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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

Clothes Swap this Friday!

Don’t forget, UC Sustainability are holding a clothes swap this Friday 24th May, and you’re invited!

As part of our contribution to Fashion Revolution Week, we’re inviting you to ditch fast fashion, and swap not shop!

Clothes swaps are fun, easy, free and second hand threads are the most socially and environmentally friendly fashion statement you can make. Clear out your wardrobes, and bring in up to five good quality, pre-loved items of clothing to our swap. The best part? You then get to fill your wardrobe back up again with someone else’s treasures!

What: Campus Clothes Swap

When: Friday 24th May, 12pm – 2pm

Where: Undercroft 101

What to bring: Up to five items of pre-loved clothing, and a reusable bag for carrying your ‘new’ clothes home! You’re welcome to drop your clothes off in Undercroft 101 from 11am onwards – or bring them along to our film night on Thursday evening.

For more information, check out the Facebook event here.

See you there!

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Did you know we have a Free Table at UC?

It’s a space where you can take home what you need, and drop off what you no longer have use for!

We’re all about reducing what is sent to landfill. Give your unwanted items a second chance at life, plus you never know what treasures you might find on there…

Our Free Table loves:

  • Stationary, office supplies, books and textbooks
  • Clean clothing, bedding and shoes
  • Kitchenware, crockery and homewares
  • Food items (non-perishable is best)
  • Anything else (as long as it’s clean and in working condition)

We ask that you please respect this area by keeping it tidy, using the storage areas provided and by only bringing in items you believe others may want (this area is not a rubbish bin!).

Find our Free Table in the Undercroft, underneath the Puaka-James Hight stairs.


Spread the word – the Free Table is for everyone!

Huge thanks to the Eco Volunteer and Eco Club Network teams for their help in giving the Free Table area an upgrade!

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