Spring and Summer alumni reunions around the world
2017 has seen SoGE alumni gather in Singapore, California, Germany and London. Browse our album of photos sent in from around the world and find out when and where the next alumni reunions will be.
In Memoriam: Peter Brown (1931-2017)
We were sad to learn that geography alumnus Peter Brown (St Edmund's Hall 1952) died on 27 May after several months of illness.
Strategic drought risk management - 8 golden rules
New research led by the Environmental Change Institute's Paul Sayers provides guidance for water managers in a changing climate. His new paper, entitled 'Strategic drought risk management: eight "golden rules" to guide a sound approach', encourages a focus on long-term outcomes for people, ecosystems and economies.
60 years on... Reunion of Oxford Geographers 1954-1957 and friends
On 14 June, a group of Oxford geographers celebrated the diamond anniversary of their graduation here at the School. 24 alumni and their guests, having travelled from as far as Australia, came together for this special reunion and enjoyed a day of reconnecting with each other and their subject.
"Once a geographer, always a geographer" - SoGE says farewell to leaving students
Trinity term is the time of Summer Eights and Varsity cricket, of Shakespeare in the park, of final exams and time to say good-bye. See photos from this year's Undergraduate and MSc leavers and find out how to make sure that you keep in touch with the department, via the alumni office.
SoGE paper wins award at XVI World Water Congress
The paper 'Cooperative filling approaches for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam', lead-authored by geography DPhil student Kevin Wheeler, was named 'Best Paper' published in the International Water Resources Association's journal Water International in 2016. The award was announced at the World Water Congress, 29 May - 3 June.
Scrambling to choose the right research site
Dr Ben Blonder records a team of ECI researchers' journey on foot through the Rocky Mountains, in search for the perfect new forest dynamics plot. This new one-hectare plot, containing several aspen tree clones, will ultimately join the Global Ecosystems Monitoring network and contribute unique data from a low-diversity temperate forest in the coming years.
IFSTAL's got OxTALENT
The Innovative Food Systems Teaching And Learning (IFSTAL) programme, led by the ECI, has been recognised for its 'Innovative Teaching and Learning with Technology' at the University of Oxford's annual OxTALENT awards, on 14 June 2017.
Trump turns his back on Paris climate deal
ECI climate scientists were among those reacting to the news at the beginning of June, that Trump will withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord. Read our storify round-up of sound-bites, climate videos and comment on the news.
Bank of England to probe banks' exposure to climate change
The Financial Times reports on the BoE's 'ground-breaking' move over financial threats posed by global warming. The Bank of England will probe banks' exposure to climate change as it steps up efforts to tackle what it says are "significant" financial threats posed by global warming. Includes comment by Dr Ben Caldecott of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.
Wild meat: rewilding and hunting
Dr Paul Jepson explores the relationship between society and rural futures in the latest edition of Geographical Magazine - does rewilding wild boar mean we need to hunt them?
SoGE receives awards at the University's Sustainability Showcase
The University of Oxford celebrated its sustainability stars at a prestigious awards event on the 12 June at the Sheldonian Theatre and Bodleian Library's Divinity School. The School of Geography and the Environment was presented with a Gold Green Impact Award.
What now for Brexit?
Prof Danny Dorling, Dimitris Ballas and Benjamin Hennig - authors of 'The Human Atlas of Europe' - look at the reasons behind Labour's success in the General Election and ask... what now for Brexit?
Many Projects Identified at DePICT's First Stakeholders' Workshop in So Paulo
The Oxford Transport Studies Unit's third DePICT stakeholder meeting, and inaugural meeting in Brazil, took place on 7 June 2017 at the Faculty of Public Health, University of So Paulo (USP).
Africa's digital knowledge economy worrying
Africa's position in the global digital knowledge economy is a concern, research from Sanna Ojanper and SoGE research affiliate, Mark Graham, suggests. Their recent research identifies Africa as having the smallest share of digital knowledge and warn that increasing internet connectivity alone is not enough to address the imbalance.
'Governing the smart mobility transition' at the International Transport Forum
Debbie Hopkins attended the International Transport Forum (ITF) in Leipzig, Germany, 31 May - 2 June 2017. Hopkins presented research that she is conducting with TSU Director, Dr Tim Schwanen, as part of the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand.
Lifestyle, limits and Ptanque
Christian Brand presented a paper on "Lifestyle, efficiency and limits: modelling transport energy and emissions using a socio-technical approach" at the eceee 2017 Summer Study on energy efficiency, 29 May - 3 June 2017 in Giens, nr. Hyeres, France.
Dr Ersilia Verlinghieri's paper wins Webb Prize
The paper 'Transport poverty and its adverse social consequences' that Dr Ersilia Verlinghieri co-authored with Prof. Karen Lucas, Dr. Giulio Mattioli and Alvaro Guzman has been awarded with the Webb Prize (best paper on non- road transport engineering) by the ICE Publishing.
Impressions of 'high-end' climate change in Europe
In a newly published policy booklet, Dr Pam Berry and her co-editors have combined research from three major EU-funded research projects - IMPRESSIONS, HELIX AND RISES-AM - to put together a hundred-page summary of knowledge on the possible impacts and adaptation options for global warming of over 2c. The volume covers agriculture, forestry and nature conservation, freshwater and coastal protection, as well as human health and urban sectors.
SoGE's student photography competition launches
Do you have great photos from this year's field trips? All current School of Geography and the Environment students are invited to participate in our annual field trip photo competition. The winning pictures will be published in the 2018 SoGE Calendar 'From the Field'.
Dr Fiona Ferbrache and the British Ambassador to France present on British-French futures in Prigueux
Further to the 'Britons beyond Brexit' meeting which took place in Spain in April, Dr Fiona Ferbrache organised, introduced and presented on the future of EU citizenship at the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Prigueux, France, Friday 2nd June.
Royal Society research for a sustainable global food system
The global food system may be built on an unsustainable model says Professor Eric Wolff, summarising a recent paper from the Royal Society's Global Environmental Research Committee (GERC), which includes the ECI's John Ingram and Yadvinder Mahli. The paper recognises research into the poor management of renewable natural resources and depletion of non-renewables as a key priority.
Institutional Investors in Global Markets
Oxford University Press has now published 'Institutional Investors in Global Markets' by authors Gordon L Clark (SSEE) and Ashby B Monk (Stanford University). This book provides a comprehensive overview about what institutional investors do, how they do it, and when and where they do it: it is about the production of investment returns in the global economy. Its focus is on the global financial services industry, where the building blocks underpinning the study of industrial corporations are less relevant.
Working with Customers to Improve Regulation
On the 1 June a new working paper was released which traces a new development in regulation that encourages utilities to engage directly with their customers. The aim of customer engagement is to better incorporate customers preferences in utility regulation. This research conducted by Professor Bob Hahn (SSEE), Dr Rob Metcalfe (University of Chicago) and Florian Rundhammer (Georgia State University) proposes a framework for improving the customer engagement process that applies modern tools of programme evaluation to learn about customer preferences and meet them effectively.
Almost all internet searches in Africa bring up only results from the US and France
Only eight countries in Africa have a majority of content that is locally produced. Most content comes from the United States and to a lesser extent, France, according to a new study published in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers by a research team including SoGE research affiliate, Dr Mark Graham.
Professor Jim Hall delivers Dugald Clerk Lecture 2017
Climate change and population growth are putting pressure on water supplies. Speaking to the Institute of Civil Engineers, Professor Hall explored the challenges, risks, interdependencies and possible solutions for water security in the UK. The video of his talk, entitled 'The resilience of Britain's water supplies in an uncertain future' is now online.
The Internet of everything water
The UN's African Renewal Magazine profiles the Smart Handpump, developed by researchers at the School of Geography and the Environment and the Department of Engineering Science. Lead Researcher, Patrick Thomson explains: "A device in the pump handle uses an accelerometer, just like the one in your smartphone that works out which way you are holding it, to sense the movement of the handle. From this movement we can tell if the pump is working and how much water is being produced by it."
UK's biggest solar company takes shine to global projects with deals worth 3bn
Solarcentury, run by former head of ECI energy research Jeremy Leggett, becomes an international firm as it turns to Europe and Latin America to maintain growth hit by green cuts in the UK market.
The ECI pops-up across the city as partner of Oxford Green Week
For one week in June (17-25) Oxford will become alive with culture, creativity and community activities, to inspire local people to take action against climate change. The Environmental Change Institute is proud to be a partner of Oxford Green Week 2017, and has organised pop-up events featuring its academics, across the city.
Where nature isn't natural
Returning from the a field trip from the Lake District, Ian McGregor, an MSc student in Environmental Change and Management, reflects on nature and what it means for a place to be truly natural. "The Lake District isn't natural, and it's most certainly not wild," concludes McGregor, because the region has been inhabited and shaped by its human inhabitants for the last seven centuries.
Prof Heather Viles featured on the Sky technology programme 'Swipe'
Professor Viles was demonstrating the use of non-destructive testing methods to diagnose moisture ingress and deterioration on the historic rooftop of The Vyne, a National Trust property near Basingstoke.
Three MSc students have won Tropical Agriculture Association Award funding for their dissertation research
Three MSc students, Angele Cauchois, Michaela Korodimou and Eleanor Spencer, have won funding for their dissertation research from the Tropical Agriculture Association Award Fund
Making Light Work
Dr Alex Money writes for the British Academy about his Global Challenges Research Fund project, called Making Light Work
Remembering Claudia Comberti
Staff and students of the School were shocked and saddened to learn of the death of their colleague and friend Claudia Comberti in a road accident on 9 May. Claudia was forever smiling, forever generous with her friendship and an incredibly talented environmental social scientist at the beginning of a promising career. As a testament to Claudia's life-force and passion, and at the request of her family, the School has set up a special fund in Claudia's name and memory. The Environmental Change Institute will also name their 2017-18 MSc Scholarship in her honour. She will be greatly missed.
School retains top subject ranking in 2018 Guardian University Guide
The School of Geography and the Environment has retained its top ranking in the 'Geography and Environmental Studies' subject league table in the 2018 Guardian University Guide.
Have mortality improvements stalled in England?
After decades of steady improvement, death rates in England appear to have been stagnant since 2011. Writing in a British Medical Journal editorial, Mark Fransham and Danny Dorling note that whilst this change has been recognised by the pensions industry, it has yet to be recognised by public health officials and politicians.
Professor Emeritus Judith Pallot on waiting at the prison gate in Russia
Talking to BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed programme, Prof Pallot talks about some of the features and contradictions of the Russian penal system and wider society, uncovered in her recent book 'Waiting at the Prison Gate'. "[Russian] society has very high expectations of the prioner's wife," explains Pallot, "[but] it also holds the wife or mother partially responsible for the offending behavior of her loved one."
Go on an Elephant Expedition (from the comfort of your home) and help their conservation
The School of Geography and the Environment's DPhil candidate Anabelle W. Cardoso has launched a new citizen science elephant-counting project, in collaboration with Zooniverse.org this week. The new project entitled 'Elephant Expedition' is signing up members of the public to help identify and count the animals in the Central African rainforest of Gabon from the comfort of their own home, via the project website.
Taking the Global Warming Index project to the UN
Article 14 of the Paris Agreement stated that the "global stocktake", assessing progress towards the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement, should be informed "by the best available science". As part of this effort, ECI Honorary Research Associate Richard Millar was invited to present to the United Nations' Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at Bonn Climate Change Conference this month.
Sustainable growth in a low carbon economy: New survey launched for small and medium enterprises in Oxfordshire
The Growing Green project, run by Oxford University, the Open University and Oxfordshire Business Support, will investigate small-medium enterprise (SME) perspectives on sustainable growth. As part of the project, a new survey and workshops for SMEs in Oxfordshire have been launched.
The effect of 'driving characteristics' on electric vehicle (EV) energy consumption
Kezhen Hu, a visiting DPhil student at the TSU, made a presentation at the 5th European Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Congress (EEVC). His talk was entitled "'Driving characteristics' effects on EV energy consumption - a case study in Beijing".
The Human Atlas of Europe: A continent united in diversity
Prof Danny Dorling, Dr Benjamin Hennig and Dr Dimitris Ballas (University of the Aegean) have published a new human atlas of Europe. What does Brexit actually mean for the UK and what are the wider implications for Europe? Was the UK 'leave' vote actually symptomatic of broader issues within Europe such as population mobility and the rise of non-traditional parties? This timely atlas explores Europe's society, culture, economy, politics and environment using state of the art mapping techniques.
Loss and damage: Understanding climate change's consequences
Carbon Brief looks at the role of climate scientists, such as the ECI's Dr Friederike Otto and Dr Rachel James, in improving our understanding of loss and damage due to human-caused climate change. "We need to understand how climate change is influencing the probability of extreme weather events" James comments, with Otto adding that such instances, where climate change is shown to be altering the risk of damages, can create an evidence base to underpin further discussions.
Are micro electric vehicles (EVs) the future of city transport?
TSU Director Dr Tim Schwanen talks to the Guardian about the possibility of an EV revolution in the car industry. He suggests that new micro EV startups like Uniti and Eli will struggle to compete against the big players, saying instead that "popularisation of these micro EVs will depend to a substantial degree on the role of policy".
Earth's forests just grew 9% in a new satellite survey
Using satellite imagery, a new study has found hidden forests all over the world and the world's drylands host 40% more forests than previously thought. Danae Maniatis, ECI research associate and former Masters and Doctoral student, was part of a research team whose findings have been published in Science.
Dr Fiona Ferbrache presents at 'Britons beyond Brexit' seminar event in Alicante, Spain
On Wednesday 26 April, Dr Fiona Ferbrache (Lecturer in Human Geography) opened the presentations at a seminar event 'Britons beyond Brexit' in Alicante, Spain, with a talk on EU citizenship and the rights of British citizens living there.
The World Service discusses the potential of solar power around the world
Jeremy Leggett, former head of energy research at the ECI and now chief executive of Solar Century, discusses the success of solar power generation in California, where solar providers were recently asked to temporarily suspend activity.
Oxford pollution levels break health rules
Dr Christian Brand, Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the TSU and ECI, responded to a recent air pollution investigation by The Times, saying: "Exceedance occurs only in a few hot spots with high traffic flows... While annual hourly means of NO2 concentrations are 20 percent above legal limits at 48 micrograms per cubic metre, it is worth remembering that the two roadside monitoring stations measuring these levels are near bus stops-with buses queuing and diesel engines idling."
Cleaning up three continents' worth of tropical forest data
Geographical Magazine shadows the ECI's Dr Ccile Girardin as she sets to work on cleaning up and analysing data from the Global Ecosystem Monitoring Network. 'We are drowning in measurements,' she says happily. 'While that means there is so much to analyse, it's thrilling because it will be the biggest study of El Nio of this magnitude.'
Alex Henry to be awarded Royal Geographical Society's 2017 Alfred Steers Prize
Alex Henry (Keble College) is to be awarded the Royal Geographical Society's prestigious Alfred Steers prize for the 'undergraduate dissertation judged to be the best in 2016'.
SoGE achieves Bronze Athena SWAN Award
We are delighted to announce that the School of Geography and the Environment's application for a Bronze Athena SWAN Award has been successful.
Professor Yadvinder Malhi elected Fellow of the Royal Society
We are delighted to announce that Professor Yadvinder Malhi has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Getting rich is largely about luck - shame the wealthy don't want to hear it
A new report confirms how the rich become deluded about their talents, but also hints at a growing acknowledgement of inequality - Prof Danny Dorling writes for The Conversation.
SoGE academics at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017
Opening on 23 April, the EGU General Assembly 2017 brought geoscientists from 107 countries around the world to Vienna, including many academics and researchers from the School of Geography and the Environment and Environmental Change Institute.
Identifying water quality risks and modelling intervention strategies
Water pollution in large rapidly developing cities is a major problem responsible for many premature deaths and serious illnesses. In a new policy brief from the REACH project, Professor Paul Whitehead introduces a new model which can provide decision-makers with a stronger evidence base, to help them target the most beneficial investments for people, ecosystems and industry.
A new tool to understand dryland environmental change
Drylands make up more than 40% of earth and are home to more than 2bn people. Earth and Space Science News profiles a new geomorphological tool designed by SoGE researchers, which combines vegetation distribution models and sediment transport models to offer a better understanding of how dryland environments change in response to different factors.
Fighting malnutrition, we need to look beyond production
Malnutrition is the new normal, writes the ECI's Dr John Ingram in the latest Nature Outlook on Food Security, and 2-3bn people worldwide are estimated as not getting the nutrients they need. Addressing this issue will require governments and policy-makers to look beyond food production he says, explaining malnutrition's link to food consumption patterns such as preference, cultural norms, cooking skill, convenience and affordability.
Insulation for the Nation
BBC Radio 4's Costing the Earth programme spoke to ECI Researcher Dr Gavin Killip about his own home's energy-saving retrofit and asks if carbon-emission cutting can save the climate. Our homes are responsible for 25% of our carbon emissions in the UK and we spend around 25bn a year on our home renovations. This, Dr Killip says, "is ideal opportunity for integrating [energy saving] work." However, there is currently not the skilled workforce to carry out the necessary retrofit renovations, nor the demand, to turn this opportunity into a reality.
Britain heads for first day of power without old king coal
Ben Caldecott, director of the sustainable finance programme at Oxford University, comments on the news that Britain has gone a whole day without burning coal for the first time since the Victorian era.
UK generates a day's electricity without coal
Share of power from the fossil fuel fell to zero on Friday for first time since 1882. Article features comment from Ben Caldecott, director of the Sustainable Finance Programme at the Smith School.
Oxford hosts inaugural Foresight4Food workshop and lays plans for collaboration
On March 22-23 leading international players gathered in Oxford to explore how foresight and scenario analysis for the global food system could be improved. Foresight is a key tool that governments, business and civil society can use to better understand future risks and the opportunities and to adapt - before crises hit.
Professor Yadvinder Malhi presents new avenues of research for tropical plants and ecosystem functions
As feature coordinator for a special issue of The New Phytologist, Professor Malhi shines a light on some of the latest advances in the scientific study of tropical forests, curating a selection of papers which explore traits-based ecosystem perspectives and new technological advances which, he writes, "offer new possibilities of assessing tropical forest ecophysiology at scale."
House prices can keep rising only if the Government backs mass buy-to-let
Mark Fransham, a graduate researcher in Oxford's School of Geography and the Environment, and Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford, write about the rise in the number of people renting privately in the UK commenting that "the housing ladder is becoming a fiction".
Professor Myles Allen to set out science surrounding Paris Agreement's 1.5C goal
Professor Allen will author the first chapter of the forthcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report, examining the science behind the new climate goal-post of 1.5C. The report will be launched in September 2018, in time for talks scheduled later in the year to facilitate the uptake of the Paris Climate Agreement.
The man who took a Tube train back in time
SoGE Alumnus, Bill Parker (1966, Jesus) talks to Oxford Today about how his passion for steam locamotives, which began when he worked as a Oxford Station porter in the summer break from university, to his work preserving rail heritage today.
Alumni news round-up: Winter 2016-17
The final days of the Obama Presidency brought about a coincidental consensus between SoGE alumni and former staff, on both sides of the Atlantic - that the global clean energy revolution is now unstoppable. Read more about alumni activities and achievements around the globe, from the last few months.
RWE and CEZ worst prepared for move to low-carbon economy
Ben Caldecott, director of the Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford, comments on utility companies' greater exposure as investors increasingly develop abilities to differentiate between utilities more or less vulnerable to environmental risks.
Drones, automated vehicles and robotics: Investigating the future of freight
As part of their work with the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED), and in response to the HM Government's Industrial Strategy Green Paper, TSU Director Dr Tim Schwanen, and Research Fellow Dr Debbie Hopkins hosted an industry workshop in London in March 2017, bringing together a wide-range of stakeholders to explore the role that automation and robotics might play in the freight industry in the UK.
Working locally to protect nature in Oxfordshire
ECI has joined with over 40 other organisations to help produce a new report on the state of local wildlife. State of Nature in Oxfordshire brings together an immense amount of data on hundreds of species , sadly much of it showing declines in abundance and variety.
SoGE Sustainable Food Guide launched
In a move to reduce its environmental impact, the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE) launched its new 'Sustainable Food Guide' at a special 'bring and share' lunch, on Friday 24 March. The event was formally opened by Professor Heather Viles, Head of School, and was attended by special guests including local food producers and the Head of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oxford, Harriet Waters.
Great data from tiny seeds grow
The ECI's Dr Benjamin Blonder takes us on a virtual field trip, showing the journey of a cola leaf, from canopy to data sheet. Led by Dr Sam Moore, this ECI research project is working, in collaboration with Gabon's National Parks Agency, to profile different tree species' functions - measuring things like photosynthetic capacity that help predict forest function or carbon fluxes.
Professor Patricia Daley is honoured with a new Oxford portrait
More than 20 new portraits have been commissioned to reflect Oxford University's diversity, with sitters selected from over a hundred nominations of living Oxonians. The newly commissioned works, including portraits of SoGE's Professor Patricia Daley and water scholar, Kelsey Leonard, will feature in the University's central public spaces and will add to Oxford's rich collection of portraits.
The Reversing River
Dr Nick Middleton explores some rare and unusual geographical gems, as part of his 'Notebook' series for the Financial Times. This week, he dives into the Tonl Sap in Cambodia, a "swamp" that is magically transformed during monsoon season into a lake four times as large in surface area. It is fed by the only naturally 'reversing river' in the world - the Tonl Sap river.
What does a panda cub have to do with international diplomacy?
As three-year old panda Bao Bao is 'repatriated' from the National Zoo (Washington, U.S.A.) to China, Vox explains the concept of 'panda diplomacy' and profiles research from Dr Paul Jepson, which highlighted the correlation between China's panda loans and trade deals.
New paper finds natural flood prevention valuable but not 'a silver bullet'
A lack of monitoring means the true potential of natural flood prevention techniques remains unclear, says a new paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, co-authored by Professor Jim Hall. "There are some interventions for which there is very strong evidence but these tend to be in small-scale river catchments," lead author Dr Simon Dadson explains, "[however] we don't yet know whether the effects in small catchments can be extrapolated to larger ones."
Hottest year on record sparks global warming discussion
After the hottest year on record in 2016, BBC Radio Oxford asks "are we concerned enough about climate change?" Professor Myles Allen joined them to discuss climate change denial and the science behind global warming. "It is not a matter of believing... global warming is not a religion, it is a scientific fact," Allen comments, adding that "the only adequate explanation of what is going on, is that human influence is playing the dominant role."
'Fairwork Foundation' needed to protect online workers
WIRED talks to Professor of Internet Geography and SoGE Research Associate, Mark Graham, about his report on the risks of the global gig economy and its recommendations for a 'Fairwork' standard. "Fairtrade showed that enough people can be made to care about working conditions upstream in the production networks of the coffee they drink," he comments. "There is no reason why we shouldn't move that model across."
Economic tectonics
The BBC World Service asks what does financial technology, or 'fintech', mean to the sector? Professor of Economic Geography, Dariusz Wjcik explores the possibility of 'disintermediation' in the financial world; the reduction of intermediaries between the ultimate-investor and -user. "I believe a lot of profits will go away, with genuine disintermediation," Prof Wjcik commented.
DePICT engages with stakeholders as it prepares for phase two of its research in Brazil
The second stakeholders' workshop of Oxford's DePICT project, investigating community-led infrastructure initiatives that encourage walking and cycling, took place on Monday 13 March 2017 in London. Dr Denver Nixon commented: "The feedback that we received from the attendees was invaluable for guiding future project directions and enhancing our impact."
A new geography of poverty in East London
DPhil candidate Mark Fransham explores the changing patterns of deprivation, in a seminar at the Centre for East London Studies. He commented that, over the last two decades, in-work poverty has overtaken out-of-work poverty, the share of people living in poverty in private-rented accommodation has risen, and a decentralisation and suburbanisation of poverty is happening.
Weighing up the costs and benefits of cycling and eating fruit and veg
Being more physically active and having a healthier diet can reduce our chance of becoming ill and dying prematurely. New research undertaken undertaken by the Centre for Diet and Activity Research in collaboration with the TSU's Dr Christian Brand has been published in BMJ Open and helps us to quantify these benefits following small changes in behaviour.
How Not to Regulate the New Economy
In an article published today in Real Clear Markets Professor Bob Hahn and Dr Robert Metcalfe address two key economic questions: 'What are the additional economic benefits that Uber drivers provide their passengers? And what costs, say in terms of safety, might Uber drivers impose on the system that may not be accounted for in the price of a ride?'. This investigation was part of research study that investigated the benefits that Uber passengers received in the year 2015 in New York, LA, Chicago and San Francisco.
Dr Paul Jepson on Panda Diplomacy
The co-author of 'Diplomats and refugees: panda diplomacy, soft "cuddly" power and the new trajectory in panda conservation' talks to BBC Radio 5 Live about the 'living national treasure', panda Bao Bao, due to be returned to China after 3 years at the National Zoo in Washington DC.
Was last year's El Nio a practice run for future climate change?
