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Dr Hugh Atkinson, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy at LSBU and a Management Group member of the London RCE (Regional Centre of Expertise) on ESD (Education for Sustainable Development), conducted a double event of a seminar and a book launch at London South Bank University (LSBU) on 8 February 2018.

The seminar was on The USA and the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on challenges and opportunities. It ended with three questions:

  • Is it possible to do a new kind of economics?
  • Is sustainable economic growth a contradiction in terms?
  • Is population growth the elephant in the room?

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The book launch unveiled Dr Atkinson’s latest book, The Politics of Climate Change under President Obama. Professor Patrick Bailey (Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chair of the Sustainability Steering Group LSBU) delivered the welcome speech. Talking about his book, Dr Atkinson placed the evolution of US policy within broader debates on the politics of climate change in the USA. He was optimistic, stating that there still exists a latent potential for America to act as a world leader on this issue.

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The second meeting of the LSBU research group ‘SUSTAINABILITY: Policy, Practice and Pedagogy’ was held before this double event. RCE London is part of this group, which was launched in November 2017.

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In January 2018, Lynn Vickery (Co-ordinator of the London RCE) met with Mr Ali Bukar Ahmad from RCE Kano on a London ‘stop-over’.

The outcome of that meeting is a possible collaboration with the African RCE Youth Network, RCE Penang, Malaysia to produce a ‘virtual’ conference to discuss how Education for Sustainable Development ESD can assist in mitigating the problems of and challenges of youth unemployment, climate change, TVET (Technical & Vocational Education & Training), entrepreneurship and other reasons that trigger mass migration to Europe.

 

The ‘virtual’ conference is proposed to be held at the end of April, 2018. Watch this space for more news in due course.

 

~by Lynn Vickery

A double event of a seminar and a book launch on Politics, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a focus on the USA will take place at K2 building, Room V202, London South Bank University (LSBU) on Thursday 8 February 2018.

 

The seminar (3.30-4.30pm), titled ‘The USA and the Sustainable Development Goals – Challenges and Opportunities’, will be conducted by Dr Hugh Atkinson, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy at LSBU. He is also a tutor on the Education for Sustainability (EfS) programme at LSBU, a management group member of the London RCE (Regional Centre of Expertise) on ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) and an associate of LSBU’s Sustainability Research Group.

 

The book launch (5.00-7.00pm) will unveil Dr Atkinson’s latest book, The Politics of Climate Change under President Obama. Professor Patrick Bailey (Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chair of the Sustainability Steering Group LSBU) will deliver the welcome speech. The author’s introduction to the book will then follow. The event will close with a networking session with refreshments, wine and nibbles.

 

This book, published by Routledge, places the evolution of US policy within broader debates on the politics of climate change in the USA. It argues that there still exists a latent potential for America to act as a world leader on this issue.

 

The seminar and the book launch are open to public. If interested in attending one event or both, please email to atkinsh@lsbu.ac.uk for registration.

London South Bank University (LSBU) launched a research group, ‘SUSTAINABILITY: Policy, Practice and Pedagogy’, in London on 2 November 2017.

 

This Sustainability research group aims to achieve sustainability through research, education and action. The RCE London is part this group hosted by School of Law and Social Sciences at LSBU, where the RCE London is based.

 

Sustainability through research, education and action

 

The group will develop and promote research and action on sustainability as a new and emerging interdisciplinary area which draws from the social sciences as well as other disciplinary landscapes in order to address the complex, real-world wicked problems of today, such as climate change,  global inequality, forced migration, biodiversity loss, social and environmental justice.

 

Framed within the context of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UNESCO’s Global Action Plan (GAP), the group’s work will be linked to the Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility at the School of Law and Social Sciences.

 

Building on the work of the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainability (EfS), the group will also link with the wider global RCE network of the UN University and UNESCO networks.

 

Inaugural meeting

 

Led by the group’s lead academics – Professor Ros Wade (LSBU Education for Sustainability EfS programme/ London RCE), Dr Glenn Strachan (LSBU EfS programme) and Lynn Vickery (London RCE) – the inaugural meeting was attended by academics from LSBU, the University of East London (UEL) and the University of Gloucestershire.

 

At this meeting, the participants developed a combined vision and sense of purpose in line with the Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility, developed a two-year research strategy for the group and a timetable of actions/ events for 2017-2018, and planned a publication of a journal on addressing the themes of the SDGs.

Photo credit: RCE Scotland

 

The RCE Scotland hosted the UK RCE Meeting 2017 at the University of Edinburgh on 20-21 June 2017.

 

Its main aim was to promote key values and actions to drive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UK at a time of insecurity and uncertainty.

 

Twenty-six participants from six UK RCEs – including the RCE London – took part in the meeting, which also acted as a follow-up to the European RCE meeting in London in June 2016.

 

More…

 

A full report, including the presentations http://learningforsustainabilityscotland.org/reports-from-the-meeting-of-the-uk-regional-centre-of-expertise-in-esd-june-2017/

 

A report on the Global RCE Network portal http://www.rcenetwork.org/portal/node/2910

 

Photos of the meeting (FaceBook) https://www.facebook.com/890558397679571/photos/a.1479270332141705.1073741865.890558397679571/1479270685475003/?type=3&theater

 

London hosts European RCE Meeting 2016 https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/london-hosts-european-rce-meeting-2016/

European RCE Meeting 2016 in London

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London South Bank University, in collaboration with the RCE London, will host an open day for refugees, their families, friends and supporters on 24 June 2017 from 10am to 4pm.

