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Geography and Environmental Science

Geography & Environmental Science Seminar Seminar

10 February 2022
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Geography & Environmental Science Seminar


Dr Morgan Phillips – Co-Director of The Glacier Trust

Title: Great Adaptations - In the shadow of a climate crisis

Drawing on his work with The Glacier Trust in Nepal, Morgan will discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of climate change adaptation. Expect to hear about adaptation in the Himalayas, but also on the streets of Paris, the football stadiums of Qatar, and the vineyards of southern Europe. But expect too to hear Morgan's thoughts on what might happen if the climate change crisis accelerates beyond the 2C threshold. Is it time to take Deep Adaptation and Transformative Adaptation seriously, and do we need to get better at critiquing the reassuring stories being told about climate change and where it is headed?

Dr Andrew Power – Population, Health and Wellbeing, School of Geography & Environmental Science

Title: Geographies of (Group) Homes

Group Homes are a form of ‘community care’, that accommodate between four and six people, where extensive or pervasive paid staff support is provided to the residents. They represent a significant part of the care home market and are the dominant form of residential accommodation for people with severe learning or profound intellectual disabilities. Despite looking no different to other houses in the street, there is variation in quality with many institutional practices remaining across the sector (Svanelov, 2019) and some contend that such places ‘could never be a home’ (Groger, 1995). In response, our study seeks to understand how people living in group homes can be helped to 'feel at home'. Drawing on social geography literature, the seminar explores the question of what it means to 'feel at home', and whether this can be accommodated within this type of care setting. The insights reveal a more profound question of whether people can truly feel at home in any home where care takes place.

Speakers Information

Dr Morgan Phillips FRSA, is Co-Director of The Glacier Trust, a UK charity that enables climate change adaptation in Nepal. He is also Head of Insight at environmental charity Global Action Plan, Trustee at National Association for Environmental Education, and Associate Director at Green Schools Project.

Dr Andrew Power - Associate Professor in Human Geography within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton

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