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Seminar Series 2022
The Future of Responsible Academic Air Travel 27 October 2022
Professor James Higham and PhD candidate Sherry H.Y. Tseng, Department of Tourism, University of Otago
Associate Professor Miranda Mirosa, Department of Food Science, University of Otago
Alex Macmillan, Co-director, Climate Health Aotearoa
Cities and Climate Action, 4 March 2022
Alec Tang, Director of Sustainability, Kainga Ora
Entrepreneurs as actors for change: The role of business in socio-technical transitions for climate change 20 May 2021
Associate Professor Sara Walton, Department of Management and Co-director of He Kaupapa Hononga
2020 Conversations on Climate Change
Momtaj Bintay Khalil, PhD candidate, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, Australia, and a faculty member in the Urban and Regional Planning Department at Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh.
Are investors taking charge of climate policy? Climate finance research at the University of Otago and beyond 29 April 2020
Dr Ivan Diaz-Rainey,Associate Professor, Department of Accountancy and Finance; Director of the Climate and Energy Finance Group.
2019 Seminar series
The end of all? 19 March 2019
Dr Bob Lloyd, Climate change consultant and former Head of Energy Studies, Department of Physics.
How should the risks of sea-level rise be shared? 29 April 2019
Dr Lisa EllisProfessor of Philosophy and Politics; Director of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Programme.
Indigenous knowledge and climate change 29 May 2019
Dr Lyn Carter (Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Waitaha, Te Rapuwai),Senior Lecturer in Te Tumu, School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies.
Sea ice and climate change 4 September 2019
Dr Inga Smith,Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics.
One billion trees for carbon sequestration 24 September 2019
Dr Janice LordAssociate Professor, Department of Botany.
Decarbonising tourism 21 October 2019
Dr James Higham,Professor, Department of Tourism.
2014 Seminar series
Design with nature - An adaptation model for coastal settlement, 12 February
Dr Phillip RoösGlobal practice leader for sustainable design, Sinclair, Knight and Mertz, Wellington.
The latest IPCC report: a climate scientist's summary, 20 February
Dr Cecilia BitzProfessor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington.
Radical is the new norm, 1 April
Rod Oram,Business journalist.
Energy beyond hunting and gathering, 12 April
Dr Gerry Carrington,Professor, Department of Physics.
TOPIC? 12 May (topic appeared to be James' topic)
Dr Colin Campbell-Hunt,Professor and Head of Department of Accounting and Finance.
Up in the Air: Towards a conceptual critique of flying addiction, 13 June
Dr James Highman,Professor, Department of Tourism.
The latest climate change assessments: what do they mean for our communities? 16 June
Dr Andy Reisinger(Coordinating lead author for the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC), and Judy Lawrence Research Associate at the Climate Change Research Institute.
Integrated decision-making about climate change and public health, 3 July
Dr Alex MacmillanSenior Lecturer, Environmental Health.
The Politics of Climate Change. An Election Debate, 28 July
Hon. Dr David ClarkLabour Party and Hon. Metiria Turei Green Party.
Jobs After Coal, 29 July
Mythbusters – Energy, 18 August
Dr Bob Lloyd,Associate Professor, Department of Physics Tom Bishop, Sustainable Habitat Challenge and Chris Freear Ethical Power Consulting.
Art & Climate Change, 4 September
Bridie Lonie,BFA, MA Art History and Theory.
2013 Seminar series
The pathology of a species, 28 March
Dr Bob Lloyd
Conceptualising change in climate and social systems, 11 April
Dr Colin Campbell-Hunt
Questioning climate change: denial and identity among New Zealand pastoral farmers, 9 May
Dr Chris Rosin
Climate change, aeromobility and...addiction? Behavioural (non-) responses to the flyers' dilemma, 24 July
Dr James Higham
A hierarchy of ethical consumption: A method to understand consumers' behaviour related to climate change, 7 August
Dr Ben Wooliscroft
Why should we think about climate change in Dunedin? 21 August
Dr Sara Walton
Fiduciary duty, institutional investment and carbon markets, 11 September
Dr Ivan Diaz Rainey
Lessons we can learn from lizards (and their relatives): a light-hearted but not entirely frivolous talk about climate change and biodiversity, 25 September
Dr Alison Cree
2021 He Kaupapa Hononga Symposium
This symposium was held at the Hutton Theatre and via Zoom on Tuesday 16 November 2021.
