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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG): the heart of geography
An introduction to Superpower Geographies
A new recipe for economic development
A Shrinking World
Aid and influence
Arab awakening
Baby steps for China
Building a nation: South Sudan one year on
Building BRICS
Cars: The global business of Britain is back on track
Celebrating new appropriate technology
China and North Korea: Regional economic cooperation
Chocolate spread over
Credit Crunch Geography
Factors influencing the success of pastoral farming in developing countries
Fast Food Farmers
Fast Food Geography
Follow the thing: Papaya
Geography, power and the Olympics
Global flows
Global motorization, social ecology and China
Global production networks
Hello South Sudan
India - Change and challenge for a new superpower
Inequality and its management
Kinky boots
Life transitions and care in sibling-headed households affected by AIDS in Tanzania and Uganda
Making music in the global economy
Measuring International Corruption and its Impacts
Rio+20: A global evaluation of sustainable development
Supermarket Sweep
Surfs up!
The BRICs are coming: Will Brazil ever arrive?
The Congo Wars: geography NOT in the news
The Deepwater Horizon, the Mavi Marmara, and the dynamic zonation of ocean space
The geography of gold
The horsemeat scandal and other food geographies
The Nicaraguan trans-oceanic canal
Two views on the growth of China

Global perspectives, geopolitics and development

Population | migration | international trade markets | life expectancy | superpowers | global influence | governance of global commons | territory | aid | technology | war and conflict | economic, social, political and environmental interdependence | inequality | unemployment | poverty | welfare standards | global systems | interactions | globalisation | business | commerce | human rights | sovereignty | industry


A Level subject content overviews

To support teachers with the introduction of the 2016 A Level courses, the Society is providing a new range of online resources and support. The following overview documents provide an introduction for teachers to some of the key content, concepts and geographical theories within the new A Levels and will be particularly useful for colleagues who have not previously taught elements of the new content. These have been written by leading academic geographers, a number of whom were members of the ALCAB subject advisory panel for geography. 

