How do we talk about environmental risk? Who do we blame when things go wrong?
By 2050, it is projected that 70% of the world's population will live in cities. 5.2 billion urban residents are expected in Asia and Africa. How is internal migration shaping these cities?
What is dust? How does it get into the atmosphere and shape our climate? Dr Rob Bryant from the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield joined us to discuss.
Why do people move? Our educational video resources explore case studies based on the Society's Field Research Programme.
School Member Lecture, 27 September 2017
How do we predict earthquakes? They’re just like London buses, according to Rebecca Bell from Imperial College. In this podcast we discuss hazards, plate tectonics, and how they’re studied.
People have had different ideas about how to best develop poor countries. This resource considers six of those approaches
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can help poor people improve their lives
An overview of the El Nino effect and its impacts upon development
Find out about the development challenge for poorer people living in Pakistan, Malawi and South Africa
Find out more about how natural disasters can have an impact on development
Urban public spaces are at their best when they are democratic, inclusive, and meet the needs of a wide range of people
Where are the major festivals located and what are the impacts they create?
Looking at the challenges expected in the area of food and farming over the next 40 years
The rise of the Irish diaspora.
A look at the new National Park designation
What connects people to places? Experience of place is shaped by the physical nature of a place and memories and histories around sites of personal and shared interest
Why do newspapers portray Britain’s teenagers as an endangered species?
The changing landscape of the Marshlands of Iraq
The Problem of Desertification in China
Why are gardens disappearing and what is the impact on run-off and flood risk?
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?
Can a Caribbean nation reliant on marine resources develop an economy based on coral reef ecosystems in spite of threats to those resources?
How is a giant mirror bringing light to a valley-floor settlement in the Italian Alps?
Tourists are increasingly looking beyond the standard destinations and instead are favouring more unusual holiday activities in more distant places
What are the causes and consequences of increasing deforestation in the Amazon?
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
Trans-national movement of waste: are we living sustainably?
What can the Stern Review tell us about our future in the face of climate change?
Asia’s largest island, Borneo, is fast becoming a destination of choice for tourists keen to experience unusual wildlife and natural landscapes
The global seed vault compromised by soaring arctic temperatures.
Oxfam helps people to understand and adapt to the changes they are facing, and to reduce risks from hazards
An examination of who the superpowers are and how their power develops over time.
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?
Why is the UK cutting aid to India and what is the connection between international aid and ‘soft power’?
A look at 2011, the year of the Arab Spring.
A discussion of the issues facing South Sudan one year after independence, addressing questions nationhood, oil security and development.
Investigating the global power-play of Brazil, Russia, China and India
The UNICEF 2015 State of the World’s Children Report celebrates the new forms of appropriate technology that are being tried and tested in parts of world where children are most at risk from poverty and inequality.
China and North Korea share a border. Both governed by socialist politics, they cooperate with one another politically and economically to create an important alliance in Northeast Asia.
Through Cadbury we take a look at the issues surrounding the increasingly globalised ownership of big businesses.
Why did the global credit crunch cause Iceland to lose its McDonald’s restaurants?
Investigating the interconnections and ethics of global manufacturing
More recently there has been the recognition of a complex relationship between pastoral farmers in the developing world and the size of their herds
Investigating the aspect of the ethics of global trade – the treatment of agricultural workers at the other end of our food supply chain
How McDonald’s has learned to embrace globalisation and glocalisation
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?
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
How can 'The Box' help us in understanding the global flows of trade?
What are the geographical challenges facing the world’s newest nation?
Global inequality is a growing problem with the divide between the world’s economic elite and the world’s poorest people getting ever larger
Are the survival strategies of manufacturing firms influenced by the cultural and political environments within which they are located?
Dr Allan Watson from Staffordshire University researches the economic geographies of the creative and media industries
Since 1995, Transparency International, an international non-government organisation, has been monitoring global corporate and political corruption in international development.
What progress has been made since the first Earth Summit in 1992?
Cornwall is experiencing a technological revolution with broadband speeds in many areas among the fastest in the UK
Brazil's economy is thriving, yet real development can be more complex than economic growth
Is enough said in the media and classrooms about the world’s worst on-going conflict?