Recordings of the following presentations are available to view:
- Green Your Scene
Sustainability Office, University of Otago
- Aotearoa, flooding and climate change: Working to increase flood resilience in changing times
Emily Lane, NIWA
- Rarakā kā kete: Rūnaka responses to climate change
- Getting off a moving train: Timely responses to the climate emergency
Kevin Anderson, Universities of Manchester (UK), Uppsala (Sweden) and Bergen (Norway)
2020 He Kaupapa Hononga Symposium
This symposium was held in Dunedin, Wellington and via Zoom on Wednesday 25 November 2020.
Recordings of the following presentations are available to view:
- Seeking the transport sweet spot: Health, equity and zero carbon
Caroline Shaw, Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington
- Aviation exceptionalism in the age of COVID‑19
Lisa Ellis, Department of Philosophy
- Reconciling past and future: Developing long-term hydroclimate observations to enable future climate change resilience
Chris Moy, Department of Geology
- Property purgatory
Ben Tombs, Faculty of Law, Centre for Sustainability, and Philosophy
- Introduction to He Kaupapa Hononga
Sara Walton, He Kaupapa Hononga Co-Director
- Introduction to te reo Māori
- Haumātakataka: Massive phytoplankton bloom in the wake of cyclone Oma, South Pacific, 21 February 2019
Pete Russell, Department of Physics
- Fifty years of independence: Indigenous perceptions on sustainable land development in Fiji
Jekope Ramala Maiono, Te Tumu School of Māori, Pacific & Indigenous Studies
- Introduction to the Climate Action Project
Hannah Heynderickx, Department of Botany
- Wetland restoration and native tree planting in rural communities
Aleisha Lord, Janice Lord, Viktoria Kahui, Sara Walton, Departments of Botany and Management
- Is +2°C too warm for Antarctica? Lessons from a 400 ppm CO2 world
Christina Riesselman, Department of Marine Science
13th OERC and OCCNet Energy and Climate Change Symposium 2019
In November 2019 OCCNet partnered with the Otago Energy Research Centre (OERC) to bring together a symposium focused on “Energy Transitions at the Edge”. Further information, including the symposium programme, conference presentations and graphic interpretations of the talks:
2019 Symposium, Otago Energy Research Centre website
Climate Change and Polar Research: OCCNet and PERT joint symposium 2019
On 15 October 2019 OCCNet worked with the Polar Environments Research Theme to bring together a joint symposium on climate change and polar research. Sessions were open to researchers from both networks and covered topics such as sea ice and ecosystems, ocean and atmosphere, climate change in the Pacific, and biology, climatology and climate finance.
Our keynote speaker was Dr Richard Levy, the Climate and Environment Theme Leader at GNS Science, who spoke about Antarctic Ice Dynamics Project (within Programme 1: The Antarctic ice-ocean-atmosphere system in a warming world, Antarctic Science Platform), and the New Zealand Sea Rise Programme.
We were also honoured to host a Pacific Youth Panel, who discussed their motivations and experiences of climate impacts and responses in their communities. The facilitator of the panel was Cam Young (Cook Islands, Hastings), and panel members were Renee Topeto (Sāmoa, Porirua), Adam Currie (New Zealand, Nelson) and Faithing Notoa (Sāmoa, Flaxmere)
12th OERC and OCCNet Energy and Climate Change Symposium 2018
In November 2018 OCCNet collaborated with the Otago Energy Research Centre to hold the 12th OERC Energy and Climate Change Symposium. Within the context of accelerated climate change and the Zero Carbon Act in New Zealand, our focus was in all areas of Energy and Climate Change (Mitigation and Adaptation). Explore the Symposium Booklet and the keynote and session talks that were presented:
2018 Symposium, Otago Energy Research Centre website