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Perspectives on personalised ecology

March 31, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

A person out in nature enjoying the the weather

An Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), RENEW and Biodiversity and People network event.

Each of us has a personalised ecology, a set of direct interactions with the natural world that change through the day, the week, the season, and across our lifetimes. The scale and composition of these interactions varies greatly between people, and are shaped by opportunities, capabilities and motivations. These personalised ecologies have a wide variety of impacts both for the individual concerned, and for responses to the biodiversity crisis. Here we bring together a diversity of perspectives on personalised ecology and its importance.


10.00 am Tea/ coffee
10.30 am Welcome and Introduction

Professor Kevin J. Gaston (Environment and Sustainability Institute)

11.00 am Ethical perspectives on the extinction of experience*

Professor Catriona McKinnon (Politics)

11.30 am Finding home in the tin slimes: Gt Wheal Seton Settling Tanks as a place of ecological and poetic revelation*

Dr John Clarke (English)

12.00 pm Coastal environments, health, and well-being*

Dr Lewis Elliott (European Centre for Environment & Human Health)

12.30 pm Personal Ecologies: Perspectives from the People’s Assembly for Nature*

Alex Hunt (National Trust)

01.00 pm Lunch


*20 mins talk + 10 mins Q&A session

This will be held at the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter on the Penryn Campus.  It will be a hybrid event and interested participants outside the ESI can join us on MS Teams if they prefer. Please email esidirector@exeter.ac.uk for the link.


March 31, 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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