24 February 2016
CECHR Annual Symposium, University of Dundee

Harrison’s first public appearance following the start of The Glasgow Effect, was this Skype presentation to the Annual Symposium of the Centre for Environmental Change & Human Resilience at the University of Dundee, where she has been employed as a lecturer since 2013.

Internationalisation in Higher Education?
Think Global, Act Local!

Does the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change – to attempt to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C – not require universities to radically rethink their strategies; using ‘sustainability’ rather than ‘internationalisation’ as a guiding principle?

Universities should be leading the way towards meeting this goal. Instead of ‘following the money’ within a dysfunctional system, they should become role models for sustainable thinking; taking a much smarter, more realistic view of ‘the future’.

This is a future where immigration laws are only likely to tighten and where travel limitations aimed at carbon reduction may need to come into force.

Real long-term thinking should be focussed on finding a truly sustainable financial model within a university’s locale. Not only would this reduce our carbon emissions, but it would also help increase meaningful engagement with local communities, sharing knowledge and making us all more resilient to the many problems that we are likely to face.