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12th November: Dr Ronita Bardhan will be hosting a roundtable at COP26 in Glasgow on “Decarbonising future affordable housing  - Solving the Health, energy and poverty nexus ” from 10:00-12:30PM GMT

This event is integral to furthering the aims and trajectories of Decarbonising future affordable and slum transitional housing from the perspective of the energy use, energy transition, environmental justice, gender mainstreaming and health in the warming climate. This event intends to focus on the following themes. 
1.       Affordable housing and climate change 
2.       Energy transition and informality 
3.       Gender, energy and climate change
4.       Health and population at risk
5.       Innovative technologies for mitigation. 

On 9 November at 19:15-20:15, Dr Sunikka-Blank will talk about AHRC Filming Energy project at Resilience Hub in Blue Zone

She is talking in the session that explores the potential for arts, culture and heritage to tackle gender and diversity in climate resilience and adaptation. The focus of the session: entrenched social inequalities and injustices such as those related to gender, race and class remain persistent and tough to tackle. They are often perpetuated in the name of cultural traditions and remain overlooked in international conversations about climate change and adaptation. But these inequalities—exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic—profoundly affect how different groups are impacted by, and respond to, the climate emergency. This session will explore the potential for arts, culture and heritage research and practice to include and address gender and diversity in the climate resilience conversation, including examples of reducing the carbon footprint of arts-based research projects.

Dr Minna Sunikka-Blank has authored the British Academy COP26 policy brienfing on Cities and Energy Transitions. In the coming decades, 90% of urbanisation will take place in the developing world. It is estimated that in 2030, 40% of the world population will live in informal settlements, needing access to adequate housing and energy infrastructure. Energy transition is an opportunity to rethink the city and to include previously unacknowledged groups, such as informal settlement dwellers, in decision-making. You can download the report here.