Sara Parkin – OBE

Presentation: ‘The future – what would good look like?’ 
Welcome address: 9:10am – 10:00am (Great Hall, Room UG.09)

Sara Parkin is Principal Associate of The Sustainability Literacy Project.  She is also Co-founder and Trustee of Forum for the Future, Chair of the Richard Sandbrook Trust and Trustee of the St Andrews Prize. 

She serves on the boards of the Higher Education Academy, the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and is an advisor on sustainable development to several organisations, including the National Union of Students.  In the past she has served full terms on the boards of the Natural Environment Research Council and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. 

In various roles, she has campaigned for the environment and sustainable development for 40 years, including during the 1970s and 1980s when she played leading roles in the UK Green Party and international green politics, including founding what is now known as The European Greens. She no longer has any political affiliation.

Sara is an honorary fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institute of Energy, Founding Fellow of the Engineering Council, and Patron of several organisations, including Population Matters.  She holds 11 honorary degrees and in 2001 was awarded an OBE for her contribution to education and sustainability.   She has written several books, the latest being The Positive Deviant: leadership for sustainability in a perverse world (2010), and is currently working on another, provisionally titled: What Does Good Look Like?