Professor Yadvinder Malhi talks to Laura Cole about the Global Ecosystem Monitoring Network and its work to understand climate change's impact on tropical forests. "Computer models suggest the land biosphere is particularly vulnerable to climate change," Malhi comments, warning that "its carbon sink may actually 'switch off' and that forests might absorb less carbon dioxide than they emit."
Professor Myles Allen wins MPLS Division 'Lifetime Award'
Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem Science and Leader of the ECI's Climate Research Programme, was presented with a 'Lifetime award for successfully engaging externally and promoting impact' by the Mathematical Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS) division on 14 February 2017.
Working towards preventing famine in the future
The UK's Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) says at least 16 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan need food, water and medical treatment. It blames drought and conflict for the crisis - so what can be done? Patrick Thomson, Lead Researcher for the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment's Water Programme at Oxford University has a plan to help. The innovation is a UK aid funded water pump.
Around 20million don't know where their next meal will come from
Aid agencies in the South get urgent aid to famine-hit areas of Africa. The report also showcases Oxford University research, in which wireless technology attached to pumps could measure water levels in the future. Patrick Thomson, from the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment's Water Programme, is interviewed outside the School of Geography and the Environment. He says this system will provide early warning systems in the case of drought, and potentially let people know in advance which pumps are working and which are not.
The world's biggest holes
Dr Nick Middleton explores the world's deepest man-made excavations, as part of his 'Geographer's Notebook' series. He describes the race to the centre of the the earth - a 'sideshow to the space race' that resulted in the USSR's 12.26km Superdeep Borehole in Kola - and the world's biggest mine (pictured above) in Salt Lake City, Utah.
New paper finds that natural measures to prevent floods valuable but not 'a silver bullet'
Lead author Dr Simon Dadson says that a lack of monitoring means the true potential of natural flood prevention techniques remains unclear. "There are some interventions for which there is very strong evidence but these tend to be in small-scale river catchments," he comments, "we don't yet know whether the effects in small catchments can be extrapolated to larger ones."
Philanthropy and Climate Change
Since its founding by Sir Martin and Lady Smith in 2008, the SSEE has gone from strength to strength in its goal to address global challenges at the nexus between enterprise and the environment. On 7th February, a celebration of the Smith benefaction featured a keynote lecture 'Philanthropy and Climate Change', by Professor Larry Kramer, President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Investment key for West African food systems to adapt successfully to climate change
A new CGIAR study involving ECI researchers has developed a package of future food scenarios for West Africa. Whilst climate change will likely have negative impacts, the scenarios illustrate how strategic planning and investment could ease the effects felt by changes in population, economic growth, deforestation, land use, food production, and trade.
School retains its place at the top of the QS World University Rankings by Subject
The University of Oxford came first in the QS World University Rankings for geography in 2017. The School of Geography and the Environment has now held the top spot, in the league table that compares the world's top 900 universities, for seven consecutive years.
Prof Clark speaks at International Employee Benefits Association conference
On 1st March 2017, Professor Gordon Clark disseminated results from the Income Protection Gap research programme to the two hundred delegates at the International Employee Benefits Association conference in Brussels. Participating in his presentation entitled 'Income Protection Gaps, Are They Here to Stay?' were Dirk Stienaerts, Adecco, and Agith-Jan Juddu, Zurich Global Employee Benefits Solutions.
Events and Engagement Co-ordinator (maternity cover) position available
The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE) in the School of Geography and the Environment seeks to appoint an Events and Engagement Co-ordinator.
Timelapse video showing stranded assets and cumulative emissions from China's current and planned coal plants
A new timelapse video showing stranded assets and cumulative emissions from China's current and planned coal plants from the Sustainable Finance Programme at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford.
An innovative cure for broken water pumps in Africa
At any time around a third of the water infrastructure in rural sub-Saharan Africa, from simple hand pumps to pricey solar-powered systems, is broken. Even after spending billions of dollars most international donors still cannot ensure the pumps they pay for are maintained (just 5% of rural sub-Saharan Africa has access to piped water). Many of the village committees responsible for collecting the fees that should cover repairs are dogged by nepotism and corruption. More often, though, villagers simply struggle to gather money, find a mechanic and source spare parts, says Johanna Koehler of Oxford University.
TSU take part in launch of Global Challenges Research Fund Network
Tim Schwanen and Denver Nixon of the Transport Studies Unit attended the Global Challenges Research Fund Network launch in Leeds on 22-23 February. The inaugural conference focused on the theme of 'Transport and Mobilities: Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Populations in Developing Cities'.
Prof Linda McDowell features in British Academy 'From Our Fellows' podcast
Prof Linda McDowell talks about her own collection of 'Migrant Women's Voices' as part of the British Academy 'From Our Fellows' podcast
'Good vibration' hand pumps boost Africa's water security
The simple up-and-down motion of hand pumps could help scientists secure a key water source for 200 million people in Africa. Researchers in the School are exploring how low-cost mobile sensors can help accurately estimate the future supply.
Supporting large-scale transition to electric cars
An evidence briefing, written by Dr Christian Brand and Prof Jillian Anable, has been published by the ESRC. Moving to a low-carbon economy is an important part of the Government's Industrial Strategy. A large-scale uptake of electric cars will enable significant cuts in carbon emissions, but needs policy support.
Excess deaths in 2015 may be linked to failures in health and social care
Researchers exploring why there has been a substantial increase in mortality in England and Wales in 2015 have concluded that failures in the health and social care system linked to disinvestment are likely to be the main cause.
Hakanai (儚い): The Transformation of Transport Organisations in Japan from Archaic Times - Searching for Conceptual Frameworks
Visiting Professor John Black, University South Wales, Sydney gave his lunchtime seminar on the 14th February entitled Hakanai (儚い): The Transformation of Transport Organisations in Japan from Archaic Times - Searching for Conceptual Frameworks
The mobilities of young adults in the 21st Century
On Tuesday, the 7th of February, the second external seminar brought stimulating talks delivered by Professor Ann Berrington, Professor of Demography and Social Statistics at the University of Southampton, and Jean Taylor, Senior Policy and Partnerships Manager with Lambeth Council. Download the podcast and slides, and read a summary of the event on the TSU website.
TSU hold DePICT Meeting
On the 6th and 7th of Feburary, 2017, the three teams involved in the international DePICT project (Designing and Policy Implementation for encouraging Cycling and walking Trips) met in Oxford to discuss each team's progress to date, upcoming plans, promising areas of theoretical and empirical overlap, and potential for mutual fieldwork assistance. The DePICT teams from the University of Oxford, the University of So Paulo, and Utrecht University are funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Fundao de Amparo Pesquisa Do Estado de So Paulo (FAPESP), and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NOW), respectively.
Researchers pinpoint watery past on Mars
Prof Heather Viles and Colleagues from Trinity College Dublin have discovered a patch of land in an ancient valley on Mars that appears to have been flooded by water in the not-too-distant past. In doing so, they have pinpointed a prime target to begin searching for past life forms on the Red Planet.
IFSTAL Symposium: Technology - a silver bullet for the food system?
On Saturday 28th January the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) hosted the inaugural public symposium of the IFSTAL programme, on the theme of Technology - A silver bullet for the food system? Over 100 postgraduate students, academics, and professionals came together from a range of sectors working within agriculture, food and health, in order to discuss the use of technology in food systems.
How the world can finance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
A paper co-authored by DPhil candidate Aniket Shah, 'Ideas for Action for a Long Term and Sustainable Financial System', proposes recommendations in five areas to re-orient the global financial system to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. It was written for the Business and Sustainable Development Commission with Hendrik du Toit, CEO of Investec Asset Management, Mark Wilson, CEO of Aviva and Aniket Shah.
A life course perspective: new mobilities and demography
The first of the Tranport Studies Unit's annual external seminar series was held on Tuesday 24th January, with invited presentations from Associate Professor Joachim Scheiner from the Faculty of Spatial Planning at Technische Universitat, Dortmund, and Clare Sheffield, Policy Analysis Manager at Transport for London. Download the podcast and slides, and read a summary of the event on the TSU website.
Green and Smart Transport
On Monday 30 January Professor Jianping Wu, Director of Future Transport Research Centre of Tsinghua-Cambridge-MIT at Tsinghua University in Beijing, visited the TSU for meetings and to give a lunchtime seminar.
The world's oldest tree
In this week's installment of 'A Geographer's Notebook' for the Financial Times, Dr Nick Middleton explores why some trees can live for thousands of years. Experts believe the oldest living tree is a Great Basin bristlecone pine, dated at 5,064 years.
Enabling world-class research into global environmental change
For a quarter of a century, Oxford's Environmental Change Institute (ECI) has been at the forefront of cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, exploring sustainable solutions to the problems caused by our ever-changing environment, and promoting change for the better through partnerships and education.
What can climate models tell us about impacts at 1.5C and 2C?
ECI Research Fellow, Dr Rachel James, explains the challenges for climate scientists, as they try to simulate possible impacts of global warming, in her guest post for Carbon Brief. "The challenge is great," she writes, "but our paper suggests a number of promising directions which might provide information in time for the IPCC Special Report."
Blue-sea thinking: coral reef conservation and beyond
ECI Environmental Change and Management MSc alumnus, Alasdair Harris, talks to Oxford Today about his journey from a "transformative" gap year, witnessing the 1998-9 El Niňo's impact on Pacific coral reefs, to 'Blue Ventures', the global marine conservation organisation that he now runs today.
Don't fall into the trap of restarting last decade's 'climate wars'
"There may be more consensus than meets the eye" Professor Myles Allen speculates on the incoming Trump administration's position on climate change."Much of what they are saying is indeed demonstrably at odds with scientific evidence," he writes, "but what they are not prepared to say tells a different story - one that shows how far the debate has moved on even among the most ardent disbelievers."
A Geographer's Notebook: the greatest light show on earth
In the first of a new series for the Financial Times, SoGE's Nick Middleton looks at why Venezuela's Lake Maracaibo is the world's most lightning-prone place, "where thunderstorms occur on average 297 days a year" he writes.
Playing the long game on regulation
On 13th January Professor Robert Hahn, Director of Economics at Oxford University's Smith School, a member of the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, and a non-resident senior fellow at Brookings contributed his insights about the short and long game perspective on regulations by President-elect Trump and his transition team. This was published in the Bloomberg Government column which regularly publishes insights, opinion and best practices from our community of senior leaders and decision-makers.
Church of England launches climate change ranking
Article on the a new project by investment arms and asset managers to identify companies that pose the biggest risk to climate change includes comment from Ben Caldecott, director of the sustainable finance programme at Oxford University.
The Smiths visit the smart handpump
Delivering reliable drinking water to millions of rural people in Africa and Asia is an elusive and enduring global challenge. A systematic information deficit on the performance of infrastructure and communities' demand for it limits effective policy design and development outcomes.
A letter to the British Prime Minister from the climate change research community
The ECI's Professor Jim Hall and Professor Myles Allen were among 100 signatories of a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, warning that Donald Trump's election could "severely weaken climate change research" and calling upon the UK to "respond decisively to these developments".
ECI Lecturer is awarded Wladimir Peter Kppen Prize
Dr Linus Mattauch was awarded Wladimir Peter Kppen Prize in recognition of his outstanding dissertation submitted to the Technische Universitt Berlin. This marks the first time the jury has selected a purely economic work, which the members praised as an excellent bridge-builder between the natural sciences and political action.
Measuring the 'true social cost' of carbon dioxide emissions
Professor Myles Allen has contributed to a new framework, published by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which intends to help US agencies estimate the 'social cost of carbon dioxide' (SC-CO2) emissions. SC-CO2 is an estimate, in dollars, of the net damages incurred by society from the emission of a single additional tonne of carbon dioxide in a given year.
Modelling toxic chemicals in Dhaka's Turag-Balu River
Pollution in large rapidly developing cities is responsible for many premature deaths and serious illnesses, writes Professor Paul Whitehead for the REACH project's blog. Professor Whitehead and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology colleagues have begun a new study in to water quality, which intends to evaluate pollution reduction measures.
Are the rich really getter poorer and the poor getting richer?
Professor of Human Geography, Danny Dorling, investigates the headlines statistics on 'Household disposable income and inequality', released by the Office for National Statistics on 10 January, and asks "does the median UK household now really have more disposal income than a year earlier?".
Can We Eat Our Way Out Of Climate Change?
Food production accounts for as much global greenhouse gas emissions as all forms of transport combined. The ECI's Tara Garnett, Leader of the Food Climate Research Network, is the second 'expert witness' in the BBC World Service's programme, 'The Inquiry', which looks into climate-friendly diets and what it would take to move the world towards them.
Danny Dorling discusses new Garden City in West Oxfordshire
Halford Mackinder Professor of Human Geography, Danny Dorling, discusses the government's response to the housing crisis in the UK, including plans for a private development of 2000 new homes near Eynsham. "There are no plans for cycle super-highways out to it, or a tram, or [transport infrastructure] that you would see in a normal European city," he comments, "you will get the A40 clogging to an absolute standstill."
ITRC researcher wins Lloyd's Science of Risk Prize 2016
Dr Raghav Pant, Senior Postdoctoral Researcher for the ITRC, won the prestigious Lloyd's Science of Risk Prize 2016 in Systems Modelling. His research paper explored how infrastructure systems modelling can help businesses improve their infrastructure risk management.
Attribution Science, explained
The ECI's Deputy Director, Dr Friederike Otto, talks to Scientific American about how improved computing and statistics can tie extreme events to global warming. "The science really only came into existence within the last five years," she comments, "you need to be able to simulate weather over and over again, and that was technically impossible even in the 1990s."
David Smith, FHS 2016, awarded 2016 RGS/IBG Transport Geography Research Group Undergraduate Dissertation Prize
David's dissertation, '"Working Mobilities": Labours, Movements and Moorings at the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways', has received the RGS/IBG Transport Geography Research Group's Dissertation Prize.
Spiking Temperatures in the Arctic Startle ECI Scientists
The New York Times reports on a new wwa.climatecentral.org study co-authored by ECI scientists, which links the abnormally high Arctic temperatures this winter to human-caused climate change. In the article Dr Friederike Otto warns that extreme Arctic warmth may become common, if climate change continues at its current pace.
Dr Norma Salinas Revilla wins Peruvian award "For women in science"
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Tropical Carbon Dynamics, Dr Norma Salinas Revilla, has won the national Peruvian L'Oreal award for her ecosystems research, improving our knowledge of the carbon cycle in Amazonian forests and the impacts that climate change will have on it. The national award "For women in science" was created by the L'Oral Foundation, Unesco and Concytec.
BBC Radio 4 Food Programme presenter Sheila Dillon discusses food journalism for the IFSTAL programme
Renowned investigative journalist and presenter of BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme, Sheila Dillon, spoke at SOAS University of London this week, delivering the inaugural public lecture for IFSTAL (Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning).
Louise Williams, FHS 2016, awarded runner up in 2016 RGS/IBG Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group Undergraduate Dissertation Prize
Louise's dissertation, 'Childhood in Crisis? Young people performing liminal P/politics at Forest School', has received the RGS/IBG Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group's runner-up Dissertation Prize.
From waterpumps to rowing gold: a round-up of alumni news from the second half of 2016
Catch up on a round-up from SoGE's Alumni Office, with event highlights, alumni achievements, news, and photos from the second half of 2016.
FCRN's Dr Tara Garnett opens Nobel Week Dialogue on Future of Food
Dr Tara Garnett, of the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN), based at the ECI, participated in the Nobel prize celebrations, giving the opening speech the Nobel Week Dialogue event in Stockholm on 9 December on 'The future of food: Your plate - Our planet'.
Global Transport Resilience Forum
On 8 November 2016, the Transport Studies Unit at Oxford University hosted a forum of researchers from the United States and the UK to discuss the future of transport resilience research and collaboration across the globe.
What's next for Climate Change? The ECI engages the public on impacts and adaptation options
UKCIP and ECI, in collaboration with Mediaplanet, have launched the campaign 'Climate Change: What's next?', with the aim to encourage more public debate about the impacts of climate change on their families, communities and businesses, and understand the opportunities for adaptation.
Video: Transforming Transportation with Autonomous Vehicles and the Sharing Economy: Are we Ready?
At the Brookings Institute on 5th December, Professor Robert Hahn, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, presented and participated in a panel discussion on 'Transforming Transportation with Autonomous Vehicles and the Sharing Economy: Are we Ready?' based on research he has engaged in with co-authors Peter Cohen, Jonathan Hall, Steven Levitt (of "Freakonomics" fame) and Robert Metcalfe.
David Jackman receives BSI International Standards Maker award at the recent BSI Standards Awards
David Jackman, an alumni of the School, has been named as 'International Standards Setter of the Year' by the UK's national standards body - the British Standards Institution (BSI).
Sustainable Finance Team Participates in Wargame
On 29 November, the Smith School, in partnership with Chatham House and environmental think tank E3G, hosted over 20 students at the Royal Society of Arts in London. The students were participating in a trial of the new Two Degree Pathways decision support tool and wargame, designed to help investors and company executives protect shareholder value of oil and gas companies through the transition to a two-degree-limited warming pathway. Trials will continue in the new year with a launch of the tool expected for mid-2017.
Moving to Impact: Responsible Investing in Canada - Prof Clark's keynote presentation now available online
On 19 October, Prof Gordon Clark gave a keynote presentation on 'ESG and Long Termism and the Firm' at a conference on 'Responsible Investing in Canada' in Ottawa. This was an important policy conference held during the Canadian Responsible Investment Week.
Prof Richard Washington's paper on Bodl dust chosen as one of ten milestone articles by Environmental Research Letters
Prof Richard Washington's paper, entitled "The Bodl depression: a single spot in the Sahara that provides most of the mineral dust to the Amazon forest", was chosen as one of ten milestone articles to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Environmental Research Letters. The 10 articles were specifically chosen by the editors of ERL for their quality, novelty, significance, and long-term impact.
The new SoGE Annual Review: a snapshot of success in 2015/16
The review of the last academic year aims to be a snapshot of the department and its achievements. Read about the growth of SoGE's research portfolio, achievements of our students, and see our field research visualised in a cartogram, by Benjamin Hennig.
Braving the cold to keep an eye on winter weather
The Oxford mail talks to SoGE's Dr Neil Hart and DPhil student, Callum Munday, who have been keeping up the long-standing tradition of weather records, at the department's Radcliffe Meteorological Station. Dr Hart comments, "we were taking sunshine measurements from the Campbell-Stokes recorder, a glass orb which focuses sunshine onto a specially-designed card, and this dates back to 1853."
SuperHomes fight the cold and save carbon emissions
As the School of Geography and the Environment's Radcliffe Meteorological Station experienced its coldest November night in six years, measuring -4.7C in the early hours of 30 November, we talk to Senior Energy Researcher, Dr Tina Fawcett, about her energy efficient 'SuperHome'. SuperHomes is a rapidly expanding network of 200 energy aware households who refurbished their old homes to the highest standards of energy efficiency.
Elizabeth Harnett receives 2016 Finance and Sustainability European Research Award for Best Master's Thesis
Elizabeth Harnett, currently a Research Assistant and DPhil student at the Sustainable Finance Programme at the Oxford Smith School has been awarded the 2016 Finance and Sustainability European Research Award for Best Master's Thesis
Donald Trump Wants to Revive the Coal Industry While Canada Plans to Phase it Out
How shall we plan the cities of the future?
We are in a world that is moving towards mega-cities, with the numbers of people living in urban settings expected to nearly double by 2050. The ECI's Dr Scott Thacker sits on the Guardian's expert panel for a live question and answers session on 'how to plan the cities of the future', at 2pm on 24 November.
Housing renovation matters
The ECI's Tina Fawcett, Gavin Killip and Marina Topouzi respond to a recent report which claimed that that UK-wide deep energy efficiency retrofits could cost more than rebuilding the whole housing stock. In their blog post for UKERC, they point out that this research is based on 'deliberately expensive' cost data from Innovate UK's Retrofit for the Future programme, and argue that 'both energy efficiency retrofit and low carbon heat supply are important and interlinked in delivering a lower carbon future'.
Dr Tim Schwanen interviewed on car use behavioural change on BBC Radio 4
A controversial levy on workplace car parking is being considered by councillors trying to cut road congestion in Oxford. Dr Tim Schwanen was interviewed on car use behavioural change on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme (2hrs 50mins in)
Ariell Ahearn-Ligham awarded a prestigious ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship
Ariell Ahearn-Ligham has been awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship entitled titled "Managing Development and Infrastructure: Understanding State Engagements with Rural Communities in Mongolia"
A new framework for drought economics
New research by the ECI-led MaRIUS project has developed an innovative framework for drought economics. The framework, which is outlined in a new paper in Ecological Economics, argues that failure to appreciate the differentiating characteristics of drought can lead to biased estimates of impacts, and poor short-term and long-term management practices.
'Consumers, is your supplier committed to climate action?'
As the UN climate conference in Marrakech draws to a close under the shadow of President-Elect Trump, Professor Myles Allen and Dr Thomas Hale reflect on consumer power and the possible need for a new 'climate agreement' label, to indicate suppliers commitment to climate action.
New quantitative scientific evidence for Loss and Damage launched at COP22
For the first time ever, Dr Friederike Otto (Senior Researcher, ECI) and Dr Jan Fuglestvedt (Research Director CICERO, Norway) demonstrated that, in addition to quantitatively linking historic greenhouse gas emissions to global climate change, it is also possible to link historic emissions to extreme weather events.
A call for an end to the marginalisation of Indigenous Peoples at international climate negotiations
A newly released working paper from the ECI's Claudia Comberti has identified three tiers of marginalisation that Indigenous Peoples face at International climate negotiations, based on her interviews with Indigenous Peoples and representatives, and observations at UNFCCC annual meetings.
ECI researchers call for urgent action on UK energy during this Parliament
UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) has published a Review of UK Energy Policy ahead of the Autumn Statement and the Industrial Strategy and Emissions Reductions Plan. ECI researchers have contributed to the review, which calls for urgent action during this Parliament on a number of key areas.
Video: How to write a literature review paper by Prof Bert Van Wee
Watch Prof Bert Van Wee, TRAIL Research School and Delft University of Technology, explain how to write a literature review paper - video based on a joint paper with Prof David Banister published in Transport Reviews in 2015
Multi-sector partnerships are key in disaster risk reduction, the ENHANCE project concludes
The results of the EU's ENHANCE project, to which the ECI's Dr Katie Jenkins contributed research on the economic effect of surface water flood risk and climate change on Greater London, has been published 10 November 2016.
Patrick Pringle appointed Director of UKCIP
Patrick was previously UKCIP's Deputy Director, leading monitoring and evaluation projects on adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Recent work has included adaptation policy and practice across Europe, and adaptation-focused training and capacity building projects in the coffee sector and for civil society organisations in Brazil. Prior to working with UKCIP, Patrick worked as a development consultant in the UK and overseas.
What can Pokmon Go teach the world of conservation?
A new paper, co-authored by SoGE doctoral candidate, John C Mittermeier, explores whether Pokmon Go's success in getting people out of their homes and interacting with virtual 'animals' could be replicated to redress what is often perceived as a decline in interest in the natural world among the general public.
90 years in the Himalayas
16 November 2016 marks the launch of Facing the Mountain, a short documentary about faith, resilience and change in the Himalayas, produced by ECM MSc alumnus (2011), Vaibhav Kaul. 2016 also marks the 90th anniversary of first statutory professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, Kenneth Mason's exploration of the Himalayas.
UKERC call for urgent action on UK energy during this Parliament
UKERC have published a review of UK Energy Policy ahead of the Autumn Statement next week and the forthcoming Industrial Strategy and Emissions Reductions Plan. The review, co-authored by Dr Christian Brand, makes a number of evidence-based recommendations to policymakers, and calls for urgent action during this Parliament on a number of key areas.
Reindeer starving to death as global warming cuts off food supply
A new report links environmental change in the Arctic to reindeer deaths. Co-author, SoGE's Dr Marc Macias-Fauria, said: "We are losing sea ice at an accelerating rate in the Barents and Kara Seas and our analysis suggests this is why there is more rain over the land in this region. This has implications both for the reindeer populations, as well as the last nomadic tribe in the Arctic."
US Election: Cartogram Special
Dr Benjamin Hennig, recent staff member and current honorary research associate of the School, breaks down the recent US election results for Geographical
WHO invite Dr Christian Brand to help develop their Health Economic Assessment Tools (HEAT) for walking and cycling
Dr Christian Brand attended a 2 day meeting at the World Health Organisation (WHO) European HQ in Copenhagen as an invited expert to develop the WHO's Health Economic Assessment Tools (HEAT) for walking and cycling.
How prepared is Britain for extreme weather?
The Financial Times talks to victims and experts on severe flooding, featuring 'the climate scientist' Friederike Otto and 'the Watchdog' Lord Krebs, among others. "While we know that the temperature has changed," Dr Otto says "we don't know what the impact is today [but] we're providing the methodological tools to do that."
The different types of loss and damage
The ECI's Dr Rachel James discussed 'a spectrum of views on loss and damage' at a COP22 side-event on Monday, the IISD reported in its Monday highlights. Listen to the talk online at goo.gl/J1Fcrb Photo by IISD/ENB | Mike Muzurakis
British Library exhibition features the work of two members of the School
A new exhibition at the British Library called 'Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line' features exhibits by Dr Ben Hennig and Prof Danny Dorling.
