Working towards a better world by advancing awareness of the climate crisis and the need for urgent action

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Anthropogenic climate change is here, now, devastating more-than-human and human life. The time is long overdue for every discipline in the academy to address the climate and biodiversity crisis head-on.

The Centre for Climate Change Action & Education is an interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange centre, aiming to be a catalyst for action to defend, conserve and help heal Earth systems. At the University of Winchester, this means action across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, in Health and Wellbeing and in Business, but this centre’s remit focusses on the contribution of Education in moving communities from understanding to action. In our varied fields, we must re-educate ourselves, first for survival, and long-term for flourishing.

The centre was launched in April 2018 as the Centre for Climate Action, based in the Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies, and relaunched in April 2021 as the Centre for Climate Change Action and Education, based in the Faculty of Education.

The climate crisis is also a crisis of social, environmental and ecological injustice, with those communities and bioregions, species and ecosystems which have done least to cause the crisis, and which are least able to address it, facing the worst impacts. The University of Winchester is the University for Sustainability and Social Justice; a key part of our values and Strategic Plan is a focus on raising awareness of the climate and biodiversity crisis. Climate Change Education is firmly embedded across our curriculum and we aim to become an international Centre of Excellence.

Aims and objectives

  • To investigate educational responses to the climate and biodiversity crisis 
  • To explore the relationship between understanding and action for climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • To raise awareness of the urgency of action on climate change and biodiversity loss
  • To galvanize desire on the part of the university and wider learning communities to collective action to address climate change
  • To create a research and knowledge exchange environment that supports personal and collective change to mitigate the impacts of climate change and adapt to reduce its risks

The centre does this by acting as both a motor and a clearing house for research and knowledge exchange related to climate change impacts across disciplines, stimulating conversations to set the agenda and drive change, and by developing projects to embed the Centre within the University's programmes and culture.

COP26

Led by the Centre, the University has engaged pro-actively and on many levels with COP26, the global conference on the climate emergency that took place in November 2021, hosted by the UK. Through the Centre, the University has joined the COP26 Universities Network and Centre Convener Dr Simon Boxley is a briefing author on the Network's latest working paper Mainstreaming Climate Change Education in UK Higher Education Institutions.

A team drawn from across the University and external collaborators developed a programme of events and initiatives for COP, with a strong focus on student and community engagement.

Climate Strike Protesters hold signs, visible one reads

Visit the University's COP26 page to find out more

Further information

Find out more about Climate Change and Sustainability Education at Winchester

Read our 5-year Climate Change Education Strategy

Find out more about Sustainability and Social Justice at Winchester

Find out more about Climate and Social Justice at Winchester

Contact the Centre

For more information, please contact the Centre Convener, Dr Simon Boxley, Senior Lecturer in Education.

Collaborations

The Centre works closely with the following organisations, groups, networks and campaigns:

COP26 Universities Network

A growing group of UK-based universities and research centres working together to raise ambition for tangible outcomes from the UN COP26 Climate Change Conference. The Network will create lasting partnerships and legacies that reach beyond this single event.

Sustainability Community of Practice

Dr Tammi Sinha, who founded the centre as the Centre for Climate Action and is now a Senior Lecturer at Southampton Solent University, leads on the Sustainability Community of Practice, a collaboration between Solent University, the University of Winchester and Wessex Green Hub, which aims to develop more sustainable business activities and behaviours in the Winchester and wider Wessex area.

Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC)

WinACC can lay claim to being one of the most active local climate action groups in the UK. The organisation is hosted and supported by the University.

Hampshire Climate Action Network

Led by WinACC, Hampshire Climate Action Network is an informal way for local groups to share ideas and collaborate. Meetings take place every six months; 'Hampshire' includes Southampton and Portsmouth.

UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PriME)

The University of Winchester Business School is a PRiME signatory and Champion.

Sustainable Futures

We are a member of the University's Sustainable Futures Steering Group

National Union of Students' Sustainability Team

Driving sustainability across campuses, curricula and communities.

Extinction Rebellion

Manifesto for a healthy planet for all

The Harmony Project

Gilbert White's House and Gardens

Affiliated University staff and students

Dr Savithri Bartlett, Senior Fellow of Knowledge Exchange, University of Winchester Business School

Dr Terry Biddington, Director of the Winchester Centre for Contemplative Education and Practice

Tim Burgess, Senior Lecturer in Education, Institute of Education

Dr Jen Dickinson, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Dept of Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography

Stuart Evans, Philosophy student and Co-Founder/Chair of the Winchester Student Union Sustainability Society

Glenn Fosbraey, Head of Department, English, Creative Writing and American Studies

Dr Andrea Gibbons, Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Psychology

Dr Robert Gray, Senior Lecturer in Environmental History, Dept of History

Dr Richard Gunton, Lecturer in Statistics, Dept of Law, Economics, Accounting and Finance

Dr Darren Jeffers, Lecturer in Physical/Environmental Geography, Dept of Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography

Prof. Andrew Knight, Director of the Centre for Animal Welfare

Dr Jakub Kowalewski, Associate Lecturer in Environmental Humanities, Dept of Theology, Religion and Philosophy

Cassie Lowe, Learning & Teaching Enhancement Officer, Academic Quality and Development

Dr Mark Owen, Director of the Centre for Religion, Reconciliation and Peace

Dr Ritsuko Ozaki, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Principal Investigator of the Urban Infrastructure and Sustainable Lifestyles Project

Dr Louise Pagden, Senior Lecturer in Education (Professional Studies)

Dr Lisa Riley, Lecturer in Animal Welfare, Centre for Animal Welfare

Dr Hugues Séraphin, Senior Lecturer in Event and Tourism Management, University of Winchester Business School

Prof. Nigel Tubbs, Department of Philosophy, Religions and Liberal Arts

Olena Waskiewicz, Lecturer in Value Studies, Institute of Value Studies/University Advisor on Earth-based Spiritualities/Senior Library Assistant

Myra Wilkinson, Research and Engagement Officer, Research and Knowledge Exchange Centre/Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Anna Wyse, Environmental & Sustainability Manager, Estates