Come and join Mary on her talk on climate change communication and education and her experiences of working in South Africa.
Mary Murphy: Mary's focus is environmental and social justice. She is particularly interested in the intersections of politics, economics, and society in the sustainability field. Her academic work is framed by the philosophy of critical realism, social ontology and is underpinned by the theories of semiotics, World Risk, reflexivity, and structure and agency. She is working with young girls in Khayelitsha and Gugulethu, Cape Town as co-researchers in CC communication. It is a funded case study through MECCE (Monitoring and Evaluating Climate Change Communication and Education). She recently conducted a research project for UNESCO to map EE delivery into schools. And was a researcher on a hydro-sociology study on five rivers in South Africa and England.
She has researched the negotiations process in Northern Ireland and South Africa. She established an Amnesty International Chapter during The Troubles in Northern Ireland and worked in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. She supported former Minister for Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, to bring economic and social data to secure the banning of the 17-micron disposable plastic shopping bag in 2000.
Mary's entrepreneurial background includes the establishment, in 2006, of FullCycle, a company centred on the food system from cradle to grave, which sold sustainable environmental solutions, particularly in food waste reduction to clients in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. She owned and managed FullCycle for twelve years until 2018 and, in that time, oversaw a significant decrease in climate change impact.