Archived Seminars

The 'Soyisation' of Argentina's Landscapes: Bio-Hegemony, uneven development and resistance.
Presenter: Nave Wald
Date: Thursday 11 July at 4pm in the Seminar Room, 530 Castle Street

About the talk: Over the last few decades the agriculture sector in Argentina has experienced processes or reorganisation and change. These processes are closely related to the gradual neoliberalisation of the Argentinean economy, which prompted the development of an export-oriented production base...Read More

The German Energy Transition: Successes and Failures of Germany’s Renewable Energy Act
Presenter: Prof. Dr Wolfgang Köck,
When: 5.30pm, Thursday, July 4, 2013
Where: Archway 2, via Union St East or West, Otago University

About the Talk: The German ?Energiewende? (?energy transition?) requires a significant overhaul of the nation?s existing legal and policy instruments with far-reaching implications beyond Germany?s energy sector. Professor Köck examines a central topic withi...Read More

Measuring Sustainability: Where to place the bar? (The case of the New Zealand vineyards)
Presenter: Vicent Gasso
When: Thurs 27 June 2013, 4pm
Where: Seminar Room, 530 Castle Street

About the talk:Can we really measure sustainability? Where should we place the bar to consider a system sustainable? Is it fair to demand the same sustainability benchmark from farms with management restrictions and environmental limitations compared to others? How should performance measures be exp...Read More

Building and living comfortably in a $50,000 off the grid, energy-efficient house
Presenter: Murray Grimwood
Date: Thursday 13 June, 4-5pm
at the Seminar Room, 530 Castle Street - PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE

About the talk: Murray will take us through the goal-setting, the design process, the build, and the good - and not-so-good- results of building a home on the Kilmog Hill, Dunedin. The house features passive-solar, super- insulation, solar-voltaics and micro-hydro, but uses little more than a kilowa...Read More

CANCELLED: Conversations with a Southern Man - Finding a story in the Mackenzie Basin
Speaker: Sofie Welvaert
When: Thursday, May 30, 4pm
Where: CSAFE Seminar room, .

About the talk: In late 2010 Sofie was tasked with finding a story suitable for a student film, as a component of her Masters in Science Communication. It was around this time that tensions were building over dairying in the Mackenzie/Waitaki basin, an area of vast ecological, social, cultural and ...Read More

If not in my backyard then where? Reframing the energy debate
Speaker: Dr Ian Mason
When: Friday May 17, 2013, 12.30pm
Where: Centre for Innovation Seminar Room, 87 St David Street, Dunedin

Abstract:About 67% of New Zealand?s primary energy is presently sourced from oil, coal and natural gas, with the remainder coming from hydro, geothermal and other renewables.  On the other hand about 75% of our electricity comes from renewable resources.  In this seminar I will first...Read More

Interdisciplinarity in Action: Energy Cultures as a concept, a framework, and an organising principle
Presenters: Janet Stephenson and Rebecca Ford
Where: CSAFE Seminar Room 547 Castle St , Dunedin
When: Thursday, May 2, 2013, 4pm

Abstract:Achieving a transition from one set of energy-related behaviours to another is a highly complex process.  From an Energy Cultures perspective, energy behaviour is the outcome of interactions between people?s expectations about energy services, the technologies they use, and the p...Read More

Co-operative management of Auyuittuq National Park: Moving towards greater emphasis and recognition of indigenous aspirations for the management of their lands
Presenter: Christine Jacobson
Where: CSAFE Seminar Room, , Dunedin
When: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 4pm

Abstract: Auyuittuq National Park, Canada, covers 21,400km2 of North-eastern Baffin Island lying largely within the Arctic Circle. The park is one of the newest co-operatively managed National Parks in Canada, following from the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and subsequent Inuit Impact and Benefit ...Read More

Behind the fence: A look at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary biodiversity project
Presenter: Chris Baillie

Where: CSAFE Seminar Room, , Dunedin
When: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 4pm

In Behind the fence: A look at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary biodiversity project, General Manager Chris Baillie will discuss the restoration process used by the ecosanctuary, the technology of the specialized fence, past achievements and future plans, as well as the rewards and challenges facing the ec...Read More

Transformational Media: A New Approach for Sustainability
Presenter: Beth Karlin
Where: CSAFE seminar room, 547 Castle St
When: Thursday, March 21, 4pm

Abstract: New information and communication technologies (ICT) are significantly changing how people interact with our built, natural, and social environments. We live in a world filled with tools and toys that were beyond the imagination of most people just 20 years ago. Although much psychologica...Read More

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