Can we sustain a population of nine billion?

Can we sustain a population of nine billion?

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  • Rice terraces
Hear Dr David Nally challenge what we might call the ‘consensus view’ of food security: that science, technology and agribusiness are the obvious panaceas to global food insecurity.
Saturday, 23 September 2017 - 4.00pm to 5.00pm BST
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Art and culture, Science and technology

Dr Nally will focus on the ‘resource-population nexus' and in particular the question of how to feed the planet and maintain sustainable agricultural development.

He will argue that food security is an inherently political problem since it encompasses questions about the production, allocation and use of available resources. For this reason, they necessitate political solutions and social scientists studying questions of power have much to contribute to these debates.


Dr David Nally

Dr David Nally is a human geographer and member of the Natures, Cultures and Knowledges, and the Population, Health and Histories Research Groups. His research interests include the economic and socio-cultural dimensions of colonisation; the historical geography of subsistence crises; and the geopolitics of American philanthropy.

He recently completed a monograph, Human Encumbrances: Political Violence and the Great Irish Famine (University Notre Dame Press, 2011) and a co-authored textbook, Key Concepts in Historical Geography (Sage, 2014). Dr Nally teaches courses on historical and contemporary human geography, research methods, and the politics of hunger. He was the editor of the RGS-IBG's monograph series on historical geography from 2007-2011.

Lecture ticket: £15 (concessions £12) / eligible for price deal


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