UCL Anthropology


Sustainability: Concepts & Materials

18 May 2012, 9:30 am–5:00 pm

Sustainability Workshop

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Archaeology LT G06, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY

Friday 18 May 2012 - 9:30AM - 4:30PM

UCL Archaeology LT 06, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY

This is an interdisciplinary workshop drawing people together who are working on sustainability and encourages exploration and networking across UCL. We will explore the varied theoretical and analytical perspectives which different departments bring to the subject. There is an exciting and varied range of papers, short presentations and a film lined up for the day. Different methodological and theoretical perspectives will be explored through topics as varied as gold and heating engineers. Our keynote speaker is Blanche Cameron, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Graduate School of the Environment at the Centre for Alternative Technology and University of East London. She is also co-founder of Reset Development.

For further details: see the Environment Institute website:


We invite all students to attend and contribute to the debates.

The day is free and open to all:


Questions? Contact Jane Dickson: j.dickson@ucl.ac.uk

Held in conjunction with and sponsored by the Cultures of Sustainability Section of the Environment Institute.

Download the flyer which includes a poster, a programme of the day and the paper abstracts.

Workshop Programme

9.30am Coffee

10.00 Introductions: Jane Dickson

Keynote speaker: Blanche Cameron (Uni East London and Reset.org)

10.30 Papers Session 1 Cultural Shifts

Chair: David Jeevendrampillai

Discussant: Dr Jerome Lewis

12.00 Short Presentations

  • Sneha Krishnan (Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering)  "Disaster Resilience"
  • Rebecca Collins (Geography) "Happy Hedonist or Engaged Environmentalist? The role of adolescents in the drive towards sustainable consumption"
  • Elles van Asseldonk (Anthropology and Engineering)  "Unpacking Sustainable Development"
  • Elizabeth Rapoport (Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering) "Sustainability in motion: global consultants and the international travels of the sustainable masterplan"

12.30 - 1.30 Lunch

To be provided for all speakers

1.30 Session 2 Short Presentations

  • Carrie Behar (Energy Institute)  "Sustainability and ventilation in UK housing- how can we ensure that the transition to sustainable ventilation technologies will result in the anticipated energy savings?"
  • Sarah Wilkes (Anthropology)  "Negotiating Materials Moralities: Sustainability and Risk in the UK Materials Industry"
  • Faye Wade (Energy Institute) "The influence of central heating installers on space heating practices"
  • Gabriele Oropallo (Design and Sustainability)  "Post-Product: Industrial Design from Timeless to Timed"

2.00 Session 2 Creative ReUse Papers

Chair: David Jeevendrampillai

Discussant: Dr Victor Buchli

3.30 Coffee

3.45 Roundtable with Victor Buchli in discussion with Jerome Lewis

4.15-20 Short close - thanks

After workshop drinks