PhD on role of arts & culture in environmental sustainability

February 10, 2016


School of Performance and Cultural Industries, Leeds


The intensive rainfall and flooding in Leeds, West Yorkshire, and the North of England over the recent holidays in 2015 have captured public attention around the country and demonstrated once again that climate change due to global warming is devastating homes, businesses, and people’s lives. The impact of climate change is without question the major environmental challenge facing citizens, cities, and countries today. While governments pursue scientific and technological solutions, how are arts and cultural organisations responding to the threat? What, if any, contribution might the arts and culture make to the solutions?
The School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds invites applications for PhD study on a project to investigate the role of arts and cultural organisations in environmental sustainability. Taking a case-study based approach, the project will explore how arts organisations contribute to sustainable development thinking in their missions, values, creative practices, and projects. The project will begin with a case study of East Street Arts in Leeds, identifying at least two additional arts organisations for further study.
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To discuss the project in more detail, please contact one of the supervisors for this studentship Dr Anna Upchurch

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