring your own caffeine)!


Check out our Facebook event at  If you can't attend, but would like to get involved in some way, please email to find out more, or check our website at


We are in the midst of an incredible time here at the University and we want you to join us in the transition towards a low-carbon, sustainable future for everyone.



Sustainable Development Leadership Lecture Series


Professor Tim Kasser, Tuesday 13 December, 7.30pm, Medical and Biological Sciences Building Lecture Theatre


Jan Bebbington, in partnership with WWF Scotland, will be welcoming Professor Tim Kasser to the University of St Andrews for a Sustainable Development Leadership Lecture.


Tim Kasser is professor and chair of Psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. He has authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters on materialism, values, and goals. His books include The High Price of Materialism (2002), Psychology and Consumer Culture (2004, co-edited with Allen D. Kanner), and Meeting Environmental Challenges:  The Role of Human Identity (2009, co-authored with Tom Crompton).


Professor Kasser’s primary research interests concern people's values and goals, and how they relate to quality of life. Over the last decade he has focused on studying 'materialistic values,' i.e., being wealthy, having many possessions, being attractive, and being popular. With colleagues, he has found that when people believe materialistic values are important, they report less happiness and more distress, have poorer interpersonal relationships, contribute less to the community, and engage in more ecologically damaging behaviours. Professor Kasser’s recent research has been investigating how values relate to well-being in various nations around the world, as well as what leads some people to become especially focused on different types of values.


More information about the lecture will be available nearer the date.



People & Planet tar sands activist wins award!


Lauren King, St Andrews University student and People & Planet ‘Tar Sands-Free’ campaigner, has just won the Sheila McKechnie Foundation’s Environment campaigner award. She was presented with the award at a ceremony hosted by Jon Snow at St Martins in the Field in Central London.


The Foundation was established in 2005, in memory of the life-long campaigner Dame Sheila McKechnie, and the awards aim to recognise and support people who are making exceptional contributions towards a range of social justice and environmental causes.


See for more information.



Sustainability reporting: the challenges ahead for the third sector


Friday 4 November 2011


A workshop provided by the University of Edinburgh Business School in collaboration with SCVO, as part of the ESRC Festival of the Social Sciences


Friday 4th November 2011 (10.00 - 16.15) The Conference Room, University of Edinburgh Business School


'Sustainability' is a key target for the both the Scottish and UK Governments. The UK Treasury and the Charity Finance Directors Group (CFDG) have also issued important guidance on sustainability and social reporting. Increasingly, third sector organisations (TSOs) engaging in public services delivery need to demonstrate their effectiveness in this area - to the government, their wider stakeholders and the community. This workshop will ask the question 'what is sustainability and how can TSOs account for it?'


This workshop is intended for managers and staff in TSOs, profiling the most recent research and practice on sustainability and social accounting and exploring its implications for them. It will bring cutting edge research together with the real life experience of managers within the third sector. It will include a series of keynote presentations, plenary discussion and small group work on the implications for TSOs.


Attendance is free - but places are strictly limited and registration is essential. To obtain the full programme and registration form for the event email



Biodiversity Forum


A Biodiversity Forum website has recently been established to highlight events, news and funding opportunities and to host a blog. Please follow this link to the website


There will be a 'biodiversity lunch' on Thursday, June 16th, from 1.00pm to 2.00pm in the Bell Pettigrew Museum, Bute Building. This is an informal discussion at which Janine Illian (CREEM) will be talking about her interests in "spatial modelling". We hope to have these "biodiversity lunches" on a regular basis in the next academic year. Please come along if you are free, and if you have any suggestions for future 'biodiversity lunches' please send them to Mara Casalini (

We hope that this website will help strengthen the links between those of us working on different aspects of biological diversity.


The Guardian Green League 2011 university tables


The University of St Andrews has been awarded a 1st Class status in this year’s university rankings with a difference. They order institutions according to what they are doing to reduce their impact on the environment.   The People & Planet Green League 2011 ranks institutions according to 13 criteria designed to assess their policy and senior-level commitment to environmental management, as well as indicators of performance against policy commitments. For more information and the full list of university rankings, please see



Schumacher College – The Road Ahead: Building Community in the Long Emergency


27 June -2 July 2011
Schumacher College in the UK is holding a short course, as titled above. The course is being led by David, W Orr, Stephan Mayer and Rob Hopkins. The course will explore multiple issues and explore case studies such as the Oberlin Project and Transition Town Totnes. To find out more email or visit the following web page

More than GDP. Measuring What Matters

What do Scottish people want? A growing list of organisations and individuals now say that the aspects of life that we most value – for example quality of life and the health of our environment –are undervalued as a result of an over-reliance on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as the critical measure of progress.  Earlier this year Professor Jan Bebbington chaired a group of Scottish thinkers who came together as a Round Table, with support from Carnegie UK Trust and the Sustainable Development Commission Scotland, to explore how Scotland could develop better measurements of what really matters to its people.

