Seminars & Events

The seminar series features a range of topics addressing places and climate change to stimulate interdisciplinary discussion in this area.

The seminars are held on a monthly basis, on Wednesday lunchtimes.

Contact information

Dr Corinna Patterson, Lecturer in Sociology in the School of History, Law and Social Sciences at Bangor University.

If you wish to know more about the seminar information or you would like to have a pitch or a presentation about related topics please email


March 15th – Katherine Steele

Basmati rice production on the Indo-Gangetic Plains and issues surrounding its export to EU & UK

Rice breeding has contributed to a steady increase in global grain production over the past 50 years. The emphasis has recently shifted from improving yield to broader adaptations to environmental stresses and resistance to pests and diseases. A new rice variety brings benefits to rice farmers and other beneficiaries in the supply chain. Improvement of aromatic rice varieties is a major priority in many rice growing countries because their market value is compared to non-aromatic ones. Basmati rice started as a local speciality in the Punjab and has now become a global commodity. Breeders in India and Pakistan are developing new Basmati lines, many of which could be marketed internationally. Regulators have approved specific varieties which can be sold labelled as Basmati and set a limit for the quantity of non-Basmati permitted within Basmati products. This presentation will draw from my experiences of DNA fingerprinting Basmati rice for authentication and breeding and discuss policy issues surrounding its purity.

February 8th – Liz Morris-Webb

Affective Engagement with coastal places: An Irish case study. “Coastal residents’ affective engagement with the natural and constructed environment”.

We used a mixed-methods approach informed by Actor-Network Theory (and grounded in new materialism) to better understand the importance of local residents’ cultural connection(s) to specific places on the coast. We hope this knowledge will help to predict people’s likelihood to support or resist planned landscape changes.