 Articles

Water access and social inequality in India (July 2015) The Our Water project was a scheme that aimed to supply drinking water more reliably to three areas of Rajasthan in northern India where groundwater was naturally saline
The impact of the Chinese overseas property market (June 2015) Thirty five million of China’s wealthiest people have stated that they would like to emigrate overseas in the near future and if and when they do, they are likely to bring with them substantial investment into local economies
Celebrating new appropriate technology (April 2015) The UNICEF 2015 State of the World’s Children Report celebrates the new forms of appropriate technology that are being tried in parts of world where children are most at risk from poverty and inequality
Factors influencing the success of pastoral farming in developing countries (March 2015) More recently there has been the recognition of a complex relationship between pastoral farmers in the developing world and the size of their herds
Measuring International Corruption and its Impacts (February 2015) Since 1995, Transparency International, an international non-government organisation, has been monitoring global corporate and political corruption in international development
A new recipe for economic development (August 2014) Some countries and international organisations are changing the methods they use to measure and compare national wealth. Might the global development map need to be re-drawn as a result?
World Studies (July 2014) The 2014 World Cup provides plenty of study opportunities for geographers of all ages
China and North Korea: Regional economic cooperation (July 2013) China and North Korea share a border. Both governed by socialist politics, they cooperate with one another politically and economically
Making music in the global economy (April 2013) Dr Allan Watson from Staffordshire University researches the economic geographies of the creative and media industries
The horsemeat scandal and other food geographies (March 2013) The recent revelation about horsemeat unknowingly making its way onto British plates has raised questions about where our food comes from
2011 UK Census (March 2013) The UK census counts the total population and records its characteristics, such as age, gender, employment and health
An introduction to Superpower Geographies (January 2013) An examination of who the superpowers are and how their power develops over time
Aid and Influence (January 2013) Why is the UK cutting aid to India and what is the connection between international aid and ‘soft power’?
Life transitions and care in sibling-headed households affected by AIDS in Tanzania and Uganda (January 2013) Learn more about how young people manage sibling caring responsibilities following their parent’s death
Foresight report: Future of food and farming (November 2012) Looking at the challenges expected in the area of food and farming over the next 40 years
Fast Food Geography (November 2012) How McDonald’s has learned to embrace globalisation and glocalisation
Rio+20: A global evaluation of sustainable development (November 2012) What progress has been made since the first Earth Summit in 1992?
Poland, pensions and global greying (October 2012) What is the link between youthful out-migration and Poland’s current pension crisis?
Building a nation: South Sudan one year on (October 2012) A discussion of the issues facing South Sudan one year after independence, addressing questions nationhood, oil security and development
Geography, power and the Olympics (October 2012) Geopolitics is defined as the relationship between power and the spaces of the world. At London 2012 there were 204 such spaces – the nations that competed
Follow the thing: Papaya  (October 2012) Papaya: an exotic fruit. Grown in Jamaica. Eaten in the UK. However, all is not as it seems. How did that papaya come to your dinner table?
Surfs up! (September 2012) Cornwall is experiencing a technological revolution with broadband speeds in many areas among the fastest in the UK
Physical Geography and Facebook (June 2012) Why are global media TNCs locating in cold environments?
The geography of gold (June 2012) As the price of gold has soared, more people have begun to question how, and by whom, their gold is mined and procured
Can Eden be restored? (March 2012) The changing landscape of the Marshlands of Iraq
Arab awakening (November 2011) A look at 2011, the year of the Arab Spring
The Congo Wars: geography NOT in the news (November 2011) Is enough said in the media and classrooms about the world’s worst on-going conflict?
Hello South Sudan (November 2011) What are the geographical challenges facing the world’s newest nation?
Building BRICS (September 2011) Investigating the global power-play of Brazil, Russia, China and India
Cars: The global business of Britain is back on track (September 2011) What is the secret of this manufacturing ‘comeback’ story, in a country whose economy is often characterized as ‘post-industrial’?
Two views on the growth of China (August 2011) Analysing the economic, social and environmental impacts of development processes in China
The Deepwater Horizon, the Mavi Marmara, and the dynamic zonation of ocean space (June 2011) Read a Commentary from March 2011's Geographical Journal by Philip Steinberg

Global production networks (May 2011)

