Part Two Speaker Interviews

Part Two of the event series focused on the themes of consumption, economics, education and wellbeing. The consumer market is changing rapidly. There has been a rise of veganism, entire nations are boycotting single use plastic and we are seeing the emergence of the application of circularity in design and production from large corporations and new start-ups alike. The consumer action is fuelled by a rise in eco-anxiety and with businesses response to the scientific data with creative solutions.

Rethinking the structure of the economy to stop environmental damage will be better for the mental-health and wellbeing of all of us and interventions and tools for improving and maintaining these conditions are a key factor in sustainability. Education for sustainable development is at the heart of societal transformation, encouraging individuals, organisations and communities in adopting more sustainable and climate conscious behaviours.

In the lead-up to the event, we interviewed some of our key speakers asking them about their current role, what they were doing as individuals 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 were working to embed sustainability into all of the business-focused courses at LSBU and would be delivering a session at this event.

Interview with Zoe De Grussa

staff headshotZoe is a PhD Researcher in the School of Engineering at LSBU. 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   going into more detail about some of the work she was doing and would be focusing on how daylighting can make a difference to the environment and our wellbeing.

Interview with Daniel Kolubinskistaff headshot

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

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