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2011 UK census
A New Capital for Egypt?
A new capital in Andhra Pradesh
Beyond megacities
Bicester: New Garden City
Bigging it up
Employment and rural Britain
Family fortunes
Feathers flu
Going Global MTV Networks
Keeping London working
London Docklands +30
Net migration news
New challenges for migrant communities
Poland, pensions and global greying
Regeneration and exclusion in Astana, Kazakhstan
Rocking all over the world
Rosedene Raspberries and Tescos Fictitious Farms
Rural migration - Why do the British move to French idylls?
Should I stay or should I go?
Sustainable transport: Cycling in London
The impact of the Chinese overseas property market
The politics of design
Two speed Britain
UK migration controversies: a simple guide
Upwardly mobile
World studies

Urbanisation, migration and society

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 Articles

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
Regeneration and exclusion in Astana, Kazakhstan (June 2015) Astana, the new capital in Kazakhstan, represents more than just a new start; it became a means of symbolising the country’s movement away from centralised Soviet control
Protecting vulnerable sites from tourism damage (May 2015) Tourists are increasingly looking beyond the standard destinations and instead are favouring more unusual holiday activities in more distant places
New challenges for migrant communities (February 2015) The lives of migrants remains a topic of interest for many geographical researchers but few look closely at the new lives that are carved out by those who have been displaced by natural disasters
Stigma, Cultural Traditions and Identities: A New Geography of Health (November 2014) This case study will look in more detail at how three countries in Africa are affected by different health issues
Small area data: looking towards a 2021 (August 2014) A collection of case studies which illustrate the importance of small area data to many areas of policymaking and practice
World Studies (July 2014) The 2014 World Cup provides plenty of study opportunities for geographers of all ages
Sustainable transport: Cycling in London (June 2013) The Mayor’s vision for cycling in London: An Olympic Legacy for all Londoners
2011 UK Census (March 2013) The UK census counts the total population and records its characteristics, such as age, gender, employment and health
Rural migration: Why do the British move to French idylls? (August 2013) Since the 19th century, British citizens have moved to rural France in search of an ‘unspoilt’ and ‘rustic’ way of life.
Employment and rural Britain (March 2013) With economic opportunities gravitating towards urban centres, many rural areas have lost out
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
Poland, pensions and global greying (October 2012) What is the link between youthful out-migration and Poland’s current pension crisis?
London Docklands +30 (October 2012) In 2012, Docklands finally overtook the City district to become the highest-ranked employment zone for financial services in London
Summary report. Assessing the impact of the London 2012 Olympics (September 2012) Geography Professor Allan Brimicombe from the University of East London is leading an impact study on behalf of the London Organising Committee of LOCOG and the IOC
Net migration news (June 2012) How are migration trends affecting UK population growth and how has the government responded?
Two speed Britain (May 2012) Is the "north-south" divide intensifying and are local scale inequalities increasing?
Irish out-migration (March 2011) The rise of the Irish diaspora
Tackling persistent poverty in Britain (March 2011) In 2008/2009 13 million people in Britain were living in poverty. Of these, “5.8 million were in 'deep poverty'
Beyond megacities (January 2011) Introducing metacities, mega-regions, smart cities, instant cities, technoscapes and other new types of settlement growth
Teenage time bomb (January 2011) Why do newspapers portray Britain’s teenagers as an endangered species?
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
UK migration controversies: a simple guide (July 2009) This policy briefing sets out the current state of geographics research evidence on migration and its impacts on UK economy and society.
South Downs showdown (June 2009) A look at the new National Park designation
The politics of design: architecture, tall buildings and the skyline of central London (March 2009) After 2000 a handful of very tall buildings were approved in central London, a circumstance that challenged well-established planning practices in that part of the city.
Should I stay or should I go? (January 2009) Can a trip to the remote wilderness of Antarctica be sustainable? This article investigates the reasons why Antarctica is such a desirable holiday location and the risks these ventures bring