The group looked at the findings of the 2009 Stiglitz Report which emerged from the Commission set up by President Sarkozy. That report was designed to advise on how better to measure economic performance and social progress and the Round Table assessed the relevance of its recommendations to Scotland. The purpose was not to displace GDP as a measure but to ensure that the strong social structures and healthy environment necessary to create a flourishing Scotland were not overlooked as a result of working to a measure mainly focused on economic activity.

The Round Table came up with twelve recommendations for the Scottish Government. It proposed that the Government should use the new current parliamentary term to further develop its ground-breaking outcomes focused National Performance Framework (NPF)by working with other parts of civil society to learn from wider debate about the aspirations of Scotland and go on to develop better measures of well-being that resonate with the whole population. The report is being promoted across the UK to raise awareness of the innovative nature of the NPF and to encourage further reflection and action around its recommendation.

The Report can be downloaded from:

Solar Cities Scotland’s 6th Annual Conference - Growing the Green Shoots of a Low Carbon Economy

24th June 2011
On Friday the 24th June 2011 at the Space Theatre, Dundee College, Old Glamis Road, Dundee the 6th Annual Solar Cities Scotland conference will take place.  The conference costs £15 per ticket and speakers from all over Europe have confirmed their attendance.  To Book your place or to find out more please check the website at

Invitation - Education for Sustainability, Karlsruhe in Germany

19 to 21 October 2011

A three-day International Greening Education Event will be held from 19th to 21st of October, 2011 in the green city of Karlsruhe, Germany. This event will take academia, education, environmental and sustainable development policy makers, senior members of academic institutions, representatives of government and non-governmental organisations and international development agencies, school administrators and teachers, sustainable development practitioners and environmental management professionals through the need for greening education and then discuss effective initiatives that educational institutions need to take to make sustainability an integral part of teaching and learning.

For further information, please see the event details at or email:

The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy’s 2010-2011 Public Lecture Series: Summer lecture - ‘Justice and vulnerability to climate change’

10 May 2011

The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy is holding a seminar/talk on justice and vulnerability to climate change on Tuesday 10th May, between 5-6pm.  The talk is being held at Leeds University School of Earth and Environment.  To find out more please use the following link:

ESD in the Professional Curriculum Conference - Dundee

27 April 2011 

You are very warmly invited to the University of Dundee's Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in the Professional Curriculum on Wednesday 27th April 2011, 10.00 -15.15 (including lunch) in the  Dalhousie Building. Supported by funding from the HEA, the conference is jointly organised by the University's ESD in the Professional Curriculum Project and LLC Educational Development.

The conference is an opportunity to be updated on the ESD Project and its findings and to hear from a range of speakers - including academics, students, employer and accreditation body representatives.  Programme details are on the LLC Educational Development website:

To book a place email by Tuesday 19th April

University of Dundee - Saturday Evening Lecture Series 2011
Rob Duck - This Shrinking Land: Climate Change and Britain’s Coast

7 May 2011

As climate changes due to global warming and sea levels rise, what is in store for the coasts of our island?  Britain is a shrinking land.  But is it shrinking everywhere around the edges; is it being uniformly eaten away around its fringes? Are we doing anything about it?  Are we doing enough about it? Can we do anything about it?  Should we be doing anything more about it than we are doing already?  Should we abandon vulnerable towns and villages to the sea as did our forebears and relocate such coastal settlements inland?  These are some of the tricky, thorny and indeed potentially emotive questions that will be explored on Sat 7th May 2011- 6.00pm - Dalhousie Building - Old Hawkhill.  This lecture coincides with the launch of his Rob Duck’s new book. Rob is Dean of the School of the Environment and Professor of Environmental Geoscience in the University of Dundee. Tickets are available from 01382 385564,,

Visiting Lecture - Paul Selman from the University of Sheffield will lecture on "Sustainability and Resilience in Cultural Landscapes”

13 April 2011

Duncan Smart, School President of Geography and Sustainable Development invites you to a lecture by Professor Paul Selman from the University of Sheffield on “Sustainability and Resilience in Cultural Landscapes".  Prof Selman has strong research interests in environmental management, landscape planning and landscape ecology.  The lecture will take place at 4pm on Wednesday 13th April in School 3 Lecture Theatre, and will be followed by an informal drinks reception in the Forbes Room of the Irvine building.

Call for Papers - Institute of Australian Geographers Annual Conference, Wollongong NSW, July 3-6, 2011 - Rural Coastal Communities: Ripe for Development?