From Rio to Marrakech: the journey to the Climate Deal
The ECI's Professor of Geosystem Science and Leader of the Climate Research, Myles Allen, explains how we got to the Paris Climate Agreement on the 'Wide Open Air Exchange' podcast. "The difference with Paris," he says, "is that countries were asked to come up with their own proposals as to how to address their emissions."
Mobilising the research community on 1.5 Degrees
In Nature Climate Change's October editorial, the ECI's 1.5 Degrees September conference was noted as an example of how "the research community is mobilizing to try to provide a solid scientific foundation for policy discussions around this ambitious aspiration."
From secret meetings to public exhibitions: A new era of environmental activism in Myanmar
SoGE DPhil student, Julian Kirchherr, talks about his research on Social Impact Assessments for large dams in southeast Asia, interviewing more than 40 civil society activists in Myanmar. "There is very little left [that] local NGOs in Myanmar can't, or won't, do these days", he comments.
The ECI at COP 22 in Marrakech
ECI scientists Dr Rachel James, Alison Smith and Dr Friederike Otto will be speaking at COP 22 side events, 7 - 18 November. Turn up in person or tune in from around the world, via the official COP 22 YouTube channel.
Professor Patricia Daley is BBC World Service 'Weekend' panellist
Patricia Daley, professor of the human geography of Africa, talks to the BBC's World Service about news this 'Weekend', including the recent announcement that South Africa, Burundi and Gambia intend to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, accusing it of unfairly targeting Africa.
Dr Friederike Otto appointed Deputy Director of the ECI
Senior ECI Researcher and Scientific Coordinator of climateprediction.net, Dr Friederike Otto will take up the post of Deputy Director of the ECI in the new year. One of the aims of the post will be to help the Institute join up across research programmes and develop new collaborative and interdisciplinary research opportunities.
Replay the ECI's 1.5 Degrees International Conference
Listen again to Laurence Tubiana (pictured above) as part of the 1.5 Degrees YouTube playlist, and revisit other talks from the conference, which brought together researchers, policy makers, businesses and members of civil society to understand the impacts of warming of 1.5C and assess the feasibility of meeting the challenges in the Paris Climate Agreement.
Brenda Boardman on the EU's energy efficiency policy review
On 25 October EU Commissioners met to review existing Ecodesign standards. This is good news, the ECI's Brenda Boardman tells the Economist, as it shows that the policy has led to efficiency improvements. Ecodesign standards have been overtaken by advances in efficiency, the Economist writes.
Research Associate Professor Mark Graham wins Leverhulme Prize in Geography
The Leverhulme Trust has announced this year's winners of its Leverhulme Prizes. Professor Mark Graham was one of five geographers recognised for their achievements. His research focuses on Internet and information geographies.
Nina Teng was a panelist on "Disruption and Change in Public Transport" at the Land Public Transport Symposium 2016
On 17 October, Nina Teng was a panelist on "Disruption and Change in Public Transport" at the Land Public Transport Symposium: Public Transport-Transforming the Nation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Bodleian display celebrates Oxford geographer Richard Hakluyt and his 'world in a book'
A selection of Elizabethan travel books and rare maps will be on display at the Bodleian Libraries to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Oxford geographer Richard Hakluyt (1552-1616)
The digital gig economy needs co-ops and unions
The School of Geography and the Environment's Research Affiliate, Mark Graham writes for Open Democracy on the need to re-frame the digital work-place and platforms which, by design, "treat labour as a commodity to be bought and sold".
Research visit to Manila as part of the 'Sustainable Cities and Resilient Transport' project
Prof David Banister, Dr Tim Schwanen and Dr Anna Plyushteva from TSU, and Dr Nihan Akyelken from the Department for Continuing Education, visited Manila in September as part of the 'Sustainable Cities and Resilient Transport' project funded by the British Council Newton Fund.
Philanthropy needed to sustain pioneering forest monitoring for decades
The ECI's Professor Malhi talks about his aim to leave a legacy of long-term ecological monitoring across the globe. 'I'd like [the Global Ecosystems Monitoring] forests to act as "canaries in a mine"; as early warning systems, so that we're able to spot any changes happening in the biosphere... Our challenge now is to find the funding that secures this.'
"Hottest" Headlines don't surprise ECI climate scientists
"We've had a streak of record-breaking global temperatures, way above the levels we've seen so far," Karsten Haustein, ECI researcher commented. "But it didn't come as a surprise to anyone who is familiar with the natural variability."
Professor John Boardman is elected as BSG Fellow
ECI Emeritus Professor John Boardman has been elected as a Fellow of the British Society of Geomorphology, in recognition of his services to the Geomorphology; the study of landforms, their processes, form and sediments at the surface of the Earth.
Dr Tim Schwanen speaks at a symposium on intelligent transport organised by the French Embassy
Tim Schwanen is speaking at a symposium on intelligent transport for industry, policy-makers and also academics, organised by the French Embassy in London on the 5th October, 2016.
Good Germs; Bad Germs - a film about SoGE-based engaged research published
Invisible to the naked eye, yet a constant presence, microbes live in, on and around us. Good germs; bad germs highlights an innovative Public Engagement with Research project that is taking place at the University of Oxford. SoGE researchers collaborate with members of the public to experiment on the microbial life in their kitchens and explore what we really mean by 'clean' and 'dirty'.
Obituary: Prof David N Collins, 1949-2016
Professor Dave Collins (1949-2016), who was a member of staff between 1994 and 1999, passed away on the 8 Sep 2016. His funeral will be held at Blackley Crematorium, Victoria Ave, Manchester, M9 8JP at 1.15pm on Thursday 6 October.
The maximum climate ambition needs a firm research backing
We need to know what the 1.5C warming target will involve - even if we don't reach it. A recent editorial in Nature mentions the ECI's recent international conference "1.5 degrees: Meeting the Challenges of the Paris Agreement"
New research project on the deterioration and conservation of earthen ruins on the Silk Road in NW China launched
Professor Heather Viles recently attended the First Silk Road (Dunhuang) International Cultural Expo in Dunhuang, China and signed a collaborative agreement with the Director of the Dunhuang Academy, Professor Wang Xudong.
Dr Maan Barua interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Natural Histories programme
Dr Maan Barua was interviewed on his human-elephant relationship research on BBC Radio 4's Natural Histories programme.
More than Cattle in the Kalahari: The Complex Mosaic of Shifting Solutions Needed for Sustainable Land Management
In an interview by The Solutions Journal, Professor David Thomas shares his experience in the remote Kalahari Desert, offering unique, ground-truth insights into the much-needed solutions for land degradation.
Final Honour School Prizes 2016
We are delighted to announce this year's winners of undergraduate prizes for outstanding achievements in Final Honour School (FHS) exams.
ECI Food Research team receive 'Food System Resilience' Programme Coordination Award
The ECI is pleased to announce that Dr John Ingram and the ECI's Food research team have been awarded the 'Food System Resilience' programme coordination award to support knowledge exchange and translate research outputs.
Introducing Oppla: a global platform for nature-based solutions aiming to revolutionise environmental knowledge
Oppla, a new open platform for nature-based solutions, was launched on Tuesday 20 September as part of the Ecosystem Services Conference taking place in Antwerp, Belgium.
The science behind the 1.5 C climate goal
What is the science behind the climate goals set at the historic Paris Agreement? Researchers are in Oxford to discuss the feasibility and options, with their findings contributing to an IPCC paper in 2018.
Dr Benjamin Hennig awarded the Society of Cartographer's Wallis Award
Dr Benjamin Hennig has been awarded the Society of Cartographer's Wallis Award for 'excellence in cartography'.
Professor Gillian Rose appointed to Professorship of Human Geography
The School is delighted to announce the appointment of Prof Gillian Rose to the Professorship of Human Geography, in association with St John's College, starting October 2017.
Is Britain on the verge of a Brexit-fuelled house price crash? Only the data will tell
The long-term effect of the referendum on the housing market is impossible to predict. But there's no doubt: sales have slowed and prices fallen since the vote - Prof Danny Dorling writes in the Guardian
Dr Friederike Otto explains 'The Attribution Question'
Whenever an extreme weather event impacts society, people ask whether human-induced climate change played a role. Scientists are now able to answer this question for many extreme weather events. however the answer that you get depends on how you ask the question. Dr Friederike Otto is the lead author of a new paper, "The Attribution Question", in Nature Climate Change that explores this idea.
English Village Becomes Climate Leader by Quietly Cleaning Up Its Own Patch
The ECI's Sarah Darby comments in The New York Times' feature on Ashton Hayes, the English village that cut its carbon emissions by 24% over 10 years. Ashton Hayes, she reminds us, a small village of well-off and well-educated people, was in good position to take on the project.
Saharan dust: Sustaining the Amazon?
Post-doctural Researcher, Dr Ian Ashpole's work finds a place on the Know it Wall, a website "for inquisitive minds". Here Vidish Athavale narrates Ian's explanation of why dust from the Sahara is crucial to the Amazon's survival.
1.5 Degrees public lecture tickets now on sale
Some of the big names behind last year's historic COP-21 climate agreement will come to Oxford to open the 1.5 Degrees International Conference with a Public Lecture on 'The Paris climate deal: origins, ambitions and implications'.
David Bonilla's latest publication "Building sustainable transport futures for the Mexico City Metropolitan Area" is now available.
Car drivers are 4kg heavier than cyclists - new study
The EU-funded PASTA project - led by an international group of experts, including Dr Christian Brand of the TSU, and the World Health Organization - is studying how different forms of transport relate to levels of physical activity and health, and has found that car drivers are 4kg heavier than cyclists.
SoGE Associate Professor Richard Powell comments on Greenland's plans to export uranium
The Geographical reports on the news that since over-turning Denmark's 25-year ban on nuclear materials in 2013, Greenland is set to export yellow cake uranium. 'The votes within Greenland about lifting the ban became intensely contested,' says Powell. 'This is because of events during the Cold War involving the US Air Force [when a B-52 bomber crashed detonating its four nuclear bombs on-board.]'
ARCC network ahead of the game in REF impact recommendations
UKCIP's ARCC Network, a dedicated knowledge exchange function for Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change is already hitting many of the points raised in the latest REF review, Roger Street says. "It is through coordinating mechanisms like a knowledge exchange network that the UK can enhance the social, economic and environmental benefit from its research investments" he commented.
ECM MSc alum Max Edkins co-leads Rio's '1.5 degrees - the record we must not break' campaign
Watch the new video from the '1.5 Degrees' campaign, which will run alongside the Rio Olympics. "Competitors from the Marshall Islands, Afghanistan and South Sudan - countries on the front line of climate impacts - are leading the charge." Climate Change News writes.
Food systems modelling for the future: facilitating new research partnerships and projects
From 18-21 July, the ECI's food research group brought together 56 participants from 11 countries around the world and a wide range of backgrounds to participate in its workshop, 'Modelling food systems for resilient and sustainable nutrition and health on a changing planet'.
Looking, Quickly, for the Fingerprints of Climate Change
The New York Times reports on the work of World Weather Attribution scientists and Weather@Home project. "It's worthwhile to give the best scientific evidence at the time, rather than not saying anything" Senior ECI Researcher Dr Friederike Otto comments.
TSU's Dr Geoff Dudley discusses the history of British transport policy with Christian Wolmar in a podcast for London Reconnections
Challenges And Opportunities In The New Funding Landscape: Creating Effective Research and Policy Partnerships
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and The School for Geography and the Environment have facilitated plenary and roundtable discussions around innovative approaches and creative thinking to research partnership in the new funding landscape.
REACH project grants catalyse 12 new water security projects
Over 550,000 has been awarded through REACH's Partnership Funding to 12 projects in the first call for Catalyst Grants. Funded projects includes Target Towns Research Action Programme (RAPTT), in Zambia, which SoGE academic Dr Katrina Charles will work on.
How to build a stronger and fairer community: sharing the benefits of climate change action
In a new report, supported by Low Carbon Oxford and the Oxfordshire Low Carbon Hub, the ECI's Ruth Mayne presents a framework for engaging stakeholders in local climate change action by designing carbon reduction programmes to share co-benefits, reduce social divides and build broad public support for action.
SoGE students win Green Impact and Carbon Innovation Awards
Members from across the University were recognised for making a positive impact on society and the environment at the University of Oxford's Sustainability Showcase, held on 15 June 2016.
Dr Christian Brand receives UKERC funding as part of 'Accelerating decreases in van carbon emissions' (adVANce) project
The adVANce project, led by the University of Leeds, aims to identify opportunities to accelerate emissions reductions from Light Goods Vehicles (LGV), the fastest growing source of road transport emissions and a sector of transport about which current knowledge is very limited. The project will address key knowledge gaps in technology adoption, demand growth and interactions with existing policy initiatives.
Integrating land use and transport practice through spatial metrics - new paper by Dr Julio Soria-Lara
Julio Soria-Lara's latest paper "Integrating land use and transport practice through spatial metrics" is now available. It takes a novel approach in exploring how spatial metrics can be used in transport practice. The paper also innovatively assesses the effectiveness of such spatial metrics according to the practitioners views. The context of Granada (Spain) was used as a spatial laboratory for experimentation.
Professor Sarah Whatmore is appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Former Head of School, Sarah Whatmore has been announced as the next PVC Education at the University of Oxford. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson commented: "Sarah has a truly impressive record of achievement in research, in teaching, and in contributions to the Social Sciences Division at Oxford." Professor Whatmore will formally take up her duties in January 2017.
Governance of Transition in Urban Mobility: The Case of Uber in London
TSU has been successful with their application to the Rees Jeffrey's Road Fund to support the study of the Governance of Transition in Urban Mobility: The Case of Uber in London
Mind the gap: the impacts of 'Dieselgate', and beyond
New research by Christian Brand applied a bespoke disaggregated model of the transport-energy-environment system (the UK Transport Carbon Model) to explore the impacts of retrospective and future policy scenarios on the UK car market, trade-offs between greenhouse gas and air quality emissions, and changes in future fuel use and associated tax revenues.
SoGE ranked 2nd in the Complete University Guide's Top 10 UK Universities for Geography and Environmental Science 2017
The Complete University Guide's 2017 subject league tables rank institutions by Entry Standards, Student Satisfaction, Research Quality and Intensity and Graduate Prospects.
Patricia Daley becomes Professor of the Human Geography of Africa
We are delighted to announce that Patricia Daley, member of the School of Geography and the Environment, and Helen Morag Fellow and Tutor at Jesus College, has had the title of Professor of the Human Geography of Africa conferred on her by the University, in recognition of her academic distinction.
Nick Eyre becomes Professor of Energy and Climate Policy
We are delighted to announce that Nick Eyre, Leader of the ECI's Energy Programme and Jackson Senior Research Fellow at Oriel College, has had the title of Professor of Energy and Climate Policy conferred on him by the University, in recognition of his academic distinction.
ITRC phase two: The MISTRAL launch on film
"This is hugely important work" comments Lord Adonis, Chairman of the UK National Infrastructure Commission, at the launch of the multi-scale infrastructure systems analytics (MISTRAL) research project earlier this year. Watch video highlights from the event, featuring the ECI's Professor Jim Hall and Scott Thacker, and Vice President of the Institute of Civil Engineers, Keith Clarke.
UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 launched
The ECI's Pam Berry has contributed to the Committee on Climate Change's new report, which outlines how the impacts of climate change are already felt in the UK; from large increases in flood risk and heatwaves, to substantial risks to UK wildlife and natural ecosystems.
Austerity, not immigration, to blame for inequality underlying Brexit vote
In a recent article in the Independent, Prof Dorling suggests that austerity, rather than immigration, may have contributed to the reported inequality underlying the Brexit vote.
Dr Krg Kama awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship
Dr Kama will be undertaking a programme of work on 'Geo-logics and Geo-politics: The Collective Governance of European Shale Gas Development'
Dr Thomas Jellis awarded a British Academy postdoctoral fellowship
Dr Jellis will be undertaking a programme of work on 'Burnout: a geo-history of contemporary exhaustion'
100s of deaths in two cities in 2003 heatwave due to man-made climate change
ECI scientists and their colleagues have specified how many deaths can be attributed to man-made climate change during an extreme heatwave in two European cities in 2003. They calculate that in Paris in 2003, 506 out of 735 summer deaths recorded were due to a heatwave made worse by man-made climate change.
Dr Brenda Boardman MBE launches new Fuel Poverty report at House of Lords
Brenda Boardman presented a new report Understanding Fuel Poverty at the House of Lords on behalf of the Chesshire Lehmann Fund on 6th July. Those present included Lord Bourne, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Dept for Energy and Climate Change, and Lord Whitty, ex-Parliamentart Under-Secretary, DEFRA.
Dr Debbie Hopkins presents her research at the Energy Cultures 2016 conference in New Zealand
Dr Debbie Hopkins is acting as conference co-convenor and presented her research at the Energy Cultures Conference in Wellington, New Zealand
Food Systems Thinking: IFSTAL Summer School 2016 gets going
With term now ended, 30 students from across five collaborating HE institutions gathered at the University of Reading on Sunday 3 July to kick off the inaugural Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning (IFSTAL) Summer School.
Opening doors to future geographers: SoGE's open day is a success
Over 300 visitors came to the School of Geography during this year's Open Days, Wednesday 29 - Thursday 30 June, which featured discussions and demonstrations.
Geography after Brexit
Professor Wjcik writes on the future for the academic discipline of geography after Brexit for the Geographical's Opinion Special. "The comparative and interdisciplinary nature of geography means that it thrives on international collaboration in an open world" he writes.
Three-year project to focus on building resilience to climate change
A major new partnership for The Nature Conservancy and the Oxford Martin School will address the need to improve our understanding of the effects of climate change on ecosystems and the impact of human response to those changes. ECI researchers Myles Allen and Yadvinder Malhi will lead the two of the three project's research themes.
TSU supports Young Rail Professionals' Rail Week initiative
The Transport Studies Unit has joined an initiative by the Young Rail Professionals network to celebrate the achievements of the UK Rail sector and help to inspire the next generation of rail professionals.
Dr Fiona McConnell awarded BA Mid Career Fellowship
We congratulate Dr Fiona McConnell on the award of a BA Mid Career Fellowship from January 2017 to work on "Representing the unrepresented: diplomacy in the margins".
When is river restoration rewilding?
SoGE's Paul Jepson, writes for the MARS Project's Freshwater Blog about a positive rewilding approach for freshwater management.
EU Referendum: A Divided Kingdom
From turnout to vote share: Benjamin Hennig maps a divided United Kingdom in the wake of the EU Referendum result, when 17,410,742 people of the United Kingdom's 65 million population voted 'leave'.
Why Brexit Freaks Out So Many Scientists
Will Brexit lead to a science 'brain drain', asks the National Geographic. Prof Myles Allen comments that "we're in trouble" if changes resulting from Brexit affect our ability to recruit the best and brightest of the world's academics.
Engaging institutional investors with Oxford's research
A new initiative has been launched to engage institutional investors with social sciences research that is taking place across the University of Oxford. The programme, called SSEE View, is designed and delivered by the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.
Cutting-edge ECI research takes to the stage at Low Carbon Oxford Week
Oxford came alive with a jam-packed programme of events for Low Carbon Oxford Week, 11-19 June 2016. The ECI's agile-ox joined in the fun, running talks, events and stalls across the city to bring environmental science to the people of Oxford.
SoGE hosts 2nd International SEAHA Conference
On 20-21 June 2016 the School of Geography and the Environment hosted the 2nd International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology (SEAHA). The Conference is a student-led initiative of the EPSRC-funded SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training, of which the University of Oxford is one of the primary academic partners.
Dr Joe Gerlach interviewed on From Our Own Correspondent, BBC Radio 4
Dr Joe Gerlach discusses his British Academy funded research in Ecuador on BBC Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent.
What can conservation strategies learn from the ecosystem services approach?
In a new paper ECI researcher Pam Berry et al reveal the gulf in perceptions between ecosystem managers and users, asserting the need "to assess the connection between protected areas and human well-being... to reduce environmental conflicts in protected areas".
Test Drive the Future event
The TSU participated in the Test Drive the Future event, organised by Oxford City Council as part of Low Carbon Oxford Week to promote awareness and knowledge of electric vehicles on Sunday 19 June.
The times they are a-changing: Nick Eyre on the electricity transition
Nick Eyre writes for the UKERC blog on how the combination of demand side investment, a fall in peak electricity demand (with lighting efficiency a major contributor as the shift to LEDs gathers pace), and mass deployment of low-cost renewables and storage might just turn an electricity transition into a revolution.
Why we urgently need more research on the social impacts of dams
"More dams are built these days than ever before. Their potential negative impacts are broad-ranging and must be thoroughly understood in order to address them," writes SoGE candidate Julian Kirchherr in his piece for the Global Water Forum.
Bramble Cay melomys is the first animal to become extinct from climate change
The Independent cites Yadvinder Malhi as saying that climate change is not as important a factor in extinction as invasion from other species of plants and animals, and destruction of habitats.
DePICT London Stakeholders' Workshop on 20 April 2016 a success
Paris floods made almost twice as likely by climate change, say scientists
A preliminary analysis by a group of scientists, including the ECI's Myles Allen, has concluded the risk of the flooding event in Paris was almost doubled - multiplied by a factor of 1.8 - by humanity's influence on the climate.
Scholars weigh case for and against Brexit in Times Higher Education
Halford Mackinder professor of geography, Danny Dorling, is one of the featured academics probing the arguments for and against EU membership, in Times Higher Education on 9 June.
Going against the grain: food policy for the future
ECI researcher, Julian Cottee, writes on Prof Prabhu Pingali's Big Ideas for diversifying food production and describes the barriers experienced by smallholder farmers in Sierra Leone, explored as part of his research project with Said Business School MBA students.
Climate scientists call for urgent new experiments to distinguish between a 1.5C and 2C world
The climate community needs to refocus their research priorities in order to inform on the impacts of a 1.5C warmer world, so concludes a Nature Climate Change paper published on Monday 6 June by the ECI's Dann Mitchell et al.
Cost Effective High Performance Storage
On 24th June, David Ford (IT Manager, SoGE) will be showcasing the School's revamped data storage solution at the annual conference of the University's ICT Forum. By reducing storage costs by almost an order of magnitude, whilst increasing resilience, the school is providing almost 12x more storage to researchers than it did a year ago. David will be looking at some of the technologies that make this possible, the challenges we face it doing this, and encouraging other departments to follow suit in providing cost effective and resilient storage to their staff.
The Smart Handpump comes to SoGE
A 7m deep borehole for a forthcoming Smart Handpump has been drilled outside the School of Geography and the Environment. The handpump will enable SoGE researchers to refine the technology they use to pro-actively monitor the condition of handpumps in the field, thereby helping to ensure that millions of people have access to a reliable water source.
Maximising Home Delivery research project begins
Tim Schwanen and Christian Brand are attending the kick-off meeting in Cambridge of the new 18-month Maximising Home Delivery research project that aims to maximize the environmental benefits of home delivery, have a big impact on improving city logistics and maximize the commercial and CSR benefits to participating companies. The project is now investigating, developing and optimizing individual components of the home delivery system to achieve this goal.
We need the full picture to plan for climate change impacts
Climate change impact studies typically focus on a single sector such as agriculture, forestry or water. A new study from ECI researchers working on the IMPRESSIONS project, suggests that an integrated, cross-sectoral approach to climate change assessment is needed.
ITRC five years on: A new MISTRAL journey begins
Since 2011 the ITRC has developed the world's first national infrastructure system-of-systems model, NISMOD. Now, five years on, thanks to 5.3m of funding from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, the ITRC launched their exciting new MISTRAL programme on Monday 23 May.
Filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: seeking middle ground on the Nile
The construction of Ethiopia's first large dam on the Nile is a source of national pride for many Ethiopians and a source of concern for many Egyptians. New research, led by a partnership of the University of Oxford and the University of Khartoum, explores practical reservoir filling strategies, to minimize potential negative downstream impacts via transboundary coordination.
Local engagement brings much-loved ruin to life
Passers-by can now learn about Godstow Abbey's long and colourful history, thanks to a new interpretation panel that was launched on Saturday 21 May (jointly designed by SoGE academics, the Ashmolean Museum and Wolvercote Neighbourhood Forum).
New science to help Asian, African societies prepare for extreme weather
Friederike Otto of the ECI is Science Lead for the new initiative, which will use state-of-the-art science to help Asian and African societies to understand the role of climate change in extreme weather events and prepare for future ones.
How to improve clarity in greenhouse gas emissions targets
"Exactly what 'total emissions' means in practice depends on how much weight is given to CO2 versus other gases" Prof Myles Allen writes in his post for Carbon Brief, in which he proposes a new way of accounting for greenhouse gas emissions, to better align emission targets with temperature goals.
Win-win for health and environment: study makes case for sustainability in food guidelines
Only a handful of pioneering governments have issued food guidelines that tackle two of the most urgent challenges of our time: securing good nutrition for all and addressing climate change, says a report published today from the FCRN.
