june 2018

21jun16:4018:10Warwick, Downs, Morstang, Gilvear & Mills - Learning for the Future (discussion)16:40 - 18:10 C: Studio 3

Event Details

This is a round table discussion exploring the potential for interdisciplinary learning between the arts and the sciences to tackle sustainable development goals concerned with water. The UN Sustainable Development Goals provide a compassionate and compelling manifesto for societal change that has an active concern for the natural environment at its heart. Specific goals focus on the well being of our oceans, rivers and freshwater supplies. Increasingly, sustainability education research argues for the importance of creativity as well as rigorous scientific enquiry for us to find ways to meet these global challenges and discover ways of living that are more harmonious with each other and the natural world. This line of thought is supporting educational innovation where the value of interdisciplinary learning spaces is being increasingly recognised at Higher Education level. This roundtable draws from the experiences of one such educational innovation conducted at the University of Plymouth. It will share some of the key lessons learnt, ongoing dilemmas for discussion, and crucially examples of the students’ creative outputs for inspiration. It will highlight the hope that is present within our students and their capacity to grapple with complex global problems concerned with our life with water in order to remind us that positive solutions are possible to imagine and restorative actions are possible to initiate.



Paul Warwick is the Centre for Sustainable Futures Lead at the University of Plymouth. His role within Teaching and Learning Support is to facilitate creative innovation across all faculties concerned with providing students with vibrant, engaging and apt experiences of sustainability education. As well as working with staff from a range of disciplines Paul also works with students as partners engaging them as co-creators of Sustainability Education. His most recent work has been concerned with how to engage students with the UN Sustainable Development Goals through creative processes and through community engagement where they can learn through making a difference.

Heidi C Morstang works with moving image, photography and experimental documentary films. Her work explores the significance of landscape; she is interested in the social, cultural, environmental and archaeological histories embedded in landscapes. She uses images to explore and offer insight into the complex and subtle tensions and conflicts that characterise places, however beautiful our environment might appear. The majority of her work is created in the Nordic Arctic region, often in collaboration with scientists.

She has exhibited her photographic work and screened her films internationally since 1995. Her work is represented in several private and public collections.

She lectures in photography at University of Plymouth, where she convenes the Land/Water and the Visual Arts Research Group, and contributes frequently to Moving Image Arts Research Group, and the Photography Research Group.

Other bios to follow.


(Thursday) 16:40 - 18:10


C: Studio 3

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EN