Fife Greens to Host Talk by Author and Land Reformer Andy Wightman

22 March 2011

Radical land reformer and author Andy Wightman<> will be coming to Cupar, on Tuesday 22 March, to talk about Scotland's turbulent history of land and power, brought to life in his new book, "The Poor Had No Lawyers".  The free event, which takes place at An Talla Meeting Room, Volunteer House, 69-73 Crossgate, Cupar, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, is being organised by Fife Green Party.

Call for Papers - Institute of Australian Geographers Annual Conference, Wollongong NSW, July 3-6, 2011 - Rural Coastal Communities: Ripe for Development?

Lesley Crowe-Delaney, Curtin University in Australia has a call for papers for the above conference.  The theme is Rural Coastal Communities: Ripe for Development? If you are interested in submitting a paper please contact Leslie at (  Further information is also available in the Rural Coastal Communities (PDF, 30 KB) document.

Potential PhD Scholarship on Socially Responsible Derivatives

10 March 2011

Dr Andreas Hoepner (lecturer in banking and finance) of University of St Andrews Management School is currently working with an industry partner to find a student with a strong statistics background and an interest in sustainable development to potentially conduct a PhD scholarship on Socially Responsible Derivatives.  If you are interested, please contact Dr Hoepner for more information.

'WEAVING THE FUTURE': Embedding Interdisciplinary Learning - A workshop to explore the value of interdisciplinary learning in Education for Sustainable Development at the taught postgraduate level

18 May 2011 

On 18 May 2011, at the Centre for Active Learning, Francis Close Hall campus, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, GL50 4AZ, a workshop is being held to learn about the potential of interdisciplinary learning in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) at the taught postgraduate level.  The workshop is part of a Higher Education Academy funded project that is researching stakeholder perceptions of interdisciplinary learning in ESD at taught postgraduate level.  For more information about workshop please use the following link (

Grassroots Climate Exchange

18 and 19 March 2011

The University of Edinburgh is hosting a grassroots climate exchange series of events on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 March.  Sixteen universities, colleges and non-profit organisations are contributing to the two days.  To find out more please see Grassroots Climate Exchange (PDF, 377 KB)  and to register use the following link -

Upcoming SDSoc Seminars

23 February and 28 February 2011

Please note the following students' Sustainable Development Society seminars. 

  1. Environmental Vulnerability and Environmental Justice: the case of flooding and flood risk in Scotland by Dr Donald Houston  - 3.00pm, Wednesday 23 February, Irvine Building Seminar Room (room 310).
  2. Deal or No Deal? Implications of the New Green Deal by Dr Louise Reid  - 4.00pm, Monday 28 February, Irvine Building Seminar Room (room 310).

CGAIR / ESSP Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Report: Meta-analysis of crop models

9 February 2011

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGAIR) and Earth Systems Science Partnership (ESSP) Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security - Challenge Programme (CCAFS) have produced a final report on the 'The Meta-Analysis of Crop Modelling for Climate Change and Food Security Survey'. This report is  based on an on-line survey and can be downloaded from either: Macaulay Land Use Research Institute

Or the International Food Policy Research Institute / HarvestChoice:

Or the CCAFS:

The Seventh Annual Stewardship Lecture

23 February 2011

The Falkland Centre for Stewardship ( are delighted to announce that Nigel Lowthrop, one of the country's leading social entrepreneurs, will deliver the Seventh Annual Stewardship Lecture at the House of Falkland. Nigel Lowthrop manages Hill Holt Wood, a small (34ha) woodland in Lincolnshire, home to a thriving social enterprise employing over 30 people.

David Cameron visited Hill Holt while he was formulating his Big Society ideas when still in opposition. In his lecture, Nigel will ask what  David Cameron's 'big idea' of the Big Society really means? Is it a  smokescreen for major cuts in government, or could it actually be a new  paradigm -- will the economic challenges we face foster real changes  which are truly profound? Does 'Big Society' signal the end of business as we have known it for the past 100 years?

To register please contact:

We Care

19 December 2011

Congratulations to the We Care team - they won the nPower Future Leaders Competition, the final of which was held recently in London.

We Care

6 December 2011

We Care are a team of four University of St Andrews friends who have got through to the national nPower Leadership finals which will be held in London this week.  We will find out how they get on on Thursday 9 December.  Please see their website, which is part of their entry, at

MSc/MA bursaries from eaga Charitable Trust: Research into Fuel Poverty

1 December 2010

eaga Charitable Trust supports research into the causes and impacts of fuel poverty, and solutions to the problem.  More information on the Trust and the work that it has supported can be found at . The Trustees of eaga CharitableTrust have decided that they would like to encourage Masters students to write dissertations relating to fuel poverty issues. 

