Friday, 21 August 2015
Barnard's Inn Hall

Being a Part of Gresham College - Professor Carolyn Roberts

Professor Carolyn Roberts

Gresham Professor of the Environment, Carolyn Roberts discusses what its like to be a part of London's oldest higher education institution.

Professor Carolyn Roberts is the first Frank Jackson Professor of the Environment at Gresham College. She is also a Senior Scientist at the UK Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), which links business and universities in order to promote research and innovation in environmental technologies.

Prior to taking up her role at KTN in March 2014, Professor Roberts was Director of the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network (ESKTN) based at the University of Oxford, which was one of the units from which the newly created KTN was formed. Before this she was was Co-Director of the Centre for Active Learning (CeAL), one of the UK’s national Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, at the University of Gloucestershire.

As a water resource management specialist, Professor Roberts’ main interests lie in the minimising of direct environmental impacts of development activity on the water environment, for example in mining, waste disposal, construction or similar activities. She has a long history of engagement in hydrological consultancy work for public and private agencies in this area, but most of all she enjoys introducing people to applied hydrological problems such as human impacts on the water environment.  Her work creates powerful links between ‘real world problems’ and learning.   The strangest research can generate the most fascinating material for learning in this area, such as the tracking of the movement of corpses in rivers (for the police) and advising local government on flood management (after the UK’s 2007 inundations), which have both proved notably motivating issues. Professor Roberts is also fascinated by the institutional change process in higher education, especially in relation to sustainable development, and teaching and learning policies.

As well as innumerable academic papers, Professor Roberts has authored, joint authored and edited four books with broadly pedagogic themes. She has spoken around the world on water management and sustainability-related projects undertaken in the UK, Europe, North and sub-Saharan Africa, and Bangladesh, and increasingly on the issues and challenges of science communication. She is national Chair of the Society for the Environment, Vice President of the Institution of Environmental Sciences, a Trustee of the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators, and was formerly Chair of the Higher Education Academy’s Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences Subject Centre Advisory Board.

In 2014 Professor Roberts became the first Frank Jackson Professor of the Environment at Gresham College, only the second time in which a new Professorship has been created at the College in over 400 years. In this role she wanted to deliver “an inspiring and challenging environmental lecture programme that will pull together audiences from different sectors, engage people, and stimulate genuine debate.” Her lectures' focussed on three main themes: the application of environmental science, innovation and collaboration.

In the 2017/18 academic year, Professor Roberts continues her professorship with a lecture series entitled Environmental Controversies.

Professor Roberts' previous lecture series are as follows:

2016/17 A Bigger Picture: Global Scale Environmental Challenges

2015/16 Britain in Troubled Waters

2014/15 Green Complexity: Science, Innovation and Society

All of Professor Roberts' past Gresham lectures can be accessed here.

Current Gresham Professor of Environment

Read More
Read Less
Related Future Lectures
Related Past Lectures
WATCHED
Part of a series

Organic Food: Rooted in Lies?

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 9 November 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Maths Goes Into Space

Professor Chris Budd OBE
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Watching the Heavens: Astronomy and the Meaning of Life

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Half a Century of Heart Transplantation

Professor Martin Elliott
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

How Special Is Our Universe?

Professor Joseph Silk FRS
Wednesday, 6 December 2017 - 1:00PM
WATCHED

The eXcrement Factor: The Natural History of Dung

Professor George McGavin
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

What is Value in Healthcare?

Professor Martin Elliott
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Are We Alone In The Universe?

Professor Joseph Silk FRS
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - 1:00PM
WATCHED

Tales from Television: Bringing the Natural World into Your Home

Professor George McGavin
Tuesday, 3 October 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Are Science and Faith at War?

Professor Alister McGrath
Tuesday, 3 October 2017 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Cleaning Up The Thames: Success or Failure?

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

How Were The Stars Formed?

Professor Joseph Silk FRS
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Who's to Blame for Britain's Floods?

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 31 May 2018 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Is 'Green Business' a Contradiction in Terms?

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

National Parks and National Park Cities

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 8 February 2018 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Ecotowns or Egotowns?

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 18 January 2018 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Organic Food: Rooted in Lies?

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 9 November 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Cleaning Up The Thames: Success or Failure?

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

What is it about Cocaine that makes it addictive?

Dr William Harrop-Griffiths
Monday, 6 February 2017 - 1:55PM
WATCHED

An architect points out a possible contradiction...

Simon Thurley CBE
Wednesday, 1 February 2017 - 6:59PM
WATCHED

William Morris and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

Simon Thurley CBE
Wednesday, 1 February 2017 - 6:57PM
WATCHED

Most Buildings We Revere Are Designed By Craftsman And Not Architects

Simon Thurley CBE
Wednesday, 1 February 2017 - 6:55PM
WATCHED

The Role of Collaboration in Nature and its Link to Success

Professor Steve Jones
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 - 6:59PM
WATCHED

The Offspring of Semi-Female Mimics in Ruffs

Professor Steve Jones
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 - 6:58PM