Centre for Climate Change Action and Education
Working towards a better world by advancing awareness of the climate crisis and the need for urgent actionView content
Anthropogenic climate change is here, now, devastating more-than-human and human life. The time is long overdue for every discipline in the academy to address the climate and biodiversity crisis head-on.
The Centre for Climate Change Action & Education is an interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange centre, aiming to be a catalyst for action to defend, conserve and help heal Earth systems. At the University of Winchester, this means action across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, in Health and Wellbeing and in Business, but this centre’s remit focusses on the contribution of Education in moving communities from understanding to action. In our varied fields, we must re-educate ourselves, first for survival, and long-term for flourishing.
The centre was launched in April 2018 as the Centre for Climate Action, based in the Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies, and relaunched in April 2021 as the Centre for Climate Change Action and Education, based in the Faculty of Education.
The climate crisis is also a crisis of social, environmental and ecological injustice, with those communities and bioregions, species and ecosystems which have done least to cause the crisis, and which are least able to address it, facing the worst impacts. The University of Winchester is the University for Sustainability and Social Justice; a key part of our values and Strategic Plan is a focus on raising awareness of the climate and biodiversity crisis. Climate Change Education is firmly embedded across our curriculum and we aim to become an international Centre of Excellence.
Aims and objectives
- To investigate educational responses to the climate and biodiversity crisis
- To explore the relationship between understanding and action for climate change mitigation and adaptation
- To raise awareness of the urgency of action on climate change and biodiversity loss
- To galvanize desire on the part of the university and wider learning communities to collective action to address climate change
- To create a research and knowledge exchange environment that supports personal and collective change to mitigate the impacts of climate change and adapt to reduce its risks
The centre does this by acting as both a motor and a clearing house for research and knowledge exchange related to climate change impacts across disciplines, stimulating conversations to set the agenda and drive change, and by developing projects to embed the Centre within the University's programmes and culture.
The road to COP26
Led by the Centre, the University is currently gearing up for COP26, the global conference on the climate emergency in November 2021, hosted by the UK. Through the Centre, the University has joined the COP26 Universities Network and Centre Convener Dr Simon Boxley is a briefing author on the Network's latest working paper Mainstreaming Climate Change Education in UK Higher Education Institutions.
A team drawn from across the University and external collaborators is developing a programme of events and initiatives for COP, with a strong focus on student involvement and community engagement.
Contact the Centre
For more information, please contact the Centre Convener, Dr Simon Boxley, Senior Lecturer in Education.
The Centre works closely with the following organisations, groups, networks and campaigns:
A growing group of UK-based universities and research centres working together to raise ambition for tangible outcomes from the UN COP26 Climate Change Conference. The Network will create lasting partnerships and legacies that reach beyond this single event.
Sustainability Community of Practice
Dr Tammi Sinha, who founded the centre as the Centre for Climate Action and is now a Senior Lecturer at Southampton Solent University, leads on the Sustainability Community of Practice, a collaboration between Solent University, the University of Winchester and Wessex Green Hub, which aims to develop more sustainable business activities and behaviours in the Winchester and wider Wessex area.
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.
Led by WinACC, Hampshire Climate Action Network is an informal way for local groups to share ideas and collaborate. Meetings take place every six months; 'Hampshire' includes Southampton and Portsmouth.
The University of Winchester Business School is a PRiME signatory and Champion.
We are a member of the University's Sustainable Futures Steering Group
Driving sustainability across campuses, curricula and communities.
Affiliated University staff and students
Dr Robert Gray, Senior Lecturer in Environmental History, Dept of History
Prof. Andrew Knight, Director of the Centre for Animal Welfare
Cassie Lowe, Learning & Teaching Enhancement Officer, Academic Quality and Development
Dr Ritsuko Ozaki, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Principal Investigator of the Urban Infrastructure and Sustainable Lifestyles Project
Dr Louise Pagden, Senior Lecturer in Education (Professional Studies)
Prof. Nigel Tubbs, Department of Philosophy, Religions and Liberal Arts
Anna Wyse, Environmental & Sustainability Manager, Estates