UWE Bristol awards Honorary Degree to Rob Hopkins

Issue date: 12 July 2013

Photo credit - Jim Wileman

UWE Bristol will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science to Rob Hopkins in recognition of his inspirational leadership in the development of a community-led low carbon future.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Environment and Technology on Monday 15 July at Bristol Cathedral.

Rob Hopkins was born in London and moved to Wiltshire at the age of eleven, and then to Bristol three years later. He went to the Bristol Waldorf School for two years, then to Henbury School. He studied at Bower Ashton Art College before it became part of UWE.

Rob then lived in Italy for three years before travelling in Asia, where he met his wife. They moved back to Bristol, where he continued his studies at UWE. He graduated with a first class honours degree in Environmental Quality and Resource Management in 1996, before moving to Ireland and then to Totnes.

Rob is the co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and of Transition Network. He is much in demand for lectures and speaking events, and blogs and writes widely on Transition. He publishes the popular bloghttp://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkinsand tweets as @robintrasition.

He is author of The Transition Handbook (2008), The Transition Companion (2011) and The Power of Just Doing Stuff (2013).

He was awarded a PhD by the University of Plymouth in 2010. In February 2012 Rob and the Transition Network were among NESTA and The Observer's list of Britain's 50 New Radicals, and in 2012 he won the European Economic and Social Committee Civil Society Prize.

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