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Going deeper: the human ecology of folk, work and place

Fri 11th May 2018

2 – 5pm
The NewBridge Project : Gateshead

FREE | Please book here

It can all seem overwhelming at times, the ‘wicked problems’ of climate change, poverty, alienation and oppression. Humans have evolved to handle threats that are personal, abrupt and immediate, not distant, abstract and disputed. Have we made a mess we can’t clean up?

Drawing on the radical Scottish generalist tradition, Luke Devlin and Svenja Meyerricks from Glasgow’s Centre for Human Ecology offer some tools for thought and action, including degrowth, bioregional economics and a restored and renewed relationship between our places and their peoples using our heads, hearts and hands.



The Centre for Human Ecology is an independent academic institute, charity and network based in Glasgow, Scotland, with an international membership of graduates and fellows. It exists to stimulate and support fundamental change towards ecological and social justice through education, action and research, drawing on a holistic, multidisciplinary understanding of environmental and social systems.

Luke Devlin is the Executive Director of the Centre for Human Ecology. He has a background in crisis response, homelessness, youth and community work. He is a doctoral researcher at the Intercultural Research Centre, Heriot-Watt University. He also works in faith-based community development and facilitates meditation workshops. He carries out participatory action research with communities across the West of Scotland experiencing food poverty and works alongside them to build grassroots community-led projects that increase social and environmental justice. He lives in Govan, Glasgow. His personal website is

Svenja Meyerricks is a project co-ordinator in a community food growing project in the North of Glasgow. She is also a freelance educator, a Director of the Centre for Human Ecology, and a writer. She is a human ecologist, which for her means an ongoing practice-based inquiry into the situated-ness of humans within the wider ecological community, into historical and contemporary power relations in human societies and social and environmental justice. Her specific interests are the potential and limitations of small-scale interventions (like urban community-based food growing) for working towards wider systemic change. Svenja holds a PhD on community projects as liminal spaces from the University of St Andrews, and an MSc in Human Ecology from the Centre for Human Ecology/ University of Strathclyde.


This event is part of Deep Adaptation. An ongoing programme of commissions, talks, events and workshops looking at how current social, civic and economic issues can be understood in relation to climate change.


2 - 5pm