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Student Sustainability Research Conference collaborates on London-Leeds exchange 

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The 2024 Student Sustainability Research Conference kicks off on Wednesday 6 March, with students from across Yorkshire travelling to the University of Leeds to take part. But three of our conference presenters have already given a sneak preview of their research at the London Sustainability research Conference led by City, University of London and hosted this year at Imperial College London!  

Kate Morris (University of Leeds), Blessing Mucherera (University of Hull) and Rebecca Lait (University of York) were selected to take part in an exchange programme with the London Sustainability Research Conference which saw them travel to London to present their research earlier in February. 

An exciting exchange opportunity 

Kate Morris’ research focuses on clothing durability and how this links to garment use, disposal and circular economy models. On being selected to present in London, she said: 

I am so excited to have the opportunity to speak at SSRC24 as well as the LSSC24. My research investigates how we utilise and dispose of our clothing in our daily lives. I’m honoured to have the chance to share my insights and challenge consumer thinking at both events. I hope to inspire those attending to practice more sustainable clothing habits, whether they are academics, students or members of the public simply looking to be more sustainable.

Blessing Mucherera’s research focuses on urban flood justice amongst ethnicities in Hull, across the UK, and Calgary and uses participatory approaches like walking interviews and serious gaming. And Rebecca Lait is working with FixOurFood to research the impact of this system’s power dynamics on transformational change and the climate crisis.  

All three will also be presenting their research at the SSRC in Leeds on Wednesday 6 March, alongside students from the London Student Sustainability Conference who will be travelling up to Leeds to present their research. 

London students present in Leeds

Devika Prakash (King’s College London) will be sharing his research on political economy roadmap for developing carbon removal technologies, whilst research from Pauline de Bigault de Cazanove (Queen Mary University of London) focuses around plastic pollution and artificial weathering.  

Safia Irfan, Soumya Sharma and Mehseen Ullah (University of Westminster) will be presenting on the Cavendish Living Lab, a vertically integrated project focused on building sustainable solutions to address food, plastic, and water waste on the Cavendish campus at the University of Westminster. 

Join us at the 2024 SSRC 

You can see our exchange students – as well as a whole host of other inspiring research from across Yorkshire – at the SSRC on Wednesday 6 March at the University of Leeds. 

Although tickets for the main conference are sold out, the poster exhibition in Parkinson Court is free for all to attend during the day. There are also spaces available at supporting events including an employer networking event as part of a careers spotlight on sustainability, and a biodiversity monitoring session on campus.  


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