Edge Hill University committed to action on climate change

Edge Hill University has joined with Universities UK (UUK) and fellow universities from across the UK to showcase their climate change research as part of a major new campaign backed by actress and environmentalist Lily Cole.

The campaign follows a new poll carried out by Universities UK and Opiniom which has revealed that parents see universities as crucial to delivering on the Department for Education’s sustainability strategy published last week.

Results of the poll show that 64% of parents believe that going to university would equip their child with the skills and knowledge that can help make the world a better place, and 70% think a university degree is essential for those contemplating a career in tackling climate change. And given the opportunity, more than one in three UK adults (37%) would consider higher education as a route to upskilling to realign their career with efforts to combat the climate emergency.

Read further the commitment universities are making to climate action: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/news/2022/04/edge-hill-university-committed-to-action-on-climate/

World Environment Day

Academics at Edge Hill University are highlighting the effect of Covid-19 on the natural rather than human world to mark World Environment Day.

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The fallout of the global pandemic for the human race has been well-documented but on World Environment Day, Friday 5th June, it is important to remember the outcomes for the natural world will, in many cases, be no less bleak.

Read further the thoughts of Dr Paula Arcari a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, Edge Hill University’s Professor Claire Parkinson, co-director of CfHAS and Christopher Dent, Professor in Economics and International Business and leader of the University’s new sustainability group SustainNET in the related news article.

‘Trophy Hunting’ Shortlisted

Geoff Beattie’s book ‘Trophy Hunting’ has been has been shortlisted for a 2019 Taylor & Francis Outstanding Book and Digital Product Award in the Outstanding Professional Category!

This book explores the psychology of trophy hunting from a critical perspective and considers the reasons why some people engage in the controversial activity of killing often endangered animals for sport.

Recent highly charged debate, reaching a peak with the killing of Cecil the lion in 2015, has brought trophy hunting under unprecedented public scrutiny, and yet the psychology of trophy hunting crucially remains under-explored. Considering all related issues from the evolutionary perspective and ‘inclusive fitness’, to personality and individual factors like narcissism, empathy, and the Duchenne smiles of hunters posing with their prey, Professor Beattie makes connections between a variety of indicators of prestige and dominance, showing how trophy hunting is inherently linked to a desire for status. He argues that we need to identify, analyse and deconstruct the factors that hold the behaviour of trophy hunting in place if we are to understand why it continues, and indeed why it flourishes, in an age of collapsing ecosystems and dwindling species populations.

Air Quality Project Awarded Royal Society Funding

An Edge Hill academic has been awarded funding by the Royal Society for a fantastic project to develop new ways of monitoring air pollution.

Paul Aplin

Paul Aplin, Professor of Geography at Edge Hill University, has been awarded a Royal Society-Newton Mobility Grant, part of the Newton Fund, to help develop new methods and tools for monitoring aerosol pollution in the atmosphere.

The new tools being developed will use remote sensing techniques and satellite-collected data at much higher spatial resolutions than are currently used, increasing the accuracy with which we can estimate aerosol presence and its negative effects.

Read further about this wonderful funded project.