Seminar Speaker Biographies

Angela Druckman seminar

Ray Cunningham

Ray is a freelance writer, editor, translator and consultant in British-German knowledge exchange whose talk for the GSI is titled "Reclaiming Sustainability". Before this he taught in the university sector in both Germany and Britain (and was Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University from 2009-2012), worked in academic publishing for five years and then for nearly twenty years (the last five of them as Director) for the Anglo-German Foundation for the Study of Industrial Society, a charity established by the British and German governments to fund bilateral research and knowledge exchange in economic, social and environmental policy. Ray is joint Founder and Convenor of the British-German Environment Forum, and Coordinator of the think tank Green House.

Dr Angela Druckman

Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)

Angela has been a member of the Centre of Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey since January 2005. She joined as a Research Fellow working on the EPSRC funded Industrial and Social Ecology of Urban Resource Flows project, which was part of the Sustainable Urban Environment (SUE) Waste Consortium. She later transferred to the newly formed ESRC Research group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE). In 2010 she accepted the post of Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Energy & Climate Change Mitigation. In 2011 Angela was awarded UK Scopus Young Researcher Award Environmental Sciences 2011.

Norbert Edomah

GSI & Pan-Atlantic University

Norbert is a PhD researcher at the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University.

Dr Chris Foulds

Global Sustainability Institute (GSI)

Chris is a Senior Research Fellow in the GSI. His research interests mainly centre around the social organisation of people’s everyday and working lives, with most of his projects relating to changes to the built environment and energy consumption. Chris is supporting his fellow speaker, Dr Michael Green, on this new EnW project, which includes examining the systemic interconnections between the production/consumption of energy and water.

Trevor Gibson

Opportunity Peterborough

Trevor has almost thirty years experience in the public sector predominantly focused on sustainability and environmental protection. He held the position of Director of Environment and Community Services at Peterborough City Council, until 2009. Most recently, he was part of the team which successfully bid for Peterborough to be one of the UK’s four Future City Demonstrators, funded by the Technology Strategy Board, and continues to help develop and deliver the resultant “Peterborough DNA” programme. Trevor is a board member of the Peterborough Environment City Trust.

Laurie Michaelis

Living Witness

Laurie works on sustainable living at Living Witness, a Quaker charity and his talk is "Change Agency". He has lived in community, taught children and adults, worked as a government policy analyst, and led a research commission on sustainable consumption.  He was a Lead Author for several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

James Phillips

Global Sustainability Institute (GSI)

James worked as part of the Education for Sustainability (EfS) team at the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) after completing a MA in Writing, Directing and Performance from The University of York. Having been involved with performing arts since the age of six – including a brief stint in the Harry Potter films – it became clear to James that much of the industry had very little understanding or appetite for sustainability; something that James is looking to help change. His talk is titled "Sustainability in the Performing Arts."