Joe Smith
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Biography <p>I&#39;ve been Professor of Environment and Society at the Open University since 2016.&nbsp;From October 2017 I have served as Head of the Department of Geography. I joined the Open University&#39;s Geography Department in October 1999, and have worked in interdisciplinary environmental research and teaching teams from the start. I&#39;ve been awarded three teaching prizes and an Engaging Research (Research Leader) Award (2014). I&#39;ve been a member of the OU&#39;s Broadcast Strategy Group (2008-2010); the Academic Reputation Working Group (2013-2015) and the Digital Humanities Steering Group.</p><p>I hold a BA degree in Social and Political Sciences and a PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge, and ran a University-wide environmental research and teaching network there (1995-2000). I&rsquo;ve held visiting fellowships at Clare Hall (2005/6) and CRASSH (2008/09). I regularly speak and consult for a range of bodies on environmental policy, politics and communications. I have enjoyed a long running collaboration with the International Broadcasting Trust. I&rsquo;m a Senior Fellow of the HEA,&nbsp;Fellow of the RGS, a member of the Antiquarian Horological Society and Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. I&#39;m a&nbsp; Director of Smith of Derby Ltd, turret clockmakers since 1856.</p>
Description <p>I&#39;ve been Professor of Environment and Society at the Open University since 2016.&nbsp;From October 2017 I have served as Head of the Department of Geography. I joined the Open University&#39;s Geography Department in October 1999, and have worked in interdisciplinary environmental research and teaching teams from the start. I&#39;ve been awarded three teaching prizes and an Engaging Research (Research Leader) Award (2014). I&#39;ve been a member of the OU&#39;s Broadcast Strategy Group (2008-2010); the Academic Reputation Working Group (2013-2015) and the Digital Humanities Steering Group.</p><p>I hold a BA degree in Social and Political Sciences and a PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge, and ran a University-wide environmental research and teaching network there (1995-2000). I&rsquo;ve held visiting fellowships at Clare Hall (2005/6) and CRASSH (2008/09). I regularly speak and consult for a range of bodies on environmental policy, politics and communications. I have enjoyed a long running collaboration with the International Broadcasting Trust. I&rsquo;m a Senior Fellow of the HEA,&nbsp;Fellow of the RGS, a member of the Antiquarian Horological Society and Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. I&#39;m a&nbsp; Director of Smith of Derby Ltd, turret clockmakers since 1856.</p>
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Research overview <p>All of my research seeks to enhance understanding and action on global environmental change issues, and draws on work from across the social and political sciences. This breaks down into two main areas of research and commentary: 1. Global environmental change and culture, largely focused on broadcasting and digital media; 2. Contemporary environmental history and politics, including the politics of consumption.</p><p>My research tends to be collaborative, interdisciplinary and experimental. Throughout my career I have sought to combine&#39;thinking&#39; and&#39;doing&#39;, and impact and engagement has been integral to my varied projects.&nbsp;I am Principle Investigator on two AHRC funded projects: Earth in Vision (&pound;470K) and Stories of Change (&pound;1.47M), and also co-convene (with<a href="https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/architecture/people/academic/renata-tyszczuk">Dr Renata Tyszczuk</a>of the University of Sheffield School of Architecture) the Mediating Change group which seeks to support research and practice at the intersection of culture and climate change. My other current area of research relates to the politics of food in post-socialist societies. These investigations are currently summarised by the title Quiet Sustainability, and are rooted in a long standing partnership with OU colleague<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/people/pj586">Petr Jehlicka</a>. Past projects include<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/socialsciences/interdependenceday/">Interdependence Day</a>, which tested reframings and provocations around themes of globalisation and sustainability with a series of events and publications.</p><p><a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/researchcentres/osrc/research/projects/ahrc-project-earth-in-vision">Earth in Vision (AHRC funded Care for the Future project, value&pound;470K)</a>&nbsp;(2013-2016) is looking back at fifty years of BBC broadcasting about environmental issues, and looking forward to what citizens, teachers and learners might want to do if they could access digital broadcast archives. The team includes OU colleagues George Revill, Kim Hammond and Zdenek Zdrahal (KMi), and we are working with relevant parts of the BBC, the Geographical Association and others. The project has two main goals: 1. to tell new histories and politics of environmental change, with broadcasting&lsquo;written in&rsquo; more prominently; 2. to use environment as a case study as to what citizens, teachers and learners want in terms of tools and support if more digital broadcast archive content is released.</p><p><a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/researchcentres/osrc/research/projects/stories-of-change">Stories of Change (AHRC funded Connected Communities project, value&pound;1.47m)</a>(2014-2017) seeks to loosen up the public and political conversation about energy by showing how fluid the relationship between energy and society has been in the past, how varied it is in the present, and how many different ideas exist about how it might be in the future. The team includes humanities and social science researchers from the universities of Bath, Birmingham, Exeter, Sheffield, South Wales and the Open University, as well as a very wide body of community, industry, policy and creative partners (artists; poets; filmmakers and more). There are three parts to the project: Story 1: Demanding Times, looks at the political and policy backdrop to energy change, focusing on Westminster and London; Story 2: Future Works, explores the past, present and future of energy in industrial making in the English midlands and Story 3: Everyday Lives is set in South Wales, and engages with communities that have been made and remade by their relationships with energy production. As well as acting as PI I&rsquo;m leading on Story 1 and contributing to Story 2.</p><p><a href="http://oro.open.ac.uk/37717/">Quiet sustainability</a>is a project developed with OU colleague<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/socialsciences/main/staff/people-profile.php?name=Petr_Jehlicka">Petr Jehlička</a>which looks at the unfolding politics of consumption and sustainability through a study of the changing food politics and cultures in Poland and the Czech Republic.&nbsp;We find that post-socialist Central and Eastern European countries are distinctive and very revealing places to try to make sense of globally significant questions about consumption, development and quality of life.&nbsp;Specifically, we have been working to understand why so many people from all social classes (up to 40%) produce so much of their own fruit, vegetables and eggs (again, up to 40%) in post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe. This time-series research project is combining qualitative and quantitative methods, and has been running since 2004. Findings have been published in Transactions of the IBG, Geoforum (x2), Social Indicators Research, Sociologia Ruralis and Environmental History. Scholars in geography, anthropology and sociology in various countries are drawing on our mixed methods approach and theoretical framing.</p><p>I have supervised five PhDs to completion and currently have two PhD students working with me, Ana Harrison and Robert Butler. I welcome applications in the fields of culture, communication and environmental change, and environmental policy and politics.</p>
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Page www.cultureandclimatechange.co.uk
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