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Early Career Researcher Programme 2018-2019

UCCRI Early Career Researcher Programme

Michaelmas 2018

 

Bookings are now open for the October and November 2018 events. Please sign up in advance 

 

Friday 26th Octoberroom 2.49, 12pm to 3pm, lunch provided

Community and Social Diversity

Helen Anthem and Rob Small

This session will be facilitated by Fauna & Flora Livelihoods & Governance technical specialists, Helen Anthem and Rob Small. The objectives are to explore the concept of community, diversity and disadvantage within communities; to understand the main factors that contribute to social status, equality and inequality; and to review how the recognition of diversity and engaging multiple stakeholders in conservation projects can have many benefits.

 

Friday 2nd Novemberroom 2.49, 12pm to 3pm, lunch provided 

Facilitation Skills Workshop

Dr Mary Beth Benbenek

Dr Benbenek will provide an intensive three hour session on how to facilitate workshops and meetings.

 

Thursday 8th November, room 2.49, 5pm, followed by dinner in the DAB Common Room

Leadership Talk - Cutting Edge Natural Science, Social Science and Development Impact in three years

Julia Jones, Professor in Conservation Science, Bangor University

Professor Jones discusses and provides leadership lessons gained from managing a large interdisciplinary Ecosystem Service for Poverty Alleviation project.

The talk will be followed by a buffet dinner in the common room. 

 

Friday 16th Novemberroom 2.49, 12pm to 2pm, lunch provided

Visual Data - providing a visual impact with your research

Toby Smith

Toby Smith, Environmental Photojournalist, will provide a two hour workshop on how to get the best visual impact for your research.

 

Friday 23rd Novemberroom 2.49, 12pm to 1.30pm, lunch provided

Policy Analysis

Professor Laura Diaz Anadon

Professor Laura Diaz Anadon will lead this workshop on how to examine and evaluate the available options to implement the goals generated by government policies and policy makers. 

 

Friday 30th Novemberroom 2.49, 12pm to 2pm, lunch provided

Publishing for an Academic Audience

Dr Aiora Zabala

Dr Zabala, Associate Editor for the journal Nature Sustainability, will provide an intensive workshop around the key aspects of writing for an academic journal and audience.


Lent 2019 

 

Friday 18th January, room 2.49, 12pm to 3pm, lunch included

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; to show how simple, creative methods, such as using role play and images, can help stakeholders explore governance issues in their own context; to learn from each other’s experiences of approaches to natural resource governance; and to reflect on how addressing governance issues can improve the effectiveness and fairness of conservation initiatives. The session will be facilitated by Laura Owens and Sara Calçada from Fauna & Flora’s Capacity and Leadership team.

 

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

Melanie Ryan, Senior Project Manager, Luc Hoffmann Institute

Experienced trainer, Melanie Ryan, 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

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

Professor Jennifer Howard-Grenville and Professor Bhaskar Vira

This session follows on from the last workshop on human behaviour. Professor Howard-Grenville contributes to organisation theory through in-depth studies of how people work from within to change organisations, communities, and occupations.

 

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: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0182-1.

 

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 www.conservationevidence.com, 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
WordPress

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.

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