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Welcome to the RENEW Blog. We’ll feature updates from across the team with links to research, resources and collaborations from RENEW’s biodiversity renewal activity.

15 November 2023

A review of the RENEW Parliament 2023 with Rebecca Edgerley

Academics, professionals, and participants gather to build ideas, interventions, and solutions to biodiversity challenges In what is perhaps becoming a RENEW Parliament tradition, PhD student and poet, Caleb Parkin, closed proceedings with a poem. Or, maybe, the poem was an opening. Playfully weaving the many voices that we heard over the course of the Parliament, […]

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7 November 2023

Juggling two hats: A RENEW PhD student’s journey in sustainable governance & IUCN chairing

Starting a PhD journey on the RENEW project at the University of Exeter I had initially developed the idea for my PhD research topic almost a year before hearing about the RENEW project. At that time, I was desperately seeking collaborations and opportunities to try to fund my research independently. I feel very grateful for […]

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4 October 2023

Celebrating National Poetry Day 2023 – Refuge with The Poetry Society

  National Poetry Day There are poetry events all around the country today, and we’re marking the occasion with a new classroom resource – Care Package – for Key Stages 3-5, the Foyle Young Poets (To be announced 1300 05/10/23) of the Year Award Ceremony at Shakespeare’s Globe, and the announcement of the winners of our Stanza Poetry […]

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3 October 2023

People of colour in ‘green spaces’: key barriers and the role of academia

People of colour in the UK face systemic barriers in accessing and thriving in natural, academic, and professional ‘green spaces’. When it comes to natural green spaces, people of colour are mainly affected by three types of barriers: structural barriers—e., shortage and/or low quality of nearby accessible natural spaces and often unaffordable costs of visiting […]

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31 August 2023

Looking ahead – a new collaborative global biodiversity framework fund launches in Vancouver

“It stands as a testament to the collective determination of nations to steer our planet towards a healthier future for the planet and its people.” Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility. This statement by Carlos Manuel Rodríguez to the assembly, which was in attendance by environmental leaders and managers from […]

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An image of a deer in a UK park by Nicolas Lyandrou

15 August 2023

Updates from the field with David Bavin and the RENEW ExCASES team

Above: ExCASES deer mission planning, National Trust Heelis. Implementing the first mission The first mission we are currently delivering revolves around deer management. The increase and expansion of deer populations in the UK are, in places, having a significantly detrimental impact on biodiversity and deer welfare, with associated socio-economic costs for people. The spread and […]

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Keble College Oxford, Courtesy of the Agile Initiative

24 July 2023

Reflections from the Agile Summer School

Exploring Scientific and Policy-based Landscapes This meeting marked the first time that the four projects had convened in person, enabling us to compare notes and learn about each other’s structure, goals and – critically – lessons learned so far. Over the course of the week, a group of primarily ECRs learned from each other, alongside […]

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28 June 2023

The importance of Personalised Ecologies

Exploring Personalised Ecologies This collaborative event was a well-organised workshop held online on 20th June 2023, which introduced over 90 participants to the theory of PE through innovative Mentimeter polls and group feedback coordinated by Peter.  Stemming from discussions was a series of qualitative responses, thoughts, beliefs, and new ideas with suggestions for the real-world […]

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A information poster of the Red River walk

13 June 2023

Reflections from a guided walk along Cornwall’s Red River

Seeing things differently John previously ran a research project based at the Red River, exploring how creative writing can transform our relationship with a polluted, post-industrial river. Joining us was Steve Jones, the joint coordinator for the Red River Rescuers, a lifelong advocate for wildlife in the area and an expert in Cornish insects. The Red River has […]

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An image of a slow ways map with the label red river on it.

17 May 2023

RENEW Collaboration in Practice

Creating connections The X3 team are investigating collaborative practices across disciplines and between academics and partners, observing and analysing what’s happening across the programme as it unfolds, as well as undertaking oral history research into previous biodiversity collaboration (in partnership with the British Library). It’s no surprise that the connections between people – building relationships […]

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5 April 2023

Five Takeaways from Perspectives on Personalised Ecology

Perspectives on Personalised Ecologies Each of us has a personalised ecology – a set of direct interactions with the natural world that change through the day, the week, the season, and across our lifetimes. This event pulled together a diverse set of talks that looked at personalised ecology from a range of perspectives, including philosophical [...]
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