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Walker Update - 26th July 2021

Monday, July 26, 2021

Welcome to the Walker Update, bringing you up to speed with the latest developments from the Walker Institute and the wider climate science field. We’ve been busy with projects, podcasts and ‘interactive theatre’ so read on to find out more!

One community:

  • The Walker Institute is working with the FutureLearn team to develop a new course, based on the main themes of the Mock COP26 declaration, that will introduce 16-18 year-olds to the interdisciplinary nature of climate change and how the University of Reading is embracing this: ‘Partnering for our Planet: Working together to tackle the climate change crisis’. As part of this course, the Walker team has been busy recording episodes of ‘The Walker Talkers’ podcast series, covering a range of topics related to climate change, including health, water systems, food security, policy and infrastructure. We look forward to sharing the course with you when it goes live in September.
  • It was great to see the Young Christian Climate Network’s relay to COP26 – including Walker co-supervised PhD student Chloe Brimicombe – pass through Reading this week. The relay started in Carbis Bay in Cornwall (the location of June’s G7 meeting) and will end in Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit. Chloe, whose research focuses on heatwaves and climate change, has had a busy couple of weeks. As well as taking part in the relay, she was also quoted by both the BBC and The Times!

Committed to making a meaningful difference in people’s lives: 

  • We’re delighted to be working with the African Risk Capacity (ARC) on the RainX project, in which we’re developing analytical methods to assess which of a number of different satellite-derived rainfall datasets form the most suitable basis for ARC’s drought insurance products. Full details of the RainX project recently went live on the Walker Institute website. You can find out more about the project HERE.
  • At the Walker Institute, we’re always looking for new and inventive ways of getting people to think about climate change and related issues. Last week, Walker ran an ‘interactive theatre’ for the FoodBioSystems doctoral training partnership. Members of the team took on the roles of different stakeholders within climate policymaking (e.g. scientists, politicians, NGO workers) to get students thinking about the complexity and competing priorities that policymakers have to juggle when presented with climate change action and budget allocation. As well as being a really valuable exercise, it was great fun, and we look forward to running more of these sessions in the future.

By shaping a climate resilient future together:

  • Walker Institute researcher Dr Luisa Ciampi recently published the first in a series of articles focused on the topic of gender and climate change. Find out why conflating ‘gender’ with ‘women’ is problematic, and how climate change can pose different threats to different genders, by reading Luisa’s article HERE.


What happened across the world this week?
Please click on this link to access the Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin produced by Prof Virginia Murray and her team at PHE, and archived by Prof Richard Allan. It contains a weekly summary of global hazards, including recent developments of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Last week's bulletin can be found here.

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