Overland from Hanoi

Two colleagues from the School of Earth and Environment are drawing attention to carbon-conscious travel by returning overland from a research trip to Vietnam. Follow their journey on their blog.


Lindsay Stringer, Professor in Environment and Development and Director of the Sustainability Research Institute, and Steven Orchard, a PhD student at the Institute, will be in Hanoi this August to present Steven’s PhD findings to researchers and policy-makers and explore possible collaboration with Hanoi National University of Education.  Long-distance travel is a regular feature of their research, but they are conscious of the carbon footprint left by air travel and keen to look for ways to reduce the impact.  They also want to encourage others to think about the way in which they travel and what they do whilst travelling.

Lindsay and Steven have committed to returning from Vietnam overland via the trans-Mongolian railway, saving around ½ tonne of CO2 compared to a return flight.  Stop-offs on route will include Beijing, Irkuk, Moscow, Minsk, Cologne and Brussels.  With the help of the International Office and Alumni and Development they will be linking up with Leeds alumni along the way wherever possible.

They are due to depart from Hanoi on 16 August and should arrive back in Leeds by 4 September.  They will be providing regular updates and anecdotes, as well as advice for others who may be interested in following their example, through a blog, and you can also follow them on Twitter - @LindsayStringer #vietnamtoleeds.  They will welcome advice, comments and questions as they go.

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