Meet the place-hacker
"Spaces are built to circumscribe discovery, creating limitations about what can be experienced... [and] what can be imagined." Visiting Research Associate, Dr Bradley Garrett, talks about his new book 'London Rising' in which he re-imagines the capital.
Brazil's Active Transportation and Inclusive Spaces: a DePICT fieldwork pre-visit to So Paulo and workshop in Belo Horizonte
The TSU's Dr Denver Nixon spent two weeks in Brazil building relationships with his South American peers, exploring So Paulo's walking and cycling infrastructure and participating in the 'Urban Dialogues' workshop.
Helping stop the lights going out with the new METER study
ECI researchers have launched a five-year programme to investigate ways of relieving peak demands on the UK's electricity grid and possibly make energy prices cheaper too. Watch our video, sign up to take part in our UK-wide study and enter our prize draw to win electricity.
Review: 'Racing Extinction'
Dr Paul Jepson, who spoke at the UK Green Film Festival's Oxford screening of 'Racing Extinction', asks the question "Is it possible to frame a different story of conservation to a mass audience?"
Free foodsource: new food systems online resource launched
The ECI's Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) has launched foodsource.org.uk, a collection of 10 accessible, balanced and scientifically robust chapters on everything you need to know about food systems and sustainability.
Organising in the "digital wild west"
Research Affiliate Mark Graham asks "can strategic bottlenecks help prevent a race to the bottom for online workers?" in his article on research into the newly emerging global digital work marketplace.
Google Code and the City uncovered
"Google, through its data and algorithms, now controls how we interact with many facets of the cities we live in," SoGE Research Affiliate Mark Graham says. His research into 'Coded Geopolitics and the Rise of the Semantic Web' is cited in the Washington Post.
It's simple: We need to try to understand complex systems
Complex systems are increasingly relevant to our world, the Smith School Associate Fellow, Roland Kupers argues. "If the systems that we are interested in are complex" he says "then we need a tool-set and a science that fits the problem."
People and productivity around the world in 2016
Dr Benjamin Hennig uses data by International Monetary Fund, World Bank and UNDP to map people and GDP wealth in 2016. Their unequal distribution across the world "remains one of the challenges of our time", he writes.
What can social science bring to energy research?
The ECI's Dr Kathryn Janda's makes her case for an interdisciplinary approach in her talk on 'Integrating Social Science in Energy Research', whilst visiting fellow at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) in New Delhi.
Personal Carbon Trading: a radical policy response to climate change
Meeting the Paris Climate Agreement would require radical solutions. Personal Carbon Trading, researched by Dr Tina Fawcett (ECI) and Dr Yael Parag, offers one solution to reduce household carbon emissions and is explained in this short animation.
The more terrifying the reptile the more popular it is
DPhil student John C Mittermeier uses internet data to discover the most popular reptiles and explore the question of cultural versus ecological value in conservation.
Migrant women in Britain - Prof McDowell interviewed on Thinking Allowed, BBC Radio 4
Prof Linda McDowell joined the programme to discuss her research into the experiences of migrant women in Britain.
Five reasons why Tenerife's protected area system is world class
Dr Paul Jepson discusses why Tenerife is a top field trip destination for the BCM MSc group; a place where professionals work hard to conserve the unique biodiversity and landscapes of this protected area.
Wytham Woods forest and canopy structure revealed in glorious new detail
Professor Yadvinder Malhi captures Wytham Woods canopy by drone and writes about the "new prospects" that Terrestrial Laser Scanning offers, for forest mapping as well as understanding forest ecology, dynamics and animal habitats.
Is it time to pay more attention to power and politics in climate change adaptation?
Chase Sova, ECI DPhil student, writes on the recent findings from joint ECI and CCAFS research, mapping power and influence in Ghana's agricultural adaptation policy space.
Registration now open for the inaugural ECI Big Ideas Seminar - 5 May 2016
Join Peter Smith (Aberdeen University) on Wednesday 5 May, 5pm, when he will discuss the questions 'Can we deliver nutrition security and climate change mitigation without wrecking the planet?'
"We should all dance more"
That's the conclusion of ECI alum Bronwyn Tarr, whose research on why dancing leads to bonding has been published in the Scientific American.
Tea lights, flatpacks and solar panels
Ikea are optimistic that sales of solar panels will be high after announcing that they will start selling them in stores over the summer in a partnership with Solarcentury, a company founded by former ECI Research Fellow Jeremy Leggett.
DePICT project website now live
As part of the DePICT project, the TSU will investigate community-led infrastructure initiatives, aimed at increasing the attractiveness of walking and cycling in London.
Why Britain's class system will have to change
Britain is still a society deeply divided by class. The same schools, established church and universities dominate public life, but under the faade of immobility, changes are afoot. Prof Danny Dorling writes for the Conversation.
Apple's 'Apps for Earth' week: Simple messages, messy reality
To mark Earth Day on 22 April, Apple has launched 'Apps for Earth', a one week fundraiser for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). But this is not enough, Dr Jepson writes, it "carries the risk of ever more shallow public engagement and digital activism."
How to mitigate climate change from the middle out
An animated Dr Kathryn Janda of the ECI and Dr Yael Parag feature in this short video which explains their 'middle out' approach for transition to a low carbon society, where middle actors serve as effective agent of change.
Training the next generation of environmental leaders
From 20 to 22 April 2016, 60 bright young undergraduates, masters and DPhil students from across the University of Oxford will come together to participate in the Environmental Change Institute's (ECI) innovative 'TBL: Training Better Leaders' workshop.
Out of Africa
Benjamin Hennig maps humanity's migration across the globe
ECI Green Deal Scheme predictions proved correct by National Audit Office
The National Audit Office (NAO) has now published its report on the failed Green Deal scheme. The scheme, which was launched in January 2013, claimed to deliver energy and carbon savings by offering loans to improve domestic energy efficiency.
Securing water through intelligent cloud computing
SoGE researchers are using cloud computing and mobile sensors to monitor water wells and help ensure that thousands of villages in rural Africa and Asia have a safe, secure supply of water.
TSU holds the first workshop of the DePICT Community-Led Infrastructures research project
Dr Tim Schwanen and Dr Denver Nixon of the Transport Studies Unit will hold the first stakeholders' workshop of the DePICT Community-Led Infrastructures research project in London on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016. The workshop will take place in The Loft room of St. Luke's Community Centre on 90 Central Street near the Old Street station.
ECI's 1.5 degrees conference to contribute to IPCC Special Report announced today
The ECI's international conference '1.5 degrees: Meeting the challenges of the Paris Agreement' will work towards resolving the scientific uncertainties around the COP 21 Paris climate target.
Pickering leaky dams flood prevention scheme 'a success'
Environment Agency (EA) report says a natural flood management scheme, first proposed in collaborative research project led by Prof Sarah Whatmore, saved Pickering from floods at Christmas.
Where will climate change impact China most?
ECI DPhil student, Xi Hu, writes for the World Economic Forum on China's infrastructure hotspots, where you are "more likely to experience the breakdown of [infrastructure] services because of natural disasters exacerbated by climate change."
"The job of a professor is to profess", Prof Danny Dorling featured in Times Higher Education
Professor Danny Dorling is featured in an article on Times Higher Education, where he talks about how to learn from your audience and help build a better politics too
IFSTAL tackles food topics in BSA Magazine
Hot off the press: IFSTAL's Raquel Ajates Gonzalez and Rebecca Wells tell about IFSTAL's innovative food programme, in the British Sociological Association's magazine, Network.
ECI engages with the leaders of tomorrow
To mark its 25 year anniversary, the ECI has supported the creation of an innovative 'Leadership in Global Change' Summer School for 16-18 year olds. The course will be run on a non-profit basis and offer scholarships to students at local state schools with significant financial need.
Climate change will wipe $2.5tn off global financial assets
Ben Caldecott and Cameron Hepburn of the Smith School of Economics and the Environment comment on a new study showing that climate change could cut the value of the world's financial assets by $2.5tn.
Dariusz Wjcik discusses the impacts of growing financial concentration and centralisation on equity and stability in a keynote at the International Seminar on Finance and Geography at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Renewables and nuclear no substitute for carbon dioxide disposal
In a new paper published in Nature Climate Change, Leader of the ECI's Climate Research Programme Professor Myles Allen argues that investment in technologies to capture and dispose of carbon dioxide is vital to stabilise climate.
A pioneering partnership: The ITRC and UNOPS work together to support infrastructure planning
The Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC), led by the ECI, and UNOPS has formed a partnership to create the necessary modelling tools and guidance for governments, to enable long-term planning on national infrastructure which is robust in the face of an uncertain future.
New study warns on probability that 2C capital stock will be reached in 2017
A new study from the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School and the Smith School for Enterprise and Environment, shows that we are uncomfortably close to the point where the world's energy system commits the planet to exceeding 2C.
Investments Pave the Way to Social and Environmental Solutions
An "eye-opening meta-study" from Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment Director, Professor Gordon Clark is cited. Robert Johnson writes that "From the Stockholder to the Stakeholder: How Sustainability Can Drive Financial Outperformance," presents robust evidence that sustainability practices demonstrate better operational performance.
School ranked 1st in 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject - for the sixth year running
The School of Geography and the Environment retains its academic reputation for excellence and research impact in the QS World University Rankings for 2016.
Geography's place in the world
Five academics, including Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography Professor Danny Dorling, consider geography's value in today's world.
Universities spending millions helping academics buy homes
Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, Danny Dorling, comments on university 'help to buy' joint equity schemes and loan programmes, which have sprung up in response to spiralling house prices in the UK.
How do you solve a problem like a broken water pump?
Patrick Thomson of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment is using his research to identify broken water pumps in Kenya. Various trials have reduced the response times to fix a broken pump from a month to two days.
Dr Tina Fawcett presents evidence to the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.
The evidence relates to Tina's work on Article 7 of the Energy Efficience Directive - which is expected to deliver more than half of the 20% reduction target required across EU Member States.
Mapping meat-eaters
Dr Benjamin Hennig weighs up the global rise in obesity and meat-eating, with cartograms revealing huge regional variation around the world.
Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography Danny Dorling creates a human atlas of the UK's population
Drawing on the 2011 census and other data, Professor Dorling's latest book 'People and Places: A 21st Century Atlas of the UK' uses maps, graphs and commentary to offer a comprehensive view of a nation undergoing rapid change.
Creating Future Masters in Heritage Science
DPhil student, Scott Orr, benefits from the SEAHA (Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology) Centre, a joint initiative by the University of Oxford, the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage and the University of Brighton. Scott comments; "It's already clear that the Centre is creating a unique environment where science, engineering and heritage can blend together in all kinds of imaginative ways".
Mapping ecosystems in Ghana with drones
Professor Yadvinder Malhi visits one of the GEM-TRAIT rainforest-savanna transects in Ghana to take drone footage the forest canopy. Read his blog post and watch the footage online.
In Memoriam: Professor Martyn J Webb (1925-2016)
There will not be many alumni from the School who will have mention of David Bowie in the opening paragraphs of their public obituary. Perhaps Martyn Webb, among his many attributes, was very good at timing.
TSU Director Dr Tim Schwanen is guest editor of flagship journal
The eighth special issue of the Annals of the American Association of Geographers has been guest edited by Transport Studies Unit Director Dr Tim Schwanen, in collaboration with Mei-Po Kwan. Published in March 2016, this edition brings together 26 articles on the Geographies of Mobility.
Home counties blamed for car pollution in the southeast
A study by Caralampo Focas says while transport policies inside greater London are helping reduce carbon emissions, the real environmental problem is just beyond the M25 motorway because people living around London depend so much on their cars.
Major new EPSRC grant to aid design of future global infrastructure systems
A major grant, to be led by Professor Jim Hall, has been announced by EPSRC, which aims to push the frontiers of systems research to understand how best to plan, design and invest in modern, sustainable and resilient infrastructure services.
What are the steps required for a flood resilient society?
Paul Sayers explores the steps required to create a flood resilient society in the article 'We should not be surprised' as featured in the February edition of Public Sector Executive magazine.
The future of national infrastructure
A new book, The future of national infrastructure: A system-of-systems approach, is published today, aiming to equip decision makers with the tools necessary to provide robust national-scale infrastructure systems.
Longer-distance migratory birds may be smarter
Birds that migrate the greatest distances have more new neurons in the regions of the brain responsible for navigation and spatial orientation, suggests Dr Uri Roll, in a new paper published in Scientific Reports.
York natural flood defence measures receive boost from Prince Charles
Measures that kept Pickering dry over Christmas, first proposed in collaborative research project led by Prof Sarah Whatmore, likely to be echoed to help protect one of Britain's most flood-prone cities.
Study identifies global ecosystems most sensitive to changes in climate
Researchers from the University of Oxford, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the University of Bergen have published a new study taking the first step towards addressing why some regions are more sensitive than others to the impact of changes in climate.
Introducing the Oxford Climate Research Network
Find out more about the Oxford Climate Research Network - a cross-divisional community, harnessing Oxford's diverse strengths to address the challenge of managing climate change in a complex and uncertain world.
Managing the risk of surface water flooding
Research by ECI's Dr Katie Jenkins, in conjunction with the London School of Economics, is playing a key role in combating one of Britain's most persistent natural hazards.
Solar, Sustainability, and Strategies in Sarawak
Blog post on the arrival of solar power in Sarawak, by DPhil June Rubis whilst on ethnographic field research.
MSc students challenged to meet their energy needs with renewables
Our MSc students talk about their experiences at the Welsh Centre of Alternative Technology in this great little video. Get an insight into the course and find out if they manage to successfully live off grid for the duration of their stay.
How to visit a 'country' that doesn't exist
Dr. Nick Middleton discusses his latest book, An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist: A Compendium of Fifty Unrecognized and Largely Unnoticed States.
Living off grid: a field trip to the Centre of Alternative Technology
Our masters students give a first hand account of living off grid during their field trip to the Centre of Alternative Technology in Wales.
Smart Water Pumps project featured in ESRC Impact Report
A team led by Dr. Rob Hope has developed a smart hand pump that can automatically report faults through SMS text messages, ensuring that faulty water pumps in remote areas can be fixed rapidly. This research funded by the ESRC and DFID, has been recognised and cited by Kenya's Water Services Regulatory Board as a ground breaking approach that could be applied across Kenya and is a featured case study in the 2014/15 ESRC Impact Report.
Surface water flooding set to increase sharply, putting the success of Flood Re into question
New research led by Dr Katie Jenkins and LSE suggests the Flood Re insurance scheme will fail to reduce flood risk and the number of London households eligible for the scheme could increase by up to 75% during its lifespan.
Conference Announcement: "1.5 degrees: Meeting the challenges of the Paris Agreement" 21-22 Sep, Keble College, Oxford
Register your interest for the 1.5 degrees conference - to understand the impacts of warming of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels and assess the feasibility of meeting the challenges in the Paris Climate Agreement.
Debating Ecomodernism with Mark Lynas
ECI and AgileOx hosted a stimulating debate on Ecomodermism with signatory of the recent 'Ecomodernism Manafesto' - Mark Lynas - and SoGE faculty discussing the controversial idea that humans can protect nature with the use of technology to decouple our impacts on the natural world. Watch the debate online.
'Megafauna mega-issues' with the publication of two special features in PNAS and Ecography
This week sees the publication of two special features, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Ecography with 24 papers examining how megafauna - large animals - affect ecosystem and Earth System function. This topic is based on a conference we held on Oxford in March 2014.
Lobbying and advocacy strategies - Second workshop training diplomats from unrepresented nations held in Oxford
On 14-15 January 2016, the 'Training of Diplomats from Unrepresented Nations: Capacity building for effective UN lobbying' research project hosted a workshop on "Lobbying and Advocacy Strategies" with participants from 13 different unrepresented nations.
Prof Dariusz Wjcik awarded prestigious European Research Council Consolidator Grant for 'Cities in Global Financial Networks: Finance and Development in the 21st Century' project
The five-year study will focus on how financial and business services, including law, accounting, and business consulting, have been affected by the global financial crisis and the Eurozone crisis, and how they are changing in response to new financial regulation, the rise of the Global South, and the digital revolution. The project will develop the theory of Global Financial Networks, create the first Atlas of Finance, and investigate the impacts of finance on urban, regional, and global development.
The Social Atlas of Europe awarded awarded 2015 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice
'The Social Atlas of Europe' by Dimitris Ballas, Danny Dorling and Ben Hennig has been awarded Outstanding Academic Title for 2015 by Choice, the US Library Journal
Are we ready for the floods?
Watch tonight's documentary 'Are we ready for the floods?' and hear Jim Hall and Myles Allen talking about their research - what caused the extreme rainfall this December? Did climate change have a role? And can we better prepare for these extreme events? Tonight, ITV, 7.30pm.
Paul Sayers provides evidence to Infrastructure Review
In his summary to the Institution of Civil Engineers he calls for an urgent need for research to better understand the interactions between climate change and flood defences in the long-term.
Climate change means the flood defence rule book needs a rewrite
An opinion piece by Professor Jim Hall, in this week's New Scientist magazine, explores why we have such trouble building flood defences to cope with nature's extremes.
Dr Philipp Grunewald appears before Energy and Climate Change Select Committee in their Low carbon network infrastructure inquiry
The session was held to to investigate what changes are required from today's electricity infrastructure to build a low carbon, flexible and fair network.
Good Germs, Bad Germs
Ever wondered about the microscopic life that lives, unseen, in your kitchen? A new 18-month project called 'Good Germs, Bad Germs' intends to help people visualise these microscopic creatures.
Oxford's warmest December in 200 years
The School's Observers at the Radcliffe Meteorological Station have recorded the warmest December in 200 years. The average temperature last month was 10.8C, an extraordinary six degrees higher than the long-term average of 4.6 degrees. This December's average surpassed the previous warmest, set in 1852, by over 2.5C.
Understanding climate change's role in the UK's recent floods
Friederike Otto has been studying the relationship between extreme weather and climate change and has found that heavy rain like that from Desmond is about 40 per cent more likely now than it was in the past.
Global warming: normal weather is a 'thing of the past', claims scientist
Professor Myles Allen tells the Telegraph newspaper that we have 'changed the odds' on weather conditions, with wetter and warmer winters now more likely.
Experts say housing bill signals end of the road for affordable housing
Professor Danny Dorling shares his view on the policies in the housing and planning bill, which was debated at the House of Commons on Tuesday amid protests and concern from social housing professionals.
A woeful response to flooding as the climate crisis hits home
Dr Ken Addison, fellow and tutor in physical geography at St Peter's College, Oxford, writes to The Guardian about the recent flooding in the north of England.
Radcliffe Meteorological Station records exceptionally mild December
December was exceptionally mild in Oxford, with temperatures over 6C above the 200-year mean. At RMS, the record-high mean temperature of 10.8C surpassed the previous record, set in 1852, by 2.6C. Observer, Callum Munday discusses the weather on BBC Radio Oxford.
UK flooding: How a Yorkshire town worked with nature to stay dry
Upstream storage measures, first proposed in collaborative research project led by Prof Sarah Whatmore, aid in reducing flooding in Pickering
Professor Linda McDowell appointed CBE in 2016 New Year Honours
Professor Linda McDowell has been appointed CBE in the New Year's Honours lists 2016 for services to Geography and Higher Education
Partnership funding call from the REACH programme
The REACH programme has put out a call for expressions of interest for catalyst grants of 10K-50K to explore novel approaches to water security.
Can we hold global temperatures to 1.5C?
Myles Allen explains whether it is realistically possible to stabilise global warming at 'well below' two degrees. Read full article in the Carbon Brief.
Working principles for climate-conscious investment decisions launched at Paris summit
A group of researchers, including - Professor Myles Allen - have launched a set of working principles for positive engagement between investors and companies that are carbon-intensive or engaged in fossil fuel extraction.
ECI wins NERC Green Infrastructure Innovation funding
ECI has won funding from NERC to help plan new networks of green infrastructure (GI) in and around Bicester. Green infrastructure, such as parks, street trees and water features,
Why stranded assets matter and should not be dismissed
Whatever the outcome of the climate talks in Paris, one thing is certain: climate change will result in assets becoming "stranded". And, despite the claims of various naysayers, investors should be prepared. Ben Caldecott explores why stranded assets matter in The Conversation.
Why Germany's decision to join the fight against Islamic State is so significant - and misguided
Dr Ian Klinke examines Germany's decision to join the fight against Islamic State in The Conversation
Sandscapes: A new sandy seminar series within SoGE
This term, the Landscape Dynamics cluster hosted an exciting new seminar series exploring the sediments, processes and landscapes that characterise the world's great deserts.
Clearing up dust's effect on climate
Prof David Thomas and researchers from the School are puzzling over what is described as a "missing jigsaw piece" in climate research - the role of dust in global warming.
Sydney hitting the big finance leagues
Prof Dariusz Wjcik's research featured in Australian media
Funds awarded to create a new programme on integrating renewable energy
Dr Nick Eyre will co-direct a new Oxford Martin Programme which will look at the technical, market and policy requirements of integrating renewables across a wide range of scales, resource types and contexts.
Storm Desmond flooding caught ministers by surprise
Professor Jim Hall says that we will have to re-evaluate standards of flood defences after Storm Desmond in a recent article by the Telegraph newspaper.
Governing innovation in household energy retrofit industry
ECI are to get a slice of the 1.3million UK Energy Research Centre funds announced today. Our project will look at the governance around low carbon innovation for domestic energy retrofits.
Tallest trees in rainforests could die of thirst, NERC-funded study finds
Droughts could kill off the tallest trees in tropical rainforests, raising the Earth's carbon dioxide levels in the coming decades.
Is Burundi on the brink of civil war? Dr Patricia Daley participates in Al Jazeera discussion panel
Dr Patricia Daley was part of a guest panel on Al Jazeera's Inside Story discussing whether Burundi is on the brink of civil war
Oxford has 2nd warmest November in 200 years
Oxford University researchers have recorded the second warmest November in 200 years at the Radcliffe Meteorological Station.
Climate change is not the most urgent issue facing the world today: which is why the Paris conference matters
Professor Myles Allen presents his thoughts on the COP climate negotiations and outlines the challenges facing negotiators as the conference draws to an end.
'From the Field' - SoGE Calendar 2016
We proudly present our second SoGE Calendar, featuring the winning pictures from a photographic competition we ran over the summer.
Connecting the Theory to the Reality of 'Good Food'
New blog post on the AgileOx website by ECI intern Rachel Friedman, who is part way through her internship with Good Food Oxford.
Alum Dr Alasdair Harris receives WWF's 2015 Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Award
This award - WWF's most prestigious - highlights the extraordinary effort that Alasdair is taking to work with local people to restore marine habitats and coral reefs and at the same time promote sustainable livelihoods through community-based conservation.
Can climate information improve water security for the poor?
Climate change threatens to undermine efforts to improve water security and end poverty. So how can planners ensure that water and sanitation programmes are resilient to climate variability and change? Read full article on our REACH project blog.
Rewilding Week: Time to walk the talk
When the histories of 21st century conservation are written 2015 might, just might, be identified as a pivotal year: the year when the focus of conservation shifted from a defence of past natures to the active creation of a wilder anthropocene, Dr Paul Jepson writes for Geographical.
Conference report published by the Oxford International Infrastructure Consortium
The report follows the conference this July which brought together 17 leading experts from international organisations, academia and financial institutions to discuss challenges and solutions to mobilising infrastructure investment in developing economies.
ECI signs the Oxford Good Food Charter
The Environmental Change Institute has become the first part of Oxford University to sign the Good Food Oxford Charter - the city's statement of vision for a vibrant, healthy and sustainable food system.
Measuring the Fate of the Amazon Rainforest - A photographic exhibition
This Autumn, photographer Jake Bryant exhibited a collection of his photos of scientists undertaking research into the fate of the Amazon rainforest.
It's World Toilet Day! Dr Katrina Charles joins an expert panel to discuss how to provide adequate sanitation for 2.3 billion people
Join the Guardian newspaper's live Q and A today at 3pm GMT to discuss: Ending open defecation by 2030 - are toilets enough?
African cities aren't keeping up with the demand for basic toilets
Dr Katrina Charles outlines the scale of the sanitation problem in Africa where growing numbers of people are without access to improved sanitation in 42 of 51 countries. Read the full article in The Conversation
Out and About: student perspectives on a field trip to Dale Fort
ECM student Maheen Iqbal writes an account of the latest field-trip to Southwest Wales to explore the local ecosystems and examine the impact of the Pembrokeshire Power Plant on the landscape.
Global temperature rise set to hit 1C of warming this year, Met Office says
And of the around 1C we're seeing, our researchers have calculated that about 0.9C is attributable to humans, as reported in the Carbon Brief.
Unlocking the potential of electricity storage
The UK's Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has published a report which looks at the potential of electricity storage. Dr Philipp Grunewald, was one of the report's authors, and commented on the work, saying: "markets and regulation need to adapt if Britain is to take full advantage of the technologies on offer."
The countries that don't exist
There really is a secret world of hidden independent nations, with their own populations, governments - and football leagues. In fact, you've almost certainly visited one without realising. For his new book, Dr Nick Middleton has mapped a secret world of hidden independent nations.