Investigating the interconnections & ethics of global manufacturing
The BRICs are coming: Will Brazil ever arrive? (February 2011) Brazil's economy is thriving, yet real development can be more complex than economic growth.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation - Rethink the future (December 2010) The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is an independent charity with the purpose of inspiring people to re-think, to re-design and build a sustainable future
Baby steps for China (June 2010) How has the one-child rule been modified and how are attitudes towards women changing in China?
Brought down to earth (June 2010) The economic impact of Iceland’s volcano on Kenya’s gourmet-veg and cut-flower industry
Chocolate spread over (May 2010) Through Cadbury we take a look at the issues surrounding the increasingly globalised ownership of big businesses
Architecture for humanity (May 2010) Architecture for Humanity(AfH) is an organisation who helping to build a more sustainable future through the power of professional design
Fault line living (May 2010) A journey along the world’s most dangerous fault lines, documenting the intriguing and perilous lives of those who live along them
What lessons are being learnt from natural disasters (May 2010) In the past decade the responses to major natural disasters have been analysed and examined by experts from a variety of fields. Lessons learnt from these are then tested in sebsequent crises and further data is collected
Who are most vulnerable to hazards? (May 2010) Natural disasters frequently occur across the world, affecting both developed and developing countries. However some populations are clearly more vulnearable than others
Rebuilding livelihoods in tsunami affected areas (May 2010) The Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) works around the world to restore the quality of life for men, women and children who have been devastated by natural disaster or violent conflict
Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano (April 2010) Useful weblinks for finding out about Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano
Credit Crunch Geography (March 2010) Why did the global credit crunch cause Iceland to lose its McDonald’s restaurants?
Energy Update (February 2010) Does the planet have a secure and sustainable energy future?
The reasons for digital exclusion (December 2009) Digital inequality matters because those without access and the right combination of access, skills, motivation and knowledge are missing out on important areas of the digital world
Digital inclusion task force (December 2009) Working with a team of experts from a range of related organisations, their aim is to create better education, health, governmental and social opportunities for the most socially excluded people in the UK
Digital divide in Britian (December 2009) Figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in 2009 reveal that 30% of households in the Britain still did not have internet access
Fast Food Farmers (September 2009) Investigating the aspect of the ethics of global trade – the treatment of agricultural workers at the other end of our food supply chain
A Shrinking World (July 2009) Are mobile phones becoming the ultimate 'shrinking world' technology?
Keeping London working: global cities, the British state and London's new migrant division of labour (July 2009) This paper explores the emergence of a new 'migrant division of labour' in London
Global flows (March 2009) How can 'The Box' help us in understanding the global flows of trade?
The great global grape migration (February 2009) What will be the effects of climate change on the world's wine regions?
Going Global MTV Networks (April 2008) The global consumption of music
New resource rush (March 2008) How are climate change and new ocean laws affecting global patterns of resource ownership?
India - Change and challenge for a new superpower (September 2007) India is poised to become one of the new ‘superpowers’, as changes take place. Yet not all changes are equal
Global motorization, social ecology and China. Area. March 2007 (August 2007) The global diffusion of motorization (the provision of motor vehicles) has become a significant driver of local and regional change around the world
Supermarket Sweep (May 2007) As Tesco joins the major league, what is it doing to improve its environmental image?
Feathers flu (April 2006) How did Bird Flu reach Britain?
Global goals (June 2006) Are you eating, sleeping, drinking and teaching the World Cup? How does our consumption of the global game impact us and others around the world?
Kinky boots (February 2006) Are the survival strategies of manufacturing firms influenced by the cultural and political environments within which they are located?
Chinese to tax chopsticks? (March 2006) Can a chopstick tax help save China's forests?
Politically correct? (December 2005) Does the UK political map correctly represent you? What does politics have to do with geography and what does geography have to do with politics?
World war who? (November 2005) How did events sixty years ago help shape the geography of Europe and what does ‘citizenship’ really mean?
Summit fever (July 2005) Is the G8 an effective way to solve the world's problems?
Gold dust (March 2005) Dyson is cleaning up in the USA, sweeping across Japan and manufacturing wealth and jobs in Malaysia. But has he left a vacuum in the UK?
Small wonder (March 2005) As the UK steel industry struggles, Mini moves up a gear - why are these two stories of manufacturing so different? And why hasn’t the Mini been driven overseas?
World wide web (December 2004) How does an Indian spin on Spider-Man reflect changing webs of global interdependence?
Cloud of controversy (December 2004) Bhopal twenty years on: what are the social, environmental and ethical issues tied up with economic development and globalisation.
Booming giant (December 2004) But can China keep growing?
Is another world possible? (November 2004) The Third European Social Forum in London
Re-living Live Aid (November 2004) How are top pop and rock stars helping the people of Darfur in Sudan?
Tropical taste (November 2004) What does a taste for tropical water tell us about global networks of production and consumption?
Help the aided (June 2004) Why is one kind of aid to Zambia harming local businesses?
The new EU (May 2004) Who are the winners and losers of a new geography of Europe?
Last orders (April 2004) Why is Guinness leaving London?
Bachelor boys (March 2004) What are the hidden costs of China’s one-child policy?
Fair aid (March 2004) Is aid working?
Bird flu across Asia (February 2004) How does the current avian flu crisis in Asia provide a stimulus for studying the geography of diseases?
Samsung swansong (January 2004) Why is a booming transnational corporation pulling out of the UK?
Migrating jobs? (December 2003) How is shifting employment from the UK to the Developing World a sign of economic change?
China set to overtake UK (October 2003) The 'sleeping giant' has awoken but is current rapid economic growth sustainable?
WTO and Cancun: Success or Failure? (September 2003) A look at the World Trade Organisation Summit in Cancun, Mexico
Bonus offered to stimulate baby boom (April 2003) Singapore government attempts to halt slide in birth rate