As the price of gold has soared, more people have begun to question how, and by whom, their gold is mined and procured
The recent revelation about horsemeat unknowingly making its way onto British plates has raised questions about where our food comes from and how exactly it reaches us
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.
May 2008 has brought a cluster of major hazard events: a volcano in Chile, the cyclone in Burma and earthquakes in China
Vulnerability and Accountability – why is the UK helping Bangladesh adapt to climate change?
The economic impact of Iceland’s volcano on Kenya’s gourmet-veg and cut-flower industry
Intense periods of snow fall in two regions of the world caused a series of deadly avalanches in early 2015.
Four years on from Hurricane Katrina, what is happening in New Orleans?
Peru is regularly affected by El Niño and La Niña currents
Boscastle - diary of a deluge.
The Hampstead Heath Ponds Project is designed to make the Heath and the surrounding residential areas less prone to flooding
The frequency with which dangerous avalanches occur in the Carpathian mountains is comparable with the rest of Europe and North America, yet observations of their causes in this region are relatively understudied
On 25 April 2015, Nepal experienced a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, followed by an avalanche on Mount Everest, a second, 7.4 magnitude earthquake on 12 May 2015 in eastern Nepal, and numerous landslides and aftershocks.
By 2050 1.2 million more people are expected to be put at risk of pluvial flooding due to climate change and urban population growth
Are changing rainfall patterns putting the UK at greater risk of flooding?
Public awareness of risk and effective behavioural responses are fundamental to successful risk management strategies
Storm surges to threaten London and the South East?
When Superstorm Sandy hit coast of the USA it caused disruption that would dominate the headlines for days.
Why did it get so cold in North America?
Not all hazards are natural: a red mudflow from an industrial reservoir devastated parts of Hungary recently, killing nine people.
The linked issues of water supply and climate change have been in the news, following the UK’s extreme winter weather of 2013-14.
This section contains a selection of teaching resources that were produced by the Met Office education team for Key Stage Five (ages 16 - 18)
The geography, geomorphology and geology of the National Park, with links to sources of further information and details about the fieldwork that can be carried out in different areas of the park
The Jurassic Coast of Dorset and East Devon is a 95 mile stretch of coastline that demonstrates 185 million years of geological history
Written before the London 2012 Olympics, this resource looks at the developments in East London in the lead up to the Games
In December 2015 and January 2015 the UK experienced extreme flooding as a result of Storm Desmond, Storm Eva and Storm Frank
Includes guidance for getting started with planning a trip, lists of useful contacts and ideas for activities
Which natural hazards brought disaster – and to who, where and why?
In January 2014 new research revealed that Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica was much more susceptible to climate change and ocean variability than previously thought
How GIS has been used to enable erosion rates to be monitored along this important section of coastline in future years
Dunwich was once one of the largest towns in England. However, the majority of the former town is now in ruins beneath the sea due to ongoing cliff retreat.
In early January 2014, at the same time that North America was experiencing heavy snow storms and sub-zero temperatures, the UK was also facing its own package of extreme weather.
How and why is a dam in China affecting millions of people in south-east Asia?
Was Spain right to abandon its Ebro River development project?
Lake Turkana is currently the world’s largest lake found within a desert region and there are fears for its future as a means of sustaining both local economies and ecology.
This research analyses glacial retreat in the Turgen Mountains, northwestern Mongolia.
Antarctica: the geography behind a record breaking trek
Why are scientists wrapping glaciers in plastic?
Why are global media TNCs locating in cold environments?
Colorado - how are river processes being managed?
How is the UK's coastal environment and its management changing?
At their most mysterious, sinkholes can make it seem like the earth is opening up and swallowing people and their possessions whole.
Why 59 dams may help to ease China's potential water security issues
What are the causes and consequences of rising oil prices?
Who are banning plastic bags - and why?
Hydroponic farming grows food crops without the use of soil and natural light, instead replacing these conditions with liquid nutrient feed and light emitting diodes in indoor farms
A quest for new gas reserves made headlines when the drilling operation triggered small earthquakes close to Blackpool in 2011
How are climate change and new ocean laws affecting global patterns of resource ownership?
How does Japan’s nuclear disaster interconnect with wider global issues of energy security and environmental sustainability?
A new large scale hydroelectric dam, the Belo Monte, is due to be completed in 2016 on the Xingu River in the state of Pará, Brazil
Population growth, rising affluence, energy policy and climate change – these are the “four corners” of the food crisis.
