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Connecting environment and community: Building students’ capacities as future environmental professionals (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Portus, R., & Williams, S. (2022, November). Connecting environment and community: Building students’ capacities as future environmental professionals. Presented at Transformative Teaching: Focus on Pedagogy 2022, Online

As we find ourselves in a period of environmental emergency, it has become clear that we need to transform environmental management teaching. Critically, we need to prepare students to become professionals who respond to environmental challenges as i... Read More about Connecting environment and community: Building students’ capacities as future environmental professionals.

The Stories We Tell: Exploring the Folklore of Bees in an Age of Extinction (2022)
Digital Artefact
Portus, R. (2022). The Stories We Tell: Exploring the Folklore of Bees in an Age of Extinction. [Text]

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022, a curious news story was circulated. This story reported that, following the Queen’s death, the royal beekeeper had paid an official visit to the hives at Buckingham Palace to inform the ho... Read More about The Stories We Tell: Exploring the Folklore of Bees in an Age of Extinction.

Art and ecology: Encountering bee decline through creativity (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Portus, R. (2022, October). Art and ecology: Encountering bee decline through creativity

As concern for bees’ survival becomes an increased focus of environmental conversations, projects that engage with bee decline have emerged as a visible fixture of the creative landscape. This invites the question of what role creative practitioners... Read More about Art and ecology: Encountering bee decline through creativity.

Performing extinction stories: Exploring creative responses to bee decline (2022)
Journal Article
Portus, R. (in press). Performing extinction stories: Exploring creative responses to bee decline. Text and Performance Quarterly, https://doi.org/10.1080/10462937.2022.2134583

As extinction becomes one of the most pressing crises of our time, projects that engage with nonhuman lives have emerged as a visible fixture of the creative landscape. This raises the question of what role creative explorations might play in shaping... Read More about Performing extinction stories: Exploring creative responses to bee decline.

‘Through their eyes and ears’: Creating new knowledge for climate education through co-productive practices (2022)
Conference Proceeding
Portus, R., & Williams, S. (2022). ‘Through their eyes and ears’: Creating new knowledge for climate education through co-productive practices. In N. Deutzkens, K. V. Poeck, M. Deleye, J. Læssøe, J. Lönngren, H. Lotz-Sisitka, …A. Wals (Eds.), Challenges for environmental and sustainability education research in times of climate crisis:15TH invitational seminar on environmental & sustainability education research (137-139)

Despite climate change being a well-established fact, public perception of the current climate situation as being an emergency is a relatively recent phenomenon. O’Neill and Nicholson-Cole (2009, p.361) wrote of the tendency to see climate change as... Read More about ‘Through their eyes and ears’: Creating new knowledge for climate education through co-productive practices.

Exploring co-production with young people in challenging the climate crisis (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Portus, R., Fahy, F., & Reilly, K. (2022, September). Exploring co-production with young people in challenging the climate crisis. Presented at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, University of Newcastle

At a time when eco-anxiety is becoming a defining characteristic of young people’s lives (see: Hickman et al., 2021), there is a critical need to prioritise meaningful climate conversations within education. The ‘Challenging the Climate Crisis: Child... Read More about Exploring co-production with young people in challenging the climate crisis.

Climate action hub: Empowering youth engagement project report (2022)
Report
Laggan, S., Davies, L., Fogg-Rogers, L., Portus, R., Adkins, D., & Williams, S. Climate action hub: Empowering youth engagement project report. UKRI HEIF

This report summarises the knowledge exchange activities of the CAH-OOT project: Climate Action Hub - empOwering yOuth engagemenT. This project, funded by a joint faculty award from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), enabled representatives... Read More about Climate action hub: Empowering youth engagement project report.

Youth Climate Communications Toolkit (2022)
Other
Davies, L., Fogg Rogers, L., Adkins, D., Portus, R., & Williams, S. (2022). Youth Climate Communications Toolkit. [Toolkit]. https://joom.ag/LGad

A toolkit for young people to campaign effectively on things that matter to them. Gain sustainability skills and competencies while creatively addressing key priorities for your place of study, place of work or community. For more information about t... Read More about Youth Climate Communications Toolkit.

The tale of an ecological whodunit (2022)
Journal Article
Portus, R. (2022). The tale of an ecological whodunit. BeeCraft Magazine,

This article considers how the colony collapse disorder crisis framed the decline of honeybee populations as an ecological whodunit. The work examines how this framing led to global interest in the bee decline, and has since encouraged significant ac... Read More about The tale of an ecological whodunit.

CCC - Catapult and co-production (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Portus, R. (2022, April). CCC - Catapult and co-production. Presented at Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2022, York

Exploring co-production with young people in challenging the climate crisis (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Williams, S., & Portus, R. (2022, March). Exploring co-production with young people in challenging the climate crisis. Paper presented at World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC), Prague (Online)

The CCC-CATAPULT (Challenging the Climate Crisis: Children’s Agency to TAckle Policy Underpinned by Learning for Transformation) project aims to critically examine educational, worldview and intercultural influences on young people’s (YP’s) climate a... Read More about Exploring co-production with young people in challenging the climate crisis.

Parental engagement research report (2021)
Report
Portus, R. (2021). Parental engagement research report. Future Quest

A report offering insight into parental engagement with higher education opportunities across Bristol and strategies for improving parent-carer focused higher education resources and outreach events.

An ecological whodunit: Examining loss and grievability in an age of extinction (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Portus, R. (2021, September). An ecological whodunit: Examining loss and grievability in an age of extinction. Presented at Loss, British Animal Studies Network, University of Birmingham (Online)

In a time when immeasurable numbers of Earth’s living species are having their timelines cut short, the bee decline stands out as a crisis which people have willingly and actively engaged with. This lightning talk will therefore examine the cultural... Read More about An ecological whodunit: Examining loss and grievability in an age of extinction.

Art and ecology: Reshaping environmental crises through creativity (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Portus, R. (2021, June). Art and ecology: Reshaping environmental crises through creativity. Presented at Curating Art & Nature: The Knowledge of the Curator III, University of Groningen

As extinction crises become an increased focus of contemporary environmental conversations, creative projects that engage with stories of loss have emerged as a visible fixture of the cultural and creative landscape. This invites the question of what... Read More about Art and ecology: Reshaping environmental crises through creativity.

An ecological whodunit: The story of colony collapse disorder (2020)
Journal Article
Portus, R. (in press). An ecological whodunit: The story of colony collapse disorder. Society and Animals, https://doi.org/10.1163/15685306-BJA10026

As life on Earth becomes increasingly precarious, it becomes ever clearer that, while some nonhuman losses are perceived as tragic and controversial, many more are left to slip away, unnoticed and unmourned. The purpose of this study, then, is to det... Read More about An ecological whodunit: The story of colony collapse disorder.