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21st Century Challenges

21st Century ChallengesThought-provoking talks on geographical issues.

21st Century Challenges is the Society's discussion series that aims to improve public understanding of, and engagement with, some of the big issues likely to affect our lives and society in the coming years.

The series helps people make their own informed decisions and judgements on the most important challenges of the 21st century.

The talks are held at the Society's headquarters in South Kensington, London, with all talks available to watch online along with additional information.

Past events this term:

Escape to the city

Escape to the city

  • Thursday 26 June 2014 6.30pm - 8.00pm

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?

Join us and our expert panel to discuss whether we should all ‘escape to the city’.

Chaired by:

Rachel Cooper OBE, Professor of Design Management, University of Lancaster


Leo Hollis, Urbanist, historian and author of the international bestseller Cities are Good for you

Dr George Mackerron, Lecturer in the Economics of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (Economics), University of Sussex, and creator of 'Mappiness', the happiness mapping app

Jeremy Bentham, Vice President Global Business Environment, Royal Dutch Shell and Head of the Shell Scenarios team which has recently published a special Future Cities supplement in collaboration with the Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore.

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