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Community Responses to Environmental Issues

Meeting chaired by Geoffrey Catchpole

Dr Rosemary McKechnie

Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Bath Spa University College

16 May 2005.

Living with the Megapower

Chaired by Geoffrey Catchpole

(part 1) Atlantic Relations in the Age of Terrorism

15 October 2004.

(part 2) The Crisis of Legitimacy

6 June 2005

Robert Side

BRLSI Member.

Robert Side is a Member & former Education Officer of the Atlantic Council of the U.K

& Member of the Atlantic Treaty Association.

FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE

Dr Karen Rowlingson, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, on 14 May 2004.

The speaker commented that the social security aspect of the Welfare State receives much less attention than other aspects (such as health and education) although it merits as much, despite the complexities involved and its constant changes. She would give an overview of the system and the problems it tries to address, using many charts and graphs.

GIBRALTAR; BRITISH OR SPANISH?

Dr Peter Gold, Head of School of European and International Area Studies, University of the West of England, on 27 April 2004.

UNDISCIPLINED MINDS

Dr Eric Herring, Senior Lecturer in International Politics, University of Bristol on 9 March 2004.

(The following report incorporates answers given by the speaker to questions put throughout the talk and subsequent discussion.)

THE SAS: FACT AND FICTION

John Newsinger, Senior Lecturer in the School of Historical and Cultural Studies at Bath Spa University College.

9 February 2004.

Business, Sustainable Development & Learning

Dr Stephen Gough

Department of Education, University of Bath

12 January 2004

EUROPE, POLICIES AND PEOPLE

Frank Gardner & Peter Cullen, the School of Economics, University of the West of England, on 21 November 2003

LATIN AMERICA

Alan White, Member, on 17 October 2003.

The speaker, a retired diplomat, served in several countries before becoming Ambassador to Bolivia, in 1985, and then in Chile. He continues to travel and note developments in Latin America.

‘COFFEE TALKS’

January 11th 2003 Initially the discussion focused on problems concerning policy towards Iraq, Israel and North Korea, as in earlier sessions, but later dealt with a more domestic issue – formal education in Britain. Some views expressed follow.

CHILDREN, OBESITY AND MODERN LIFE

Dr Elizabeth Poskitt, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, on 18 July 2003

The speaker is an eminent pediatrician, specializing in malnutrition and obesity, who has founded the European Childhood Obesity Group in order to co-ordinate research on that condition. She has worked in Birmingham, Liverpool and now London, and teaches on higher degree courses. Following extensive clinical work in Africa (which she discussed at the Institution at a lunch meeting last year) she continues to visit overseas medical centres.

POVERTY, INEQUALITY AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES.

Dr Laura Camfield, University of Bath, on 20 June 2003

Dr Laura Camfield is a member of an Environmental and Social Research Council (ESRC) sponsored research group at the University. Dr Camfield, an anthropologist, is concerned primarily with one aspect – ‘people’s experience of subjective well-being’ – of the ‘Well-being in Developing Countries’(WeD) project. (1)

DISABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT

Ruth Knagg, Public Fundraising Manager for Action on Disability and Development, on 15 May 2003

Action on Disability and Development is a non-governmental organization operating in 12 countries in Africa and Asia in order to promote self-help by groups of disabled people in pursuit of their economic, social and political rights.

YEMEN: THEN AND NOW

Sarah Searight, Chairman of the Society of Arabian Studies, on 21 March 2003

MICROFINANCE AND GLOBAL POVERTY

Dr James Copestake, Department of Economics and International Development, University of Bath, on 21 February 2003

WOMEN AND THE FUTURE OF AFGHANISTAN

Nancy Catchpole, Member, on 15 February 2002.

At the outset the speaker affirmed that she is no expert on the topic, but that she wanted it discussed because various organisations with which she is involved are very concerned about the developing situation in Afghanistan. Since the Taleban take-over of 1996 such concerns have been brought to the attention of both our government and the UN. Now, progress may be possible.

THE NEW IMPERIALISM?

Amy Barkshire, Member, on 17 May 2002

Amy Barkshire, a member with an academic background in medical sociology, began her talk by asking whether we are witnessing economic imperialism since the decline of the nation state? The term `new imperialism' is being used by some writers in that context.

EARTHQUAKE RELIEF IN INDIA

Dr Bharat Pankhania, Wiltshire Health Authority, on 20th September 2002

An earthquake of 7.9 on the Richter scale struck NW Gujerat at 0845 hr. on 25 January 2001; it lasted 15 minutes and caused extensive destruction.

AFGHANISTAN AT THE CROSSROADS

Professor Geoffrey Wood, University of Bath, on 18 October 2002.

COFFEE TALK DISCUSSIONS

Chaired by Geoffrey Catchpole

A regular Coffee Morning is held at the Institution on every Saturday morning from 10.30 to noon. At this, members and visitors frequently form informal groups to discuss current events or subjects raised by one of them.

Geoffrey Catchpole decided to find out how many people would be interested in a separate, small meeting for an hour during this period for a more structured discussion on one or more current events. He arranged a series of four meetings to find out what response he would get. Reports by him on each of the meetings follow.

THE RSA AND THE ENVIRONMENT: PAST AND PRESENT

Simon Fordham, Director of the Royal Society of Arts West of England Centre on 21 September 2001.

GLOBALISATION CONSTRAINING GOVERNMENT?

Dr Greg Mahony, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of the West of England, on 19 January, 2000

The speaker argued that the integration of world trade, finance, industry, etc., makes independent macroeconomic policies of national governments increasingly difficult. Policies addressing output, employment and growth (and thus welfare) are affected. Although global inter-connectedness is not new, qualitative and quantitative changes are evident. Views and policies before and after the 1973 oil `crisis' should be considered.

GLOBALISATION AND THE WELFARE STATE

Dr Theodorus Papadopoulos, Lecturer in Social policy, University of Bath, on 16 February 2001

GLOBALISATION AND AN INFORMATION SOCIETY

Dr Christopher May, Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of the West of England, on 16 March 2001.

GLOBALISATION AND EAST ASIA

Professor Ian Gough, Department of Policy Sciences, University of Bath, on 20 April 2001.

Views on the effect of globalisation on human welfare tend to stress either that a market economy will eliminate poverty or that some Western interests, e.g. of multinationals, will dominate and distort societies. The speaker argued that neither view is correct circumstances and situations differ.

GLOBALISATION AND EDUCATION

John Abbott, President of The 21st Century Learning Initiative, on 18 May 2001.

The speaker looked first at the nature and implications of globalisation, then at those of educational systems.

GLOBALISATION AND CULTURE

Dr Ramaswami Harindranath , Department of Sociology, The Open University, on 15 June 2001.

GLOBALISATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Dr Matthew Reed, University of Plymouth, on 20 July 2001.

The speaker began by reminding us that every modern decade has faced ecological problems of one kind or another, from concerns over a new ice-age, loss of rain forests, pollution, to food shortages, etc. While each fear succeeds its predecessor, the dangers become cumulative, until today the Bonn discussions take place against fears of a climate out of control. Despite global anxieties, the speaker believes that positive action is possible.

THE GLOBALISATION SERIES: SOME REFLECTIONS

by the convener, Geoffrey Catchpole, on 25 July 2001

Review

SUPPORTING THE LOCAL ECONOMY

Steve Bendle, Director of `envolve' in Bath, on 19 October 2001.

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