News and Updates

  • Schubert, hot-dogs, Gershwin and popcorn

    The cultural highlights of last week were Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside performing Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin in the Assembly Rooms at The Bath Festival, and a film of the West End production of Gershwin's An American in Paris at the...

  • More on Knowledge and power and Kant

    Here's a link to a recent thoughtful SHRE blog by Jim Hordern on the recent Owusu – Young Knowledge and power in higher education seminar at Bath that I wrote about last week. Hordern reminded us that Owusu had talked about Kant who,...

  • United Futures

    It will be rather a relief not to have to refer to EAUC again when it adopts its new brand: United Futures – even though this has an extra 2 syllables it flows more smoothly that E A U C...

  • The UK and the SDGs – where I think we are

    The small (and under-resourced) group that has been working with UKSSD on a 'where are we' summary of how the UK is doing in relation to SDG 4 has finished  its work, the result will appear at some point as...

  • Was the COP test any good?

    I tried out my new COP test on a few websites using CITES, Ozone and Permafrost as markers.  Here are the results [ √ = found; x = not found ]: Think Global – C x    O x  ...

  • Only a sage grouse in the game

    When I wrote about Scott Pruitt's attempts to undermine environmental protection at the EPA, I was blissfully unaware that he had a partner at the Department of the Interior – Ryan Zinke. The Lexington column in last week's Economist –...

  • Mrs Slocombe's cat

    I was going to write today about the dangers of trying to be funny in elevators at American conferences – but Rod Liddle beat me to it in the Sunday Times. This spares me writing about the hapless hero of...

  • No country for old white men

    The Knowledge and Power seminar at Bath the other day was a bit like being in a Cormac McCarthy novel: old white men (Michael Young, David Packham and friends) wondering what the world was coming to, while the future (Melz...

  • Hard Rain is falling in Paris

    Just before the new seasons riots started in earnest, an exhibition was launched outside the UNESCO HQ in Paris.  It sets out to explain the 17 sustainable development goals to a global audience and proposes actions we can all take...

  • The COP test

    I've written before about the tendency of NGO-type organisations with a social justice remit to downplay environmental issues in what they do.  This is, to a degree, understandable; after all, they are interested in combatting discrimination, liberating women and girls,...