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Social Vulnerabilities and Climate Change Adaptation: Gender inequality, poverty, and exclusion

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A two-day workshop organised by Nottingham Trent University's International Security and Sustainability research group

  • From: Thursday 28 April 2022, 8.30 am
  • To: Friday 29 April 2022, 5 pm
  • Registration: 8:30am on both days
  • Location: Bowden Room, Newton Building, Nottingham Trent University, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 26 April 2022, 12.00 pm
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This workshop will explore the challenges and opportunities for integrating considerations of social exclusion into climate change discourse and policies, ensuring climate change adaptation strategies are effective. This will be achieved by considering the historical development of the concept of gender mainstreaming, as well as how climate change adaptation strategies can exacerbate inequalities and other vulnerabilities on the ground. We invite papers that explore an unorthodox range of actors who can act as ‘agents of change’ in climate change adaptation in different cultural and economic contexts. In so doing, the workshop will provide an in-depth look at how contemporary social exclusion debates relate to the landscape of climate change adaptation – and how public discourse has oscillated between mitigation and adaptation at the local, national and global levels.

This workshop is inspired by the COP-26 meeting held in Glasgow, UK (31st Oct. to 12th Nov. 2021) and the UNFCCC’s work on gender, poverty, youth and climate change. However, papers and other contributions are welcome from all branches of study examining the history of sociological, political, economic, cultural and environmental ideas relating to social vulnerabilities and climate change adaptation. This two-day workshop will first look at discourses and policies related to climate change adaptation and gender mainstreaming (Day One). We will then look at how inclusion of earlier marginalised groups of people in decision-making and implementation processes can ensure the effectiveness of climate change adaptation activities on the ground (Day Two).

If you wish to present a paper or participate in our networking events, please submit an abstract of up to 200 words via email to Dr Imad El-Anis with the subject heading ‘Abstract submission - Social vulnerabilities and Climate Change Adaptation’ by 28th February 2022 at 5pm GMT. You will be notified of the decision on your abstract via email by 1st March 2022.


28th-29th April 2022

Thursday, 28th April 2022

Location: Bowden Room, Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton Street Nottingham NG1 4BU








Panel One

Chair: Katerina Krulisova, Nottingham Trent University

  1. ‘Key Ethical Challenges in the Development, Provision, and Use   of Climate Information and Services’. Jillian Schacher, Rob Lawlor, Marta   Bruno Soares, and Suraje Dessai; University of Leeds.
  2. ‘Is Justice Being Served in Global Climate Finance?’ Md. Islam Mofakkarul, University of   Greenwich.
  3. ‘Situated Adaptation: Tackling the production   of vulnerability through transformative action in Sri Lanka’s Dry Zone’.   Harry Quealy, University of Manchester; and Julian Yates, Monash University.


Coffee Break


Panel Two

Chair:  Marianna Poberezhskaya, Nottingham Trent University

  1. ‘Central Asian Heritage and the Climate Crisis’. Sarah   Forgesson, University College London.
  2. ‘Climate Change Vulnerabilities and Communicational Constraints   in Uzbekistan’s Rural Communities’. Alina Bychkova, Nottingham Trent   University.
  3. ‘Collaterals of   Governance: Informality and social relations in water governance in   Uzbekistan’. Madina Gazieva, Dublin City University.




Interactive Session on International Collaboration

Featuring discussions with:

Šárka Kolmašová, Metropolitan University Prague


Lind Gibson, Nottingham Trent University


Coffee Break


Networking Session

Led by: Heather Alberro, Nottingham Trent University & the Environmental Politics specialist group of the Political Studies Association


Closing Remarks

Marianna Poberezhskaya

Friday, 29th April 2022

Location: Bowden Room, Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton Street, Nottingham NG1 4BU






Keynote Session

‘EU Climate Policy: What is a Just Transition without Gender Justice?’

Professor Gill Allwood, Nottingham Trent University


Coffee break


Panel Three

Chair: Jay Chester, Nottingham Trent University

  1. ‘Mainstreaming Indigenous Knowledge Systems   in Education for Climate Change Adaptation, for Relatable Outcomes’.   Marcellus Mbah, Nottingham Trent University.
  2. ‘Jordan’s   Climate Change Policy: Understanding local vulnerabilities and political   restrictions’. Imad El-Anis and Marianna Poberezhskaya, Nottingham Trent   University.
  3. ‘The Slow Death of the   CBDR Norm in Global Environmental Politics’. Michal Kolmas, Metropolitan   University Prague.




Panel Four

Chair: Alina Bychkova, Nottingham Trent University

  1. ‘The Women, Peace and Security Agenda in   Central and Eastern Europe: Challenges and opportunities’. Katerina   Krulisova, Nottingham Trent University.
  2. ‘Young People’s Involvement in Environmental   Activism: A matter of class and capitalism’. Dena Arya, Nottingham Trent   University.
  3. ‘The Future of Futures: young people's climate   change activism through the art’. Ana   Nunes, Nottingham Trent University.


Coffee break


Grant Capture Session

Led by Diane Wren (Research and Partnership Development Officer)


Round-table Discussion on Social Vulnerabilities and Climate Change Adaptation

Chair: Teresa Ashe, Nottingham Trent University & Open University

  1. Peter Eckersley,   Nottingham Trent University.
  2. Marianna   Poberezhskaya, Nottingham Trent University
  3. Eghosa   Ekhator, University of Derby


Closing Remarks

Location details


Bowden Room
Newton Building, Nottingham Trent University
Goldsmith Street

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