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Edinburgh Environment and Development Network

The Edinburgh Environment and Development Network (EEDN) was initiated in early 2018 in order to bring together academics and practitioners working on issues of environment and development from around Edinburgh.


The network aims to promote discussion around topics of interest, a sharing of knowledge and experience, a greater awareness of each other’s work, potential to collaborate on proposals and projects, and just a chance to get to know each other. We meet once a month (except in the summer; June-August) for discussions on topics introduced by members of the network, with facilitation aimed at sharing expertise and experiences amongst all those present.

Sessions take place on Thursdays 16:00-17:30 at ECCI (edinburghcentre.org), with refreshments provided.

We welcome all new members and all ideas for topics and formats for meetings, so please do get in touch if you’d like to join or share your ideas: Sam Staddon (sam.staddon@ed.ac.uk) and Clare Barnes (c.barnes@ed.ac.uk).



Our SPRING 2020 programme 
Date and time Title Speaker Location

23 January, 16:00 - 17:30


Prof Andrea Nightingale,

University of Oslo, Norway

27 February, 16:00 - 17:30 UK housing policy learning from former colonies in the global South  Matt Lane, University of Edinburgh ECCI
26 March, 16:00 - 17:30 Indigenous map making in the Ecuadorian Amazon Aliya Ryan, Digital Democracy ECCI
Our past sessions
Autumn 2019


Title                                                                                                                                                                                  Speaker
17 October                                   

Caroline Lehmann, University of Edinburgh

14 November

Kate Crowley,  University of Edinburgh

12 December Nicholas Warren,  A Rocha
Spring 2019
17 January                   Coastal livelihood interventions                                                                                                          Mike Riddell, The Landscapes and Livelihoods Group
28  February                             Learning lessons from projects, places & people   Clare Barnes, Gary Watmough, Sam Staddon, University of Edinburgh  
14 March Technologies in natural resource governance Margherita Scazza, University of Edinburgh
4 April  Ecosystems and urban vulnerability: why is research evidence ignored in Asia and beyond?                                                     Jim Jarvie, Thismiafocus
Autumn 2018
25 October                        Livelihoods and Rights-based approaches to natural resource management                                               Peter O’Hara, Participatory Natural Resource Management
22 November Involving business in conservation and development Tillem Burlace, LTS International
13 December Indigenous communities Peter Branney, a private consultant


Some thoughts from our members

I really liked the dynamic of the EEDN session, nice interaction between practitioners and researchers I thought. Great initiative…nice to catch up with old colleagues and meet new people.


It was a fantastic session, and really great to see you and lots of familiar faces, and of course the students who really bring a lot to it. The presentation and research was really topical and thought-provoking, particularly as I came to the session from designing a similar project ...and so really nice to have a space to step back and think about these approaches.


A quick note to thank you and your team for the event yesterday. A stimulating talk and great to meet people with similar interests. I’m certainly interested in continuing attendance.