Exploring whether water shortages are due to climate change or local factors
Human-induced climate change plays a clear and significant role in some extreme weather events but understanding the other risks at a local level is also important, say research studies just published. Oxford researchers examined serious droughts in Brazil, East Africa and the eastern Mediterranean.
Professor Dariusz Wjcik has been awarded a grant by the Regional Studies Association to create a Research Network on Financial Geographies
With 90% of the UK's ash trees about to be wiped out, could GM be the answer?
Genetically modified ash trees could replace the 80 million expected to die in the next 20 years from a deadly fungus, Dr Paul Jepson and research colleagues have proposed.
Professor Dariusz Wjcik has been awarded a grant by the Australian Research Council to study the development of financial centres in the Asia-Pacific region
Using specialist industry databases and intensive case study methods, the project plans to examine the processes underpinning the growth of this network, map scenarios for the next two decades, and advise on policy implications arising from the 2013-14 Financial System Inquiry.
School part of 20m research programme to deepen understanding of Africa's changing climate
The School has recently benefited from NERC/DFID funding aimed at leading-edge research to better understand Africa's changing climate and the use of climate change information in decision-making across the continent under the Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) programme.
The Growth and Decline of Cities in Germany: Novel Visualisations of Urban Change
Innovative maps that illustrate the most recent socio-demographic urban changes in the major city urban agglomerations in Germany have very recently been produced in a joint project between Dr Ben Hennig of the School of Geography and the Environment and the Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development Dortmund (Germany).
Declines in whales, fish, seabirds and animals disrupt Earth's nutrient cycle
A new study led by Dr Chris Doughty reveals that in the past large land animals, whales, seabirds and fish played a vital role in recycling nutrients from the ocean depths, spreading them far and wide across the globe and taking them deep inland.
Megafauna and Ecosystem Functions: Learning from the Giants
A new collection of papers have been published in the journals Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Ecography, an outcome of the 2014 international conference on Megafauna and Ecosystem Functions.
Are nature apps interesting enough?
The full potential of nature apps for getting the public more interested in ecology and conservation is not being exploited enough, says a new study by Dr Paul Jepson.
Lord Stern: 'Why are we waiting to tackle climate change?'
As part of our 'Welcome to the Anthropocene' lecture series, Lord Nicholas Stern set out the "exciting and attractive" prospect of a global transition to a low carbon economy in his lecture at the Sheldonian Theatre on 19 October.
New postgraduate programme to meet the challenges of feeding the planet
Graduate students thinking about working to tackle one of the big issues of our time - how to feed our growing global population sustainably - are being offered the opportunity to take part in a new education programme - IFSTAL.
Cherwell students help doctoral researcher with African rainforest analysis
Four pupils from The Cherwell School have been helping a SoGE doctoral student as part of an international research programme on tropical forests and their response to climate change.
Policy Makers presented with new report cards into impacts of climate change on biodiversity.
A series of report cards into the latest evidence on how climate change is affecting different aspects of our environment, economy and society have been published by the Living with Environmental Change Network. Drs Pam Berry and Robert Dunford were involved in research selected for the report card.
SoGE at Meeting Minds 2015
Weather observation, climate prediction, food security as well as networking and socialising over lunch - this year, SoGE alumni were invited to enjoy a whole day's worth of programme at Meeting Minds, the Alumni Weekend in Oxford. On Saturday 19 September the School opened its doors for the third time as part of the University's flagship event for alumni and attracted full lecture theatres of interested alumni from many subject backgrounds.
Final Honour School Prizes 2015
We are delighted to announce this year's winners of undergraduate prizes for outstanding achievements in Final Honour School (FHS) exams.
Professor Sarah Whatmore to serve as University's Academic Champion for Public Engagement with Research
Dr Richard Grenyer to be interviewed on Radio 4 Natural History Heroes programme
Dr Richard Grenyer will be interviewed on Radio 4 on Thursday at 1.45pm as part of the Natural History Heroes programme on Alfred Russell Wallace
Registration open for international conference on Water Security 2015
This three-day conference convenes leading global thinkers and practitioners from government, enterprise, civil society and academia to advance and debate risk-based analysis of water security.
Project funding available for winning carbon reduction ideas
The Carbon Innovation Programme is a new initiative aimed at encouraging staff and students to generate innovate ideas for reducing the University's carbon footprint. Find out how to get involved.
How VW test fixing is just the start of the car industry's problems
The revelation that Volkswagen deliberately circumvented emissions tests on many of its diesel vehicles has provoked a huge storm of controversy. This diesel deception has understandably angered car owners. And some have suggested that VW's management either must have known about the scandal, or effectively lost control of the company. Dr James Palmer writes for The Conversation.
Dr Richard Bailey to direct new 5 year programme on sustainable oceans
Dr Richard Bailey has been awarded 1.5M by the Oxford Martin School, to direct a new 5 year programme on 'Sustainable Oceans'. This builds on an ongoing 18 month (0.2M) project funded by Ocean Conservancy, and a 0.8M support package from the London technology company Improbable.
Advance Global Australian award for Professor Cameron Hepburn
Professor Cameron Hepburn of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment has been recognised for his work on clean technology at an awards ceremony honouring Australian leaders and innovators around the world.
Ecosystem Services: A paradigm-shifting new perspective
Oxford researchers have developed a novel re-definition of Ecosystem Services, arguing that the one-way flow of benefits from ecosystems to humans, is over-simplistic and largely inaccurate.
Prestigious award given to Tara Garnett for her research on sustainable food systems.
Dr Tara Garnett has been presented the 2015 Premio Daniel Carasso award at a ceremony in Madrid today for her commitment to reducing the food system's impact on the climate through research and dialogue.
Carbon capture: Miracle machine or white elephant?
Myles Allen comments on this FT article which explores the billions of pounds spent on schemes to deal with CO2 emissions.
Climate experts brief UK House of Lords on forthcoming Energy Bill
Myles Allen and other leading experts have briefed Peers in the House of Lords on responsibilities of the Oil and Gas Authority over Carbon Capture and Storage licensing.
Dr Fiona McConnell has been appointed associate editor of Political Geography from January 2016.
WICKED research director Dr Kathryn Janda goes on global tour to exchange knowledge and foster new research network.
The tour involved 10 cities across 6 countries with Kathryn speaking at universities and energy organisations on topics which include storytelling in energy policy, energy strategies in the retail sector, and market transformation of commercial real estate practices.
Scenarios help guide discussions on what Ghana's future could look like
A series of CCAFS scenarios workshops - led by ECI - help raise climate awareness and promote interaction between key stakeholders in Ghana.
Oxford University at World Water Week 2015
We joined other leading experts, decision-makers, enterprises and water professionals at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden on 23-28 August 2015, to share knowledge and develop solutions to the world's water challenges.
Former Head of School Professor Sarah Whatmore chairs Royal Geographical Society's Annual Conference
The largest event in the RGS/IBG calendar, the Annual International Conference is also the largest annual European geography conference.
Rock breakdown research and heritage conservation: from underground to Mars
The School's Oxford Rock Breakdown Laboratory have released a second video in collaboration with the Oxford Preservation Trust highlighting their research.
Newborn giant pandas boost U.S.-Chinese relations
A recent article in Newsweek quotes a 2013 paper on panda diplomacy co-authored by SoGE researchers Dr Paul Jepson and Dr Kathleen Buckingham.
New video on Oxford Open Doors produced by Oxford Rock Breakdown Lab
SoGE's Oxford Rock Breakdown Lab together with the Oxford Preservation Trust have produced a new video for the Oxford Open Doors event on 12-13 Sep 2015
Mapping the world's economies
The fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography 2015, the world's biggest economic geography conference, is hosted by the School of Geography and the Environment and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, with nearly 700 delegates attending from over 50 countries.
Why New York takes biggest slice of asset pie
The current Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography is mentioned in a Financial Times article based on a paper by Prof Dariusz Wjcik and Dr Duncan MacDonald-Korth.
SoGE and SSEE host the Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography
The conference fosters interdisciplinary worldwide dialogue on the state of the art and the future agenda of economic geography. Its title 'Mapping Economies in Transformation' is based on the premise that while the world economy has been recently experiencing major shocks and shifts, it needs transformative change to address the challenges of unstable, unequal, and unsustainable development.
Weathering the storm: the impacts of climate change on London's Economy
The London Assembly has published results from its investigation into the resilience of the London economy in the face of the impacts of climate change. Included in the report is a written submission from ECI.
Dr Martin Coombes discusses proposals to ban petrol and diesel vehicles from some central Oxford streets by 2020
Dr Martin Coombes from the School's Oxford Rock Breakdown Lab was interviewed on the Oxford Transport Strategy proposals on BBC Radio Oxford on 12 August. As well as the more obvious health benefits this would likely bring for Oxford residents and visitors, Dr Coombes highlighted the potential benefits this could also have for the city's heritage buildings.
SoGE researchers undertake a drone survey of a section of the River Glyme
In early August Dr Russell Layberry (ECI) and Jerome Mayaud (DPhil student) carried out a drone survey of a section of the River Glyme near Stratford Bridge, Oxfordshire.
Forget the Silicon Valley revolution: the future of transport looks remarkably familiar
From autonomous vehicles and the rapid rise of Uber to the global diffusion of bike-sharing schemes, transport is changing. Developments in information technology, transport policy and behaviour by urban populations may well be causing a wholesale shift away from conventional cars to collective, automated and low-carbon transport. Dr Tim Schwanen writes for The Conversation
Food sovereignty and sharing the future of the herring in the North Pacific
A new project with Dr Thomas Thornton and the IUCN examines the trans-Pacific herring trade-puzzle, which leads to overfishing and low prices, and seek wisdom from Tinglit communities who sustainably harvest herring food.
What's the point of the Met Office? Easy to miss when you ignore the facts
News article in The Conversation examines whether the BBC and others should give airtime to minority views on climate change, and includes comment from Dr Friederike Otto.
Remembering Andrew John Herbertson (1865-1915)
On the centenary of Oxford's first Professor of Geography we remember his influential life and career.
Burkina Faso gets support to develop national rural development plan
Dr Joost Vervoort has been working with policy makers in Burkina Faso to integrate future scenarios into the policy planning process for a new rural development plan.
A collaborative research project led by Prof Whatmore wins a Civic Voice National Design Award
Slowing the Flow in Pickering - A collaborative research project led by Prof Sarah Whatmore has won a Judges Special Prize at the Civic Voice National Design Awards
Rewilding isn't about nostalgia - exciting new worlds are possible
'The restoration of natural ecosystems - "rewilding" - ought to be a chance to create inspiring new habitats', Dr Paul Jepson writes in the Conversation.
Pilio named one of the most exciting energy management companies to watch
A new report by Verdantix has announced ECI's first spin-out company - Pilio - as one of the most exciting energy management companies to watch in 2015.
Innovative food systems teaching and learning programme to improve food security and environmental outcomes.
Hefce have awarded funding to a consortium of 5 universities to offer post-graduate training on food systems in order to address the urgent need for a workforce skilled in food systems thinking.
Scientists should tell investors about climate, carbon and divestment
Professor Myles Allen writes for the Guardian newspaper, suggesting that if investors want to know whether their portfolios are contributing to dangerous climate change, they should be able to find out.
Speedy study claims climate change doubled chances of European heatwave
Our near real-time analysis of extreme weather in relation to climate change is reported in Nature news.
Pupil records Oxford's 3rd hottest July day in 135 years
A pupil from Shipston High School was on hand last week to help the School's meteorologists record Oxford's third hottest July day since 1880.
Getting to net zero: what role for investors in the energy industry? New research initiative announced
A new research programme, the Oxford Martin Safe Carbon Investment Initiative will work with investors and industry to create a set of criteria for safe fossil fuel investment as the world works to avoid a temperature rise of more than of 2C above pre-industrialised levels.
Flood risk: making better infrastructure investments
Researchers at the Environmental Change Institute are helping evaluate and communicate best practice in national-scale flood risk analysis and long-term investment planning for flood management.
RCUK highlights Oxford's 'innovative' smart handpumps project
The Research Councils UK is showcasing 'Smart Handpumps' project, led by Dr Rob Hope, which uses mobile phone technology to transmit data on handpump use in rural Kenya
UK Government warned to take urgent action to prepare for the impact of climate change
A new set of reports by the Committee on Climate Change calls for urgent action by the UK Government to avoid the increasing costs and impacts of climate change.
Has climate change made the drought in the Western US more likely?
A new Weather@home experiment has been launched to find out if the Californian drought has been caused by climate change. Help us by running climate models on your computer.
At an awards ceremony in London last evening, Dr Jane Dyson was awarded an ESRC Prize for Outstanding International Impact for her research and its dissemination via her film 'Lifelines'.
The ESRC Impact prizes reward researchers whose work has had a substantial impact on society. Dr Jane Dyson's documentary on the challenges facing young people in the Indian Himalayas has reached school children, students and policymakers worldwide. Many congratulations from all in SoGE for this terrific achievement!
Heritage public engagement proves great success
On the 18th of June a team of researchers from the Oxford Rock Breakdown Laboratory (OxRBL) were invited to Wolvercote Village Hall in north Oxford to discuss research relevant to the historically significant Scheduled Monument of Godstow Abbey/Nunnery.
In Memoriam: Margaret E Marker 1932 - 2015
A great way to give back: Alumni meet students
Trinity Term was busy with alumni visiting the School to share their career stories with our current students.
Maps Galore: TOSCA visits the Weston Library
On 7 May Map Librarian Nick Millea invited a group of 25 map enthusiasts to visit the Weston Library on a 'field trip' organised by The Oxford Seminars in Cartography (TOSCA)
Desertification: the environment gone pear-shaped?
On the World Day to Combat Desertification, Dr Troy Sternberg considers some important questions: What is desertification? Is it caused by climate or humans? Are deserts taking over? Can the process be stopped?
In Memoriam: Derek Diamond 1933 - 2015
The climate context for India's deadly heatwave
Scientific American examines whether there will be more extreme heat waves in the future after India's hot spell has left more than 2,000 dead. Dr Friederike Otto explains how our extreme event attribution research is helping to provide answers.
Sustainable transport: electric dreams vs carbon reality
On 21 May Prof David Banister gave a joint seminar with Dr McCulloch, head of the Electrical Power Group and Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Science at the Oxford Martin School. Their joint seminar focused on low carbon technologies in transport and the issues surrounding their implementation
UN climate talks increasingly favour people alive today over future generations.
This article by Professor Myles Allen in the Conversation suggests that cutting short-lived climate pollutants will have little effect on peak-warming compared to focussing on accumulating pollutants such as CO2.
Negotiating Hunger: Agriculture and the UN Climate Talks.
DPhil student Chase Sova highlights the main challenges around agriculture and global food security in the upcoming round of climate negotiations.
Base greenhouse gas targets on science not expediency, says leading climate scientist.
New Oxford Martin policy paper by Myles Allen argues that until CO2 emissions are falling, cutting short-lived climate pollutants such as methane won't help limit peak warming.
Dr Patricia Daley receives Outstanding Supervisor Award from Oxford University Student Union
'Inequality and Austerity' at the Hay Festival
Mary O'Hara and Danny Dorling's talk on 'Inequality and Austerity' at the Hay Festival on 23 May is available online.
Virtual worlds so good they'll change our grasp on real life
Dr Richard Bailey's research on fisheries off the West Coast of the US features in New Scientist
Dr Nihan Akyelken has been named the 2015 International Transport Forum Young Researcher of the Year
An international jury of experts have chosen Dr Nihan Akyelken as the recipient of the International Transport Forum's 2015 Young Researcher of the Year Award
Where does animal farming fit in tomorrow's world?
A new think piece examines possible scenarios for the future of livestock production.
Tougher laws to reduce wildlife trade 'can backfire'
Western conservation groups are seeking stricter law enforcement to tackle a trade in endangered wildlife, but Dr Paul Jepson warns that this is not a 'silver bullet' solution. He highlights the case of the Bali Starling in an article published in the journal Oryx.
Sunny Tenerife? So much more than scenery
Lara Pysden (second year undergraduate) writes about the recent fieldtrip to Tenerife on the SoGE field trip blog.
Victoria Alice Ferris named joint winner of the University's Graduate Photography Competition
Victoria Alice Ferris (current MPhil) was recently named the joint winner of the University's Graduate Photography Competition 2015
Dr Patricia Daley was interviewed about the current political situation in Burundi
Dr Patricia Daley was interviewed about the current political situation in Burundi on the BBC World Service Weekend programme and on Al Jazeera Television News.
Met Office award for 200 years of continuous weather observations at Oxford
Oxford University's Radcliffe Meteorological Station is the longest running continuous weather station in the UK. On 15 May, the Met Office will present an award to the University 'in recognition of 200 years of continuous climate observations at the Radcliffe Observatory, Oxford'.
Journal explores evidence of aboriginal cultivation of key marine resources
The series of papers published in Human Ecology present studies of the region's largely overlooked indigenous mariculture practices and examines the contributions that the local knowledge and traditions have on fish productivity and their habitats.
Cocoa farming is used to protect forests and reduce poverty in Ghana
A new film set around our ECOLIMITS project in Ghana explores the links between cocoa farming, forest protection and ecosystems services around Kakum National Park. Featuring interviews with researcher Dr Alex Morel
Cartogram by Ben Hennig in the THES shows a "stark divide" in quality-related funding between Universities in southern England compared to the north
Ten research-intensive universities in the South of England will get more than 2,000 each year in quality-related research funding for every student at the institution, an analysis has shown
Is it global warming or just the weather?
A recent article in the Economist traces the history of extreme weather event attribution and finds its roots in concepts developed by Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem Science at the ECI.
TSU well represented at 2015 AAG annual conference
The Transport Studies Unit was well represented at the 2015 Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, which was held between 21st and 25th April in Chicago, Illinois.
Animated mapping is bringing elections to life
The use of animated mapping is now being widely used by television and animators to visualize election results in eye-catching and informative ways. Pioneering work on the use of cartograms in general elections has been an area of work examined by Professor Danny Dorling for more than 20 years.
School of Geography and the Environment remains ranked top in the world in the 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject
The annual QS World University Rankings is a comprehensive guide to the world's top universities in a range of popular subject areas. The School has been ranked top in Geography for the fifth year running.
MSc students get 'hands on' with freshwater biodiversity at Otmoor
The MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management class recently journeyed to Otmoor, a historic wetland landscape to the northeast of Oxford, to learn about freshwater biodiversity and wetland restoration. Melissa von Mayrhauser reports back.
In Memoriam: Professor W. Mike Edmunds
"It's all about the rocks!" So, Mike would gently direct students and reticent researchers to the unerring importance of groundwater for society's sustainable development in the past, present and future.
International conference to hail Glasgow as leading city-region on climate change adaptation
Oxford University water research at the 2015 European Geosciences Union General Assembly
There was a great turnout for the School of Geography and the Environment at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, where eight students and staff presented their latest water and climate related research findings.
Water Lives to screen alongside H2Omx at the 2015 UK Green Film Festival
Water Lives a science advocacy short produced by MSc in BCM alumni Rob St John and course director Dr Paul Jepson has been selected for screening alongside H2Omx at the 2015 UK Green Film Festival
Dr Tim Schwanen is the new Director of the Transport Studies Unit
Dr Tim Schwanen has accepted the offer of appointment to the Associate Professorship in Transport Studies, in association with a Tutorial Fellowship at St Anne's College, Oxford, and incorporating the Directorship of the TSU
Al Harris receives Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship
The award to ECI's Alumnus was presented to Al Harris and his NGO Blue Ventures in recognition of their work towards solving some of the world's most pressing problems.
Professor Heather Viles is the new Head of the School of Geography and the Environment
Developing a new tool to manage groundwater risks in Africa
Oxford University is embarking on a four-year research project to improve the management of groundwater in rural Africa for economic growth and human development.
Water insecurity is 'a drag on the global economy'
A new report shows floods, droughts and a lack of investment in providing good quality, reliable water supplies is dragging down the global economy. The report, 'Securing Water, Sustaining Growth', was written by an international Task Force co-chaired by Professor Jim Hall.
How can the retail sector drive down energy costs and build more profitable and sustainable businesses?
A roundtable discussion hosted by The Telegraph and including Dr Kathryn Janda explores how the retail sector needs to be energy-savvy in order to prosper.
Dry winter is a huge relief for businesses at risk of flooding
Figures from the School's Radcliffe Meteorological Station show this winter's rainfall to be three per cent below average bringing relief to businesses that were previously victims of severe flooding.
Take the PASTA survey to help create a healthier, more active urban population through healthy transport planning
The PASTA (Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches) project, is running a two-year survey which looks at the travel patterns of up to 14,000 people in seven cities across Europe.
Learning our Lessons : A Review of Alternative Livelihood Projects in Central Africa
A new report by the ECI and IUCN evaluates the effectiveness of alternative livelihoods projects in Central Africa
The world's most polluting coal plants are identified
New research from the Stranded Assets Programme of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment within the School of Geography and the Environment has identified the least efficient coal-fired power stations in the world.
Scientists urge East Africa get ready for global warming
Current DPhil student Sarah O'Keefe is featured in an article by the Voice of America on the impact of climate change in East Africa.
Oxford University and UK Government to lead research to improve global water supply
A global research project led by the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford and backed by the British Government will help millions of people in Africa and South Asia to have reliable access to water.
Dr Patricia Daley admitted to the Proctor's Office as Assessor for 2015-16
Dr Patricia Daley has been admitted to the Proctor's Office as Assessor for the year 2015-16. The Assessor is the third senior officer of the University, working alongside the Proctors, and has a particular responsibility for student welfare and finance.
Europe's ban on 'wasteful' gadgets - does it cost or save?
Staff alumni Dr Kevin Lane comments on the latest EU Policies to withdraw inefficient electrical goods - building on research carried out by the ECI in the 1990s.
Climate change aggravating cyclone damage, scientists say
Professor Myles Allen comments in a Guardian article about the suggestion that climate change is causing more storms.
Risk of extreme storms in west of Ireland increases by 25%.
Professor Myles Allen talks to RTE News about the latest research into extreme weather events and their possible link with climate change.
New research shows: England is now more divided than 1980s
New analysis of Census data by Prof Danny Dorling and Dr Ben Hennig, funded by independent charity Trust for London, shows England has experienced significant changes in the composition of its households during the three decades running from 1980-2010.
Oxford shortlisted to become international beacons of ultra-low emission vehicle use
Dr Tim Schwanen is part of a bid which sees Oxford one of twelve British cities shortlisted to become centres of excellence for low emission vehicles
Reflections on TSU seminar series
This year's annual TSU seminar series on the Scalar Politics of Transport has come to an end, and the final two weeks of seminars have been as successful as the first two
Smartphones become Smart Stones
Research in the School is demonstrating how ordinary smartphones can be turned into cheap, simple devices to monitor climate and environment.
A better understanding of the impact of soil moisture on summer rainfall
New research published in Nature Communications explains the apparent contradiction found in earlier studies between the likelihood of summer rainfall and soil moisture.
Prof Danny Dorling participates in BBC Radio 4 discussion on green belts around cities
Prof Dorling discusses the green belt around Oxford and the city's housing crisis on BBC Radio 4's 'Costing the Earth' programme
Dr Derek McCormack awarded a British Academy mid-career fellowship
Dr McCormack will be undertaking a programme of work on 'The experimental politics of atmospheric assemblages' for 12 months from September 2015.
Prof Yadvinder Malhi delivers 2nd SoGE Annual Lecture at Royal Geographical Society
On 12 February, alumni, current students staff and friends of the School of Geography and Environment met at the Royal Geographical Society to hear the School's second Annual Lecture delivered by Professor Yadvinder Malhi.
Videos and photos from our recent SEED event are now online
On Thursday 15 January 2015, over 120 members of SoGE gathered in the Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre to listen to a series of exciting speedy talks.
Direct evidence that drought-weakened Amazonian forests 'inhale less carbon'
New research published today in Nature provides direct evidence of the rate at which individual trees in the Amazon Basin 'inhale' carbon from the atmosphere during a severe drought.
New NERC and DFID funding to model the African climate system
The School has received funding from NERC and DFID as part of the Future Climate for Africa programme, for a new research project entitled IMPALA (Improving Model Processes for African cLimAte), which aims to deliver a step change in predictive capability for Africa on the 5-40 year timescales.
Fracking: Too risky by far
Former staff member and author of The Energy of Nations, Dr Jeremy Leggett, makes the case against fracking in the online debate featured in Oxford Today.
Average house prices in Oxford 'become least affordable in Britain'
Average house prices in the South East, and especially London, rose even faster during 2014 (January to December) than in the same period of 2013, according to new research by Prof Danny Dorling.
'Generation rent?' we've been here before
Prof Danny Dorling writes for The Guardian on home ownership trends in Britain and the need for better rental market regulation.
TSU DPhil student, Eric Chan, has been awarded a Hong Kong Research Grant from the Royal Geographical Society to assist with fieldwork expected to be carried out later this year
Transport, Climate Change and the City
A new book by Dr Robin Hickman and Prof David Banister seeks to develop achievable low CO2 emission futures for transport in a range of international case studies.
Why does transport policy change?