UK migration controversies (November 2008) This policy briefing sets out the current state of geographics research evidence on migration and its impacts on UK economy and society.
Issues of migration (November 2008) Modern migration to the UK increasing follows an economic pattern; as people continue to seek better economic opportunities and are often willing to migrate to other countries to take advantage
Britain's greying population (November 2008) With widespread fall in fertility rates and significant rises in life expectancy, the median age of Britain’s population is rising. Today, for the first time in history, Britain’s over-65s now outnumber people under the age of 16
Eco towns (May 2008) Eco-towns are the government's proposed new housing in England intended to response to the challenges of climate change, the need for more sustainable living and the need to increase housing supply
Going Global MTV Networks (April 2008) The global consumption of music
Bigging it up (July 2007) The changing shape of London. How and why is the city expanding?
Supermarket Sweep (May 2007) As Tesco joins the major league, what is it doing to improve its environmental image?
Rocking all over the world (May 2007) How is migration away from Poland impacting on its music scene and the nation’s economy?
Out of the Shadows (February 2007) How is a giant mirror bringing light to a valley-floor settlement in the Italian Alps?
Upwardly mobile (August 2006) How is the global spread of new technology impacting on different societies and environments?
Feathers flu (April 2006) How did Bird Flu reach Britain?
Family fortunes (April 2006) Why are French mothers being offered cash for babies? Why is Europe worried about population size?
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?
Impossible cities? (December 2005) What are the challenges for growing or changing cities? Is it ‘mission impossible’ for city planners?
World war who? (November 2005) How did events sixty years ago help shape the geography of Europe and what does ‘citizenship’ really mean?
Past papers (March 2005) How can online use of the 1861 and 2001 Census help GCSE geography students?
Old news (October 2004) What are the consequences of the UK's ageing population?
Gown planning (October 2004) Student cleansing; why do councils want fewer students?
Green games? (August 2004) How sustainable are the Athens Olympics?
Rainbow nation (May 2004) 10 years on from Apartheid: How is South Africa really?
The new EU (May 2004) Who are the winners and losers of a new geography of Europe?
Shack attack (April 2004) Why has one of Brazil’s 'beacon' favelas seen fierce fighting?
Fat north, thin south (March 2004) Does the UK show a north-south ‘obesity divide’?
Bird flu across Asia (February 2004) How does the current avian flu crisis in Asia provide a stimulus for studying the geography of diseases?
Supermarket expansion is a-mezzanine! (February 2004) Why are supermarkets expanding upwards?
Great Wall crumbling under pressure (January 2004) Why has two thirds of the Great Wall of China been destroyed?
New towns for new times (January 2004) Where are we going to live? Milton Keynes?
Migrating jobs? (December 2003) How is shifting employment from the UK to the Developing World a sign of economic change?
New runway winging its way to Stansted? (November 2003) Is Stansted the only viable option for airport expansion in the South East?
Italy pays cash for babies (November 2003) How is one remote village in Italy responding to population change?
Gaelic tongue on the menu (October 2003) How will the new Gaelic Bill help the Highlands?
That's slum problem (October 2003) Rural-urban migration and globalisation mean slum dwellers could double by 2030: what should be done?
International Migration and the UK (October 2003) A look at three types of international migration affecting the UK
Studentification (September 2003) Are university students displacing working and middle class households?
Is Britain the Promised Land? (September 2003) An introduction to international migration and the UK
Renew Towns (August 2003) Why are New Towns getting a facelift?
Charging scheme really cuts the jam (June 2003) Three months on and is London's congestion charge a success?
What can stop the urban rot? (May 2003) Investment in deprived urban areas may not be tackling the roots of their decline
Bonus offered to stimulate baby boom (April 2003) Singapore government attempts to halt slide in birth rate
Charge gets London moving (February 2003) London's controversial congestion charge gets off to a smooth start
Do Migrants have Right of Entry? (February 2003) Safe 'havens' provide new option for dealing with asylum
Brown Future for Greenfields? (February 2003) Greenfield areas are again under pressure from urban sprawl


