Workshop on Schools, Communities and Sustainability

The aim of the workshop is to understand how schools may play a stronger role in place-based environmental sustainability, neighbourhood regeneration, social and economic justice and community cohesion.

Schools and communities

You are warmly invited to join a workshop on the theme of “schools, communities and sustainability”. The workshop will be an opportunity to hear from key stakeholders and forge an interdisciplinary research and practice agenda.

We will hear from academics, schools and community organisations about the priorities they have and the key questions researchers and practitioners can address together. This includes local initiatives based in Sheffield - including confirmed participation from Schools Climate Education South Yorkshire, the Geographical Association and Green City Action - and national projects such as the West End Children’s Community in Newcastle.

The day will be a mix of presentations, Q and A and workshop activities. We will finish in the afternoon with an interactive mapping workshop in which we will collaboratively build key areas for action and research around the themes of schools, communities and sustainability. A detailed programme will be circulated nearer the time.

The workshop is open to researchers, educators, and community practitioners interested in being part of an exploratory conversation about how we can harness and support schools to contribute to wider social, environmental and economic place-based goals.

The workshop is free to attend and lunch will be provided. Places may be restricted depending on demand. We have some limited funding to help with travel costs. If you would require support, please indicate this on the registration form. We will seek to support as many requests as we can, noting that we may need to prioritise if there is high demand.

Sign up here by 4th July

If you can’t come to the workshop, but would like to contribute in advance, and/or stay in touch with the activity as it develops, please complete this form.

Contact Rosanne van der Voet for any queries before 11 July

Organised by the University of Sheffield’s Urban Institute (Beth Perry) and colleagues in the Faculty of Social Sciences departments of Urban Studies and Planning (Melanie Lombard and Lee Crookes), Geography (Miguel Kanai), Education (Alison Buxton), Politics (Hannah Lumbie-Mumford), Landscape (Ross Cameron) and School of Architecture (Danni Kerr). Funded by the Faculty of Social Science Research Stimulation Fund.

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