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Changing Our Economic

Changing Our Economic System: An interdisciplinary approach to conceptualising the degrowth niche James Scott Vandeventer Within pockets of research and practice, alternatives to the capitalist economic system are emerging that not only critique this system as both socially and ecologically unsustainable, but also offer new models for the future. This presentation begins by describing the intertwined environmental-social-economic crisis facing society today and the various alternative models for the future put forward, finding one such alternative model – degrowth – particularly compelling. Then, an interdisciplinary combination of the multi-level perspective framework and bibliometric analysis is used to conceptualise degrowth as a radical niche innovation within the capitalist-growth regime. In particular, the multi-level perspective as a device for analysing system change is criticised for adhering to two theoretical assumptions derived from capitalist economic theory. Reconciling these assumptions in the framework enables its application to analysing system change of the capitalist economic system. In order to understand degrowth within this framework, a bibliometric analysis of degrowth research illustrates processes of development in the degrowth field: the articulation of visions and expectations, the extension of the research network, and learning and articulation processes. Conceptualising degrowth in this way captures the dynamic, vibrant, and evolving nature of the degrowth niche. Building on this analysis and the critique of the multi-level perspective, a potential path forward begins to emerge for degrowth and other alternatives to influence and change our economic system, pointing to concrete actions for degrowth researchers to continue to develop the degrowth niche. Finally, limitations to this research and concluding remarks are offered. You can’t solve the Black Death with medicine: An asset based community approach to working with the marginalised and disadvantaged Dave Wood One of the perpetuating features of the Black Death was the ill-informed and ineffective medical remedies which were applied to attempt cure. What was really needed was social action to promote prevention. Although we are now nearly 700 years advanced, this paper will propose we have yet to learn the lessons of the black death in working with the marginalised and disadvantaged in our communities. Based my PhD research and implementation of this research through developing my social enterprise Metanoeo CIC, this paper will explore the practical implications and possibilities for communities taking ownership of problematic behaviours. I will argue the risk discourse has increasingly come to dominate approaches to practice and disempower communities. This paper will propose if we want to see real lasting change in the lives of individuals and their communities we need to stop attempting to manage or cure people and instead empower them to enable their own change journey through enabling equipping and resourcing communities. The paper will not only explore the philosophy of community ownership but also reflect my practical experience. In 2014 I resigned from the probation service after 13 years as a practitioner and manager and started my first community coaching project in Liverpool. Since then the project has grown and I am now training other people as volunteer and professional community life coaches. We now have projects in Liverpool, Wirral and Cheshire and are about to start further Wirral and Manchester projects

Abstracts – Lightning Talks A study to explore the use of mobile technology in supporting the management of acute pain at home following bowel surgery for patient on accelerated discharge plan Razia B. Aubdool This project will explore the role played by identified mobile applications (Apps) to support the management of acute pain at home for potential participants who have had bowel surgery under an accelerated discharge programme. Kamerow (2013) found that the use of smartphone apps in health care is rapidly growing amounting to 100,000 medical apps. Participants consenting to take part in the study will be informed that these Apps are not an intervention to pain management or a substitute for pain relief but a complementary support in the pain management. The study does not aim to develop new apps but has the potential of ‘changing lives’. A qualitative research method is proposed to be used for the project as it is often identified as humanistic and descriptive in nature (Patton, 2002). Focus groups and telephone interviews will be used for data collection. Brawn and Clarke Framework (2013) will be used to analyse the thematic qualitative data. Ethical principles and protocol will be adhered to and considerations will be made to any risks associated with the research. Aim: To explore if apps can support patient to manage acute pain at home once discharged from hospital following planned bowel surgery and whether patients will actively use apps to inform their pain management following bowel surgery. Objectives: To explore the use of smart phone, tablet or IPad Applications for recording a number of variables for over a 3 months period. To evaluate the usefulness and acceptability of these Apps from Patients’ perspective. To explore the barriers and facilitators for this implementation. Representation of PM10 in larger fractions of environmental particles Andrew Brown, Sanja Potgieter-Vermaak, Judi Barrett Urban air quality is of significant importance to the majority of us living or working in our cities worldwide. Short-term events such as the 1952 London smog episode have the ability to dominate headlines because of the 4000 deaths due to acute exposure to air pollution (Whittaker et al, 2004). However, chronic exposure to air pollution, which we are all subject to provide equally shocking statistics. The European Environment Agency estimates that poor air quality is responsible for 467,000 premature deaths per year amongst Europeans (EEA, 2016). The World Health Organisation estimates that air pollution is responsible for 8% of lung cancer deaths, 5% of cardiopulmonary deaths and 3% of respiratory infection deaths (WHO, 2009). PM (Particulate matter) is the term used to describe respirable airborne particles that are permanently present in urban areas. The anthropogenic emissions of for PM are numerous, although commonly include industrial and commercial output, vehicular emissions and wear, abrasion of road surfaces etc. Because of the range and nature of sources, PM should be considered unique for any given location. PM is a topic which has been studies extensively, although recent consensus amongst the scientific community indicates that the micro-chemical structure of PM is responsible for the degree of toxicity (Rohr et al, 2011). Due to the nature of PM, and particularly respirable PM 10 (

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