25 YEARS OF
THE ENVIRONMENTAL
CHANGE INSTITUTE

Celebrating 25 years of research
into global environmental change (1991 - 2016)

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Celebrating 25 years of the Environmental Change Institute (1991-2016)

In 2016 we are celebrating our 25th anniversary with a programme of activities spread across the year. Find out more and save the dates.

Events

Seminar
A life course perspective: new mobilities and demography
Featuring guest speakers Prof Dr Joachim Scheiner (Technische Universitat, Dortmund) and Clare Sheffield (Policy Analysis Manager, Transport for London). Chaired by Dr Tim Schwanen (TSU). Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Understanding the H21 Project
Dan Sadler, Special Advisor to Northern Gas Networks. Oxford Energy Colloquia. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Visualizing Capital
Professor David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography, Graduate Center of the City, University of New York. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford. Registration required.
Event
Conservation 2037: A day to think about shaping the future of our profession and passion
A one-day conference bringing together cohorts studying conservation MSc to generate a greater sense of collective identity and empowerment; explore the ideas and drivers that suggest a transformation in the science, policy and practice of conservation; and facilitate and encourage 'new generation' conservationists to voice and reflect upon the values, issues and practice which they would like to see at the centre of conservation when they are mid-career (20-years hence). The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London
Seminar
Tenant trouble: Resisting precarity in Berlin's Märkisches Viertel, 1968-1974
Dr Alexander Vasudevan, University of Oxford. Technological Natures & Transformations Hilary 2017 Seminars. J Gottmann Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
The human right to water and sanitation
Philippe Cullet, Professor of International and Environmental Law, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies - University of London). Oxford Water Network Seminar. Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, Christ Church, Oxford.
Seminar
Where does all that plant stuff go - a trophic web for Wytham
Have you ever been up to Wytham and wondered what some of the bits of equipment lying around were all about? Here is a chance to find out some of the answers. During Hilary Term a series of lunchtime talks on alternate Fridays will explore plant-related studies going on in Wytham Woods. Professor Yadvinder Malhi, ECI. ECI Wytham Woods Seminar Series. Schlich Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences, Oxford.
Seminar
Dynamics of tropical vegetation transitions under global change
Dr Imma Oliveras, Departmental Research Lecturer in Ecosystems Science and Deputy Programme Leader on Ecosystems, ECI. Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests Seminar. H O Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Beyond technology: the role of innovation in achieving universal access to drinking water
Peter Harvey, Chief of UNICEF's Water, Sanitation & Education Centre, Copenhagen. Oxford Water Network Seminar. Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, Christ Church, Oxford.
Event
Green and Smart Transport
Professor Jianping Wu, Director of Future Transport Research Centre of Tsinghua-Cambridge-MIT at Tsinghua University in Beijing. | This talk will introduce some of the recent researches in Future Transport Research Centre at Tsinghua University. It covers the following 4 areas: 1) Urban traffic emission pollution control with on-line traffic management strategy; 2) The driving behaviour recognition using Big Data technologies; 3) Simulation system for autonomous driving; and 4) AlphaGo and the future urban traffic control. Gilbert Room, SoGE, University of Oxford.
Seminar
Prosperity without Growth - 7 years on
Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey. ECI Big Ideas Seminar Series. School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford. Fully booked.
Seminar
Implications of policy on AMR in the environment, and vice versa
Andrew Singer, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Hilary Term Interdisciplinary Microbiome Project Seminar Series. Roy Griffiths Room, Keble College, Oxford. Booking not required.
Seminar
Dugald Clerk Lecture 2017: The resilience of Britain's water supplies in an uncertain future, London
Professor Jim Hall FREng FICE, Director of the Environmental Change Institute. Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London.
Seminar
The mobilities of young adults in the 21st Century
