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UWS COP26 Mini Series: Collaborative Approaches to North-South Innovation in Waste and Energy Management

Around the world, many communities living in acute poverty on the margins of cities are at the frontline of the consequences of climate change, energy and waste policy.

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UWS are proud to present a mini seminar-series showcasing the UWS contribution to tackling our planet's challenges as part of the UWS preparations leading up to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties.  This session will be hosted by the Energy Technology Partnership.

Around the world, many communities living in acute poverty on the margins of cities are at the frontline of the consequences of climate change, energy and waste policy.   

One such community is Dharavi’s thousands of workers in IWM (informal waste management).  For the last decade Prof Graham Jeffery of UWS and Dr Ben Parry of Bath Spa University have been working with colleagues in India to develop a research and innovation lab, Compound 13 Lab, which examines issues waste, work and survival in Dharavi, Mumbai.  Work at the Lab builds on citizen science and informal knowledge: acute expertise built up over many years in the IWM industry, which despite regulatory challenges and hazards to human health, makes a massive contribution to carbon and waste reduction in the city.  

Prof Andrew Hursthouse of UWS has extensive experience in environmental remediation and the challenge of ‘cleaning up’ contaminated land across many different territories including the global South.  His work focuses not only on hazard identification and risk assessment of natural as well as man-made contaminants, but also on sustainable strategies to ensure long term local benefits. 

Together with Vinod Shetty, Director ACORN Foundation, Mumbai, and Dr Uche Chukwura-Osoagba, Lecturer at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria, they will discuss methods and approaches to collaboration in these front-line settings.  How can we can overcome the entrenched obstacles, political, technical and economic, to achieving genuinely sustainable models of circular economy, which would include considerations of public health, economic equity and wellbeing for all?  This event seeks to answer these questions and more.  

This event is free to attend, but advanced registration is required.   

The live session will begin at 1pm GMT and will run for approximately 2 hours, including time for questions. 

If you have any questions about the event, please contact the CPD team at cpd@uws.ac.uk

 

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