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The London Student Sustainability Conference 2020



Public, Staff, Students, Alumni

The London Student Sustainability Conference is returning on Thursday 27 February 2020! After a successful conference last year, we’re looking forward to welcoming students, staff, professionals and members of the public to find out more about the work which is inspiring positive impacts in the world.

The conference is entirely student-led; with students exhibiting their research and projects through presentations, posters and performances.

Join us on Thursday 27 February 2020 at City, University of London to:

  • Broaden your knowledge of the challenges and solutions to today's most critical issues
  • Network with students, academics and professionals from the University of London and beyond
  • Gain inspiration for your own research or dissertation projects


9:00-9:30Registration and Networking
9:30 – 9:50

Welcome Address

Professor Sir Paul Curren, President, City, University of London

Tuna Kunt, City Students’ Union President

Simon Puleston Jones, WokenUp

9:50 – 10:00 Changeover
10:00 – 10:40 Session 1

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Angolan Healthcare: A Systems Approach
Mauro Cesar Oliveira, City, University of London

The LS-Sea (by Free the Flush)
Harriet Freeman, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Goal 13: Climate Action

Impact of Climate Change on Malaria and Dengue Fever
Marianna Muszynska, Birkbeck College

Paragon - Support your local community and the planet: one choice at a time!
Amy Cooper, Olga Woronowicz, Palmi Parikh and Nikita Bharwani, City, University of London

10:40 Changeover
10:50-11:30 Session 2

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Rethinking the Future of Finance
Razan Khalid Osman, City, University of London

Sustainable Finance
Guido Bassi and Alberto BonÃria, City, University of London

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

UNV: Sustainable, Affordable and Fashionable Consumption
Jeanne Begon-Lours, Maria Vesterbacka, Victor Tirot, Alma Rathle, Leah Bloch, King’s College London

Daisy Grace Cave, Lisa Lorang, Lauren Ramdin, Rachel Rayhab, City, University of London  

11:30-11:50 Refreshments, Poster Exhibition and Networking
11:50-12:30 Session 3

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being

The benefits of lovingkindness. How meditation can improve wellbeing and a sense of interpersonal connectedness
Helena de Klerk, City, University of London

Wild Life and Plant Centred Eco Haven. Life Re-Searchings & Super WildWay Replanting Routings
Margaret Jennings, Goldsmiths’, University of London

Goal 15: Life on Land

D8: Sustainable Agriculture through intersectional supply chain
Bahareh Sarvi, City, University of London

FreeStations in the Colombian Andes
Heather Needham, King’s College London

12:30-13:00 Lunch, Networking, Poster Exhibition and Awards

Keynote Panel

Chair: Dr Christopher McDowell, City, University of London

Alex Wright, Association of Commonwealth Universities

Mark Charlton, De Montfort University

Grace Corn, SOS-UK

Caroline Asante, WokenUp

14:00 Conference Close

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Dr Christopher McDowell is the Assistant Vice-President (International) at City, University of London and will be chairing our panel of speakers. He is a political anthropologist and chairs the City, University of London SDG Working Group. Christopher has 25 years’ experience of research and advisory work on forced migration, resettlement, livelihoods and humanitarian responses.

Alex Wright is the Head of Policy & Public Affairs at The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). In 2019 the ACU launched The Higher Education and the SDGs Network which connects universities across the Commonwealth in their work on the sustainable development agenda. It also promotes the critical role of higher education in tackling global challenges, and promotes collaboration with other SDG initiatives within and beyond the sector. Alex has been working with the ACU since August 2018, and is also an Independent Consultant specialising in international development and education policy and advocacy.

Mark Charlton is the Associate Director of Public Engagement at De Montfort University. Mark has been working in university-public engagement for more than eight years. He oversees DMU SquareMile and DMU Local civic participation and volunteering programmes for staff and students at DMU. At De Montfort, he leads on the United Nations Academic Impact global hub for Sustainable Development Goal 16 – based at DMU – by bringing academics and students into the global conversation on SDGs and working across the university to develop research and teaching outputs that seek to impact and promote indicators of the SDGs. He is also working towards a PhD linked to SDG16, researching links between student volunteering and growing stronger democracies through civic participation.

Grace Corn is a Project Manager at Students Organising for Sustainability UK (SOS-UK), a new educational charity that seeks to get more students leading on and learning about sustainability. Building on fifty years of leading-edge campaigns and programmes, developed by the National Union of Students (NUS UK), SOS-UK aims to harness the desire of students and young people to respond to the climate emergency and lead society to a better future. Grace delivers SOS-UK sustainability engagement projects, programmes and campaigns (primarily 'Green Impact' and 'Student Switch Off') at educational institutions and community organisations. She is passionate about the environment, sustainability and social change with a history of working in the charity sector.

Caroline Asante is a former award-winning BBC Broadcaster and documentary maker, turned environmental activist. She is Head of Global Content for WokenUp, Founder of the UK's first Eco Living Festival in Cambridge, Founding Editor-in Chief and Creative Director of Sustainable Diva and is the Sustainable Fashion and Clean Beauty Columnist for Velvet Magazine. She is a fellow of the Royal Festival of Arts and holds a Masters of Science degree in Sustainability from Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge.

Simon Puleston-Jones is the Founder and CEO of WokenUp: the new global social network with purpose. WokenUp brings together people and organisations taking action on the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the social and environmental issues you care about, from climate and sustainability to diversity and beyond. You can join WokenUp at

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When and where

9.00am - 5.00pmThursday 27th February 2020

Whiskin Street Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom