Establishing a Knowledge Hub on Climate

39 professors from Circle U. member universities have been appointed in the framework of the Academic Chair Programme. Seven of them in the Knowledge Hub on Climate. Who are they, and what are their main tasks?

Picture from a climate demonstrationIn recent years, the pressing issue of climate change has moved up on the political agenda of many countries, thanks notably to the global mobilisation of the young generation. 
Circle U. Knowledge Hubs are a space for both students and staff to co-create knowledge and solutions across disciplines and with external stakeholders, and to engage in policy development. The Knowledge Hub on Climate will explore how universities can contribute to solving this societal challenge and examine the implications of the European Green Deal.

The role of the chairs

Like in the other Knowledge Hubs, the Open School, the Student-Led Innovation platform or the Think and Do Tank, the chairs in the Academic Chair programme will:

  • Link education and research within and across disciplines, focusing here on issues related to climate;
  • Engage students to take an active role in knowledge creation and socially-engaged research on a theme which already captures their interest;
  • Represent and champion Circle U. within the alliance, nationally and internationally, as well as with external stakeholders. One opportunity for such exchanges will most probably be the Training Programme for Practitioners on Climate Change (see article on ERIA).
  • Stimulate new models of academic collaboration and partnership in their domain of expertise, and share these across Circle U.

Different Profiles to serve a Common cause

These are the seven Chairs in the Knowledge Hub on Climate:

Profile picture of Christina Voight
Christina Voigt, a Law professor at the University of Oslo and an expert in international environmental law.
Profile picture of Marnik Vanclooster
Marnik Vanclooster, a Professor of Bioengineering at UCLouvain and an expert of water resources engineering and agricultural water management.
Profile picture of Jelena Lukovic
Jelena Lukovic, a Professor of Geography at the University of Belgrade and an expert on precipitation seasonality change in the subtropics.
Profile picture of Elizabeth Rushton
Elizabeth Rushton, a Professor of Geography Education at King's College London and an expert on professional development of teachers, student participation in research, and environmental education.
Profile picture of Alexandre Gélabert
Alexandre Gélabert, a Professor of Biogeochemistry at the Université de Paris and an expert on the environmental cycling of metals.
Profile picture of Anne Jensen
Anne Jensen, a Professor in environmental policy and sociology at Aarhus University and an expert on issues of governance related to climate.
Profile picture of Marcel Robischon
Marcel Robischon, a Professor in Life Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and an expert on forest and agricultural ecology.

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Published Oct. 4, 2021 12:44 PM - Last modified Oct. 8, 2021 8:44 AM