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Mandi Bissett

Last modified: December 14, 2023
ACCESS Leadership College Fellows

The Southampton Collective CIC


The sector(s) I work in: Not for Profit



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About the organisation(s) I've worked for

Organisation name:

The Southampton Collective CIC

About my experience and expertise

Personal statement:

I am a grassroots sustainability advocate working with communities and academic partners to deliver climate action projects. As a Co-Director of a social enterprise I work to raise the profile of community voices on environmental issues, e.g. through a city Climate Commission and developing the sustainability strategy and programming for a recent City of Culture bid.

I led a Nesta-funded community clean air initiative with local Universities where the project neighbourhood was selected as Southampton’s first ‘Active Travel Zone’. I am also part of the Climate Emergency UK advisory group on council climate action plans.

Key topic areas of research or interest:

I am currently interested in reframing engagement on the climate and ecological crises within the framework of Doughnut Economics, in particular through community and city lenses. I am researching and supporting the development of robust local doughnut frameworks in both Southampton and Exeter. This includes the dynamics between commmunity, university and council, plus peer learning between city-based environmental groups and how to achieve a ‘critical mass’ in environmental movement building.

I am keen to raise the profile of practitioner-led research alongside academic research and ensure that local strategies and funding applications are co-produced with communities.

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