Institute for Environmental Futures

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Institute for Environmental Futures

The climate emergency and global species extinction crisis call for urgent action to ensure the future habitability of our planet. The world must achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to stay below the threshold for dangerous climate change of +1.5°C. The Institute for Environmental Futures carries out transformative and transdisciplinary research into human-environment systems together with our stakeholders and partners. We co-develop policy solutions and innovations towards an environmentally sustainable future.

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An introduction to the Institute for Environmental Futures by the institute’s director, Professor Heiko Balzter.

Institute for Environmental Futures events

Environmental Futures Seminar Series

Literary History in the Anthropocene: Disoriented Genealogies

Presenters: Professor Florian Mussgnug M.A.E., University College London
Date: 14 May 2024
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Location: Hybrid, please register for location and online link

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Law is not Planning

Presenters: Dr Steve Riley, Leicester Law School, University of Leicester
Date: 11 June 2024
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Location: Hybrid, please register for location and online link

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Environmental Futures Café

Everyone is welcome to join our Environmental Futures Café. The topic for the café this semester is Quantifying Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services.

Our coffee discussions aim to generate work on measurement of ecosystem services:

  • Start a dialogue with the UK Office of National Statistics, ONS (who are expanding their work, and say “we welcome all those with expertise in any area” to work with us) 
  • Critically evaluate published work on measuring natural capital
  • Develop ways to measure natural capital robustly, emphasizing necessity for validation and use of open datasets
  • Consider implications of measurements for UK policy with respect to ELMS Environmental Land Management Scheme and SFI Sustainable Farming Initiatives
Find us every Tuesday from 14 May 2024 - 25 June 2024, 10.00am - 10.50am, in room G02 Bennett Building (ground floor) University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH. 

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