To support the research eaga are offering 5 bursaries (£1000 each) to masters students in support of them researching and writing a dissertation related to fuel poverty.  To find out more please visit the trust’s website or download this flyer (‌

The Power of Scotland Secured: 100% Renewable Electricity by 2030

24 November 2010

On Wednesday 24 November 2010 at 19:00 in Lecture Theatre 4 in the Dalhousie Building on Old Hawkhill, Dundee University,  Duncan McLaren, Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland, will be busting the myth that “the lights will go off” if we switch our electricity supply to 100% renewables. He will also explain how we could decarbonise our whole economy by at least 50% within the next 20 years.  For more information contact - 

Green Week

Monday 22 to Sunday 28 November 2010

The next University Green Week will be held from Monday 22 to Sunday 28 November 2010, and will include a variety of events aimed at students, staff and the local population.  Please see Green Week Nov2010 (PDF, 24 KB) for a list of proposed events.

PhD Studentships – Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

November 2010

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) are seeking applications from UK university/Research Institute staff wishing to secure a studentship for up to 3 years.  The applications can be in a number of environmental and sustainable development areas.  The closing date for applications is 10 December 2010 and more details can be found in the following document SEPA and SNH PhD Studentships (PDF, 48 KB).

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

November 2010

For the 2010/11 academic year, the University of St Andrews was successful in its bid and was awarded two Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for students to study the MSc in Sustainable Development.  Those two students are now studying for their masters at the University. 

We applied again for the 2011/12 academic year and we are pleased to announce that we have been successful again! J

More information on the MSc in Sustainable Development can be found here. Further details on the scholarship and how to apply may be found at CSCUK website as well as the University of St Andrews admissions pages regarding scholarships and overseas awards.

Creating Sustainability: Research into artists’ education, working lives and environments

18 November 2010

Between 2-5pm on 18 November 2010 in the Gateway Boardroom, the Institute for Capitalising on Creativity (based in the School of Management) will host Dr. Dawn Bennett, Senior Research Fellow with Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Dawn will lead a colloquium on "Creating sustainability: Research into artists' education, working lives and environments"  The colloquium will explore; What do artists do, and why? Where do they do it? Are they really unemployed for the most part? Dr. Bennett will share insights and findings from a number of research projects investigating the education and training of artists; arts work in Perth, Glasgow and Vancouver; and artist migration.

Institute of Directors UK Director of the Year

October 2010

Mervyn Jones, the Chairman of Aquamarine Power and a member of the University Court at the University of St Andrews, has been awarded the Institute of Directors UK Director of the Year for Environmental Leadership.  Please see for more information about Mervyn and his role at Aquamarine Power.

Aquamarine Power is a wave energy company, currently developing its flagship technology, an innovative hydro-electric wave energy converter, known as Oyster.  Aquamarine Power’s goal is to develop commercial Oyster wave farms around the world and create ‘green energy out of the blue’.  For further information, please see

We Care

We Care are a team of four University of St Andrews friends who have got through to the national nPower Leadership finals which will be held in London in December – there will be eight university teams competing. Please consider having a look at their website ( which will be part of their “entry" in December. Perusal of this website will give you a flavour of how they are tackling the Sustainability theme – if you agree with a smidgin of what they are saying, please take 10 seconds to sign the online petition; if you agree with more than this, please forward details of the website to like-minded friends and ask them to do likewise. By the time the St Andrews team gets to London, they hope to have world-wide support!

Journal of Management Studies Call for Papers on Sustainability

21 October  2010

The Journal of Management Studies has issued a call for papers for a special issue of the journal focused upon the foundations of sustainability.  Details of the call can be found at the following link:

Joint SD Soc/SASI Seminar

19 October  2010

The first of joint student SD society and SASI seminar was held on 18th October 2010 and featured Prof. Colin Reid from the University of Dundee and John Watchman a law practioner.  The speakers discussed the difficulty of representing sustainable development within the law.

Scotland’s Communities in 2030

13 October  2010

Scotland’s Futures Forum have just published a project on scenarios for Scotland’s Communities in 2030 (  This work was done in association with the University of St Andrews School of Management and we are pleased to say Nick Barter of SASI was also involved in a small way with this work.   

Changing of the MSc Guard

21 September  2010

Our first cohort of MSc students (academic year 2009/10) have now completed their studies and are awaiting their final grades.  This first year had 9 students from all over the world and they completed dissertations on food, recycling centres and outdoor education.

The second cohort of students for the MSc in Sustainable Development has just started.  This class has doubled in size to 18 students, indicating that something is going right with our course.  This new class has students from a range of countries including the USA, Canada, Poland, Germany, Greece, the UK, Ghana and China.

Remanufacturing Case Study

20 August 2010

A remanufacturing case study on Sony and how it supports its PlayStation 3 has recently been published at the European Case Clearing House (  We mention this as Nick Barter, our very own SASI employee was a co-author of this case. 

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