Talking about United Downs research at IECA, Vancouver

Back in June, Dr Nicola Langdon and Professor Alison Anderson were fortunate to attend the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) 15th biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE 2019). This is the eminent conference on communication and environmental research, and it takes place every other year. This year the conference took place during the week of the 17th– 21st June 2019, at the incredibly impressive campus at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. The conference brought togetherRead more

Cornish Geothermal: Hello from Professor Alison Anderson

I’ve been interested in the role of the media in communicating environmental issues since the 1980s when I did my PhD. A lot has changed since then! Those early interviews that I carried out with environmental reporters working on national daily newspapers and BBC and ITN broadcasters provided a fascinating glimpse into a world that was rapidly changing. Mrs Thatcher’s ‘green speech’ to the Royal Society in September 1988 had a profound effect on the media agenda, though it wasRead more

Hot Topic 2: How do we find out what people think about Geothermal?

As a part of the research being done by the team here at the Sustainable Earth Institute about the Deep Geothermal project at United Downs, we think it is really important to share as much as we can what we are doing with anyone who is interested. With this in mind we are planning a series of short summaries that look at different aspects of our research, which we are calling ‘Hot Topics’! The second of these Hot Topics drawsRead more

Cornish Geothermal: Hello from Francesca Tirotto

I am Francesca Tirotto and I am from the wonderful island of Sardinia! I took my Master’s Degree in Psychology of Social and Work processes at the University of Cagliari (Italy). During my university experience, I developed a keen interest in the research topic of Environmental Psychology. This discipline focuses on the study of the relationship between people and their surroundings. In particular, my aim was to understand psychosocial processes underlying sustainable behaviours. As a PhD student on the geothermalRead more

Director’s Diary – July 2019

11 July Pseudotachylyte film screening Plymouth As part of a NERC-funded research project ‘Geological Record of Earthquakes in the Lower Crust’, principal investigator Luca Menegon (SoGEES) and co-investigator Iain Stewart worked filmmaker Heidi Morstang (Arts) to develop a documentary film based on the research team’s 2016 data collection campaign in Lofoten, northern Norway. The first informal viewing of Heidi’s full-length film will be screened in Jill Craigie Cinema. More details of the work can be found on the website. Friday 5Read more

Director’s Diary – June 2019

Saturday 29 June Devon’s Children’s University  University of Plymouth, Plymouth As Chancellor of Devon’s Children’s University, Iain will have the fun job of presenting children from local primary schools with their Children’s University badges at a special graduation ceremony held to celebrate their achievements alongside their friends and family. Wednesday 26 June Environment Platform Wales National Museum of Wales, Cardiff Iain joined researchers, policy makers and environmental professionals from across Wales to celebrate the official launch of a new policyRead more