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Centre for Sustainability seminar archive

Social capital in tourism dependent communities in a natural disaster context

Thursday, 23 March 2017 - Centre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street, Dunedin
William Evans Fellow Professor Sanjay Nepal presents a Centre for Sustainability Seminar

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Reimagining Land Use: Moving beyond the modern

Thursday, 16 March 2017 - Centre for Sustainability seminar room, 563 Castle Street, Dunedin
Chris Perley presents a Centre for Sustainability Seminar

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Building energy efficiency & reducing energy demand: Why?

Friday, 24 February 2017 - Seminar Room
Centre for Sustainability
563 Castle St
Dunedin

“Building Energy Efficiency & Reducing Energy Demand: Why?” Seminar presented by Professor Tadj Oreszczyn, Director of The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, Director of the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology and Professor of Energy and Environment at the UCL Energy Institute, University College London.

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Bioeconomy in Norway - development and prospects

Thursday, 9 February 2017 - Centre for Sustainability seminar room, 563 Castle Street, Dunedin
Bioeconomy in Norway, Centre for Sustainability seminar

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OERC & Centre for sustainability seminar "What if… we all drove electric vehicles?"

Thursday, 20 October 2016 - Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum  (Please note this change of venue)
Dr Allan Miller is director of the EPECentre and of the GREEN Grid project at the University of Canterbury.

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Future proofing New Zealand's food supply systems

Thursday, 8 September 2016 - Seminar Room, Center for Sustainability, 563 Castle Street, Dunedin
Warren Fitzgerald presents a Centre for Sustainability seminar

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Different shades of green: Segmenting for sustainability across Ireland

Thursday, 25 August 2016 - Centre for Sustainability, 563 Castle Street, Dunedin
Different Shades of Green, Centre for Sustainability Seminar

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Designing and implementing demand response trials in a large scale representative household sample

Thursday, 21 July 2016 - Centre for Sustainability seminar room
Dr Ben Anderson, UK, presents a Centre for Sustainability seminar

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A time-geographic approach to study energy use in everyday life

Thursday, 14 July 2016 - Centre for Sustainability seminar room, 563 Castle Street, Dunedin
Kajsa Ellegard, Linkoping University Sweden, presents a Centre for Sustainability seminar

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Who killed the electric car?

Monday, 4 July 2016 - Centre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street
Chelsea Sexton presents a Centre for Sustainability seminar  "Who killed the electric car?"

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Current research in sustainability and human computer interaction

Thursday, 23 June 2016 - Centre for Sustainability seminar
Dr Michelle Scott presents a Centre for Sustainability Seminar

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Seminar: A sustainable vision for the University of Otago

Thursday, 27 March 2014 - Seminar room, Centre for Innovation
Science Business and Innovations (SBI) student from the Netherlands Ryan Geerdink will discuss how the university can take a step towards becoming a leading sustainable institute through the implementation of photovoltaics.

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The economic imperative of energy efficiency: the costs and benefits of a surprisingly large resource

Monday, 10 March 2014 - Seminar room, Centre for Innovation
John A. “Skip” Laitner is a resource economist based in Tucson, Arizona. In this talk, Skip will look at the constraint imposed on the global economy by the inefficient use of energy. He will discuss ways to improve the current level of efficiency and how the next generation of efficiency improvements will move away from device efficiency to system, infrastructure and social optimization.

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Energy transitions in home & transport: solar PV, future transport and youth mobility

Thursday, 27 February 2014 - Seminar Room, 530 Castle Street, Dunedin
Janet Stephenson, Debbie Hopkins and Michelle Scott outline preliminary empirical findings from the Energy Cultures Research Project

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Seminar: Oil & Society: Community & Environmental Impacts

Tuesday, 4 February 2014 - Seminar room, Centre for Innovation, 87 St David Street
Patricia Widener, associate professor of sociology at Florida Atlantic University (US), will present an overview of some of the social and environmental impacts that communities and environmental groups may experience when confronted with a new oil project or an oil disaster.

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Seminar: Potential and challenges of a bottom-up approach towards an urban food strategy: the case of Dunedin’s local food network

Thursday, 28 November 2013 - Seminar room, 530 Castle Street
PhD student Angga Dwiartama will examine the notion of resilience within the context of agrifood studies by bringing two contrasting perspectives that have been a source of debates within resilience thinking. One puts an emphasis on resilience as a system’s emergent property, while the other on agency of the system’s components to actively shape the resilience of the whole system.

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Seminar: Communicating Sustainability Research – Challenges, Opportunities and Dissemination Strategies

Thursday, 21 November 2013 - Seminar room, 530 Castle Street
Frances Fahy, a lecturer in Environmental Geography at the National University of Ireland, Galway, will critically reflect on the opportunities and challenges of undertaking policy relevant sustainability research.

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Seminar: Public willingness to pay for socio-ecological aspects of near-shore marine areas in New Zealand

Monday, 18 November 2013 - Seminar room, 530 Castle Street
PhD student Sophal Chhun will present estimates of public willingness-to-pay (WTP) for four socio-ecological attributes of near-shore marine areas (biodiversity, Māori cultural practices, and recreational and commercial fishing practices) from results of a choice survey completed in 2012 by 1055 New Zealand householders.

