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About us

Launched in April 2018, the Centre for Climate Action (Climate Change Education and Communication, or CCEC) is an ambitious interdisciplinary and collaborative centre aiming to be a home and catalyst for action on CCE) at the University of Winchester. We undertake research and teaching in the area of CCEC and organise public engagement events.

The University of Winchester is a values-driven institution; a key part of the University's values and Strategic Plan is a focus on raising climate change awareness and we aim to become an international Centre of Excellence for CCEC. Find out more about our values.

Our membership is drawn from across the University, harnessing our expertise in climate change, education and responsible management. We work closely with a range of external partners and we support PhD students. To meet the Centre team and our partners, see below.

Aims and objectives

  • To explore the integration of Climate Change Education and Communication
  • To raise awareness of the urgency of climate change
  • To create the desire to change behaviour
  • To create the environment for personal and collective action to adapt and mitigate for the risks of climate change

The centre will do this by acting as a hub for CCEC research, stimulating conversations to set the agenda and drive change, and by developing projects to embed the centre within the University's programmes and culture.

Whole Earth Exhibition

To mark the launch of the Centre on 20 April 2018, the University hosted a hard-hitting outdoor exhibition showcasing the sustainability issues facing the earth and how scientists are trying to fix them. The launch was part of the Whole Earth Festival, which included a welcome from Vice-Chancellor Prof. Joy Carter (an environmental scientist herself), a talk by photographer Mark Edwards, the founder of Hard Rain, and a panel discussion.

The exhibition 'Whole Earth? Aligning human systems and natural systems' presents the earlier 'Hard Rain: Our Headlong Collision with Nature' exhibition along with new material to create a new tool for educators to develop understanding of sustainable development. It hopes to encourage young people, students and universities to consider their role in making society more sustainable.

Climate Change Education at Winchester: the Whole Earth exhibition

You can read about the background to Whole Earth? and the Hard Rain Project here.

Meet the team

Dr Tammi Sinha, Centre Director and Senior Lecturer in Project & Operations Management

Prof. Carole Parkes, Professor of Responsible Management

Carole has been an early and active leader in the UN backed PRME (Principles of Responsible Management Education), is Chair of the UK & Ireland PRME Regional Chapter, an editor of publications for the Fighting Poverty as a Challenge for Management Education PRME Working Group and Chair of the UK Sustainability Literacy Test Group

Tim Burgess, Senior Lecturer in Education

Tim leads Winchester’s involvement with the Harmony Project, fostering good practice in sustainability education at primary level.

Dr Tom Ball, Reader in Geography

Tom has researched and published widely in the field of climate change impacts and adaptation. He has brought in a new Geography programme at the University of Winchester that had its first intake in September 2015 and includes climate change (historical and future) as a major element. He specialises in flood risk management.

Partnerships

The Centre works closely with the following organisations and campaigns:

Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC)

WinACC can lay claim to being one of the most active local climate action groups in the UK. The organisation is hosted and supported by the University.

UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PrME)

The University of Winchester Business School is a PrME signatory and Champion.

Sustainable Futures

We are a member of the Sustainable Futures Steering Group

National Union of Students' Sustainability Team

Driving sustainability across campuses, curriculums and communities.

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