Online lectures

Changing lives?  Nick Danziger (November 2015) Using expert photographic reportage, over the last decade Nick has followed the lives of the same individuals and families in eight countries, across four continents, to show how they have been affected by the Millennium Development Goals

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Made in Britain (March 2015) How can the UK adapt to the challenges and build on our proud manufacturing history to capitalise on opportunities and ensure we remain a manufacturing powerhouse?

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Somalia: the world's most failed state?, James Fergusson (February 2015) Wracked by war, famine and Islamic extremism, Somalia has long been a byword for disaster. James, a veteran reporter on Afghanistan, went to find out why – and what is being done to fix it

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Midnight's grandchildren, John Keay (February 2015) Asian expert John Keay investigates 1947’s partition of British India and explores its legacy of erratic leadership and hostile relationships between the five nations of South Asia

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The landgrabbers, Fred Pearce (March 2014) Land is suddenly a scarce resource. African plains, Asian paddy fields and South American jungles are being snapped up. Who are the grabbers, and who the victims?

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London versus the rest, Evan Davis (March 2014) One of the world's greatest cities is in Britain, but it doesn't always feel an advantage for non-Londoners. Why is London so dominant in Britain and what should the rest of the country do in response?

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Mobile middle class (March 2014) The global class system is changing. By 2030, two billion people will join the middle class from emerging economies, leaving Europe and North America with less than a third of the total middle class population. What impact is this having on people and the planet?

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The men met the oceans make, Horatio Clare (February 2014) Stories of the men who sail the ships that keep our world turning - across majestic and terrifying oceans, in one of the world's least governed industries; a report on unseen lives of ordinary heroism.

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Junkyard Planet: Adam Minter (January 2014) The collection of our recycling is only one half of a story which is actually global in scale and represents a multibillion dollar industry worldwide

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Big data, big impact? (November 2013) We are living in a data explosion where we generate and consume data faster than we can keep track of and secure. This volume of new data presents us with additional challenges: what are we going to do with it? How are we unlocking its potential? And how are we making it work for society?

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Feeding the 9 billion (October 2013) Our global food system is under increasing strain. We need to produce and supply enough safe and nutritious food in a sustainable way to a population which is expected to rise to 9 billion by 2050. How are we meeting this challenge with new technology as well as new thinking?

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Travels in New Colombia, Tom Feiling (February 2013)

In 2011, Tom Feiling spent nine very peaceful months travelling around the Colombian countryside. In this lecture, he reflects on violence, bio-diversity and Colombia's future as a rising star of the global economy and tourist destination

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Malaria, mosquitos and maps (November 2012) Simon Hay shows how maps of malaria help guide policymakers and illuminate debates surrounding the killer disease

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Agriculture for change, Professor Sir Gordon Conway (October 2012) Gordon investigates the question 'with one billion hungry people can we feed the world?'. From the science of agricultural advances to the politics of food security, he outlines a sustainable and achievable development pathway towards ending endemic hunger

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Unsustainable fishing (October 2012)

How can we avoid the collapse of a resource that remains an essential part of food security and vital to the communities and livelihoods of half a billion people across the planet?

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Five centuries of mapping India, Manosi Lahiri (October 2012) The first modern maps of coastal India were made by European sailors and merchants. Britain mapped the interior while expanding its colony and later, to administer it. Independent India encouraged mapping for defense. Manosi explores the history of mapping this vast country.

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Keeping pace with the digital revolution (May 2012) The internet is rapidly evolving to play a central role in society, transforming social, cultural, economic and political landscapes. The benefits are clear, but are societies equipped to keep pace with the consequences of our increasing reliance on this technology?