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Seminar: Distributed participatory democracy enabled through technology: the Loomio project

Thursday, 31 October 2013 - Seminar Room, 530 Castle Street, Dunedin
Ben Knight discusses the Loomio project – an online platform for collaborative decision-making created by the Occupy movement in collaboration with tech-focused social entrepreneurs in Wellington. He will also discuss the long-term vision of the project and the way web-based technology is stimulating transformative change in the way our institutions make decisions, maximising engagement, participation, and collective wisdom without compromising effectiveness.

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Farm maps and smart apps: the role of GIS technology in the future of Australian agriculture

Thursday, 26 September 2013 - Seminar Room, 530 Castle St
GIS Consultant with Esri Australia Seth Gorrie addresses some of the challenges currently facing Australian agriculture and discusses the role urban ICT and GIS firms can play in both digitally and spatially enabling the industry to achieve these targets.

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Valuation of Ecosystem Services: A toolbox or paradigm shift?

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 - 5N4, Geography Dept, Richardson Building, University of Otago 
Massey University's Marjan van den Belt asks "What is the value of ecosystems and the services/benefits derived from these ecosystems?"

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Valuation of Ecosystem Services; A toolbox or paradigm shift?

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 - 5N4 Geography Dept, Richardson Building
Marjan van den Belt, of Massey University, presents a guest seminar

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Renewable Energy Futures to 2050 – Eric Martinot

Thursday, 12 September 2013 - Government Building - Lambton Quay, Lecture Theatre 4, Wellington
Renewable energy futures to 2050: Current thinking and options for cities

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Does size really matter? The role of small farms in the future of New Zealand food production

Thursday, 5 September 2013 - Seminar Room 530 Castle Street
Retired academic Andy Barrett believes we need to ask some fundamental questions about the way we produce our food.

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Jeanette Fitzsimons - Enough: the challenges of a post-growth economy

Monday, 26 August 2013 - Castle 1 Lecture Theatre, Otago University

Jeanette Fitzsimons discusses the challenges of an economy of “Enough”.

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2013 Winter Lecture Series - What’s our energy culture?

Thursday, 22 August 2013 - Auckland Centre, Level 4, University of Otago House, 385 Queen Street, Auckland
Dr Janet Stephenson, Director, Centre for Sustainability, Division of Humanities

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The application of permaculture in the world we live in

Thursday, 22 August 2013 - Seminar room, 530 Castle St, Dunedin
Permaculture Design Consultant Jon Foote will introduce us to the concept of Permaculture design and how it fits into the landscape of food production within an urban, rural and a bio-regional perspective.

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2013 Winter Lecture Series - What’s our energy culture?

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 - Lecture Theatre, Science Building, Royal Society of New Zealand, 11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon, Wellington
Dr Janet Stephenson, Director, Centre for Sustainability, Division of Humanities explores how we get locked in to habitual patterns of energy use, what helps us break out, and why it matters.

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Enhancing our Heritage: Paradigm shifts for maximising conservation in New Zealand

Thursday, 8 August 2013 - Seminar room, 530 Castle St, Dunedin
Henrik Moller, a researcher at the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability, on behalf of the Tahi Group, will discuss moving from the constant reiteration of conservation problems to a focus on developing and implementing solutions to these problems with the engagement of all New Zealanders.

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Scaling up alternative food initiatives embedded in the social economy: Lessons from Canada

Thursday, 25 July 2013 - Seminar room, 530 Castle Street
Dr. Sean Connelly, a lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Otago, explores the role of social infrastructure in enabling alternative food initiatives to scale up and scale out while maintaining a commitment to strong sustainability principles.

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The 'Soyisation' of Argentina's Landscapes: Bio-Hegemony, uneven development and resistance

Thursday, 11 July 2013 -  Seminar Room, 530 Castle Street, Dunedin
Navé Wald, a docdoral candidate at the Department of Geography, will discuss the phenomenon of 'soyisation' in Argentina, the new hegemony of biotechnology, their uneven effect on rural development and agrarian change across regions and the resistance to this model of agriculture production.

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Measuring Sustainability: Where to place the bar? (The case of the New Zealand vineyards)

Thursday, 27 June 2013 - Seminar Room, 530 Castle Street
PhD Fellow Vicent Gasso, of Aarhus University, will discuss how sustainability can be measured, with a focus on New Zealand vineyards.

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Building and living comfortably in a $50,000, off-the-grid, energy-efficient house

Thursday, 13 June 2013 - Seminar Room, 530 Castle Street – Please note new address for CSAFE Seminars.

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POSTPONED: Conversations with a Southern Man – Finding a story in the Mackenzie Basin

Thursday, 30 May 2013

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Life after 2008: Evaluating the future of Technological Optimism, Neoliberalism and Cheap Food? Presenter: Professor Hugh Campbell

Thursday, 4 October 2012 - Seminar Room, Centre for Sustainability, 547 Castle Street
Seminar presented by Professor Hugh Campbell - wine and cheese to follow

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Offshore Oil and Gas

Thursday, 31 May 2012 at 4:00pm - CSAFE Seminar Room, 547 Castle St
Professor Barry Barton, Guest Seminar

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What's the time, Mr Fox? Searching for action beyond symbolism in New Zealand environmentalism today

Thursday, 10 November 2011 at 4:00pm - Seminar Room, Centre for Innovation, cnr Castle and St David Streets.
Dr Toni Atkinson, independent biologist & anthropologist

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The non-trivial problem of cross-disciplinary research and the structure of scientific perspectives

Thursday, 20 October 2011 at 4:00pm - CSAFE Seminar Room, 547 Castle Street
Presented by visiting academic Associate Professor Hugo Alroe, Aarhus University Denmark