Part Two Speaker Interviews

This year, LSBU is hosting a series of events on Sustainability and Climate Action. Through three themed events, we aim to showcase where LSBU is having real world impact through sustainability and climate action initiatives. As a university wide collaborative initiative, this event series will engage a number of stakeholders from funders to project partners, local and national government to NGOs, as well as our current, past and future students.

Part Two of this event series will focus on the themes of consumption, economics, education & wellbeing. The consumer market is changing rapidly. There's been a rise of veganism, entire nations are boycotting single use plastic and we are seeing the emergence of closed-looped design to eradicate waste from large corporations and new start-ups alike.

This consumer action is fuelled by a rise in eco-anxiety and with businesses response to the scientific data with creative solutions. Rethinking an economy to stop environmental damage will be better for all our mental-health and wellbeing interventions and tools for improving & maintaining these are a key factor in sustainability. Education for sustainable development is at the heart of societial transformation, encouraging individuals, organisations & communities in adopting more sustainable and climate conscious behaviours.

In the lead-up to the event, we will be interviewing some of our key speakers asking them about their current role, what they are doing individually to tackle issues around sustainability and climate change and their thoughts on the future.

Interview with Grace O'Rourke

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Dr. Grace O’Rourke is a Lecturer of Marketing and Assistant Course Director for Postgraduate Marketing Courses in LSBU’s Business School.

Grace and her colleagues in the Business School are working to embed sustainability into all of the Business-focused courses at LSBU and will be delivering a session at this event.

Interview with Zoe De Grussa

staff headshotZoe is a PhD Researcher at LSBU in the School of Engineering. Zoe joined us during Part One of the event series to talk about her time at LSBU and a bit about her current role. This time round, Zoe will be going into more detail about some of the work she does and will be focusing on how daylighting can make a difference to the environment and your wellbeing.

Interview with Daniel Kolubinski

staff headshotDan is a Lecturer in the Division of Psychology, School of Applied Sciences. He specialises in the field of mental health, and his main research focus is on the study of metacognition and self-critical rumination.

Dan’s talk will focus on learning to understand our own self critical thoughts, commonly referred to using the term ‘imposter syndrome’ and will share some tools to help manage our own self critic!

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