 Online lectures

Poor cities: migration hotspots, Dr Michael Collyer (September 2015) Cities in low-income countries are the most dynamic places on earth and will be for decades. What makes people move, how is this changing, and what do they do when they get there? View lecture
Siberia: its history and its people, Professor Janet Hartley (March 2015) Janet investigates the settlers over four centuries of Russian expansion, throwing light on the lives of the people of this inhospitable land. View lecture
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Greater London: the story of the suburbs, Dr Nick Barrett (April 2015) Nick explores the 600 square miles of London’s suburbs, throwing new light on the forces that turned a scattering of villages into a global metropolis. View lecture
The cities that made an empire, Tristram Hunt (January 2015) Tristram explores how the legacy of the British Empire remains in the lives and structures of the great cities which it shaped, and in cultures, economies and identities changed by interaction and adaptation View lecture
Ten billion reasons not to be scared of each other, Professor Danny Dorling (October 2014) World population is set to rise to 10 or 11 billion by 2100. Should we view this as a sign of slowdown and success, and among the least of our problems, or should we be worried? View lecture
Escape to the city (June 2014) Around 75% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. What impact is urban living having on our wellbeing? What can we learn from cities around the world? And how can we balance rapid urbanisation with quality of life?

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London versus the rest (March 2014) One of the world's great 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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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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Measured, recorded and then what?, Paul Boyle (March 2013) The Government collects data about us all but are we gaining the best use from it? Paul Boyle, ESRC Chief Executive, uses fascinating examples to argue that the UK could lead the world in using routinely collected data to give new research insights into the UKs changing society

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The world until yesterday, Jared Diamon (February 2013) The Pulitzer Prize-winning Jared Diamond surveys the differences between 'traditional' societies and industrial or post-industrial societies, to see what we learn from the former that can make the world we live in a better place for all View lecture
Walking London's Lost Rivers, Tom Bolton (November 2012) Tom talks about London's lost rivers, showing how to search out vanished rivers through streetscape of modern London and discovering how they came to disappear. The talk peels back the city's layers of history

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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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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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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
Migration and climate change: it is not that simple!, Richard Black (February 2012) Migration and climate change are connected in many different, and sometimes unexpected, ways. Richard Black, a leading expert on the UK Government Foresight Panel on this topic, explores the challenges and debates 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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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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Town: The Making of Urban Britain, Nick Crane (October 2011) Using material drawn from a new BBC series, Nick explores the dynamic, unpredictable and visionary nature of some British towns - the building blocks of Britain and models for our communities of the future View lecture
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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Not in my back yard (March 2010) With pressure on the UK’s ageing energy and transport infrastructures mounting, is it time to put projects of national importance ahead of local concerns? Or does this bypass our democratic right to object?

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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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Britain's ageing population (June 2009) As the baby boom generation approach retirement, Britain's population is ageing. Discover the changing nature of retirement; the importance of older people in the workforce; the increasing pressures on public services and how Britain is adapting to an ageing society.

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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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Concreting the countryside (May 2008) How should we accommodate the housing expansion in London and SE England? Should we be building on greenfield or brownfield land?

