7 May 2024 15:00 - 17:00 SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DP



Cambridge Zero

Keynote speakers


Climate change and sustainability are social issues, to a large extent perpetuated by social, political, and economic systems that shape and govern our access to resources, livelihood possibilities, and capacity to change, as well as to utilise old and new technologies and livelihood practices in order to mitigate and adapt to new realities. Furthermore, the way we talk about and frame these issues also shapes how we conceive of solutions and our abilities as individuals and communities to act.

Cambridge Zero and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH) invite you to the Symposium ‘Climate change is a social issue! The symposium will bring into focus the impact and contributions the social sciences, arts, and humanities have had on climate and sustainability-related discussions, ranging from engaging communities and practitioners to instigate climate action; (re-)framing climate and environmental narratives, solutions, and technologies; allaying emotions of anxieties, grief and loss; contextualising the ‘place’, geographies, and politics of green transitions and climate-related negotiations; to creating usable and applied histories and archaeologies. Changing our understanding of climate change and sustainability issues, how they arose, and how they can exacerbate unjust transitions is a huge endeavour that is hard to quantify and hardly recognised, but has potentially huge social impacts.

The symposium will feature a number of keynote presentations from senior Cambridge academics, and we are inviting submissions from Early Career Researchers (Cambridge Postdocs, PhD and Masters students) to present their research. The symposium aims is to highlight the necessity of social science, humanities, and arts research around climate change as well as to strengthen collaboration cross-disciplinary collaboration including with STEM disciplines, business, and others, in order to make social, policy, economic, and technological advances more impactful at local and national scales.

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Call for submissions

We invite researchers to speak on (but not limited to):

  • Changing and re-framing climate narratives among communities, authorities, and policy makers
  • New frameworks that help communities, businesses, and authorities to adapt to new climate realities and increase access to resources
  • The impact of climate policies, systems, and technologies on politics, economics, and societies
  • The use, re-use, and (re-)invention of old and new social practices, livelihood strategies, infrastructure, and technologies to adapt and mitigate new climate realities
  • Localisation of climate and environmental change
  • Climate communication that makes the effects of climate and sustainability more tangible, relatable and experiential
  • Shaping perspectives on health through climate and vice versa
  • Barriers and solutions to sustainable and just net-zero transitions
  • Religious thought and practice as motivator, resistor and/or guide for climate engagement

‘Lightning’ Presentations
There is also the option to give a 2 minute ‘lightning’ presentation instead of a 10 minute one. This would consist of a single slide and a (very) brief explanation of your research. This may be a suitable option for those just beginning their research project or to present ideas for future research projects.

The ECR submission deadline for the symposium: 23rd April 2024. Submissions are only open to ECRs based at the University of Cambridge.

Please submit as soon as possible as spaces are limited. Submissions received after those deadlines may still be considered, but this cannot be guaranteed.

Please submit by completing the form.

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