Social Studies of Environment & Sustainability Social Studies of Environment & Sustainability


The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the School of Environmental Sciences and the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, are pleased to offer a coordinated suite of doctoral training workshops supported by the ERSC Advanced Training Initiative 2014, entitled 'Social Studies of Environment & Sustainability'. PGR students and early-career researchers with research interests in the environmental-social interface are invited to attend one, several or all four of the training workshops (described below) which are to be offered over a single working week in June 2017 (19th-23rd inclusive). An online forum (and repository of relevant resources and links), as well as opportunities for further one-to-one contact with workshop tutors will be provided for participants. This is a great opportunity for inter and multidisciplinary networking with peers and world leading researchers and we hope very much that you will be able to join us.

The Overall Programme & Individual Workshops

In its broadest sense, sustainability engages with policies and lifestyles, explores the roles of political and economic actors in helping or hindering transitions to more manageable modes of governance in relation to natural resources, and encourages more equitable relations between and among communities locally and worldwide. UEA's reputation for the interdisciplinary study of these course topics is unrivalled and all participants will benefit from training delivered by leading social scientists and drawing on research excellence from within and outside the University of East Anglia. The four individual workshops are as follows (please click on the links below, or to the left of this page, for further session information and timetables):

Ideational Theories and Discursive Methodologies in Analysis: The Case of Environmental & Sustainability Policy; Mon/Tues 19th & 20th June 2017 (delivered by Professor Alan Finlayson, Dr John Turnpenny, Dr Chris Hanretty, Professor Andreas Musolff & Dr Gabrina Pounds).

The Interdisciplinary PhD: Researching Society, Science, Environment; Weds 21st June 2017 (delivered by Dr Irene Lorenzoni, Dr Peter Simmons, & Dr Tom Hargreaves)

Participatory Research Approaches in Global Contexts; Thurs 22nd June 2017 (delivered by Dr Esther Priyadharshini, Professor Anna Robinson-Pant, & Dr Catherine Jere)

Research Methods in Global Environmental Justice; Fri 23rd June 2017 (delivered by Dr Iokine Rodriguez, Dr Adrian Martin, & Dr Mark Zeitoun).


Fees, Contact & Booking Details

The 'Social Studies of Environment & Sustainability' training programme is being coordinated by Dr Yann Lebeau, Associate Dean for PG Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences at UEA, assisted by Dr Simon Watts, who is PGR Training Coordinator and Deputy Head of the Graduate School in the same Faculty. For further details or questions about the academic content of the programme, please contact Simon in the first instance at: The programme is free to PGR students at UEA, and the Universities of Essex, Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Royal Holloway, Reading, Goldsmiths, Roehampton, & City University. Fees are otherwise £30 per day for PGR students and £60 per day for all other attendees. The whole week of four courses can be booked at a reduced price of £120 for PGR students and £240 for all other attendees. Bookings can be made and payments arranged by e-mailing: