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Sustainable Cornwall - Exploring the Cultural Connection

Discuss the role of culture and identity in developing a sustainable Cornwall

A Research Services research event
Date21 November 2014
Time9:15 to 16:00
PlaceEnvironment and Sustainability Institute

Organised and led by the University of Exeter's Institute of Cornish Studies (ICS), this day conference will consider the role and importance of Cornish culture and identity in developing a sustainable Cornwall for the future.


Together with the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), ICS aims to facilitate debate on cultural, environmental, economic and social issues that contribute to a sustainable Cornwall and how this might look.

Delegates will be invited from a wide range of sectors including: public (policy makers), cultural organisations, environmental and community groups, social enterprises, businesses and wider general public.  It is hoped that discussions will lead to knowledge exchange; foster new ideas for interdisciplinary cultural research, collaboration and partnership as well as build and strengthen links with the ICS and ESI.

Ecosystem Services (ES) is an increasingly important concept that transcends scientific, political, social and economic boundaries.  It endeavours to better understand our dependencies and impacts on a range of environmental goods and services that we as individuals, communities, businesses and organisations depend upon for our wellbeing and prosperity.   ‘Cultural Services’ comprises the non-material benefits people obtain from ecosystems including cultural heritage, recreation and tourism but these are the most difficult to quantify and as such are they undervalued?

There will be a series of short presentations and discussion forums to establish a framework for further research and community engagement.

Broad questions for the day include:

  • What would a sustainable Cornwall look like?
  • How resilient is the Cornish community and how can we make the region stronger?
  • Is community action pursuit more effective than a top-down approach?
  • How can we learn from the past to develop a sustainable future?
  • How critical is cultural heritage in stimulating sustainable policies for future generations?
  • What is the value of Cornwall’s cultural and heritage assets, how do you quantify these?

More about the host:

Dr Garry Tregidga is the Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter, with a specialism in cultural memory and political history of Cornwall.


To register, please use the contact details below:

ProviderResearch Services
OrganizerColette Defoe

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