Dr David Haley BA Hons(Fine Art), MA, PhD

I am an artist, researcher and eco-pedagogue, specialising in the fields of cultural approaches to the climate emergency and species extinction. I have experience in applying integral critical dialogues for whole systems approaches to wicked problems in ecosystems and human communities. This includes the development of ecologically resilient, self-determined communities in recovery from flood disasters.

I am a Visiting Professor of Futures Thinking in Art and Design at Zhongyuan University of Technology, Vice Chair of the Chartered Institution for Water and Environmental Management Art & Environment Network, Mentor/Advisor (founder) of Futures’ Venture Foundation, a Trustee of Chrysalis Arts Development, Art Gene and Barrow’s Beautiful Places, a member of the ecoart network, UK Urban Ecology Forum and Ramsar Cultural Network. From 2007 to 2016 I was a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Ecology In Practice Research Group, MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Over the past twenty-five years, as well as academic publishing on questions of ‘capable futures’, climate change, ecological arts, ecoliteracy and transdisciplinarity, my creative research projects in the UK, USA, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Portugal, Spain, Germany and Bulgaria include urban ecology performed through acts of community walking; research, learning and teaching to survive Climate Change; the design of urban Life Support Systems; a poetic mapping of global desertification; a new creation myth emerging from the mingling of freshwater and rising seas; and a series of poetic texts, written and performed to challenge societies’ inept response to Climate Change.