 

This event is part of the #PROMISE Refugee Project and is organised as part of annual Refugee Week which takes place across the world around World Refugee Day on 20 June.

 

For more information, please visit:

http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/whats-on/refugee-week-promise-240617

 

Download flier: 170616 Refugee week flyer

 

 

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The European RCE Meeting 2016 (#RCELondon2016) took place at London South Bank University (LSBU) on 23-24 June 2016.

 

Hosted by the London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and LSBU, this two day event was attended by nearly 50 participants and most were representatives from 17 RCEs across Europe, which are part of the global RCE network of the United Nations University.

 

The first day of the meeting began with a brief outline by Professor Ros Wade (Chair, RCE London) and Professor Pat Bailey (Deputy Vice Chancellor and Sustainability Lead at LSBU) welcomed the participants to LSBU.

 

During the day, the participants focused on finding synergies in the European RCE community and on tackling thematic challenges under the current policy frameworks COP21, SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and TTIP. Moreover, they strived to identify the roles that RCEs can play in the GAP (Global Action Programme on ESD) and SDGs while exploring opportunities for collaboration within RCEs and beyond. They also considered the challenges that lie ahead.

 

In the meantime, they did not forget to share and celebrate the excellent work that European RCEs are doing across the continent, sometimes with non-European partners.

 

Among the key elements of the first day’s programme were:

  • Setting the global context – Implications for RCEs | Dr Hugh Atkinson (Schumacher Institute of Sustainable Solutions)
  • Poster session: RCEs – state of the art: What is going on in Europe?
  • Report back from visit to UNESCO | Dr Jaya Gajparia (LSBU)
  • Working groups (world café) on key issues and GAP/ SDG priority areas
  • Transition Town Movement: linking local communities, local action with global issues | Hilary Jennings (Transition Town Movement)
  • Workshop: Skills for ESD | Dr Glenn Strachan (LSBU) and Betsy King

 

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Day Two, with a focus on celebrating Refugee Week, mainly comprised a workshop and discussion forum on the issue of migration and refugees and implications for the role of RCEs. A draft position paper ‘Education as a Tool for Responding European Refugee Crisis’ prepared by Dr Pinar Guner (LSBU) was discussed by the participants.

 

Among the key elements of the second day’s programme were:

  • Refugee Stories | Alia Alzougbi (HEC Global Learning Centre, London)
  • Key points from and purpose of the draft position paper for RCEs | Dr Pinar Guner (LSBU) (Resource person: Professor Gaim Kibreab, LSBU)
  • Group Discussion: What is the role for RCEs? | Facilitators: Ros Wade and Lynn Vickery
  • Preparation for the next Global RCE Conference | Facilitators: Lynn Vickery and Hugh Atkinson

 

A report of the meeting was sent for dissemination by the RCE Service Centre.

 

The next European RCE meeting will be hosted by RCE Dortmund in Germany in 2018.

 

More….

 

European RCE Meeting 2016 | LSBU London, 23-24 June https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/european-rce-meeting-2016-lsbu-london-23-24-june/

 

Global RCE portal http://www.rce-network.org/portal/

 

RCE London: Profile http://www.rce-network.org/portal/london

 

ESD London Conference | London RCE holds its first annual conference on ‘A Curriculum for Sustainability’ https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/esd-london-conference-london-rce-holds-its-first-annual-conference-on-a-curriculum-for-sustainability/

 

London RCE’s ESD London Conference | Employability, Society & the Environment: A Curriculum for Sustainability https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/london-rces-esd-london-conference-employability-society-the-environment-a-curriculum-for-sustainability/

 

Launched! A book containing a chapter on the RCE movement https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/launched-a-book-containing-a-chapter-on-the-rce-movement/

 

Some of the previous meetings of the London RCE Partners /Steering Group:

https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/london-rce-meeting-at-lsbu-in-february-2016/

https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/london-rce-meeting-at-lsbu-in-march-2015/

https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/london-rce-meeting-at-lsbu-in-december-2014/

https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/london-rce-meeting-at-lsbu-in-september-2014/

https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/london-rce-meeting-at-lsbu-in-june-2014/

https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/london-rce-meeting-at-lsbu-in-april-2014/

https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/london-rce-meeting-at-lsbu-in-december-2013/

https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/london-rce-meeting-at-kew-gardens/

https://londonrcenews.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/london-rce-holds-inaugural-agm/ (inaugural AGM in March 2013)

http://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/kingston-hosts-london-rce-partners-meeting/

http://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/uel-hosts-london-rce-partners-meeting-2/

http://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/uel-hosts-london-rce-partners-meeting/

Contact

Professor Ros Wade wader@lsbu.ac.uk Lynn Vickery vickerl@lsbu.ac.uk

Address

RCE London, London South Bank University (LSBU), 103 Borough Road, London SE1 0AA

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