Excellent news everyone! At the PSA Annual Conference dinner on Tuesday 22nd March, we were named the PSA Environment Specialist Group of the Year. Steve Bell, the Guardian’s political cartoonist, awarded us the prize. The prize results from all of the hard work put in by our members, including participating in our event (co-organised with PSA French Politics) on the 2015 Paris Climate Talks, and presenting on any of our six panels at this year’s Conference.
Here’s what the judges had to say:-
“This year’s winning submission has achieved considerable success in extending the reach and significance of our discipline. Such endeavours are to be applauded given that growing emphasis by, and expectation of, government and other funders on ‘impact’, ‘relevance’ and ‘engagement’, particularly with users and practitioners in industry, schools, and the public sector broadly. In that respect, our Specialist Group of the Year 2015 winners have excelled. Through an active website and blog, the online reach of this SG has been particularly impressive, serving as the ‘go to’ place for information, not just for academics but a diverse array of other users in the wider community. The extensive list of panels, workshops and events with which this SG was involved is impressive, including the PSA’s sponsored panel at the 2015 APSA annual meeting. Similarly, via its Teachers Guide to Environmental Politics, the SG has helped fulfil the promotion of the ‘educational pipeline’ which is a key aim of the Association, while its active role in summer school activity has helped in engaging high achieving students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the study of politics at the University of Edinburgh.”