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Celebrating Fresh Thinking: Professorial Lecture Series

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academe made by Professor Pavel Castka and Professor Tom Cochrane in the next presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2019.

Date:               Thursday 6 June, from 4.30 – 6.00 p.m.
Location:       E14 – Engineering Core

I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend this lecture, to actively support our new Professors, and take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with.

Presentation details:

“Universal Language of the Future? Addressing business challenges through international standards” Presented by Professor Pavel Castka, Department of Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship

How can businesses address social and environmental issues – such as climate change, social responsibility, poverty or child labour – in a vastly diverse world with different opinions on these issues?  Is there a common platform or universal language that can facilitate the interaction between businesses across the world – enabling addressing of these challenges as well as challenges of everyday cooperation of firms in global supply chains?

In this inaugural professorial lecture, I will build on research at UC as well as my involvement with international standard setting NGOs – including International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – and discuss the status quo as well as future challenges of standards setting, adoption and control mechanisms that ensure consistency of international standards across the globe. The lecture is designed for a diverse audience that is interested in social and environmental issues as well as in the generic matters of cooperation in international business – inclusive of non-academic audience such as business leaders or social activists. The lecture provides an insight into the exciting world of international standards, potentially the universal language of the future.

“Food–energy–water nexus in the Mekong” – Presented by Professor Tom Cochrane, Department of Civil & Natural Resources Engineering

The Mekong basin in Southeast Asia is undergoing rapid development.  Basin wide water infrastructure development (hydropower/irrigation), climate change and land-use change are causes for concern due to potential impacts on highly valued fisheries, agriculture, and natural ecosystems. Extensive water, sediment and nutrient modelling and analyses were thus conducted to understand the food-energy-water nexus in the basin and assess future threats and evaluate alternative pathways. Results show that recent development of flood protection dykes, as well as sea level rise and land subsidence pose a major threat to the long term sustainability of the Mekong Delta. Future adaptation and mitigation strategies should include optimal operation of water infrastructure (hydropower, dykes, and irrigation systems) to reduce hydrological and sediment changes, reduction in groundwater pumping, water storage management, sea level rise protection infrastructure, land reclamation, enhancement of coastal and in-stream habitats, and others.  A single solution is not sufficient for this complex basin; multiple mitigation initiatives are necessary through transboundary communication and coordination. The analysis and methods, as well as the lessons learnt in this research can be translated to other river systems around the world undergoing rapid development and climatic threats.

Professor Ian Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua

Addington Cup Day Alcohol Ban

With Christchurch’s Cup and Show Week nearly underway.  We’ve got some advice for those thinking about going.

What you need to know

Addington Raceway and Riccarton Park are the country’s biggest week in horse racing.

More than 20,000 people are expected to pour through the gates at Addington next Tuesday to watch the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup.

Tickets are available online and at the gate for both Addington and Riccarton.

Transport

Take a taxi or hop on a bus, or arrange to be dropped off nearby. Addington also offers a free bus service to the city from 5.30pm on Cup Day.

To plan your route and reduce travel delays, go to Transport for Christchurch>

For more information about bus services, visit metro info>

Alcohol ban areas on Cup Days

The Addington alcohol ban from 9am to 10pm on the day of the New Zealand Trotting Cup covers the area bounded by Lincoln Road, Moorhouse Avenue, Blenheim Road, Matipo Street and Wrights Road.

The Riccarton alcohol ban from 7am to midnight on the day of the NZ Cup covers the area bounded by Yaldhurst Road, Middlepark Road, Epsom Road, Main South Road, Racecourse Road, Buchanans Road, Carmen Road and Masham Road.

If you’re thinking of hosting..

Make sure you register at GoodOne>

Register any parties at Good One

Students are reminded that if they are hosting any parties this summer, we recommend registering them at Good One>

The information you put on your party registration is used to help you make your party a good one. It is forwarded to your friendly local community police so they know your party is happening.

No details are stored on the Good One website at all, so other people using the Good One website will not be able see your party details or information.  

Note: Good One is an initiative backed by a number of community and government organisations including the police, student associations, universities, DHBs, tertiary providers, the Health Promotion Agency and Red Frogs.