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A new public engagement project led by TSU's Dr Anna Plyushteva aiming to broaden the conversation about the challenges of everyday life in 2020-21 is documenting the daily lives of key workers who, during the COVID-19 pandemic, perform essential work that cannot be done from home. With the difficulties of working from home receiving much more extensive coverage, the project aims to contribute to the appropriate planning for the public transport needs of key workers in future crises.

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Published ahead of COP26, this new report highlights the key role that infrastructure plays in delivering climate action and sustainable development. Developed through collaboration between UNOPS, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the University of Oxford, it finds that infrastructure is responsible for 79 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions, and accounts for 88 per cent of all adaptation costs.

Dr Alice Watson

Alice Watson, a postgraduate in the School of Geography, is one of the few people to have been awarded a grant to conduct public engagement research in celebration of the BBC's centenary this year. To mark 100 years of broadcasting, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has launched an exciting programme of public engagement activities. This includes supporting seven new research projects across UK universities that will directly involve public participants to examine, explore, and articulate their connection with the BBC.