Phil Goodwin, Professor of Transport Policy at the Centre for Transport and Society, UWE Bristol, refers to recent TSU research in an article for Local Transport Today.
TSU convenes experts to discuss the Scalar Politics of Transport
We're now halfway through this year's annual TSU seminar series and the first two seminars have been a success. This year's theme - the Scalar Politics of Transport - has been focused on some important discussion areas emerging or evolving in the transport realm across scales.
Climate change and food security - follow John Ingram's recent talk at the IIED
Dr John Ingram was the special guest for an IIED Critical Theme on 12 February 2015. The seminar focused on environmental change, food security and food system activities, and highlights can be followed on storify.
Working with the environment to help Rotterdam live with climate change.
Somewhere that's 80% below sea level has to be innovative in its struggle against the tides. But will the Dutch city succeed in being climate proof by 2025?
Academics tackle key issues at stake in 2015 climate negotiations
The impact of humanity's 'extended metabolism' on our planet and questions around predicting climate change with certainty were explored by Professor Yadvinder Malhi in the first two seminars in the new Oxford Martin School series, 'Creating a climate for change: what's at stake in global climate negotiations'.
Obituary: Miss Sheila O'Clarey, 1928-2015
Miss Sheila O'Clarey (12/11/1928-29/01/2015), who held the position of Secretary to the Heads of Geography for a number of years, died peacefully in her sleep on 29 January 2015. Her Humanist funeral will be held at the Oxford Crematorium on Wednesday 18th February at 2.30pm.
The secret lives of child labourers of the Himalayas
Dr Jane Dyson's research is featured by Times Higher Education
Unravelling the complexities of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation: Results from the CLIMSAVE project
How anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions are changing the odds of individual extreme weather events - a communication opportunity
Launch of the brand new SEED series: Buzz over speedy talks
On Thursday 15 January 2015, over 120 members of SoGE descended upon the Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre to listen to a series of exciting speedy talks on research highlights by the School's five research clusters and three research centres.
The high cost of keeping our politicians on the road
TSU Visiting Research Associate, Geoff Dudley, is interviewed in the Guardian on the costs of government cars
The world's largest conference on economic geography opens for registration
The School of Geography and the Environment and the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment, University of Oxford, host the Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography on 19-23 August 2015.
Can the UK be the richest country in the world?
Professor Danny Dorling and the UK Business Minister Matt Hancock - debate economic growth on BBC's Newsnight programme after George Osborne suggests the UK could become richer than the US in 15 years
HM Treasury acknowledge ITRC's contribution to the National Infrastructure Plan
Richest 1% will own more than all the rest by 2016
Danny discussing with Ben Southwood of the Adam Smith Institute about Oxfam's report that states that Richest 1% will own more than all the rest by 2016. Broadcast on BBC World News with Tim Willcox, 19th January 2015.
Dr Tom Thornton disucsses the use of Terra Preta - black earth - as a soil fertilizer for Deutsche Welle
A new video to promote research on society's resilience to catastrophic natural hazards is launched by the ENHANCE project
Dr Brenda Boardman presents at All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group event on the 'Road to Paris and How to Get there'
The joint event with the All Party Parliamentary Lighting Group discussed whether we are on track to meet our domestic carbon reduction targets and explored what policies and are needed to achieve those targets.
Sunniest December in Oxford marks the end of the world's warmest year say Oxford weather experts
December 2014 in Oxford was the sunniest since records began in 1881. Observers from Oxford University's Radcliffe Meteorological Station recorded nearly 97 hours of sunshine for the month.
Measuring the fate of the Amazon forests - a photographic exhibition
A photo exhibition from science expeditions to the Amazon is being previewed online and will open in Arizona later this year. The photos by Jake Bryant include a number of ECI researchers during fieldwork campaigns to the amazon.
'Ivy on Walls' research featured on BBC's 'Great British Garden Revival'
Dr Martin Coombes discusses some of the work undertaken in collaboration with English Heritage to test the effects of ivy on historic walls, watched by 1.6 million viewers.
Andean countries join forces to strengthen policies in the face of future scenarios
A team from ECI meet with policy-makers from Colombia, Peru and Bolivia to further strengthen national agricultural and climate policies with CCAFS
Professor Jim Hall appears as an expert witness before the UK Environmental Audit Committee on climate change adaptation
Current DPhil student John C Mittermeier included in Forbes' 30 Under 30: Young Scientists list
Prof Sarah Whatmore appointed to Defra Science Advisory Council 2015-2017
Prof Sarah Whatmore has been appointed a member of the Defra (Department of environment, food and rural affairs) Science Advisory Council for three years from January 2015
Ignore the frosts, 2014 was city's warmest in 200 years
Dr Ian Ashpole, the School's Radcliffe Met Station Observer, has confirmed that 2014 was warmest year in Oxford in 200 years.
School retains and reinforces its position as one of the UK's top departments of Geography and Environmental Studies
The School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE) has retained and reinforced its position as one of the UK's top departments of Geography and Environmental Studies in the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) released on 18 December.
UK using less energy despite growing economy, report finds
Dr Nick Eyre comments on the trend that energy use is lower than in 1970 even though the economy is twice as big, and puts this down to policy - reported by the BBC.
Helping Honduras build a more robust climate adaptation strategy for the agriculture sector
CCAFS latest blog post reports on future scenario development and modelling approaches which helps further strengthen Honduras' risk management and climate adaptation strategy. With contributions from Joost Vervoort.
Listen to Danny Dorling discuss the gap between the rich and poor on the BBC World Service
Danny Dorling is interviewed about the latest OECD report on inequality and wealth.
In Focus: Wealth on the British Isles
Blog post by Dr Benjamin Hennig on the relevance and impact of the super-rich on society.
Frank Hajek presents ecosystem and carbon monitoring results of the Andes and Biodiversity Research Group (ABERG) at COP20, Lima, in conjunction with a Biodiversity Monitoring initiative proposal by the Pacific Alliance.
Oxford flood experts contribute to government report on innovation and risk
Professor Edmund Penning-Rowsell and Paul Sayers co-authored a flooding case study in the Annual Report of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser 2014 'Innovation: Managing Risk, Not Avoiding It'.
Extreme weather driving countries to adapt to climate change
Adapting to climate change has reached the political agenda in most European countries, according to the most comprehensive analysis of adaptation in Europe published to date by the European Environment Agency, with contributions from UKCIP. Extreme weather events and EU policies were the most common reasons for beginning to address adaptation.
Will stamp duty cuts leave you locked out of housing market?
Professor Danny Dorling comments for Channel 4 News online
Dr John Ingram is appointed as member to the UNEP International Resource Panel
REDD+ on the ground: New book offers insights, lessons from across the tropics
Research from Dr Rich Grenyer and colleagues shows that minimising the loss of rainforest in Indonesia could reduce global carbon emissions and prevent species extinctions at the same time - but only if we have more detailed knowledge both of carbon stocks and the distribution of biodiversity.
'Good news' for Oxfordshire's economy
Oxfordshire's economy is set to benefit from the expected demand for low carbon goods and services over coming decades, says a new report. The research was carried out by the ECI with Low Carbon Oxford, a network of organisations working towards a low carbon economy.
612 Ways to Change the World: ECI Alumni Dinner and ECM 20th Anniversary on 6 September 2014
Every year in early September the newly graduated class of our MSc in Environmental Change and Management comes together with alumni of the course and ECI staff at the annual ECI Alumni Dinner. Read a student's account of the event by Sophie Hesar.
A Diamond Reunion: Group of Oxford Geographers who matriculated in 1954
Oxford Alumni Weekend - Lectures and Herbertson Lunch
On Saturday 20 September, we held our second Herbertson Lunch for SoGE Alumni, this time in our own freshly refurbished building on South Parks Road. 40 alumni came to our lunch reception, and even more to the preceding lectures by Dr Jamie Lorimer and Professor Sarah Whatmore.
Insights into Teaching: SoGE Careers event
To give students a well-informed start into teaching and help with decision-making, we organised a dedicated teaching careers event for our current students on the 29th of October 2014.
The future of mobility: no emissions, no accidents, no drivers?
The Transport Studies Unit were involved in a high profile lecture given by Dr Dieter Zetsche, the CEO of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars
Current graduate research explores the potential of unmanned aerial vehicles for environmental research
DPhil student, Jerome Mayaud, explores the application of unmanned aerial vehicles during fieldwork in Namibia to investigate the effects of dryland vegetation on wind erosion.
Climate change: the necessary, the possible and the desirable
In time with this year's UNFCCC meeting in Lima, a group of leading scientists, including Earth League members - a global alliance of prominent climate scientists - laid out in a joint paper the key elements of the 'the necessary, the possible and the desirable' in relation to climate change, stressing the profound opportunities for transformation we have before us.
"Transformation is Possible. Roadmaps for the Future of Transport in Europe" - European Stakeholders express their views
On 8 December 2014, TRANSFORuM will release four stakeholder-driven roadmaps towards the European Commission's White Paper on Transport.
Oxford researchers bridge the gap between flood risk science and management
ECI awarded EU funds to strengthen food and nutrition security within Europe.
Dr Brenda Boardman was interviewed for a documentary about "the future of housing"
The Premiere will be on Thursday 4th December from 7 pm at a Passivhaus retrofit in Islington (Mildmay Community Centre, Woodville Road, London N16 8NA)
Sebastian Koa, St Catherine's College, has been awarded first prize for his undergraduate dissertation by the History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group of the RGS-IBG
Sebastian's dissertation was titled "Propositions for a radically empirical geomorphology".
Prof. Danny Dorling joins the BBC World at One discussing 'The Green Belt - more harm than good?'
Stopping floods on the cheap: A success story from Yorkshire
Prof. Sarah Whatmore and a team of researchers - funded by the BBSRC, ESRC and the NERC - ran a pilot project in Pickering, North Yorkshire to study the effectiveness of a new methodology for flood management decision-making.
Benno Simmons, Jesus College, was runner-up in the 2014 RGS Quantitative Methods Research Group national undergraduate competition
Benno's dissertation was titled "Geodiversity and biodiversity: evaluating the predictive power and surrogacy performance of abiotic heterogeneity in the United Kingdom"
The students who feel they have the right to cheat
Students are often keen to exercise their rights but recently there has been an interesting twist - some in India are talking about their right to cheat in university exams. Professor Craig Jeffrey gives his perspectives on corruption in the Indian education system and some of the measures being taken to cope with the large youth population seeking higher education.
Fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 says IPCC.
Yadvinder Malhi presents an inspiring 3 min 'haylevel' video for A-Level students on humanity's impact on the biosphere.
ECI researchers call for more science-policy dialogue on "loss and damage" from climate change.
How effective are we in tackling water security?
A new paper, led by Prof. Jim Hall, published in Science has examined how regions around the world are coping with variable and unpredictable freshwater resources caused through drought or floods, and how this affects economic output.
Dr Matthew Niblett gives evidence to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee
TSU Visiting Research Associate Dr Matthew Niblett gave evidence to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee on the economic benefits of HS2 last week whilst Prof David Banister, along with two other TSU VRAs, Dr Geoff Dudley and Dr Moshe Givoni, submitted evidence to the same enquiry. "Academics are divided over the benefits likely to flow from HS2, particularly the extent to which the high speed railway scheme will kick-start regional economies..." says Paul Dale in the Chamberlain Files. Dr Niblett supported the Government's view that HS2 would release much-needed capacity on existing rail routes and anticipated continuing growth in rail travel at the expense of journeys by car.
Dr Jane Dyson's film Lifelines, based on her work in the Indian Himalayas, is an Official Selection at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival 2014
Science could inform UN's loss and damage mechanism
Event 'attribution' studies could start to open a dialogue between scientists and parties to the UNFCCC about what the science can offer, and how it might contribute to the policy process. Read this article on a paper written by ECI for the UNFCCC negotiations.
Professor Heather Viles awarded the Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal of the European Geosciences Union
The medal was awarded to Professor Viles in recognition of her outstanding scientific contribution to the study of geomorphology.
Addressing corporate water risk means more than just reducing consumption
Dr Alex Money says that companies need to do more than just reduce consumption to address water risk, in a CurrentCast interview, broadcast to 20+ radio stations throughout the United States.
Professor Craig Jeffrey has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
The Academy of Social Sciences is the National Academy of Academics, Learned Societies and Practitioners in the Social Sciences. Distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors are awarded Fellowship status after peer group review of the standing and impact of their work and evaluation of their contribution to wider social science.
University of Oxford and University of Khartoum explore collaboration
In September, members from the Oxford Water Network hosted Professor Gamal Abdo, Director of the Water Research Centre of the University of Khartoum, Sudan.
Global experts discuss drought risk
A symposium was held in Oxford on 22 September, bringing together global experts on the causes and impacts of droughts. The speakers shared experience and expertise from Australia, America, Europe and the UK, providing interdisciplinary insights into the climatic and socio-economic factors that contribute to drought.
Dr Brenda Boardman has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for services to energy efficiency and fuel poverty by the Carbon Action Network
Dr Paul Jepson interviewed on Al Jazeera's 'The Stream' programme
Dr Paul Jepson's recent article 'Five ways to save the world's wildlife vanishing' published in The Conversation resulted in an panel appearance on Al Jazeera's 'The Stream' programme
Attributing extreme weather to climate change in real-time
Dr Friederike Otto examines the question of how extreme weather events might be linked to climate change in this blog entry for the Carbon Brief.
Transport Studies Unit mentioned in Vice-Chancellor's Oration 2014
The Vice-Chancellor acknowledged the local economic growth work the TSU is doing in conjunction with the Oxford City Council and the Department of Engineering, in reimagining the Westgate Centre development. When the car park is demolished, the city will lose 800 of its 2000 parking spaces and our study recommends smarter use of data in order to improve traffic management and flow throughout the area to keep the city functioning.
Oxford is rewriting ancient weather record books
New data from the School's Radcliffe Meteorological Station shows that September was the second driest on record.
Bite-size planning: can local adaptation planning motivate south-south learning exchanges?
A new working paper and blog by Abrar Chaudhury - SIA project members on Local Adaptation Planning initiatives in Nepal and Pakistan. See how the two countries are implementing LAPAs and what it means for smallholding farming communities
Dr Richard Powell appeared as an Expert Witness before the House of Lords Select Committee on the Arctic this morning.
The evidence sessions aim to examine key issues for the Arctic including shipping, opportunities for energy resource extraction and the role of Russia in the Arctic. Richard Powell is a specialist in historical and polar geography and last June, he received the RGS-IBG Gill Memorial Award for his research.
Scientists to 'fast-track' evidence linking global warming to wild weather
Dr Friederike Otto promotes new tool to link climate change to weather in this Independent article.
Developing practical strategies for cooperation in the Nile basin
Kevin Wheeler, DPhil candidate at the Environmental Change Institute, recently presented his work on alternative management strategies of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the effects on the distribution of benefits among the Nile Basin countries of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.
Retailers paying over the odds given helping hand on utility bills
Research from the WICKED project warns that retailers may be paying larger energy bills than they need to as a result of not managing their energy use, even those with smart meters.
A systematic review of integrated adaptation and mitigation policies gets highlighted in this month's Nature Climate Change
Dr Pam Berry and team have been involved in a review of cross-sectoral interactions of adaptation and mitigation measures, published in Climatic Change this month. Read more about this research in Nature's monthly research highlight.
Explaining Extreme Weather Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective
The annual Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) special issue on the attribution of last year's extreme weather events is published today. This year's issue "explaining extreme events of 2013 - from a climate perspective" includes two papers led by researchers from our climateprediction.net team.
Five ways to stop the world's wildlife vanishing
Dr Paul Jepson has written a timely piece on The Conversation, given the recent Living Planet Report 2014, which carried the headline of a 52% drop in wildlife populations over the past forty years.
Danny Dorling on education and inequality in the Times Higher Education Supplement
Education systems in England are reinforcing divergence in wealth - we must guard against it
The 'hit list' of plants to preserve diversity for future generations
A recent study by scientists from the University of Oxford, including Dr Richard Grenyer and Kate Griffiths, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which manages the Millennium Seed Bank, have used advanced mathematics to construct a 'hit list' of the plant species most needed to boost the overall diversity of the seed bank.
New teaching resources now available to accompany Lifelines film on life in the Himalayas
Tram system as part of winning entry in this year's Wolfson Economics Prize
Dr Fiona Ferbrache was part of a team of transport advisors who contributed to the winning proposal for the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize
Incentives for forest conservation: the experience of certification in Brazil
Dr Nick Eyre gives evidence to the The House of Commons Energy Select Committee report on Green Deal
Helen Spooner, Hertford College, has been awarded the runner-up prize for her undergraduate dissertation by the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group of the RGS-IBG
Helen's dissertation was titled "A Kinaesthetic Spirituality: An Autophenomenographic Account of Running 250km of the Camino Portugus".
Managing coasts under threat from climate change and sea-level rise
Coastal regions under threat from climate change and sea-level rise need to tackle the more immediate threats of human-led and other non-climatic changes, according to a team of international scientists.
Safe enough? Proportionate climate change adaptation in London's water supply system
London faces increased risk of water shortages in the future due to climate change and population growth if no actions are taken to increase supply or reduce demand, according to a new study led by Edoardo Borgomeo and Jim Hall at the Environmental Change Institute. The research presents a new methodology for water managers to incorporate climate change uncertainties into water resources planning.
Links between the transport profession and academic transport studies
The Transport Studies Unit's Oxford Leadership Programme: "Global Challenges in Transport" was launched in March 2013. Over the past 18 months the TSU have welcomed over 95 participants from 21 different countries and heard from over 50 speakers.
First ever observational analysis of low-level jets in the central Sahara
An international consortium led by Professor Richard Washington from the School of Geography and the Environment have provided the first ever observational analysis of low-level jets in the central Sahara in a paper led by Christopher Allen.
Prof Yadvinder Malhi discusses the value of 'second growth' forests for carbon drawdown on BBC Radio 4
Working with the Government of Bangladesh to tackle poverty and environmental challenges in the Delta
Researchers from the School were recently involved in a national-level stakeholder workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh, aimed at engaging government and stakeholder groups in the development of tools, information and strategies for poverty alleviation and environmental management in coastal Bangladesh
Energy modelling team from ITRC awarded best presentation at 2014 Grand Renewable Energy International Conference in Tokyo
Oxford research brings to light businesses' energy use
Twenty enthusiastic and talented Year 12 Geographers attended the 2014 UNIQ Geography Summer School
The UNIQ Geography Summer School is part of the University's outreach programme for UK based state school students. As an innovation this year, there was also a UNIQ Taster Day attended by eight students.
Dr Johanna Waters awarded BERA Brian Simon Fellowship 2014
The fellowship which commences in September 2014 includes funding for an 18-month qualitative study into internationalisation within secondary schools in England.
Prof. David Banister and Dr Jennie Middleton awarded funding for research into the everyday mobilities of visually impaired young people
Prof. David Banister and Dr Jennie Middleton of the Transport Studies Unit, together with Prof. Harry Daniels (Department of Education, Oxford) have been awarded a John Fell Fund grant on 'everyday mobilities of visually impaired young people'
ECI's July newsletter is now available online
Major new research to advance our capacity to value and manage ecosystem services
Doctoral student Scott Thacker presented 'Young Scientist Award' at the ICVRAM
The award was in recognition of his conference paper 'Characterizing the Vulnerability of Future Configurations of Great Britain's Electricity Network Infrastructure to Climate-related Hazards'.
Dr Tina Fawcett speaks in the House of Commons during seminar on Tradable Energy Quotas
Do new walking and cycling routes increase active travel, improve public health and mitigate carbon emissions?
First, the good news: new study finds high-quality traffic-free routes encourage more walking and cycling for better health. Now the not-so-good news: despite these increases in active travel and physical activity further study finds no change in carbon emissions from motorised transport
Toru Kubo speaks on Grid Integrated Vehicles at the 2014 Asia Clean Energy Forum
TSU's Toru Kubo attended the 2014 Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) in Manila, Philippines from 18 to 20 June where he spoke on Grid Integrated Vehicles
Long-term investment in flood and coastal risk management - scoping future approaches
Working in association with CH2M HILL, Paul Sayers, Senior Visiting Fellow at the School of Geography and the Environment, and Professor Jim Hall, Director of the Environmental Change Institute, have recently been appointed to explore the next generation of methods to support the Environment Agency's national long-term investment strategy.
Final Honour School Prizes 2014
We are delighted to announce this year's winners of undergraduate prizes for outstanding achievements in Final Honour School (FHS) exams.
Professor Sarah Whatmore elected Fellow of the British Academy
Prof. Whatmore was one of 42 highly distinguished UK academics recently elected Fellow of the British Academy in recognition of their outstanding research
Caralampo Focas holds roundtable in New York with regional experts to discuss and validate the results of TENSE study
The EU funded TENSE project (Trends in City Expansion and Transport: the Non-Sustainability of Exurbia) aims to measure the level of unsustainability of cities' outward expansion into exurbia. The project focuses on two world cities, London and New York
Working with the Government of Bangladesh to tackle poverty and environmental challenges in the Delta
Oxford University was recently involved in a national-level stakeholder workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh, aimed at engaging government and stakeholder groups in the development of tools, information and strategies for poverty alleviation and environmental management in coastal Bangladesh.
School wins Special Award for Community Action at the University's first ever Green Impact Awards
The School of Geography and the Environment recently won a Special Award for Community Action at the University's first ever Green Impact Awards ceremony on the 19 June 2014.
Professor Craig Jeffrey writes a feature in the BBC Magazine "English Explodes in India - and its not just Hinglish"
Lost without translation: scientific research
Opinion piece in Times Higher Education from Dr Meredith Root-Bernstein and Dr Richard Ladle about the domination of English in scientific communication.
Dr Paul Jepson interviewed on panda diplomacy by Malaysian radio station BFM
New Social Atlas illustrates social and economic realities of Europe for the first time
Prof. Danny Dorling and Dr Ben Henning, co-authors of the The Social Atlas of Europe, use the latest cartographic techniques and state-of-the-art geographical information systems to explore essential issues of European economy, culture, history, and human and physical geography.
Dr Fiona Ferbrache presents report to All Party Parliamentary Light Rail Group
On 18 June at the House of Commons, Dr Fiona Ferbrache and Professor Richard Knowles of Salford University, publicly launched the 'An Investigation into the Economic Impacts on Cities of Investment in Light Rail Systems' Report at the House of Commons.
Energy trilemma: Can power be cheap, clean and secure?
Dr Nick Eyre talks about the complexity of energy supply policies in New Scientist
Two SEAHA doctoral scholarships available in conjunction with UCL
The School is part of the new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering for Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) which has 12 four-year doctoral studentships on offer (to start in October 2014) - two of which will transfer to Oxford after the first MRes year at UCL.
Obituary: Dr Barbara A Kennedy, 1943-2014
Obituary for Dr Barbara Kennedy, Emeritus Fellow in Geography, who passed away on Tuesday 4 February 2014 after a long illness.
Obituary: Dr Stephen Stokes, 1964-2014
Obituary for Dr Stephen Stokes, luminescence chronologist and Quaternary scientist, who passed away on Monday 24 March 2014 after a long illness.
New project with Climate Central to examine whether climate change played a role in extreme weather
The World Weather Attribution project will seek to assess immediately after an extreme weather event occurs, whether climate change played a role.
New research on water security and sustainable growth presented to high level panel at Singapore International Water Week
On 2nd June, Professor Jim Hall stressed the importance of water security on economic growth at a high level panel discussion at Singapore International Water Week, chaired by Mr Angel Gurria, Secretary-General, OECD and Dr Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, Chair, Global Water Partnership
Celebrating a decade of the MSc Water Science, Policy and Management
Alumni from across 10 years of the School of Geography and the Environment's MSc Water Science, Policy and Management gathered in Oxford on 30 May - 1 June 2014 for a weekend packed with celebrations and networking. The Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton gave a special address and commended the course's achievements.
Hay Festival discusses 'Is the Planet Full?'
Professor Yadvinder Malhi joined others from Oxford University to talk about the effects of humans on biodiversity at the Hay Festival.
Tina Fawcett comments on the "zero carbon standard" for new homes in the Queen's speech.
Read the full account of expert opinions on aspects of the Queen's speech in The Conversation.
Place-hacker Bradley Garrett: research at the edge of the law
Bradley Garrett, whose fieldwork was seized and used in court against the urban explorers he studied, says researchers need clear support in this article written for the Times Higher Education supplement.
Dr Jane Dyson has released a short documentary based on her research in the Indian Himalayas
Professor Myles Allen is taking part in live debate for the New York Times this week asking "Can the Market Stave Off Global Warming?"
Bringing cleaner water to Africa using mobile tech
Mobile Water for Development research project featured in BBC news article on mobile offering a brighter future for Africa's rural homes
Climate disputes have little effect on the public, says study
Researchers - including ECI's Greg Goldsmith - have tracked how media coverage can affect levels of public interest in climate science by comparing volumes of searches for climate change issues on Google's search engine.
"Homes are changing too slowly - but you can make your house a super home"
Research by Drs Tina Fawcett and Gavin Killip on the experiences and motivation of Superhome owner-occupiers is published in The Conversation.
