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Early Career Researcher Programme 2018-2019

UCCRI Early Career Researcher Programme

Lent 2019  

Click here to sign up for Lent term 2019 events. Please sign up in advance Please let us know if you book and need to cancel your place, to free up space for other attendees. 


Friday 25th January, room 2.49, 12pm to 2pm, lunch included

Science and Policy- Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology

Dr Jonny Wentworth

POST supports the role of Parliament in scrutinising the Government’s performance : providing impartial summaries of evidence; advising select committees on possible witness-es and advisers, connecting academic researchers with parliament, horizon scanning topics of parliamentary concern and developing the internal capacity to use evidence. POST’s main interest is in evidence based scrutiny and how academic research can support this.


Friday 1st February, room 2.49, 12pm to 1pm followed by lunch

Project Management Skills for Early Career Researchers

Hawa Sydique, UCCRI

Hawa Sydique, will take you through the key project management skills - the practice of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria at the specified time.


Friday 8th February, room 2.49, 11am-3pm

Writing for a non-academic audience

Workshop provided by online journal, The Conversation 

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. Professional editors work with academics and researchers to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public.


Friday 22nd February, room 2.49, 12pm to 3pm, lunch included

Rights Based Approaches to Conservation - Cancelled

Fauna & Flora’s Capacity and Leadership Team

The objectives for this session are to increase understanding of human rights language, key principles, the rights and obligations of different actors, and inter-national frameworks; to enable participants to articulate their feelings about human rights issues within a conservation context; to highlight how attitudes human rights in conservation have evolved and which rights are most relevant to conservation; and to explore how conservation initiatives can be designed to respect and enable the fulfilment of people’s rights. The session will be facilitated by a trainer from Fauna & Flora’s Capacity and Leadership team.


Friday 1st March, room 2.49, 12pm to 2pm, lunch included

Conservation and Human Behaviour

Professor Sander van der Linden

The Director of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Laboratory, his research interests include social influence, human judgment and decision-making, and the psychology of risk, uncertainty, and communication. He is especially interested in the emergence, spread, and influence of social norms in shaping human altruism and cooperation in social dilemmas such as climate change.


Friday 8th March, room 2.49, 12pm to 2pm, lunch included

Business and Natural Capital


Friday 15th March 2019 room 2.49, 12pm to 1pm, lunch included

Conflict management

Sara Calçada

The objectives of this session are to experience a conflictual situation in a safe environment. Reflecting on the feelings that arise, causes of conflict and the importance of communication. It will explore the types of conflict that arise when the behaviours and/or goals of different stakeholders are incompatible; share experiences of the common categories of conflict in conservation; and increase knowledge of conflict analysis tools.


Easter 2019

Friday 26 April, Top Floor Computer Lab, Geography Department, 12pm to 3pm, lunch included

Modelling Policies for the Global Power Sector

Dr Pablo Salas

The decarbonisation of the power sector is a crucial step towards creating a low-carbon society, to avoid dangerous and irreversible climate change. The Design and implementa-tion of successful decarbonisation policies requires the understanding of the interactions between complex phenomena such as availability of energy resources, renewable energy investment decisions and technology diffusion. In this session, Dr Salas will demonstrate FTT:Power, a model of the global power sector created at Cambridge, to analyse the impact of decarbonisation policies in different world regions. The session is aimed to be an intro-ductory hand-on experience in modelling. No previous experience or knowledge is required. It will take place in the computing lab of the geography department. An example of FTT:Power in use can be found at:


Friday 3rd May, room 2.49, 12pm to 3pm, lunch included

The Cost of Conservation

James Vause

It is important to recognise that both the scale of financial costs, and where they fall across society is not fixed and can be influenced by policy choices. It is also important not to view costs in isolation but to understand what they deliver in terms of benefits. This session will examine the balance of costs and benefits to different groups in society, and how this might be changed, helping to understand where protecting biodiversity can be made more incentive compatible.

Friday 10th May, room 2.49, 12pm to 3pm, lunch included

The Use of Conservation Science

Dr Claire Wordley

What do 1940s baby-care manuals, wire bat bridges across roads, and taking troublesome teens to experience prison life have in common? Come along to this workshop to find out! In this workshop you will explore why we need to both use and produce evidence on the effectiveness of conservation actions, from sustainable alternative livelihoods to addibat boxes to buildings. Dr Wordley will demonstrate ways to use the website, and you will collectively explore how to apply global evidence to different local contexts. This will be an interactive workshop with some computer-based exercises. Please bring a laptop if you have one, as we can provide only a few.

Friday 17th May, room 2.49, 12pm to 3pm, lunch included
Making a Bigger Impact with Public Engagement

Dr Lucinda Spokes

This session will be looking at the what, why and how of public engagement and will introduce researchers to some of the ways to plan an effective public engagement project.

Friday 24 May, room 2.49, 12pm to 3pm, lunch included

Martin Lucas-Smith

This will be an introductory training session on WordPress. You will need to bring your lap-top.

Friday 31st May, room 2.49, 11pm to 3:00pm, lunch included
R Codes and Remote Sensing

Dr Ruben Valbeuna

We are delighted to welcome UCCRI’s Dr Ruben Valbuena, a Lecturer in Forest Science at Bangor University, who will be providing a four hour practical exercise with R codes related to the role of remote sensing in reducing emission from deforestation and forest degrada-tion (REDD). This will be an intensive and interactive session and will provide first-hand experience in the application of R stats.

Friday 7th June, room 2.49, 12pm to 3pm, lunch included

Q Method

Dr Rachel Carmenta and Karen Wong-Perez

‘Q method’ allows systematic semi-quantitative analysis of perspectives (interpretations, feelings, understandings). Q involves qualitative methods to identify the broad gamut of perspectives existing around a topic of interest, and the use of quantitative data analysis to assess the multi-dimensional perspectives held by groups of people. In this workshop we will give a brief history of Q and its application in conservation and discuss the strengths and limitations of Q. The content will be brought to life through case studies of its application and a mini-Q sort conducted with participants.


Past Events

Friday 12th October, Meet the Researcher

Friday 19th October, Grant Writing Workshop - Professor Bhaskar Vira

Friday 26th October, Community and Social Diversity, Helen Anthem and Rob Small, Fauna and Flora

Friday 2 November, Facilitation Skills Workshop - Dr Mary Beth Benbenek, Researcher Developer

Tuesday 13 November,  Leadership Talk: Charlotte Payne in conversation with Professor Julia Jones. Professor Jones selected key moments from her research career, following the Desert Island Discs format

Friday 16 November,  Visual Data - providing a visual impact with your research - Mr Toby Smith, Environmental Photojournalist. Workshop on how to get the best visual impact for your research

Friday 23rd November, Policy Analysis, Professor Laura Diaz Anadon. Workshop on how to examine and evaluate the available options to implement the goals generated by government policies and policy makers. 

Friday 30th November, Publishing for an Academic Audience, Dr Aiora Zabala. An intensive workshop around the key aspects of writing for an academic journal and audience.

Friday 18th January, Introduction to Governance, Fauna & Flora International- Laura Owens and Sara Calçada. The objectives for this session are to improve understanding of the basic components and principles of governance in a conservation context

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