PSCF2020 – Event Running Order and Speakers’ Biographies

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Public Sector Client Forum: Designing for a Changing Climate: Climate, Health & Place – Online Event – Tuesday 9thJune, 2020

10:45: Online Question and Answers open on Teams Live site

11:00 – Introduction and Welcome by Ben Twist

Session 1

Interview and discussion with Nadine Andrews and Claudia Zeiske

Session 2

11:45 – Interview and discussion with Alette Willis and Clive Bowman

Reflections and Summary

12:30 – Live event closes

Biographies

Chair – Ben Twist, Director 

Ben has been Director of Creative Carbon Scotland since 2011, combining over 25 years’ experience of producing events and running permanent and temporary venues in the cultural sector with an MSc in Carbon Management and a doctorate in applying complexity theory to social systems in order to bring about more sustainable social practices. He has developed CCS into a leader in both technical support for cultural organisations in carbon management and developing culture’s influencing role in addressing climate change.Page Break

 

Session 1

Claudia ZeiskeDevron Projects 

 Claudia is a founding member  of Deveron Projects. Her balanced approach lies between artistic criticality and community involvement with artists from across the globe including our very own locality. An Anthropologist, she started her career in human rights. Since coming to Scotland, she has worked across the arts, including Duff House and Glenfiddich distillery. A devout European, she was voted Huntly citizen of the year in 2013.  

Deveron Projects is an arts organisation based in Huntly, a market town in the north east of Scotland with a population of 4,500. Since 1995 Deveron Projects worked here with the history, context and identity of the townWorking with the town is the venue methodology, they create projects that connect artists, communities and places. 

Dr Nadine Andrews, The Scottish Government 

Dr. Nadine Andrews is a social researcher in the Scottish Government. In her presentation she discusses ‘climate resilient communities’, describing what this means and discussing some of the evidence with a focus on aspects of the model relating to social capital and human health and wellbeing. 

Nadine works in the Communities Analysis Division of the Scottish Government, currently leading the Housing and Regeneration Research Team. Research areas include energy efficiency, fuel poverty, regeneration, and climate adaptation. She is a member of the Place Based Adaptation working group coordinated by Adaptation Scotland. Nadine is also co-chair of Climate Psychology Alliance Scotland, a Visiting Researcher at Lancaster University’s Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, and teaches mindfulness and nature connection as part of her independent practice. Prior to joining the Scottish Government in 2018, Nadine worked in the science team of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group II: impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, with responsibility for social sciences and psychology.  

Session 2

Dr Alette WillisReStoryLab 

We will explore how stories connect people to places and inform their attitudes, values and behaviours.  Building on these insights, we will look at the role storytelling can play in shaping places and communities now and into the future.   

Dr Alette Willis is a collector and teller of tales, an author and a researcher with a central interest in understanding the power of stories to shape our world. She is Secretary to the Scottish Storytelling Forum, spent years as a Talking Tree at the Royal Botanic Garden Scotland, was Storyteller in Residence to the Royal Zoological Society Scotland and worked with Scottish Book Trust to evaluate their John Muir Graphic Novel Project. She holds a PhD in Cultural Geography with a focus on the use of narratives in connecting people to places and to the more-than-human world around them and is currently senior lecturer in Applied Social Science at the University of Edinburgh.  She recently published Dancing with Trees: Eco-tales of the British Isles (History Press, 2017). 

 

Clive Bowman, Zero Waste Scotland 

Clive works with planners, designers, product manufacturers, contractors, builders, tradesmen, clients, procurers, facilities managers, or anyone involved in construction, maintenance, and demolition of our built environment in Scotland, who have a desire to be part of the change to reduce carbon emissions, reduce waste and adopt Circular Economy principles in their activities.  Zero Waste Scotland can help identify and support opportunities that increase resource efficiency in the construction sector through 1 to 1 advice, guides, tools, training, events, loans and grant funding. 

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