Drs Maan Barua and Joe Gerlach awarded prestigious British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships
Dr Maan Barua and Dr Joe Gerlach, both Research and Teaching Fellows at the School of Geography and the Environment, have been awarded prestigious British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships for three years beginning in September 2014.
Global Warming paper 'was not supressed'
Professor Myles Allen speaks out in defense of the peer review process in response to the Times recent report that a climate change paper was rejected by the journal Environmental Research Letters due to "intolerance of dissenting views on climate science".
Royal Geographical Society celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Henrietta Hutton research grant
This year, the Royal Geographical Society celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Henrietta Hutton research grant which supports students undertaking field research overseas.
New Londonmapper site shows that the value of housing sales in England increased by over 30 billion last year
New research by Professor Danny Dorling and Dr Benjamin Hennig reveals images of just how distorted both the country and the capital appears when land is shaped by the value of its residential property.
Blue Ventures Conservation - founded by ECI Alumnus Al Harris - receives St Andrews Prize for the Environment
Dr Constance McDermott highlights some of the challenges of REDD finance in relation to a new digital forest mapping system for the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Climatecare receives a Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development
Climatecare was established by ECI alumnus Mike Mason in 1997 and has recently received the Queen's Award for Enterprise for outstanding contributions to poverty alleviation and tackling climate change. The award is the UK's highest accolade for business success.
What is a sustainable healthy diet?
A new discussion paper by Dr Tara Garnett considers the increasingly topical question of what constitutes a nutritious yet sustainable diet.
Project to restore herring, starting with Sitka
A study on Pacific Herring by Dr Tom Thornton is discussed in this local Alaskan radio programme
Warming boosts UK flooding risk
A BBC report on the citizen science project which suggests climate change really has increased the risk of flooding in the UK.
Climate change 'making extreme rainfall in England more likely'
The recent weather@home 2014 UK Flooding experiment, that assessed the effects of global warming, has found a small but statistically significant increase in the probability of extremely wet winters in southern England.
Smart organisation and planning are prerequisites in smart city solutions for urban areas
This was the key theme that emerged from the 3rd Arab Future Cities Summit held in Doha in April 2014, a conference focusing on the rapidly growing cities of the Middle-East.
Dr Tim Schwanen attends the 2014 Association of American Geographers (AAG) conference
From 8th to 12th April the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers was held in Tampa Florida and attended on TSU's behalf by Dr Tim Schwanen.
"Modi is the man for India's 'generation nowhere' students" writes Prof Craig Jeffrey in The Conversation
Dr Jane Dyson's new book: "Working Childhoods: Youth, Agency and the Environment in India" has been published by Cambridge University Press
Mongolia: 'The Gobi desert is a horrible place to work'
A recent article in The Guardian includes comment from Ariell Ahearn-Ligham, a current DPhil student, who is researching the changing meaning of work, herding, and social relations in Mongolia
Vulnerable substations serving millions still at risk from flooding
Professor Jim Hall says that the 2007 floods were a wake-up call
Amazon trees vulnerable to fire and climate combination
Prof. Yadvinder Malhi comments on African forest resiliency compared to Amazon and other forested regions in this BBC News article
Tel Aviv University launches new Transportation Research Unit
TSU Visiting Research Associate (and former TSU Senior Researcher), Dr Moshe Givoni, opens the Transportation Research Unit (TRU) as Director at Tel Aviv University this week. Professor David Banister presents the inaugural lecture on 'Transport Futures: Thinking the Unthinkable'.
Multidisciplinary Pilot Study Explores Tlingit Cairns in Southeast Alaska
As part of the project Dr Tom Thornton interviews Tlingit elders in a variety of villages in southeast Alaska to get information about these cairns.
Researchers calculate health risks of future heat waves in Greater London
Are humans Earth's biggest enemy? Debate over whether we have destroyed the planet since mankind's birth rages at conference
ITRC conference examines the future of national infrastructure systems and economic prosperity
How the phase-out reduced the risk of blackouts
Oxford academic Brenda Boardman came to prominence earlier this year when she claimed that energy-efficient lighting had helped reduce the risk of power cuts and blackouts. Here she outlines the rationale behind that statement
Radical vision of personal carbon allowances could be the answer to greenhouse gas glut
Dr Tina Fawcett outlines the case for Personal Carbon Trading in The Conversation
New economic models for the Digital Economy
On the 21st of March, Dr David Bonilla, Oxford Martin Fellow and Senior Researcher at the TSU, delivered a key note lecture "Decades of Freight in the European Union: Thinking of 2050" at Imperial College Business School in London.
Living in Enclave Cities
On 20-22 March Dr Tim Schwanen convened an international seminar on enclave urbanism in Utrecht, the Netherlands, together with Ronald van Kempen (Utrecht University) and Bart Wissink (City University, Hong Kong), which brought together some 40 researchers working in one way or another on urban enclaves.
Climate change: UK faces 'more extreme events and floods'.
Professor Jim Hall says the UK will see an increase in temperatures, extreme events and floods as a result of global warming.
Forging successful science-policy interfaces. Launch of new video and podcast produced by Dr Paul Jepson
These outputs arise from January's Water Lives science-policy symposium in Brussels
Climate change will make UK weather too wet and too dry, says Met Office
Professor Jim Hall comments in this Guardian article, saying the UK remains vulnerable without adequate adaptation
Weather@home project team are launching new experiment into the link between climate change and recent heatwaves in Australia and New Zealand
Ecologists learn lessons from the 'ghosts of megafauna'
BBC news report on last week's #oxmegafauna conference at St John's College.
Is this all humans are? Diminutive monsters of death and destruction?
George Monbiot reports from last weeks #oxmegafauna conference at St John's College.
Coastal flooding at the Wow! How? Science fair
A team of volunteers from Oxford University - including ECI's Andres Payo - wowed nearly 4,500 visitors with their 'Disaster Zone' stand at the Wow! How? fair held at the Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford on 15 March.
The 2014 MSc in WSPM class visited the Ebro Basin Authority yesterday as part of their annual study tour
Global campaign to combat climate change has become too complex to manage, study suggests
What killed off the giant beasts - climate change or man?
Earth's 'megafauna' vanished as tribes spread. Now palaeontologists are asking if early humans were the cause. The Observer newspaper reports on our Megafauna conference in Oxford this week.
SoGE staff participate in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History's "Wow! How?" science fair
Three SoGE staff (Jeannie Scott, Andres Payo, and Patrick Thomson) ran a popular "Disaster Zone" stall at the OUMNH "Wow! How?" science fair on Saturday 15 March.
Prof. Linda McDowell to deliver the Roepke Lecture, sponsored by the Economic Geography specialty group, at the AAG Annual Meeting on 11 April
First results available from the live computer modelling experiment to reveal what role global warming played in the UK's record-breaking wet winter
We congratulate Elizabeth Fitzgerald (Hertford) for being awarded the RGS-IRB Biogeography Research Group Undergraduate Dissertation Prize for 2013
Elizabeth's dissertation was entitled 'Testing the Enemy Release Hypothesis: A study of Cameraria ohridella and its parasitoids'.
Dr Patricia Daley has been selected for the James Blaut Award by the Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group of the AAG
As a recipient of the award she will give a lecture at the April 2014 meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Tampa, Florida.
National Adaptation Plans in agriculture: a work in progress
A recent workshop in Dar es Salaam explored how National Adaptation Plan guidelines might be applied in practice. Writing for the CGIAR blog, ECI doctoral student Chase Sova, highlights some of the key take-away messages for agriculture.
Uncovering the mysteries of Saharan dust storms
Professor Richard Washington briefs the Prime Minister of Chad on the consequences of the world's largest dust storm on the planet.
With weather records set to keep on breaking we need to be better prepared
The historical archive suggests that weather records are being broken in recent years and evidence suggests that climate change will make extreme weather events such as these more likely.
Creative ways to engage the youth in South Asia
In new research funded by the ESRC, Professor Craig Jeffrey is working alongside Dr Jane Dyson, Dr Dhana Hughes and Dr Amanda Snellinger to examine the creative ways in which unemployed youth are engaging in politics, often to challenge historical inequalities.
Geographies of Neoliberalism and Resistance After the Crisis: The State, Violence and Labour - An Interdisciplinary Conference
On the 15 February 2014, the School of Geography and the Environment with the Department of International Relations, held an interdisciplinary conference on 'Geographies of Neoliberalism and Resistance After the Crisis: The State, Violence and Labour'.
Alumni at Danny Dorling's Inaugural Lecture
In a way, Professor Danny Dorling's Inaugural Lecture on 3 February marked two new beginnings: Obviously, it was his first lecture as Halford Mackinder Professor at the School of Geography, but also the first in our new series of Annual Lectures - one out of two recurring events in our events programme for alumni.
Chinese state and citizens must battle airpocalypse together - Dr Anna Lora-Wainwright writes for The Conversation
Transport Controversies seminar series finishes with 'The Transport Debate'
Jon Shaw, Professor of Geography at the University of Plymouth and Iain Docherty, Professor of Public Policy and Governance and Head of Management at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School, discussed a whole range of issues affecting transport and mobility policies in the UK in the final Transport Controversies seminar.
Who are the real beneficiaries from developmental transport infrastructure in developing countries?
"Who are the real beneficiaries from developmental transport infrastructure in developing countries?" was the main question and theme of the third Transport Controversies seminar held at the Transport Studies Unit.
Government's 4m fund to dredge rivers in Somerset could only have 'marginal' effects on future flooding, experts warn
Professor Jim Hall comments on the complexity of dredging as an option for protecting against flooding.
Major new report on China's food system.
School of Geography and the Environment remains ranked top in the world in the 2014 QS World University Rankings by Subject
The annual QS World University Rankings is a comprehensive guide to the world's top universities in a range of popular subject areas. The School has been ranked top in Geography for the fourth year running.
Dr Bradley Garrett is featured on BBC Newsnight: 'Urban explorers - intrepid, or troublemakers?'
Answer to flooding lies in the soil
John Boardman writes a letter to the Guardian highlighting the unjoined up thinking in the regulation around soil runoff and erosion for farmers.
Prof. David Banister has been interviewed on the Discovery Channel discussing traffic solutions in So Paulo (in Portuguese)
Prof. Danny Dorling's new book, All That is Solid, has been published
Prof. Danny Dorling's new book on the housing crisis, All That is Solid: The Great Housing Disaster, was published today with an extract printed in the Guardian and reviews in the London Evening Standard and the Metro.
Have you ever considered eating cockroaches for dinner? Food Systems Programme Manager, Anita Ghosh, writes for the Royal Society after last week's Policy Lab event.
Water shortages could disrupt Britain's electricity supply, researchers warn
The Guardian reports on a team of academics from Oxford and Newcastle who say climate change could force nuclear and gas-fired power stations to shut down during droughts
Scotland to be case study for flagship EU climate change project
A new EU funded 9 million euro research project will quantify risks and impacts associated with high-end (extreme) climate and socio-economic scenarios.
Prof. Richard Washington and Dr Ian Ashpole spoke to Paddy O'Connell on BBC Radio 4's Broadcasting House yesterday about the recent record breaking rainfall (from 30 mins)
According to the Radcliffe Meteorological Station's records, the total precipitation for January 2014 (146.9mm) passed the previous record of 138.7mm in 1852 by more than 8mm.
Tom Ashfold, current DPhil student, will be undertaking a three-month internship with the House of Lords Library between May and July of this year, following a successful application for an ESRC / POST (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology) Postgraduate Fellowship
Overseas property buyers are not the problem: landlord subsidies are
To stop the market overheating, we must end tax incentives for buyers, improve tenants' rights and make better use of our stock - Prof. Danny Dorling writes in the Guardian
Why are the old dying before their time?
Mortality rates for elderly people are rising across the country. Initially, the authorities blamed merely cold weather. Prof. Danny Dorling, writing for the New Statesman, explores how austerity has affected mortality rates.
Oxford University leads 2 million research project on UK droughts and water scarcity
A 2 million, three-year multi-disciplinary research project will provide new insights to minimise and manage the harmful impacts of droughts and water scarcity in the UK.
Women in India becoming more influential in irrigation
Women in northern India are playing an increasingly important role in irrigation, a traditionally male-dominated activity, according to new research published in the journal World Development. This is improving female engagement in formal politics more broadly, says Alexandra Girard, author of the study.
Meeting demand for air travel and the location of extra airport capacity for London were the main topics of debate at the second Transport Controversies seminar
Cllr. Daniel Moylan, The Mayor of London's adviser on aviation and Sveinn Gudmundsson, Professor of Strategic Management, Toulouse Business School, debated the issue of meeting airport capacity demand in a full lecture theatre on the 4 February
The BBC's File on 4 programme examines the impact of recent flooding on Britain's transport systems, with insights from Professor Jim Hall.
Dr Barbara A Kennedy 1943-2014, Emeritus Fellow in Geography
The School is very sorry to hear that Dr Barbara Kennedy, former CUF Lecturer at the School of Geography and Emeritus Fellow of St Hugh's College, died on the 4 February, aged 70
Calculating the risks of coastal flooding and cliff erosion
Scientists at the University of Oxford are developing yet further a computer model that will forecast the environmental risks to Britain's coastline for decades ahead. This will be of immense value to local authority planning departments.
UBS - Smith School Essay Competition for Enterprise and the Environment
The Smith School welcomes graduate students enrolled at the University of Oxford who are keen to explore some of the major environmental issues and challenges facing the world's economies and people to participate in their first annual essay competition.
Time to recognize Nepal's third gender in climate adaptation work.
Meghan Bailey writes blog entry for CGIAR blog. The term 'Third Gender' is widely used in Nepal, and refers to individuals whose gender identity cannot be squarely defined as man or woman. People belonging to the 'third gender' have to be recognized within climate adaptation programming.
As climates change, the lush tropical ecosystems of the Amazon Basin may release more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than they absorb, according to a new study in Nature.
Tree roots in the mountains 'acted like a thermostat' for millions of years
Researchers, including Dr Chris Doughty, Dr Ccile Girardin and Prof. Yadvinder Malhi of the ECI, have discovered how tree roots in the mountains may play an important role in controlling long-term global temperatures.
Why the River Thames faces a pollution crackdown - NERC's Planet Earth Online interview Prof. Paul Whitehead
Prof. Paul Whitehead, Professor of Water Science, and Mark Barnett of the Environment Agency explain why the UK's River Thames will fail to meet new pollution standards unless farmers and water companies take radical action.
Prof. Danny Dorling calls for more to be done to narrow the inequalities in wealth in Britain today
Professor Danny Dorling delivered his inaugural lecture as Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography on 'Geography, Inequality and Oxford' at the Exam Schools on Monday 3 February.
Friday afternoon rain gives Oxford wettest January for 250 years, and nearly 3 times the average say Oxford University weather observers
Weather observers at the School of Geography and Environment confirmed that last Friday's afternoon rain has led to this January being the wettest since records began in the 1760s. The heavy rain meant that the total recorded at the University's Radcliffe Meteorological Station overtook the previous record in January 1852 of 138.7mm.
Wellies at the ready as rain simply won't go away
If more rain falls in Oxford today it could make this January the wettest on record. By yesterday, total rainfall levels for the month hit a high of 136.7mm. The wettest January ever recorded by the School's Radcliffe Meteorological Station was in 1852, when there was 138.7mm of rainfall.
Sanitation still a challenge in informal settlements in Africa
A preliminary report on sanitation in three African cities, drawing on the findings of the 3K-SAN research project led by Dr Katrina Charles, has received widespread coverage by the Rwandan media and was a headline news story on Rwandan national TV in January.
The newly released Community Energy Strategy by the Department of Energy and Climate Change cites our 'Monitoring and evaluation for sustainable communities' and 'EVALOC: Evaluating low carbon communities' projects as exemplars for measuring the impact of community energy
Professor Myles Allen appears before the Climate Change Select Committee live on the BBC to talk about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 5th Assessment.
The inquiry explores the latest conclusions of the IPCC and the extent to which the conclusions are robust.
'Tackle volatility in oil prices' to bring global economic growth
The volatility of oil prices is a 'fundamental barrier to stability and economic growth', according to a new study by the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment published in Frontiers in Energy.
Underemployed graduates, 'timepass' and the threat of a global demographic crisis - Prof. Craig Jeffrey writes for The Conversation
TSU's Hilary Term seminar series, Transport Controversies, begins with the spatial implications of HS2
The huge uncertainties regarding the quantifiable benefits and developmental implications of HS2, the proposed High Speed railway connection from London to Birmingham and further north, were highlighted in the first of the Transport Controversies Seminars held at the Transport Studies Unit.
In today's Guardian, Myles Allen comments on a Nature paper which suggests a possible doubling of El Nino frequency over the next 100 years
The Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium launched their interim results report at an event at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London to an audience of decision-makers in industry and in government as well as leading academics.
ECI's spin-out company, Pilio, has been shortlisted for a 2014 Ashden Award for excellence in the field of green energy
Professor Craig Jeffrey talks about dreams in India on BBC Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent
(from 23 mins 50 seconds)
'Dream of gold leads to government excavation in India' - Prof. Craig Jeffrey writes for the BBC News Magazine.
"Lack of research linking climate change and floods is a 'scandal'" reports the BBC on the recent UK floods.
Professor Myles Allen suggests this is due to a lack of investment. Read more on the BBC
We congratulate Aditi Arora (Brasenose) for being awarded the RGS-IRB Transport Geography Research Group Undergraduate Dissertation Prize for 2013
Aditi's dissertation was entitled 'Negotiating space: cycle rickshaws in a changing capital'.
Lions are critically endangered in West Africa
A report published today concludes that the African lion is facing extinction across the entire West African region. The West African lion once ranged continuously from Senegal to Nigeria, but the new paper reveals there are now only an estimated 250 adult lions restricted to four isolated and severely imperiled populations. Only one of those populations contains more than 50 lions.
Malek Al-Chalabi successfully defended his DPhil on the 20 December
Malek's thesis was entitled 'The road not taken? A longitudinal and interdisciplinary examination of energy behaviours.'
We congratulate Hannah Smith (Hertford) who has been awarded the Quaternary Research Association annual prize for 2013 for the best undergraduate dissertation on a Quaternary topic.
Hannah's dissertation was entitled 'Using species distribution modelling to understand the mid-Holocene hemlock decline in North America'.
"It won't be long before the victims of climate change make the west pay. The scientific case is strengthening: developed countries are to blame for global warming - and there will soon be a legal reckoning"
Professor Richard Washington highlights the importance of scientific research for changing global political and legal order related to the links between climate change and drought in the above article published in the Guardian and South China Morning Post.
"Electricity use drops as UK passes 'peak light bulb'". The New Scientist reports on Brenda Boardman's presentation at the Radical Emission Reduction conference in December
"Don't blame climate change for flood damage, blame David Cameron"
The Spectator magazine references work by Myles Allen and others related to flooding and climate change, in which it is suggested that the likelihood of the floods in the year 2000 may have been doubled by rising greenhouse gas emissions.
"Moluccan Woodcock is 'not so endangered' after all" suggests new research by Eden Cottee-Jones who has captured the first known photographs of the elusive bird in Indonesia
We congratulate Matthew Jones (Mansfield) who has been announced as the joint winner of the Undergraduate Dissertation prize (2012) awarded by the History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group.
Matthew's dissertation was entitled "Ordering mysteries? An historical geography of the Routledge expedition to Easter Island, 1913-16"
Energy researchers present research at the Tyndall Radical Emission Reduction Conference at the Royal Society in London
Pam Berry leads chapter on impacts of climate change on agriculture in new plant genetics book
Dr Bradley Garrett's new book 'Explore everything: Place hacking the city' has been included in The Observer's Architecture books of the year
Prof. David Banister was one of the six contributing authors of 'Planning and Design for Sustainable Urban Mobility - Global Report on Human Settlements 2013' now published by UN-HABITAT
The report, available from the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), argues that access and accessibility should be the focus in the development of sustainable urban transport systems.
We congratulate Matthew Gowell (St Anne's) who has been awarded a 'highly commended' award by the British Society for Geomorphology in their annual Marjorie Sweeting award competition for the best geomorphology undergraduate dissertation
Welcome to 200 new students in Geography and the Environment
SoGE Alumni Update: Michaelmas Term 2013
Dr Christine Baro recently joined the School as the first ever Alumni Relations Officer. In addition to plenty of online and social media interaction - she has already had three opportunities to meet our alumni in person - at the ECI Alumni Dinner, the Herbertson Lunch and the 10th Anniversary of the MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management.
Prize winning author speaks out on the world of Russian penal colonies
Professor Judith Pallot has received recognition for her 2012 book 'Gender, Geography, and Punishment: The experience of women in carceral Russia', with the award of the 2013 Heldt Prize.
The Geography of Social Inequality: are the young in Britain being taken for a ride?
"For the first time ever, a grandmother in her eighties can expect to enjoy higher living standards than someone in their twenties who is in work". Writing for the New Statesman earlier this term Danny Dorling presents ideas around the age/housing/wealth-inequality crisis in Britain.
Insights into the working lives of migrant women post-war Britain
Professor Linda McDowell's new book Working Lives: Gender, Migration and Employment in Britain, 1945- 2007 provides unique observations of the experiences and working lives of migrant women since World War Two. Unlike many other studies which focus on predominantly on male immigration, this study draws on over two decades of interviews with women and looks specifically at the working lives of these female migrants.
Urban exploration: a deeper experience of the cities in which we live
Urban explorer and researcher in ethnography Dr Bradley Garrett's monograph "Explore everything: place hacking the city" has been published by Verso Books.
Christian Brand was invited as an expert at the international workshop speaking on "How to advance transport energy modelling in Integrated Assessment Models?" at IIASA, Vienna, on Tuesday 19th November
'For urban explorers, the Underground revolution is a bitter blow' - Dr Bradley Garrett writes for the Financial Times
Children of rich Chinese home alone in Canada face challenges - research by Dr Johanna Waters is featured in the South China Morning Post
Boost for training tomorrow's scientists and engineers
Universities and Science Minister David Willetts announced today that the Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) is amongst over 70 successful bids for EPSRC funding. A joint venture between UCL, University of Oxford and University of Brighton, SEAHA will train 60 plus heritage scientists and engineers over the next 8 years. Prof. Heather Viles is the Oxford Co-Director of SEAHA.
Dr David Bonilla speaks to Al Gore (U.S. ex-presidential candidate and ex-Vice President of the U.S) on carbon mitigation strategies
Al Gore was recently invited to Oxford under the initiative of the Oxford Martin School. Al Gore gave a speech on "The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change", in which he identified 6 megatrends of the future. After the talk, along with other senior staff members of the Oxford Martin School, David met with Al Gore and exchanged points of view on carbon mitigation strategies of transport and other sectors.
Dr David Bonilla speaks at the Intermodal Transportation Institute of the University of Denver, Colorado, and Arizona State University
Dr David Bonilla gave a talk at the 'Global sustainability, supply chain and transportation' conference. The event was well attended by the Board of Directors of the Institute, CEOs and Executives of the seven largest rail freight firms, transport consulting groups in the U.S and Canada, and academics from the University of Denver and from the region. During the same week, David Bonilla also spoke at the School of Geography and Environment at the University of Denver and at the Global Sustainability Institute at Arizona State University.
Professor David Thomas has been appointed Chair of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education Benchmarking Review Group for Geography
Dr Ben Hennig delivers a talk on 'Breaking the Walls of World Views' at the Falling Walls conference in Berlin on the 9th of November.
Dr Ben Hennig, a finalist in the Falling Walls Lab, was awarded an A.T. Kearney Scholarship for the conference. A short clip of his talk about his work on gridded cartograms is available in the conference highlights video: https://vimeo.com/79291319
Dr Ben Hennig's electoral map analysis of the 2013 Bundestagswahl in Germany has been promoted by the Koerber-Foundation
How could climate change affect typhoons, hurricanes and tropical storms and is it possible to calculate this impact? Professor Myles Allen offers some answers in today's Guardian.
School to benefit from NERC doctoral training for next 5 years
Oxford University has been awarded Doctoral Training Partnership funds from NERC to support 24 doctoral students in environmental research for the next five years.
Dr Anna Lora-Wainwright has been awarded a 2013 Philip Leverhulme Prize
Prof. David Thomas has been awarded an Honorary Professorship at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
'Ending songbird slaughter? There's an app for that' - Dr Paul Jepson writes for The Conversation
Dr Paul Jepson presents his vision of Opti-hunting and the opti-gun - a telescope-gun-app-phone hybrid that turns a hit into data and offers an enhanced socially-networked form of hunting without the killing. It is a thought-piece on positive environmentalism: where new technological forces are deployed to create incentives linked to green economy, life quality and environmental restoration.
Fresh view of pale blue dot - Dr Benjamin Hennig helps put the THE World University Rankings 2013/14 into human and economic perspective
Phil Baty and Dr Benjamin Hennig, SoGE researcher, use gridded cartogram transformations (two heavily distorted world maps) to put the results of the THE World University Rankings 2013/14 into a clearer global context.
