Aberystwyth University’s interdisciplinary hub for future generations thinking and research

About TWWW

Who We Are

The Worlds We Want hub (TWWW) is the focus for the University’s ongoing research about the worlds we are in the process of creating.

TWWW particularly encourages work that responds to questions about multi-generational social justice (and the temporal challenges this creates), the ongoing climate crisis, and the needs of communities under pressure from various forms of exclusion.

TWWW is committed to supporting such research within the context of both Wales and the wider world.

The work of TWWW is in dialogue with Wales’s Well-Being of Future Generations Act, the principles of which demand that we consider how to ‘give current and future generations a good quality of life’ through thinking about the ‘long term impact of the decisions we make’.

Who We Support

TWWW supports researchers who seek to articulate new visions of what matters in our world and how best to engage with planetary realities and relationships – human and non-human. It offers a focus to work that assesses the crises that impact our society, culture, and environment, both locally and globally – both now and for future generations.

Working in the University and Beyond

TWWW seeks to support connections and collaboration between the University and the wider community.

TWWW helps individual researchers and research teams to deliver Hub-funded research projects, assisting with outreach, marketing, knowledge exchange, and key post-award grant support. It is also committed to supporting the work of those existing research centres in the University that contribute to the research focus of the Hub.

Our Themes

Materialities: explores how new modes of representation might bring about a greater awareness of human and non-human entanglements. This theme opens up a space for thinking about how material comes to matter against a backdrop of climate crisis, species extinction, resource depletion and social inequality.

Creativity: addresses the potential for creative practice to re-imagine living in a world experienced both as a mundane, everyday space and as somewhere defined and re-defined by multiple, overlapping crises. This Theme will consider how creative practice can disrupt normative modes of thinking about lived experience amidst both mundanity and crisis.

Mobility: considers both the practical and conceptual implications of human mobility. This theme responds to human movement as a key factor in recent global crises: movement and its restriction were fundamental to the spread and control of the Covid-19 pandemic, millions globally have been forced to travel to flee persecution, and, at the same time, people travel internationally for pleasure.

Communities: addresses communities across geographic contexts and scales (local, national, global and planetary), including cross-generational and cross-species communities. The theme examines the practice, construction, imagination and governance of community and addresses questions around the need to think through new forms of community brought on by changing social and political dynamics, new technologies and planetary ecosystemic and climate pressures.

Our Aims

TWWW will:
• provide a focus within Aberystwyth University for future generations thinking and research;
• promote research which encourages greater social mobility and justice, across generations and a range of identities;
• enable diverse research approaches (particularly in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary contexts) and drive research forward to address long-term social, cultural and planetary challenges;
• challenge entrenched ways of producing knowledge and bring diverse voices into research, including student voices;
• seek to transform local and global communities across generations by fostering creative collaboration and co-production;
• facilitate activism, knowledge exchange and innovation by working collaboratively with academic and non-academic partners;
• prioritise supportive ways of shadowing, mentoring and coaching to assist students and staff to develop as responsible researchers, activists and creators;
• work collectively to ensure that research processes and outcomes promote an ethos of inclusivity, integrity, transparency, equality and diversity.

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