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Conference on higher education and the climate crisis

Senate House, London, Thursday, 19 October 2023



Universities are heavily implicated in the climate crisis as historical drivers of industrialisation, consumerism and colonialism. Yet they are also central to the transformation of societies, through their unique role in professional development, knowledge production and public debate. While there has been increasing attention to the active role universities can play in recent years, and many institutions have made commitments to achieving carbon neutrality, there is still a significant knowledge gap. This one-day conference provides a space for debate, exchange of ideas and sharing of new research on diverse aspects of the higher education-climate crisis link.                                                                                          

The conference is being convened by Climate-U (Transforming Universities for a Changing Climate), a Global Challenges Research Fund project led by University College London, in partnership with University of Passo Fundo (Brazil), Kenyatta University (Kenya) and University of the South Pacific (Fiji).

The conference is an in-person event, to be held at the University of London Senate House, in Bloomsbury, London, and is free of charge. Attendance is open to all, and proposals are sought from researchers, practitioners, students and activists working in this field.

General enquiries can be directed to Climate-U Principal Investigator Prof Tristan McCowan ( or Research Fellow Dr Charlotte Nussey (

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