Tropical Peatland Away-Day for A-level Geography Teachers, 5th December 2017

I organised this day with Professor Susan Page. Geography A-level teachers from across Leicestershire were invited to come and listen to peatland experts and have the chance to ask questions to support them in incorporating tropical peatland case studies into their teaching. Talks covered:

  • An introduction to global peatlands, an introduction to tropical peatlands, the role of tropical peatlands in the water and carbon cycles, some of the threats that they face and their importance to communities and livelihoods (globally and locally).

Photos of the event can be found here.

Sara Thornton talking about why tropical peatlands matter. Photo by Sarah Cook.

(Re)connecting Struggles, 5th June 2017.

Reconnecting Struggles was a one-day workshop organised by University of Leicester PhD students, Sara Thornton, Mirjam Twigt, and Mette Edith Lundsfryd. The symposium explored ongoing struggles related to issues such as colonisation, gender inequality and racism. The symposium was held at the Attenborough Arts Centre on 5 June 2017 and sought to create time and space to (re-)connect and unite struggles and activists. For more information please visit:

The organisers and speakers at (Re)connecting Struggles. From left to right: Ambrose Musiyiwa, Dr. Leah Bassel, Mette Stendevad, (top) Dr. Gavin Brown, (bottom) Gretchen Caroll, (top) Dr. Lory Janelle Dance, (bottom) Kajal Nisha Patel, Mirjam Twigt, Divya Ghelani, Mellow Baku and Sara Thornton. Photograph: Sukhraj Singh