Featuring guest speakers Prof Ann Berrington (University of Southampton) and Jean Taylor (Senior Service Manager Policy & Partnerships, Lambeth Council). Chaired by Dr Debbie Hopkins (TSU). Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Invisible energy policy - the role of materials and products in mitigating GHG emissions
Prof John Barrett, University of Leeds. Oxford Energy Colloquia. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Cities as First Responders of Climate Change
Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist, NASA. ECI Big Ideas Seminar Series. H O Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Event
Trouble in paradise: Ocean management in the tropics - 10th Annual Ocean Policy Symposium
Speakers include: Dr Catherine Head (Zoology, Oxford); Dr Prue Addison (Zoology, Oxford); Claire Hanratte (SSEE, Oxford) and Emma McIntosh (SoGE, Oxford). Lecture Theatre, SoGE, University of Oxford.
Seminar
Infrastructural violence and the right to the city
Dr Martin Coward, University of Manchester. Technological Natures & Transformations Hilary 2017 Seminars. E W Gilbert Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Title to be confirmed
Professor Stephen F. Lintner, Visiting Professor of Geography, King's College London. Oxford Water Network Seminar. H O Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
The Food of our Food: Microbial Lessons From the History of Growth Promoters
Hannah Landecker, UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics. Hilary Term Interdisciplinary Microbiome Project Seminar Series. Roy Griffiths Room, Keble College, Oxford. Booking not required.
Event
Can future energy needs be met sustainably?
Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith, Director of Energy Research, University of Oxford. Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street, Oxford. Booking Required.
Seminar
Mobilities for an ageing population
Featuring guest speakers Associate Prof Charles Musselwhite (Swansea University) and Jane Vass OBE (Director of Policy & Research, AGE UK). Chaired by Prof David Banister (TSU). Gottmann Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Why India needs monsoon scientists
Sunita Narain, Director General, Centre for Science and Environment. ECI Big Ideas Seminar Series. H O Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Fact and Fuss: implications for microbiota research
Lindsay Hall, Institute of Food Research, UEA. Hilary Term Interdisciplinary Microbiome Project Seminar Series. Roy Griffiths Room, Keble College, Oxford. Booking not required.
Seminar
Discrepant cosmopolitanism and the urban geopolitics of hospitality and hostility in Beirut
Dr Sara Fregonese, University of Birmingham. Technological Natures & Transformations Hilary 2017 Seminars. J Gottmann Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Land, Outdoors & Nature
Join Peter Nixon, the National Trust's Director of Land, Landscape and Nature and Professor Heather Viles, Head of The School of Geography & the Environment as they discuss the challenges and opportunities we face today in caring for and studying the natural environment. St Luke's Chapel, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.
Seminar
Hydrological prediction for drought and flood early warning in sub-Saharan Africa
Justin Sheffield, Professor of Hydrology and Remote Sensing, University of Southampton. Oxford Water Network Seminar. H O Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Life events and mobilities across the life course
Featuring guest speakers Dr Sara Tilley (University of Edinburgh) and Emma Aldrich (Regional Programme Officer for East & Southern Africa, Marie Stopes International). Chaired by Dr Tim Schwanen (TSU). Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Pathological Lives
Steve Hinchliffe, University of Exeter (Geography). Hilary Term Interdisciplinary Microbiome Project Seminar Series. Roy Griffiths Room, Keble College, Oxford. Booking not required.
Seminar
Dirt and danger: Beyond a bourgeois understanding of public spaces
Dr Pushpa Arabindoo, University College London. Technological Natures & Transformations Hilary 2017 Seminars. A J Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Event
4th Oxford Interdisciplinary Desert Conference
The 4th Oxford Interdisciplinary Desert conference provides a forum for researchers and those interested in desert and dryland environments and societies to present, discuss and debate dryland themes and research. Registration now open.

ECI Big Ideas Seminar Series

  • With speakers including Craig Bennett (CEO, Friends of the Earth) and Yakov Ben-Haim (Israel Institute of technology) and will take place during 2016-17. Booking is now open for seminars in Michaelmas Term 2016 and Hilary Term 2017.
  • Oxford Centre for the Environment, University of Oxford | More information

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