What will be the effects of climate change on the world's wine regions?
Investigating how a range of 21st Century pressures can threaten the conservation of Britain’s historic urban and rural landscapes
Water managers, companies and policy makers have long been concerned with how to balance water supply with water demand
Freshwater shortages are not uncommon in Male, the island capital of the Maldives
Artisanal mining (ASM) is a controversial form of small scale mining undertaken by low income communities in the global South.
Mozambique has one of Africa’s lowest electrification rates – the national grid reaches just 23% of its population of 29 million people
As health-conscious eating has risen, diets have changed bringing quinoa, and latterly 'teff' into the mainstream
The Copenhagen Conference is underway, but 2009 has already been an eventful year
How can the Quaternary Period help us relate to the present?
CO2 is being pumped into a Staffordshire forests by scientists from the University of Birmingham. Why? To explore the effects of increased greenhouse gas emissions as a result of climate change
What is the worry over carbon footprints?
Small island developing states (SIDS) are mainly small isolated islands whose communities are commonly understood to be among the first places that will be very seriously affected by climate change
By 2050 it is expected that 70% of the world population will live in urban areas. Find out more about the areas these people will live in - megacities
Is Antarctic ice melting faster? Is the world getting warmer? Is the world changing for the worse? Will we be eating jellyfish and chips?
What are the three key principles of Ecotourism?
Between July 2011 and July 2012, a series of extreme weather events left many people asking: is there a link with climate change? And what progress are we making in tackling climate change?
Examining the processes by which the British were encouraged to become part of the geographies of manufacturing
Globalisation is the increasing connections between places and people across the planet
This case study introduces the key geographical concepts related to the study of developing urban areas
Dense layers of smog have caused chaos in major cities across China including Beijing, Shanghai and Harbin.
Prompted by rapid population growth, the UK government ordered the first national census to take place in 1801. The UK census counts the total population and records its characteristics, such as age, gender, employment and health. A census has been carried out every 10 years since 1801, except during wartime in 1941
Cairo, the long standing capital city of Egypt is facing an uncertain future as the country’s primary city. Recent proposals have emerged of a whole new, as yet unnamed, capital city being built in the north of the country
Andhra Pradesh, India is set to get a new state capital; one which planners say will rival some of India’s most industrious and populous cities.
Introducing metacities, mega-regions, smart cities, instant cities, technoscapes and other new types of settlement growth
It has been announced that the small market town of Bicester is to be the next new garden city.
With economic opportunities gravitating towards urban centres, many rural areas have lost out.
How did Bird Flu reach Britain?
The global consumption of music.
In 2012, Docklands finally overtook the City district to become the highest-ranked employment zone for financial services in London
How are migration trends affecting UK population growth and how has the government responded?
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
What is the link between youthful out-migration and Poland’s current pension crisis?
How is migration away from Poland impacting on its music scene and the nation’s economy?
Astana, the new capital in Kazakhstan, represents more than just a new start; for architects and planners it became a means of symbolising the country’s movement away from centralised Soviet control.
The Millennium Development Goals were set in 2000 at a United Nations summit. The targets were ambitious, but realistic, and all had a deadline of 2015
The Millennium Development Goals were set in 2000 at a United Nations summit. The targets were ambitious, but realistic, and all had a deadline of 2015
Around 200,000 Britons live in France. A considerable number of these live in rural areas and it is estimated that Britons own 3% of the French countryside (including vineyards, farms and forests)
In the spring of 2016 Tesco launched a line of meat and fresh produce under a series of farm names which replaced their Everyday Value 'basics' range. However the produce was found to come from manufacturers with no relation to the names on the packaging of the final product.
Globalisation is the increasing connections between places and people across the planet, established through trade, politics and cultural exchanges, and helped by technology and transport
Can a trip to the remote wilderness of Antarctica be sustainable? Why is Antarctica such a desirable holiday location and what risks do these ventures bring?
Where one lives in the world can have a profound influence on the standard of one’s health and life expectancy
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
Is the "north-south" divide intensifying and are local scale inequalities increasing?
