This event will see separate talks from The University of Manchester's Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid and Dr Jenna Ashton
14:00: Welcome and introduction with event chair (TBC)
14:05: Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid, Senior Lecturer in Circular Economy and Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Manchester Environmental Research Institute at The University of Manchester
Life cycle assessment and circular economy principles applied to the agricultural sector
14:30: Q&A with Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid
14:40: Dr Jenna Ashton, Lecturer in Heritage Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Manchester Environmental Research Institute at The University of Manchester
Community Climate Resilience in Manchester
15:05: Q & A with Dr Jenna Ashton
15:15: Event Close
Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid | Nowadays, more than 90% of our economy is linear. This linear economy, based on take-make-use-dispose, is inefficient, vulnerable and wasteful. Related to this, the agricultural sector is still quite linear and is contributing significantly to surpassing several planetary boundaries (surplus nutrient flows into aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, excessive land-system change and biodiversity loss). Circular economy is a new paradigm based on the regeneration of natural capital, keeping products in use and designing out waste and pollution. This presentation shows how these circular principles can be adapted to the agricultural sector and the key role of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to measure the environmental sustainability of the implementation of these principles.
Dr Jenna Ashton | This talk will offer an update on the project “Creative Climate Resilience” (full title: "Community Climate Resilience through Folk Pageantry") funded by the AHRC and Met Office, part of the UK Climate Resilience Programme (2020-2022). This arts-led research project focuses on community knowledge and creativity to deliver a Manchester (UK) case study responding directly to its climate action policies and community contexts. The project builds on existing practices of the researchers across the areas of climate and social justice, geography, gardening, mapping, performance, puppetry, music, socially-engaged arts practices, and intangible and material heritages. As the project moves towards completion, Dr Jenna Ashton (PI) shares some key research insights and reflections and legacies of the work for local community practice and policy.