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    How to be an Academic in a World on Fire: Talk & Hands-On Workshop

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    How to be an Academic in a World on Fire:

    Talk & Hands-On Workshop

    Clare Kelly, Trinity College Dublin

    13th December, 12-2:30pm

    27 University Square, Room 1.003,

    Queens University Belfast

    Addressing the climate crisis requires radical and urgent action at all levels of society. Universities are ideally positioned to lead such action but are largely failing to do so. At the same time, many academic scientists find their work impeded by corporatization and bureaucracy, a loss of academic freedom, overwork, casualisation, and poor mental health. In this talk, I will describe a recent paper that draws on Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics framework to rethink academia, which increasingly transgresses human and planetary limits while failing to provide a socially just foundation for its communities. In response, we suggest seven new principles for reimagining the norms of academic practice (Urai & Kelly, 2023). Based on these principles, we propose a call to action, and encourage academics to take concrete steps towards a thriving scientific enterprise that both works better for people and responds to the climate crisis.

    Do you want to learn more? Following the talk, a hands-on workshop (see will support participants to take concrete steps toward action. Participants will analyse current academic norms through a doughnut lens to identify and rethink unhelpful practices and to identify actions that will institute new ones. Activities will equip participants with new knowledge, motivation, and allegiances that will support them to take action - in their local context and as part of the global community. Sign up for the workshop (and reminder!) here:

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