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SPACE International Conference 2018 on Sustainable Architecture, Planning and Urban Design, 28 - 30 April 2018, London

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Dr Paola Sassi
Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, Oxford Brookes University

Dr. Paola Sassi teaches and undertakes research at Oxford Brookes University and the Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development. Previously she taught at the University of Nottingham, Cardiff University and the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, Wales. She has more than 30 years of architectural practice experience and as partner of Sassi Chamberlain Architects was responsible for a number of shortlisted and winning designs competitions and experimental developments including two ultra-low energy closed loop material cycle flats in Cardiff and a Victorian terrace refurbishment achieving 80% reduction in heating requirements. Paola researches, publishes and has been invited internationally to speak about her work in the field of design for deconstruction and closed loop material cycles, ventilation in ultra-low energy homes and motivations for adopting sustainable lifestyles. She is the author of ‘Strategies for Sustainable Architecture’, runner up in the RIBA International Book Award 2007.

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Professor Ruth Irwin
Adjunct Professor, Department of Education, The University of Fiji

Professor Ruth Irwin is in the midst of writing a new book on Climate Change and Knowledge Ecologies. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Fiji and the erstwhile Head of School at Aberdeen’s School of Education. Professor Ruth Irwin has written several books on climate change and philosophy, including Heidegger, Politics and Climate Change (2008), Philosophy and Climate Change (2010) and Beyond the Free Market (2014) amongst others. She is interested in philosophy of technology, and modes of social change that transitions from rampant consumerism to sophisticated and earth centric social, political, and economic organisation and infrastructure.