About this day
This inspirational and informative programme will appeal to all AS, A-level and IB Geography students studying or about to study globalisation, population migration and climate change. Relevant and up-to-date case studies will be presented by leading geographers. This day also features a special session with hints and tips for examination success.
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.
About Chris Rhodes
Chris’ research and consulting interests concern environmental decontamination and pollutant degradation, renewable energy sources and fuels, including fuels made from algae, and the development of sustainable societies.
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.
About Maria Sharmina
Maria is a Lecturer in Energy and Project Management at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. She works with a major retailer to make its supply chains environmentally sustainable.
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.
About Jonathan Darling
Jonathan is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester. He has research interests in urban and political geography, more specifically in the politics of asylum, forced migration and the ethics of sanctuary. Jonathan’s work has been published in a range of journals in geography and political science.
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.
About Meghan Alexander
Dr Meghan Alexander is a Research Fellow at the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds.
Exploration inspiration Alastair Humphreys, Explorer
Join Alastair as he relates tales of cycling round the world, walking across India rowing the Atlantic and more. Alastair will encourage you with his infectious love of geography and the world around us.
About Alastair Humphreys
Alastair has cycled round the world, walked across India, rowed the Atlantic, run the Marathon des Sables, crossed Iceland by foot and packraft, and walked the desert in Oman.