Sociology seminar: Towards Inclusive Environmental Sustainability (TIES): why are we still talking about ‘inclusion’?
|Starts:||14:45 16 Feb 2022|
|Ends:||15:45 16 Feb 2022|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Current University students|
Speaker: Nafhesa Ali (SCI, University of Manchester)
The ‘Towards Inclusive Environmental Sustainability (TIES)’ project is a 3-year Leverhulme funded project and the first in-depth study of (im)migration and household sustainability in the UK. It aims to critically explore culturally-specific notions of sustainability and how green agendas are practiced by (im)migrants with non-Western views and lifestyles in order to draw attention to (im)migrants’ engagement in sustainability practices which contribute to building social cohesion and community resilience.
Sustainability is viewed by some population groups as elitist and non-inclusive - lacking in ideology and policies that take into account the cultural dimensions of community life and everyday experiences that include intersections such as, but not limited to, gender, age, ethnicity, class and religion. This project will aim to address these issues.
Utilising mixed methods, co-produced research the TIES project has first set out to map the environment sector and green initiatives being mobilised in, and across, Greater Manchester (GM). Second, it explores how (im)migrants from Pakistan and Somalia, two of the largest and fastest-growing groups in Manchester perceive the green agenda and engage in 'environmentally significant' practices in daily life.
This findings for this project will highlight how Global South (GS) to Global North (GN) migration and the drive for urban sustainability intersect at household level in Manchester, a city-region that has both increasing immigration and ethnic diversity and aspirations to become a leading green city in Europe. This is important as little is known about culturally specific notions of sustainability and how immigrants, newly arrived and settled view, identify with, and practice sustainable behaviours, but also the potential (in)justices they face regarding the green agenda and initiatives around climate change and net zero.
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