The SRS Academic Network was established in 2014 to be an interdisciplinary community of research and teaching staff at the University of Edinburgh interested in social responsibility and sustainability themes. PhD students are welcome to join as well as academic staff.
Existing as an email list, the network allows members to share ideas and calls for collaboration on: research projects; funding opportunities; teaching; student placements; events; knowledge exchange and impact activities; and other projects. The list encourages academic input into University policy and practice, with the Social Responsibility and Sustainability Department regularly identifying such opportunities.
As of February 2017, there are over 170 members from 10 Schools, and members range from PhD to professor level.
Membership of this network does not require a specific time commitment, but is simply an opportunity to stay informed about SRS research and teaching activities, and to engage further with collaborative projects where you wish to. Members can unsubscribe at any time.
We aim to have an annual networking event where members can share their relevant research and teaching and seek ideas or collaborations.
Periodically, meetings are held on how particular themes (e.g. energy, circular economy, SRS in supply chains…) can be approached in a joined up way through teaching and research.
We also host meetings about particular funding opportunities or new projects.
Thanks to the SRS Academic Network I met colleagues who work on the Enhance project, establishing Living Labs in University and City Council buildings. Two Psychology honours students are now collaborating with Enhance, working on a dissertation looking at the psychological factors influencing energy use in University labs. Myself and colleagues from Enhance are co-supervising this dissertation, and we hope to be able to share the results with SRS and the wider University community.
As an arts and humanities scholar working on music and the environment, I am the only one in my subject area at Edinburgh actively working on sustainability issues. It is easy to feel somewhat isolated without traveling to attend specialist conferences in my area, which is why I have found the SRS network meetings to be so useful. They are a great way of meeting locally-based researchers from other disciplines as well as non-academic staff who are invested in driving forward change in the area of environmental sustainability, and can connect otherwise disparate staff to a broader community of practice within the university.
The University is wide-spread, both geographically and by discipline. The Academic Network is essential in connecting our SRS community, providing a route to ask for advice, share best practice and get inspiration from colleagues across the disciplines.
The SRS Academic Network provides a great platform for open and honest discussion on important and current topics. It offers an opportunity for academics to discuss current research and also allows attendees to keep informed and up to date on internal University sustainability activities. As a research centre, this is exceptionally beneficial for the Sustainable Business Initiative (SBI).
Sign up to the academic network email list - please use your University email address so we can confirm your eligibility.
To discuss the network further, or any related topic, contact Liz Cooper.
Before completing an MSc in Business & Community, Liz worked on fair trade & livelihoods projects in India and Senegal for a number of years. She joined the University in 2012 to work on supply chain social responsibility, and currently leads the department’s Fairness in Trade and Sustainable Procurement Programme, including research, policy development, and collaboration with the Procurement Office on implementation. She also contributes to work on responsible investment, and leads work on developing a Living Lab approach – linking academic research to practice in the University on SRS issues.