Celebrating Fresh Thinking, Professorial Lecture Series

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academe made by Professor Bronwyn Hayward and Professor Timothy Sullivan in the next presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2020.

Date: Thursday, 29 October, from 4.30 – 6.00 p.m.
Location: E14 – Engineering

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:

“Ecological Citizenship for a School Strike generation”
Presented by Professor Bronwyn Hayward, Political Science and International Relations.

How to support young people as citizens in chaotic climate futures is an urgent question. While thousands of young New Zealanders have joined global peers in climate protests, and growing numbers of New Zealanders agree climate change is a pressing concern, we still know little about which learning experiences and capabilities young citizens need to help them face disruptive climate futures. In this presentation Bronwyn Hayward develops her ‘SEEDS’ model of ‘strong ecological citizenship’ for a school strike generation. The SEEDS of citizenship education encourage students to develop skills for; Social agency, environmental education, Embedded justice, Decentred deliberation and Self-transcendence. Hayward argues a SEEDs approach can support young citizens’ democratic imagination and develop their ‘handprint’ for social justice.


“Seismic Design of Buildings: Historical Developments and New Horizons”
Presented by Professor Timothy Sullivan, Department of Civil & Natural Resources Engineering.

Ten years after the Canterbury earthquake sequence began, this lecture examines how our seismic design approaches for buildings have developed over the past century and discusses what changes may be on the horizon to better quantify, communicate and mitigate seismic risk. As part of this discussion, the development of so-called displacement-based design will be described as well as risk-targeted seismic design procedures. The talk also explains how innovative building technologies can lead to improved seismic performance but not without a suitable seismic design approach. As part of this, I will illustrate some of the contributions we have made to the development of improved seismic design procedures and identify what are considered key research needs.

Professor Ian Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research | Tumu Tuarua Rangahau

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