The 2014 World Cup provides plenty of study opportunities for geographers of all ages
Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite is a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Geography, Durham University
Dr Alice Evans is Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Cambridge and she researches inequality, cities, and social change
Professor Katie Willis, Royal Holloway, University of London talks to us about the progress of the Millennium Development goals
Luke Craven and Professor David Schlosberg
Richard Leafe is Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park Authority
Dr Ewan Woodley is a Lecturer in Geography at the University of Exeter
Dr Kimberley Peters, Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Liverpool talks to us about the Governance of the Oceans
Professor Michael Collyer, a Reader in Geography at the University of Sussex talks to us about Migrants on the margins.
Dr Jason Dittmer, a Reader of Human Geography, University College London talks to us about comic books and alternative views of geopolitics
Professor Dave Petley, Pro-Vice-Chanchellor for Research and Enterprise at the University of East Anglia talks to us about landslides and risks
Dr George Adamson is a Lecturer in Geography at Kings College London
Dr Meg Game is an Ecologist for the City of London Corporation
Danielle Smith is a Policy Officer at Oxfam. She talks to us about the ‘Behind the Brands’ campaign
Henry Burgess is the Deputy Head of the Polar Regions Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Dr Andrew Brooks is a Lecturer in Development Geography at King’s College London.
Dr Alison Hulme lectures in Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr Ben Page is a Reader in Human Geography and African Studies at University College London
Tristan Shearing works as a London Surveyor for Ordnance Survey (OS)
Daniel Morchain is a Global Advisor for climate change adaption at Oxfam.
Professor Dame Judith Rees was President of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Dr Jane Dyson is a Research Associate at the University of Oxford
Dr Karen Tucker is a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Bristol
Gemma Sou is a doctoral researcher at the Institute for Development Policy and Management at the University of Manchester
Dr Bethan Davies is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences Aberystwyth University
Guy C.K. Leung is a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University's China Centre
Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva is Head of Oxfam GB research and co-author of Oxfam’s 2013 Report ‘Working for the Few’ which focuses on economic inequality
Michael Bradshaw, Professor of Global Energy, Warwick Business School
Shamel Azmeh is a Fellow at the Department of International Development at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a visiting fellow at Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester, and an associate lecturer at Lancaster Environment Centre at the University of Lancaster
Thomas Birtchnell is a Lecturer of Sustainable Communities at the University of Wollongong, Australia
Chris Foster is a Researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute which is part of the University of Oxford
Dr Kathryn Adamson is a Lecturer in physical geography at Queen Mary University of London
David Sear is a Professor in physical geography at the University of Southampton
Dr Michaela Benson, Lecturer of Sociology, University of York
Seung-Ook Lee, PhD student at the geography department of Ohio State University
Ulrich Kamp, Associate Professor in Geography, University of Montana, USA
Anne Green, Professor in Geography, Warwick University
Ed Manley, PhD Student, University College London
Alan Werrity, Professor in Geography, University of Dundee
Dr Ruth Evans, Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Reading
Liam Carr, Senior Advisor to the Director of External Affairs, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Regan Koch, PhD Student
Victorine Olwanda, microfinance manager, Kenya
Alasdair Pinkerton, Lecturer in Geography and Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London
Ian Cook, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Exeter
Professor Allan Brimicombe, University of East London
Gemma Hay, Aid Worker with Tearfund
Nick Danziger, Photo journalist
Sarah Henton, graduate student, Alaska Volcano Observatory, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Dr Peter Stiff
Dr Sylvia Knight
What is the Jurassic Coast and why is it so special?
Dr Bruce Malamud
Jessica Sellick answers questions on Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and the impact of the recession in the Countryside
Dr Ann Le Mare is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography at Durham University
Professor Sue Grimmond, Geography Department, Kings College London
Dr Mary Gilmartin
Professor Nicholas Owens
Professor Paul Hardaker
Professor Michael Bradshaw
Dr Oli Mould is lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London. His academic research focuses on urban creativity, activism and politics.
In this podcast we spoke to Professor Endfield about TEMPEST: a database of extreme weather events in the UK.
Dr Suzanne Hall
In this podcast, Professor Andrew Tatem discusses quantifying population movements and data skills in geography.
We discuss young people’s experience of changing places with Dr Sophie Hadfield Hill and Professor Peter Kraftl.
Dr Phil Jones
Dr Sian Davis Vollum