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Resources

KS2: China - Snapshots in Time Find out more about China's fascinating history
KS2: India - Pictures of the Past Learn more about India and its past
KS3: Discovering megacities What are megacities and where are they?
KS3: Megacities Megacities, urbansiation and development
KS3: Mapping festivals An insight into festivals worldwide
KS3: The geography of my stuff Exploring food miles, child labour and online purchasing
KS3: The geography of science Exploring the interconnections between science and geography in creating and managing risk to places
KS3: Changing faces, shaping places Exploring migration
KS3: London 2012 Using the Games to look at environmental and urban change at a range of scales
KS3: Mapping London Looking at London mapping, past, present and future
KS3: Paradise lost Tourism in contemporary Thailand
KS3: Who do we think we are? Exploring citizenship from a geographical perspective
KS3: Who wants to live forever? Looking into life expectancy and our ageing population
KS3: Afghanistan - Moving stories Learn more about Afghanistan's rich and complex history
KS3: Brazil cityscapes - Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro is a city of two halves. Find out more about this fascinating place
KS3: Journeys - Caribbean stories Explore what the Caribbean was like in the early 20th century
KS4: Urbanisation and migration The research looks at Mali's capital city Bamako, and how its rapid growth can be linked to the sand diggers of the river Niger
KS4: Extreme tourism The research looks at travel along the ‘Chadar’ Ice River to Zanskar, which is the only way in or out of this remote Himalayan kingdom for eight months of the year


Case studies

Valuing Place: the RSA Heritage Index (December 2016) The RSA reveal how cultural assets and activities shape places for the people living there
A New Capital for Egypt? (October 2015) Cairo, the long standing capital city of Egypt is facing an uncertain future as the country’s primary city
The two sides of ecotourism in Borneo (June 2015) Asia’s largest island, Borneo, is fast becoming a destination of choice for tourists keen to experience unusual wildlife and natural landscapes
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
Bicester: New Garden City (January 2015) It has been announced that the small market town of Bicester is to be the next new garden city
Social stigma and ebola in Liberia (November 2014) What role has social stigma played in the management of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Liberia?
Changing traditions and diabetes in South Africa (November 2014) How have a combination of old and new traditions created a new set of health problems in South Africa?
Cultural identities and FGM in Ethiopia (November 2014) How have long held beliefs and adherence to cultural identities provided a backdrop for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)?


Ask the Experts

Food poverty and insecurity in the UK (November 2016) Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite, postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Geography, Durham University
Gendered divisions in work and care (November 2016) Dr Alice Evans, Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Cambridge
Migrants on the Margins (July 2015) Dr Michael Collyer, Reader in Geography, University of Sussex
Diaspora, Remittances and Development (January 2015) Dr Ben Page, Reader in Human Geography and African Studies, University College London
Working as a London Surveyor (January 2015) Tristan Shearing, London Surveyor, Ordnance Survey (OS)
Geographies of Manufacturing (October 2014) Thomas Birtchnell, Lecturer of Sustainable Communities, University of Wollongong, Australia
The politics of educated unemployed youth (October 2014) Dr Jane Dyson, Research Associate, University of Oxford
The Quipu Project (October 2014) Dr Karen Tucker, Lecturer in Politics at the University of Bristol
Environmental risk in the urban south (June 2014) Gemma Sou, doctoral researcher, Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester
British migration to rural France (August 2013) Dr Michaela Benson, Lecturer of Sociology, University of York
Employment in Britain (May 2013) Anne Green, Professor in Geography, Warwick University
Olympic impacts (September 2012) Professor Allan Brimicombe, University of East London
Suburbs (September 2011) Dr Peter Stiff, Sherborne School
Identity and citizenship (January 2010) Mary Gilmartin, Lecturer in Human Geography, National University of Maynooth, Ireland
International migration (October 2003) Professor John Salt, Migration Research Unit, University College London
UK transport (October 2003)  Dr John Shaw, Department of Geography and Environment, University of Aberdeen


60 second guides

  • Ecotourism
  • Planning
  • Urbanisation
  • Air pollution 
  • Britain's ageing population
  • Ageing populations
  • Youthful populations
  • Demographic transition model
  • Planning
  • Education 
  • Not in my back yard (NIMBY)
  • Poverty in Britain
  • Economic growth
  • The digital divide in the UK
  • Keeping pace with technology
  • Global health
  • UK migration
  • Development
  • Britain's changing class system
  • Sustainable Development Goal 8 - Decent work & economic growth
  • Sustainable Development Goal 9 - Industry & Innovation
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