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AAG 21 - 25 April 2015

Call for papers by 28 October 2014: We invite methodological, theoretical and empirical papers that that engage with any aspect of geospatial modelling and the use of Big Data. We are particularly interested in the ways that insight into individual or group behaviour can be elucidated from new data sources – including social media contributions, volunteered geographical information, mobile telephone transactions, individually-sensed data, crowd-sourced information, etc. – and used to improve models or simulations. For further information visit:

GISRUK conference 15-17 April 2015

The GISRUK conference series is the UK’s national GIS research conference, established in 1993. GISRUK conferences attract delegates from all parts of the UK, together with the European Union and North America and from disciplines including Geography, Computer Science, Planning, Archaeology, Geology, Geomatics and Engineering.

European Society for Ecological Economics 2015: Transformations, 30 June - 03 July 2015

ESEE 2015 explores solutions for the transformation to a sustainable society, building on the distinctive contribution of ecological economics, by shining a spotlight on the interdependency of economic activity and natural systems, and identifying options that prioritise human wellbeing within planetary boundaries. The conference will contribute to the dissemination of knowledge on these issues, through oral and poster presentations, keynote lectures from prominent scholars, and lively formal and informal discussions. It also aims to foster future research collaborations between academics and stakeholders, and provide training and learning opportunities for younger researchers through an associated summer school which will feed into the main conference.

2015 Feminist and Women's Studies Association (FWSA) Conference - Everyday encounters with violence: Critical feminist perspectives, 09-11 September 2015

This three-day conference aims to create an inclusive and supportive space for scholars at all career levels to come together in a supportive environment to engage in critical feminist perspectives on violence. We draw upon a wide definition of violence from sources in the arts, humanities and social sciences, seeing this both as an everyday social force inflicting harm, suffering, grief and trauma and as a transformative force that produces gendered agency, social action and resistance.

School Seminar Series

Wednesday 28 January, 4-5pm

Tim Benton, University of Leeds, “Food Security: Why Is It Such an Issue?”

We are pleased to welcome Professor Tim Benton, University of Leeds,  to our 2014-2015 School of Geography Seminar Series.  Professor Benton will discuss “Can we have a “sustainable” food system?” This seminar will be a wide-ranging interdisciplinary talk, bringing in some insights from working with industry and within Westminster, the commission and the G20.


The challenges of globally increasing demand for food put huge pressures on natural resources.  Given the rate of growth of demand, and the current rate of growth of yields, a “business as usual” scenario sees agri-food requiring over a doubling of water and large increases of land by mid-century and emissions from the sector would account for ~2 degrees of global warming by themselves.  “Business as usual” is therefore not a palatable option, and this is even before taking into account the challenges presented by climate change.  Where is there scope for change?  Some change is needed on the supply side to produce more, sustainably, but significant changes are needed on the demand side to reduce pressure on the environment but also driven by the needs for improving global public health.  Are demand-side measures feasible? 

Wednesday 25 February, 4-5pm

Claire Belcher, University of Exeter, “Wildfires: The Good, the Bad and the Necessary”

Wednesday tbc March

Britaldo Silveira Soares Filho, Centro de Sensoriamento Remoto, Brazil – Date and topic to be confirmed

Wednesday 06 May, 4-5pm

Padraig Carmody, Trinity College Dublin, “It Is Easy to Rule a Poor Man: The Political Ecology of Land Grabbing and Environmental Change in Uganda”

Seminars are open to everyone and take place in the School of Geography lecture theatre, East building (building no 36 on campus map).  For more information and to join the Geography Seminar Series email list contact Dr Karen Bacon or Dr Martin Zebracki


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