Newsletter provides film project updates

A project to examine and address inequality in the film and television industries led by experts at DMU has published its December newsletter containing conference calls, interviews and a database survey. Evolution Film was established in 2022 and forms part of the British Academy Innovation Fellowship between Prof CJP Lee, De Montfort University, and Jones Bamber Productions Ltd. Its December newsletter provides updates and opportunities on the work of the project which champions a number of sustainability targets contained in the goals of 5, 10, 16 and 17 and more. Read the newsletter here

27 ideas gathered from COP 27 at DMU

Continuing its commitment to taking climate action, on and off campus, De Montfort University engaged staff and students in its own ‘COP 27’ to encourage more input and receive 27 ideas to help the university continue its leadership in sustainability.Activities were kick-started with a special launch event to coincide with the opening of the political discussions in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt, which called for suggestions on how the institution can keep momentum on developing work for a greener future.

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Governance and collaboration in spotlight

Experts will describe the success or otherwise of moral interventions in the sphere of governance and citizen collaboration, within co-created outreach and research projects that have used citizen testimony to explore relations between the state, the corporate sector, and indigenous people/disadvantaged citizens at a forthcoming seminar at DMU. Using the framework of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, Speakers at the event, titled: Peace and Justice? Participatory research in the Global South, will identify the conditions that enable or prevent the free communication of citizen perspectives and demands within national and trans-national political systems. Full details of the event, on December 14 2022 can be found here

Climate Action Awards launched at DMU

A new awards initiative to celebrate staff and students who are going the extra mile for sustainability at De Montfort University, Leicester (DMU) and beyond, has been launched.

The inaugural ‘Climate Action Awards’ will celebrate and recognise the sustainable efforts and commitment of staff and students across the university, with the opportunity to come together and celebrate all their hard work at a bespoke ceremony in December.


Staff and students are being encouraged to take part in the awards by submitting any work they have undertaken through; research, teaching and campus activity in the pursuit of acting to reduce global warming and improve sustainability.

Associate Director of Sustainable Development Goal Impact, Mark Charlton, said: “These awards are about recognising the efforts staff and students are making through their efforts and innovations.

“We have made the entry process as simple as possible to draw out as many examples as possible of good work being undertaken to take climate action, no matter how big or small.”

Entries are now open and will close on Friday 2 December. 

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Research Associate to join project review seminar

Long-standing DMU Media Discourse Centre Research Associate and Land Campaigner for the radical NGO Global Witness, Ali Hines, is the author of the recent report Decade of Defiance, which details the sometimes fatal struggle of activists to protect the environment, and the murders perpetrated by those determined to exploit and despoil the land. The Report was covered in news outlets like Le Monde, the Independent and the Guardian. Ali wrote her third year dissertation on green issues and, graduating from De Montfort in 2003, went on to take an MSc in Environment, Science and Society at UCL. She also produced two chapters for the MDC publications Sites of Protest (2016) and Journalism, Power and Investigation (2019), and gave a keynote at our ‘Global Culture’ conference in 2015.  On Wednesday, 14th December 2022 at 2pm, Ali will join a number of guest speakers at an online review and impact assessment of four participatory projects, all of which were conducted in order to gain insights into the actual conditions that determine the social fate of ordinary citizens and indigenous peoples in the Global South – issues linked heavily to SDG16 targets.

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COP27@DMU: Launch event in Trinity Chapel

DMU is set to host a series of events alongside the world’s biggest climate change conference to give staff and students the chance to get involved. The United Nations Annual Climate Change Conference, COP27, is set to take place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt between November 6-18, 2022, and will see world leaders meet to try and agree policies and strategy to create a more sustainable global future. To mark this, DMU is encouraging staff and students at DMU to help drive climate action at the heart of campus by hosting activities during this time.

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Researchers join Hub Nutrition Debate at FAO Summit

DMU Senior Lecturer in Nutrition Dr Jessica Jin and PhD student Tutuwaa Baffo represented the university’s United Nations Academic Impact SDG Hub for SDG 16 at a forum debating how sustainable diets can be achieved. The event was put together by the University of Pretoria (UNAI SDG Hub for SDG2) as a side event to the FAO Science and Innovation Forum side-event, a panel discussion entitled: Exploring complexity: Policy options for nutritious, affordable and sustainable diets for all. here is a video of the debate:

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