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A fact based world view (March 2012) Dr Hans Rosling explains how and why the world’s population will stabilise at nine to 10 billion, and explores the concepts of ‘developed’ and ‘undeveloped’

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Global health in the 21st Century (March 2012) Can societies strike a balance between combating the dangers of viral outbreaks and pandemics, while maintaining the hopes of eradicating established diseases, such as malaria and HIV/AIDS, which continue to claim millions of lives each year?

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The human future, Sir Crispin Tickell (February 2012) Humans have changed the face of Earth. Sir Crispin Tickell considers the future for the human race in an overpopulated, globalised world with increasingly degraded natural resources View lecture
Adapting to an urban future (December 2011) Humans are rapidly becoming an urban species.
Global population has passed 7 billion, 3.5 billion people are urbanised and over 1 billion people now live in slums.
How will urban centres keep pace with predicted continuing growth? What are the visions of tomorrow’s cities?

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The Middle East - Caught in the Crossfire, John Simpson (October 2011) John recaps on recent turbulent events in the Middle East. Reflecting on his own experiences during the uprising and revolts in Tunisia, Egypt and most recently Libya

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Educating for tomorrow (2011) Living in an increasingly globalised society offers both opportunities and challenges. How can education best prepare young Britons to fulfil their potential in a rapidly changing world?

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Digital technology in Africa (May 2011) How can digital technologies such as mobiles and laptops offer the countries of Africa realistic economic, educational and development opportunities.

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Persistent poverty in Britain (March 2011) Britain is the world’s fifth richest country, yet poverty in Britain is rising. With paid work failing to reduce poverty for many, how can Britain best tackle this growing issue?

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Can the UK ever be sustainable? (December 2010) Our way of life is placing an increasing burden on the planet, but how realistic are visions of a sustainable future? How can business, politics and the creative industries help create a sustainable future?

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Plastic pollution in the oceans (October 2010) Our throw away society is polluting large areas of the world's oceans with plastics, threatening marine life and food chains. How did it get there? What are the practical solutions? Is it time to re-evaluate waste as a resource?

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Digital divide in the UK (December 2009) Does the internet's rapid evolution and increasing role in daily life threaten to leave some sections of society behind?

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Future Hope, Tim Grandage (October 2009) An inspiring talk by Tim, founder of Future Hope, on the lost and abandoned children who live on the streets and railway stations of Kolkata, India

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The future shape of capitalism (March 2009) Will the recent financial crisis and the downturn in the global economy change the shape of capitalism as we know it today?

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Migration: Skills and the job market (November 2008) Too often controversy surrounding UK migration and what impacts migrants have on our economy and society is based on myth, fear and falsehood. Explore some of the issues and misconceptions around changing European workforce patterns in the 21st Century.

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Africa in the 21st Century (October 2007) Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, and humanitarian Sir Bob Geldof discuss the major challenges facing the countries of Africa in the 21st century

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Resources

KS2: Global trade A look at global supply chains, food, UK exports and Fairtrade
KS2: Kenya - A changing nation Explore Kenya's rich and complex history of exploration, trade and colonisation
KS3: Africa: a continent of contrasts Exploring Africa and its future
KS3: China today Exploring the social, economic, environmental and political interdependence between China and the rest of the world
KS3: Development pathways Looking at how and why development happens
KS3: Development processes and pathways The concept of development
KS3: Disasters and development How do natural hazards have an impact on development?
KS3: Discovering megacities What are megacities and where are they?
KS3: Globalisation of manufacturing in post-war Britain A look at the rise of globalisation in the post war era
KS3: ICTs: A technological fix? Find out if technology is the answer to reducing poverty
KS3: Introducing globalisation The concept of globalisation
KS3: Mapping festivals An insight into festivals worldwide
KS3: Megacities Megacities, urbansiation and development
KS3: Millennium Development Goals 1-4 Evaluating Goals one to four
KS3: Millennium Development Goals 5-8 Evaluating Goals five to eight
KS3: Natural disasters and conflict Development challenges surrounding disasters and conflict
KS3: New India The physical and human processes that are transforming India and its role in the world
KS3: Russia's regions and roles Exploring the geography of Russia
KS3: The geography of conflict Introduces students to the topical and hard to teach issue of conflict
KS3: The geography of my stuff Exploring food miles, child labour and online purchasing
KS3: Theories of development Explore six differing theories of development
KS3: What is globalisation? Understanding the processes of globalisation
KS3: Who wants to be a billionaire? A fresh approach to uneven development
KS3: You are what you eat Investigating interdependence in our food supply chain
Discovering Antarctica Interactive website covering topics such as climate change and future pressures in the region. Run in conjunction with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and British Antarctic Survey


