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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, 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).

Please note the following COVID precautions:

 - The University asks that all visitors wear masks whilst in the building (unless exempt, eating or drinking)

 - The University does NOT ask for evidence of vaccination

 - The Conference Room in ECCI can hold 50 people with current COVID restrictions


Our AUTUMN 2021 programme
Date and time                                                          Title Speaker                                                                        Location 

18 November

16:00 -  17:30

'Policy making: science or scientists-led? Exploration of the use of evidence in development and environment policy and practice'

This talk and discussion will be followed by drinks and a chance just to catch up with each other.

Yvan Biot Conference Room, ECCI


Our past sessions (we closed due to the pandemic and are re-starting Autumn 2021)

Spring 2020
 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

(cancelled due to the pandemic)

UK housing policy learning from former colonies in the global South 

Matt Lane, University of Edinburgh ECCI

26 March, 16:00 - 17:30

(cancelled due to the pandemic)

Indigenous map making in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Aliya Ryan, Digital Democracy ECCI
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.