Course: Theoretical Approaches to Transformational Social Change

Centre for Alternative Technology

Machynlleth, Powys, Wales
Monday 6th - Friday 10th January 2020 +44 (0)1654 704966 Short Courses Team

Cost: Waged £750, Low Waged / Concessions £700

Sectors: sustainability, carbon, climate & energy

Join students from CAT’s Sustainability and Behaviour Change MSc for a week long exploration of the theories of behavioural and societal change relevant to transformational adaptations to environmental challenges.

Key Information

  • Duration: five days
  • Dates: Monday 6th to Friday 10th January 2020
  • Start and finish times: starts at 11am and ends at 3pm on the last day
  • Includes: tuition, all materials, full board shared accommodation

Course content

To address climate change we must rapidly reduce our emissions, and to do this we need to behaviour change on all levels – personal, organisational, political and cultural. The scale of the change needed is huge, but practice-informed theory helps us to ask useful questions, identify how we can help create change and explore ways of helping people understand and shape their own realities.

This course will take a critical look at theories of behavioural and societal change relevant to transformational adaptations to environmental challenges. Through looking at the different roles and motivations of individuals, organisations, communities, governments and society in driving social change for sustainability, we will investigate the means by which we can evaluate behaviour and bring about social change in practice.

This course would be beneficial for behaviour change planners and facilitators, environmental activists and for self-development. It will give you a better understanding of the theoretical ideas underlying transformational change as a route to more sustainable and adaptive societies. You’ll also gain insights into your own behaviours and motivations in this area, including why some people do not engage in sustainable, pro-environmental behaviour.

Tutor Profile

Dr Paul Stevens

With a multidisciplinary background and a PhD in Psychology, Paul is passionate about exploring how individual experience and consensus science methods can inform each other, especially in the promotion of more sustainable ways of being well. Paul has been a lecturer and researcher at the Universities of Edinburgh, Bournemouth, Derby and the Open University, focusing on different aspects of human-environment relationships. He is a Director with the Centre for Human Ecology and a practising hypnotherapist.

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