Case studies

The Nicaraguan trans-oceanic canal (June 2015) In a collaboration between the Nicaraguan government and Chinese industry, a new 300km canal is set to be dug linking the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
A new capital in Andhra Pradesh (May 2015) Andhra Pradesh, India is set to get a new state capital; one which planners say will rival India’s most industrious and populous cities
Inequality and its management (May 2015) Global inequality is a growing problem with the divide between the world’s economic elite and the world’s poorest people getting ever larger
El Nino and Development in Peru (February 2015) Peru is regularly affected by El Niño and El Niña currents


Ask the Experts

Governance of the oceans Dr Kimberley Peters, Lecturer in Human Geography at Aberystwyth University, Governance of the Oceans
Comic books and alternative views on geopolitics (July 2015) Dr Jason Dittmer, Reader of Human Geography, University College London
The 'Behind the Brands' campaign (April 2015) Danielle Smith, Policy Officer, Oxfam
The commodity trail of cheap goods (February 2015) Dr Alison Hulme, Lecturer in Human Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London
The Antarctic Treaty (March 2015) Henry Burgess, Deputy Head, Polar Regions Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The ethics of fast fashion (February 2015) Dr Andrew Brooks, Lecturer in Development Geography, King’s College London
Diaspora, Remittances and Development (January 2015) Dr Ben Page, Reader in Human Geography and African Studies, University College London
Geographies of Manufacturing (October 2014) Thomas Birtchnell, Lecturer of Sustainable Communities, University of Wollongong, Australia
Production networks and trade (June 2014) Shamel Azmeh, Associate Lecturer, Lancaster Environment Centre, University of Lancaster
Inequality (May 2014) Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, Head of Oxfam GB research
ICT and development (March 2014) Chris Foster, Researcher, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
Employment in Britain (May 2013) Anne Green, Professor in Geography, Warwick University
China and North Korea (July 2013) Seung-Ook Lee, PhD student, Ohio State University
HIV and AIDS (February 2013) Dr Ruth Evans, Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Reading
Overfishing (December 2012) Liam Carr, Senior Advisor to the Director of External Affairs, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Microfiance (November 2012) Victorine Olwanda, microfinance manager, Kenya
Superpower geographies (October 2012) Alasdair Pinkerton, Lecturer in Geography and Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London
Food globalisation (October 2012) Ian Cook, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Exeter
South Sudan (July 2012) Gemma Hay, Aid Worker with Tearfund
Development (March 2012) Nick Danziger, Photo journalist

Fair Trade (November 2010)

Dr Ann Le Mare, Lecturer in the Department of Geography, Durham University.
Shipping and globalisation (April 2009) Jeremy Nixon, Managing Director, NYK Europe


60 second guides

  • El Nino and development
  • Globalisation
  • Air pollution
  • Geographical big data
  • What is the digital divide?
  • What is development?
  • Promoting gender equality
  • Ageing populations
  • Youthful populations
  • Demographic transition model
  • The hidden cost of what we consume
  • Keeping pace with technology
  • Britain's changing class system
  • Global north south divide
  • Development indicators
  • Modernisation theory
  • Aid
  • Global health
  • Poverty in Britain
  • Economic growth
  • What is development
  • Sustainable Development Goals
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