Living with risk in the Anthropocene

Living with risk in the Anthropocene

Living with risk in the Anthropocene
Friday 25 September 2020, 3.00pm to 4.00pm BST
Past event
Past event
Friday 25 September 2020, 3.00pm to 4.00pm BST
  • Professor Clive Oppenheimer and Werner Herzog on the rim of a volcano
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Theme: 
Science and technology, Social sciences

Everywhere we look we are faced with the language of catastrophe and risk. The future is apocalyptic because of dangers linked to climate change, globalisation, disaster, war and social dissent; but these are predictions. Come and listen to Cambridge's top geographers discuss how to rethink the future. 

Watch a recording of this talk here

Speakers

Professor Bhaskar Vira

St John's 1988
Professor Bhaskar Vira

Head of Department and Professor of Political Economy, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge; Fellow, Graduate Tutor and Director of Studies in Geography at Fitzwilliam College.

Bhaskar Vira’s research is concerned, in particular, with the often-hidden costs of environmental and developmental processes, and the need for scholarship to draw attention to the distributional consequences of public policy choices. His work brings a critical political economy perspective to contemporary debates about development priorities and competing implications for nature and human wellbeing.

Bhaskar has played important roles in science-policy processes linked with environment and development, including the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the UK National Ecosystem Assessment and the Royal Society Working Group on Human Resilience to Climate Change and Disasters. He Chaired the Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Food, and is currently working as a member of the Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Water.

He is committed to novel approaches that bring together different disciplines and foster collaboration, and is a key member of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), which is a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading internationally-focused biodiversity conservation organisations clustered in and around Cambridge.

Professor Clive Oppenheimer

Girton 1983
Professor Clive Oppenheimer

Professor Clive Oppenheimer researches magmatic and volcanic processes, the long-range climatic and societal impacts of eruptions, and obsidian provenancing. He enjoys collaborations at the nexus between the natural sciences, arts and humanities, and made INTO THE INFERNO (Netflix, 2016) and the forthcoming FIREBALL (2020) with Werner Herzog.

Clive is Professor of Volcanology in the Department of Geography.

Dr Emma Mawdsley

St John's 1989
Dr Emma Mawdsley

Dr Emma Mawdsley is a Reader in Human Geography in the Department of Geography and a Fellow of Newnham College. She is a human geographer with a particular interest in the 'rising powers' and the changing politics of development.

Her past research has included development politics, how India's growing middle classes experience and construct environmental change, and environmental issues in India more broadly.

Dr Howard Nelson

Dr Howard Nelson

Dr Howard Nelson is University Affiliate Lecturer and FFI Lecturer in Conservation Leadership in the Department of Geography, and a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College. His research centres around issues related to Caribbean island ecology and conservation and focuses on three broad themes: understanding patterns of wildlife populations over time and space; socio-ecological dimensions of natural resource use; and the science-policy interface of protected areas and wildlife management.

Dr Nelson currently serves on several national and international committees including the DEFRA’s Darwin Expert Committee, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ Data and Knowledge Task Force, the board of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute and the Global Diversity Foundation. As a member of cabinet appointed committees, he co-led the writing of the new National Wildlife, National Forest and National Protected Areas Policies for Trinidad and Tobago.

Dame Fiona Reynolds

Newnham 1976
Dame Fiona Reynolds

Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE became Master of Emmanuel in 2012. She came to the College after a long career in the voluntary sector, latterly as Director-General of the National Trust from 2001-2012. During her time as DG she made the Trust warmer and more welcoming, bringing the houses to life and raising the profile of the Trust’s work in the countryside.

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