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Geography in Action: Around the world in five case studies

Posted on 21. November, 2016.

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Science Progress editor Professor Chris Rhodes joins leading geographers at the UCL Institute of Education in this inspirational and informative programme. Aimed at AS, A-level and IB Geography students studying or about to study globalisation, population migration and climate change. 

Programme & speakers
What Happens When the Oil Runs Out?
Chris Rhodes, Researcher, Consultant and Communicator

The world output of conventional crude oil is set to begin a decline within 5 years. The plunging oil price is but a temporary phase, and a prelude to price escalation. How will we cope? Chris will argue that we need to move away from the linear model of global growth, focusing instead on smaller and more self-sufficient communities.

The case for urgent and radical carbon emission reductions
Maria Sharmina, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester

The continuing failure to reduce emissions globally has left us with little chance of staying below 2°C, a ‘dangerous climate change’ threshold. Maria will discuss the challenge of major reductions in carbon emissions and suggest options for addressing them.

Beyond borders: changing geographies of migration and asylum
Jonathan Darling, University of Manchester

Jonathan will provide an update on current evidence around migration at both an international and national level, using resources from the United Nations.These examples will include the population changes evident in the Lincolnshire market town of Boston, and the work of the social movement City of Sanctuary that seeks to provide a ‘welcome’ to refugees across the UK.

Living with predictable flooding in the UK and Nigeria
Meghan Alexander, University of Leeds

Focusing on examples from the UK and Nigeria, Meghan will compare and contrast the ways in which floods are experienced and managed. The occurrence of significant, yet predictable, floods in the UK (e.g. winter 2015/16) and Nigeria (e.g. Lagos 2012) highlight strengths and weaknesses in different flood risk management approaches.

Exploration inspiration
Alastair Humphreys, Explorer

Join Alistair as he relates tales of cycling round the world, walking across India rowing the Atlantic and more. Alistair will encourage you with his infectious love of geography and the world around us.

UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
London, WC1H 0AL
Monday 12 Dec 2016
11:00 - 16:00

£19 + VAT*
*Plus one complimentary staff ticket per ten students