Dr David Bonilla to give series of lectures on sustainable freight transport and natural resource economics in US
Dr David Bonilla will be giving a series of lectures on sustainable freight transport and natural resource economics at the University of Denver and Arizona State University. David will also be speaking at the Intermodal Transport Institute in Denver alongside U.S. based freight transport experts on the theme of Global Sustainability, Transportation and the Supply Chain. This event will be followed by other lectures on transport and natural resource economics.
Prof. David Banister talks about Big Data in video made for the Sad Business School
Oxford ranked top in the UK for Geographical Studies in the THE World University Rankings 2013/14
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings offer performance information on teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. UK universities compared in partnership with FindTheBest.
ECI researchers contribute to IPCC report
Myles Allen and others show that it is extremely likely that human influence is the main cause for observed warming since 1850.
Oxford University edits a themed issue of Philosophical Transactions A on Water Security, Risk and Society
Professors Jim Hall and David Grey, and Drs Dustin Garrick, Simon Dadson and Rob Hope, have organised and edited a landmark collection of papers, an outcome of the 2012 international conference Water Security, Risk and Society.
Making clean drinking water universally available is 'achievable'
Making clean drinking water globally accessible is one of the biggest challenges of this century. A new study by the members of the School contends that this goal is achievable if the key elements of good governance and management are adopted.
Prof. Judith Pallot awarded 2013 Heldt Prize
Prof. Judith Pallot has been awarded a 2013 Heldt Prize by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies for the best book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women's studies. The book, 'Gender, Geography, and Punishment. The Experience of Women in Carceral Russia' was published by OUP in 2012.
Recent undergraduate, Jack Watson, is joint runner up in the 2013 RGS-IBG Historical Geography Research Group Undergraduate Dissertation Prize
We congratulate Jack Watson, Regent's Park College, who has come joint runner up in the 2013 RGS-IBG Historical Geography Research Group Undergraduate Dissertation competition for his dissertation entitled 'Holiday camps: discourse of freedom and mechanisms of constraint in mid-twentieth century Britain'.
China makes 'cute use' of panda loans
A new paper by the School's Conservation Governance lab argues that the Chinese government is currently in a phase of giving pandas built on 'guanxi' - a Chinese concept denoting deep trade relationships characterised by trust, loyalty and longevity.
Prof. Judith Pallot takes part in a discussion on BBC Radio 4 on the conditions in prison for Pussy Riot protestor on hunger strike
Prof. Pallot took part in a discussion on the conditions in Penal Colony 14 where convicted Pussy Riot protestor, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, is on hunger strike. BBC Radio 4: Woman's Hour. 25 September 2013.
Myles Allen presents Shell video on carbon capture and storage
Dr Bradley Garrett featured in Guardian article on 'The strange world of urban exploration'
Dr Bradley Garrett, researcher at the School, is featured in a Guardian article on urban exploration. His new book 'Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City' will be published in October.
Myles Allen comments on IPCC report
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change cites global temperature rise over last century caused by humans
Third 'Global Challenges in Transport' Leadership Programme
n early September the Transport Studies Unit (TSU) in collaboration with Sad Business School welcomed their third cohort of delegates to their vastly successful Leadership Programme; 'Global Challenges in Transport'.
TSU present research at the 2013 RGS Conference
The Transport Studies Unit's researchers presented their research at the 2013 Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society in London on the 28-30th of August.
The TSU's 40th Birthday Celebration!
The Transport Studies Unit celebrated their 40th birthday this year with an event on the 28th June which brought together circa 50 TSU-ers past and present.
Explaining extreme events of 2012
Oxford scientists from climateprediction.net have contributed to a special report on explaining extreme events of 2012 from a climate perspective
Should the wildlife media pay for ecosystem services?
The journal Oryx has published a forum in response to Dr Paul Jepson's paper in Science least year on whether the wildlife media should pay for ecosystem services.
Membership of the European Consortium for Asian Field Study
Thanks to support from Anthropology, Geography, Development Studies, and the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford is now a member of the European Consortium for Asian Field Study.
Big offshore financial centres gain at the expense of smaller peers - research by Dariusz Wjcik and Dan Haberly reported in media
Dr Tim Jones interviewed by Globo TV Brazil on cycling in Britain
Dr Tim Jones' recent interviewed with Globo TV Brazil has now been broadcast. He discusses the situation of cycling in Britain (3 and 4 minutes in).
New forest conservation manifesto calls for more power to the people
The ECI's Constance McDermott adds her voice to others at the International Ecology Meeting in London.
New theory on the impact of large animal extinction on global ecosystems
The extinction of large animals 10-40,000 years ago caused a fundamental alteration of global nutrient supply and ecosystem function which is still having an effect on the landscape today.
A new phase for ARCC
The ARCC network has been awarded 1.2m from the EPSRC to expand its focus on improving the links and co-working between academic, policy and practice communities in the infrastructure and built environment sectors.
PEGGIE featured in Wired Magazine
Wired Magazine features a video of Oxford's entry to the 2013 Shell Eco-marathon. The car, nicknamed PEGGIE, was driven by TSU DPhil student Lucy Mahoney.
New project on how climate change is already affecting Africa
The project looks at whether and to what extent climate change is already affecting the magnitude and frequency of extreme weather events on the continent.
New project on energy and transport links Korea and UK
A new two-and-a-half-year project involves a roadmapping/scenario exercise comparing policy in the UK and Korea relating to future transportation energy technology and fuels.
Review of 'Achieving Zero'
Review of ECI report 'Achieving Zero' describes 'no-nonsense approach'
ECI researchers look at impacts of climate change in Japan
Yuko Ogawa-Onishi and Pam Berry review data for article in Biological Conservation
Deforestation in Africa's Congo Basin rainforest slows
Yadvinder Malhi and others publish special issue on African rainforests
Oxford's driest June and July combined for nearly 200 years
Geography DPhil Ian Ashpole, the School's Radcliffe Met Station Observer, is featured in an Oxford Mail article on the driest June and July combined in Oxford for nearly 200 years
UNIQ Geography Summer School
The School of Geography and the Environment welcomed twenty enthusiastic and talented Year 12 geographers to Oxford for the 2013 UNIQ Summer School.
ITRC's work included in the first UK National Adaptation Programme
The UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium has contributed work on 'Actions to address priority risks' to the Government's recently published National Adapatation Programme
Myles Allen goes head to head with Richard Lindzen in Al Jazeera debate
Head to Head is Al Jazeera's new forum of ideas filmed with an audience at the Oxford Union
ECI's Rosenow and Killip quoted in Guardian article on green deal
ECI contributes to UK report on managing the land
The dangers of over-insulating for the winter
BBC quotes research by Oxford's UKCIP on the dangers of 'over-insulating for the winter'
Our gratitude to Dr James Martin (1933-2013)
Dr James Martin, who died on 24 June, was one of the Environmental Change Institute's most generous benefactors.
Tara Garnett co-authors article on producing food more sustainably
A policy known as sustainable intensification could help meet the challenges of increasing demands for food from a growing global population, argues a team of scientists in an article in the journal Science.
Old weather data used by ECI scientists
The ECI Climate Group are using data retrieved from the OldWeather citizen science project to learn about the climate system in the nineteenth to early twentieth century.
ECI contribute to energy efficiency summer study
In June, eight people from the ECI's Lower Carbon Futures programme provided the predominant UK representation at the European Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Summer Study near Toulon.
Sarah Darby comments in Guardian blog on smart meters
Video with Nick Eyre on how to change the way people think about energy
In May, Nick Eyre spoke at an OPX / Energy Saving Trust Roundtable on 'How to change the way people think about energy'. A video of the event is available.
Dr Karen Lucas features in latest Environmental Audit Committee report 'Transport and Accessibility to Services'
The Environmental Audit Committee examines sustainable development and environmental protection across all UK government departments
Thomas Jellis wins OxTalent 2013 award for his use of the WebLearn VLE to support a fieldwork class in Copenhagen
The OxTALENT annual awards recognise members of the University who have made use of ICT to foster learning and academic practice at either undergraduate or postgraduate level.
Organic light-emitting diodes not far off
In 2007 the ECI's Brenda Boardman suggested OLEDs could reduce carbon emissions from homes by 80 per cent: now they are nearly here
India: Living with ghosts in the Himalayas
Dr Jane Dyson is interviewed by BBC Radio 4 on the widespread belief in spirits or ghosts in the Indian Himalayas
Major traffic shake-up to ban cars from parts of Norwich city centre
TSU's work on the Visions project inspires new major traffic scheme for Norwich
Dr Robin Hickman and Professor David Banister win an Emerald Literati Award for Best Book Chapter of 2013
Dr Robin Hickman and Professor David Banister's winning chapter was "Thinking Strategically: Pathways Towards Low-Carbon Transport", chapter 13 in Tim Ryley and Lee Chapman (ed.) Transport and Climate Change (Transport and Sustainability, Volume 2), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.341-367.
Japan's PM has frog in throat as ecological crisis looms
Dr Rich Grenyer discusses Japan's growth strategy and its potential implications in The Conversation
Dr Richard Powell receives the RGS-IBG Gill Memorial Award for research on historical and Polar geography
The RGS-IBG annual medals and awards are for outstanding contributions to geography. The awards were presented on 3 June 2013 during a ceremony at the Society headquarters in London.
CLIMSAVE tool gets European publicity
The CLIMSAVE project, co-ordinated by ECI's Paula Harrison, has developed a user-friendly, interactive web-based tool to assess climate change impacts
Climate change: let's bury the CO2 problem
Prof. Myles Allen explores capturing and storing carbon with CCS technology in The Guardian
The need to refit housing stock
Dr Gavin Killip and Dr Katy Janda of the Environmental Change Institute spoke up for the refitting of old housing stock in an interview with the Financial Times on 3 June.
Prof. David Banister wins Emerald Literati Network 2013 Award for Excellence
Prof. Banister's chapter entitled "Thinking Strategically: Pathways Towards Low-Carbon Transport" published in Transport and Sustainability was chosen as an Outstanding Author Contribution Award Winner as one of the most impressive pieces of work the book series editor has seen throughout 2012. An award presentation will take place later in 2013.
Guildford 'backcasts' for transport strategy
Prof. David Banister and Dr Rob Hickman's (UCL) work on 'back-casting' has inspired Guildford Borough Council to employ the technique for a transport study of the local area. The approach envisions future desirable patterns of behaviour and working backwards to develop an implementation plan to deliver them. Dr Hickman will be advising the Council during the study to be completed by Feb 2014. Banister and Hickman's research has been used in studies in London, Oxfordshire, Delhi and Auckland. Donald Yell, Guildford's principal transport planner and project leader, was a participant on TSU's first Oxford Leadership Programme in March 2013.
Prof. David Banister delivers public lecture on "The Challenge of Sustainable Mobility" as part of the BIVEC/GIBET Transport Research Day in Luxembourg
Prof. Banister's lecture will be accompanied by an intervention given by the Luxembourgish Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructures, Mr Claude Wiseler, on the related strategy of the Luxembourgish Government: "Mobilit durable au Grand-Duch du Luxembourg".
Dr Martino Tran was an invited expert reviewer for The Lancet special series on complex systems modelling land use, health and transport.
It's official: city parks make us happy
MSc in BCM student Kate Griffiths and Dr Rich Grenyer explore the social benefits of green space in The Conversation
PEGGIE, Oxford's battery electric vehicle, wins technical innovation award at 2013 Shell Eco-Marathon
The TSU's Lucy Mahoney recently compteted in the 2013 Eco-Marathon where PEGGIE won the technical innovation award
Paper on water and nutrient and energy systems wins prize
'Water - and nutrient and energy - systems in urbanizing watersheds' by Jim Hall and others has been selected as the 'Frontiers of Environmental Science and Engineering in China' best paper of 2012.
Workshop on sustainable production and consumption
Interdisciplinary workshop on sustainable production and consumption - are we making the link? Organised by the ECI's Constance McDermott.
"Why I think we're wasting billions on global warming"
Prof. Myles Allen explores how best to tackle climate change in an article for the Daily Mail
Chair of ECI Board receives award
Professor Tim O'Riordan, Chair of the ECI Advisory Board, received the Distinguished Friend of Oxford Award at a ceremony on 29 June.
Global warming continues; most extreme projections 'less likely'
A new study involving Alexander Otto and Myles Allen of the Environmental Change Institute concludes that the latest observations of the climate system's response to rising greenhouse gas levels are consistent with conventional estimates of the long-term 'climate sensitivity', despite a 'warming pause' over the past decade.
Environmental Decision-Making in the European Union: Who Exercises Power?
As part of Europe Day on 9 May 2013, the Conservation Governance Laboratory at the University of Oxford organised a panel discussion co-sponsored by the School of Geography and the Environment and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.
New tool to calculate nitrogen footprint
Scientists at Lancaster, Virginia and Oxford universities have produced a web-based tool that allows anyone living in the UK to see their own 'nitrogen footprint'.
School of Geography and the Environment remains ranked top in the world for Geography in the 2013 QS World University Rankings
The QS World University Rankings by Subject are compiled from responses from some 70,000 academic experts and graduate recruiters worldwide. Academics identified the leading universities within their field and area of expertise, while employers named the universities that they regard as producing outstanding graduates in a given discipline.
Prof. David Thomas has been elected Vice-President (Research and Higher Education) of the Royal Geographical Society from 2013
Prof. Thomas was previously RGS Vice-President (Expeditions and Fieldwork) from 2002-5.
Dr Dariusz Wjcik delivers a keynote lecture on Integrating Finance into Global Production Networks at the Regional Studies Association Conference in Tampere
Dr Karen Lucas to join Insitute for Transport Studies (ITS) at the University of Leeds
Dr Karen Lucas will be joining ITS, as Associate Professor in Transport Geography, from the 1st of September 2013.
Prince of Wales speaks at meeting of tropical forest scientists
The Prince of Wales invited 30 of the world's leading tropical forest scientists for a two-day conference in London earlier this week spearheaded by Professor Yadvinder Malhi.
New snapshots of what is happening to Britain's landscape and wildlife
Dr Pam Berry is helping to set out how the British countryside is responding to climate change.
New EU COST Action on Transport Equity Assessment
The TSU is a lead partner in a new 4 year COST Action programme, which is focused on Transport Equity Assessment (TEA).
Dr Tim Schwanen attends the AAG Annual Meeting
On 9-13 April Dr Tim Schwanen participated in the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers in Los Angeles.
Dr Karen Lucas to join panel at Human Welfare Conference
The 6th Human Welfare Conference, "Well defined? Interdisciplinary understandings of human welfare", was held at Green Templeton College, Oxford, on the 3-4 May 2013.
Place names book wins library association award
The Alaska Library Association has given Tom Thornton its annual Alaskana Award for 'Our Grandparents' Names on the Land'
Prof. David Banister quoted in Routledge article on Earth Day 2013
To commemorate Earth Day 2013 Routledge have put together a selection of quotes from their authors - some of the leading voices on the topics they cover. Prof. Banister is co-author of the book 'Transport, Climate Change and the City'.
Dr Richard Powell has been awarded the Gill Memorial Award (2013) by the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) for 'research in historical and Polar geography'.
Prof. David Banister delivers third and final BIVEC-GIBET lecture
Prof. Banister is the first Benelux Interuniversity Association of Transport Researchers (BIVEC-GIBET) Chair. BIVEC-GIBET's objective is to promote cooperation in the field between educational and research institutions in the Benelux through the organisation of joint activities.
New research project to TRANSFORuM EU transport policy
The TSU is part of a pan-European 2 year consortium project, TRANSFORuM, that brings together 12 leading research institutions from 9 EU countries to collaborate on providing a fresh approach to implementing four key goals from the European Transport White Paper
Climate Research Lab convene sessions at European Geosciences Union
At the April meeting in Vienna, members of the Climate Research Lab convened sessions on Aeolian Processes and Landforms and Saharan Weather, Climate and Dust. Twenty-three papers authored by Richard Washington, James King, Sebastian Englestaedter, Ian Ashpole, Karsten Haustein and Christopher Allen marked out some major progress in understanding dust emissions into the atmosphere from key desert sources.
Prof. David Banister, Dr Tim Schwanen and Dr Jillian Anable's UKTRC project report on Climate Change, Energy and Transport awarded Outstanding grade by ESRC
An Outstanding grade indicates that a project has fully met its objectives and has provided exceptional research contribution well above average or very high in relation to the level of the award, with evidence of major impact on policy and practice.
Academics call for National Audit Office to review nuclear negotiations
The ECI's Nick Eyre and Sarah Darby are among signatories to an open letter to the Sunday Telegraph
Recent reforms in the US and EU financial reporting are welcome but insufficient.
Dr Dariusz Wjcik presents an analysis of Country-by-Country Reporting at the AAG Conference in Los Angeles.
Will the rain dampen our spirits again?
Weather experts including DPhil Ian Ashpole are hoping this year will not be as rainy as last year.
Dr Nihan Akyelken shortlisted for the International Transport Forum's Young Researcher of the Year award.
The Young Researcher of the Year award aims to highlight the importance of transport research for sound transport policy and to foster closer links between transport policy and research. Nihan is one of three researchers under the age of 35 shortlisted for the award.
Geordie Macleod, a current BA Geography undergraduate, was part of the winning Oxford University 2013 boat race crew
New project on indigenous ecotourism
Prof. David Banister comments on the Coalition's 'Mid-Term Review' in The House, the Houses of Parliament weekly magazine, 21 March.
Prof. David Banister comments that although transport should be seen as a key element in the Review's sections on fixing the economy, on improving public services, and on building a better society, its profile has been reduced to almost being invisible.
ECI's Brenda Boardman talks to the BBC about making homes more energy efficient
Dr Brenda Boardman is interviewed by BBC Oxford News about energy efficiency and climate change
Rising stars race into the lead
Oxford's new Global Challenges in Transport Leadership Programme got off to a flying start this month with its first residential short course focused on New Technologies and Behaviour Change. The programme, led by the TSU, is designed to equip the 'rising stars' and future leaders with the necessary research evidence, skills and expertise to tackle global challenges in transport now and into the future
Dr Frederic Dobruszkes debates with Brussels Regional Parliament on Flanders' tram projects in the Brussels-Capital Region
Dr Frederic Dobruszkes was invited as a transport expert to debate with, and reply to, MPs' questions on Flanders' tram projects around / to Brussels-Capital Region. These projects are rather unreleased given (1) Belgian inter-communities problems and (2) it is the surrounding region that plan setting trams going to the city rather than the core city trying to extent its tram network to suburbs and beyond. Presentation available online (in French).
New book on law, tropical forests and carbon
ECI's Constance McDermott is editor of a book offering multidisciplinary perspectives on REDD+
On World Water Day, Jim Hall comments on UK fllood preparedness
ECI Director Professor Jim Hall contributes to New York Times article on the UK's capacity to cope with flooding
Smart handpumps feature at the Department for International Development on World Water Day
Dr Rob Hope presents research on Smart Handpump technology at the UK Department for International Development as part of their celebrations for World Water Day 2013.
Dr Tim Schwanen featured in piece on 'Rush Hour Jams' on BBC Oxford News (20/03/13)
A new report reveals that Oxford has two roads that feature in a top ten list of busy rush hour roads outsides of London. Dr Tim Schwanen explains that Oxford's historic nature makes it difficult to reduce congestion.
Myles Allen responds to 'great green con' article
The leader of the ECI's climate research programme clarifies his position on global warming
Dr Rob Hope attended the Mobile World Congress on 25-28 February in Barcelona as part of the launch activities for a new 3.5m research programme with GSMA (Global Mobile Industry Association) on Mobile Enabled Community Services.
This work leverages existing mobile/water for development projects (see http://oxwater.co.uk) funded by DFID, ESRC and the Skoll Foundation.
Transport Studies Unit launches new website
'The Scary Hidden Stressor' - research by Dr Troy Sternberg featured in the New York Times
Electric vehicles: the future of passenger transport?
The 2013 TSU seminar series focused on the prospects and challenges of transitioning to electric vehicles. Four seminars were organised in January and February, each with one speaker from academia and one from industry, government or the media.
TSU host 45th Annual UTSG Conference
The 45th Universities' Transport Study Group (UTSG) Conference was hosted by the Transport Studies Unit in January 2013. Nearly 80 papers were presented over the three days in plenary sessions and a series of parallel sessions.
Are tropical forests resilient to global warming?
Yadvinder Malhi and others conclude that climate-change induced tropical forest dieback is quite unlikely
Food security for all
John Ingram, ECI Researcher and NERC Food Security Leader, has helped put together a special issue of Planet Earth, the quarterly magazine of the Natrual Envrionment Research Council (NERC).
Dr Richard Sandor to be Visiting Fellow at the Smith School
Dr Sandor, CEO of Environmental Financial Products LLC, and Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, is a renowned economist and financial innovator.
"Capitalist tools in socialist hands"? Dr Dariusz Wjcik presents Chinese connections with the global financial network at Hong Kong University
Prof. David Banister, holder of the BIVEC-GIBET Chair 2012-2013, delivers the second of three linked lectures relating to the Sustainable Mobility Paradigm.
The second lecture, entitled 'The trilogy of distance, speed and time', was delivered at VU Amsterdam on the 1 February 2013.
Dr Karen Lucas provided oral evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry on Transport and Access to Services on the 24 October 2012
The inquiry examines, in the context of the transport infrastructure people need, whether Government policy is ensuring that they can get access to key services.
climateprediction.net is runner-up in Guardian University Awards research impact category
Harnessing the power of home computers, this project led by Professor Myles Allen simulates thousands of years worth of data, helping researchers understand how the climate is changing.
Kersty Hobson invited to contribute on state of 'environmental politics' research
Dr Kersty Hobson, Senior Research Fellow into the Social and Cultural Contexts of Environmental Change at the Environmental Change Institute, has written an article 'On the making of the environmental citizen' for this special issue
Brenda Boardman discusses fuel poverty on Radio 4
Brenda Boardman, Emeritus Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute, discusses fuel poverty and how much energy companies are spending on fuel-poor vulnerable customers.
Lord Deben equates action on climate change to insurance
'Human beings are not ostriches - we don't for the most part stick our heads in the sand. Instead, we insure.' This was the crux of Lord Deben's lecture on climate change at the Sheldonian on 26 February, organised by the University of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute (ECI).
SPREE research project launches new video, 'The Concept of Servicizing'
SPREE (Servicizing Policy for Resource Efficient Economy) is a three-year European Commission FP7 project. The aim is to identify potential "Servicizing Policy Packages" for the establishment of servicizing systems which facilitate the transition from selling products to providing services.
School of Geography and the Environment ranked top in the world for Geography by QS World University Rankings 2012
Professor Craig Jeffrey reports on youth in India in the latest of his broadcasts on BBC Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent
You can listen to this broadcast (23 Feb, Lap of Luxury, from 12 min 13 sec onwards) on BBC iplayer
Dr Simon Dadson wins grant to study the impacts of urbanisation on water security in the Thames
Dr Simon Dadson has been awarded a 160k NERC grant for a project which aims to advance understanding of the fine-scale impacts of urbanisation on water resources and pollution in the Thames river basin.
Into the Cauldron: A Metorological Adventure
A video is now available documenting the observational phase of the Natural Environment Research Council Consortium project 'Fennec - The Saharan Climate System'.
Nick Eyre discusses energy use on Radio 4
In the context of rising energy prices, Martha Kearney asks Nick Eyre about our energy use
What are the 100 most fundamental ecological questions?
Article by Yadvinder Malhi et al for Journal of Ecology
Responding to flood risk in China
Professor Jim Hall, Director of the Environmental Change Institute, has jointly edited a special issue of the Journal of Flood Risk Management, which presents important lessons learned from a flood risk management project in China.
Smith School launches Futures Programme on Asset Stranding
This week the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment launched a new research programme to help businesses and policy-makers future proof against investments in assets that might become devalued or written off, otherwise known as 'stranded'.
New Halford Mackinder Professor of Human Geography
The new Halford Mackinder Professor of Human Geography will be Professor Danny Dorling from the University of Sheffield.
Professor Judith Pallot elected as Academician by Academy of Social Sciences
Making the Clean Development Mechanism Work
Environmental Change Institute MSc research on CDM published in Climate and Development journal
Cut congestion with pay-as-you-drive tolls, ministers told
Pay-as-you-drive charges should be introduced to tackle congestion and cut carbon emissions, 32 leading transport academics have told the Transport Secretary. Professor David Banister is one of the signatories to the open letter to Patrick McLoughlin, MP.
Infrastructure research for a sustainable future: taking the long view
Feature in the New Statesman about research into infrastructure systems in advanced economies mentions that the University of Oxford is leading the UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC), a 4.7 million pound project funded by the EPSRC involving a consortium of seven of the UK's leading universities. It also mentions that Professor Jim Hall, Director of the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University, is leader of the overall project.
Effects of drought in the Amazon persist years later
An area of the Amazon rainforest three times the size of the United kingdom was strongly affected by a drought that began in 2005, says a NASA-led team that includes researchers from Oxford.
Myles Allen comments on Met Office data which suggests the rise of global temperatures has slowed
An essential new tool for conservation planning
An international research team, including Prof. Rob Whittaker, have updated a Victorian map that has been the blueprint for our understanding of the diversity of life-forms across the world. The original map was created in 1876 by Alfred Russel Wallace, who co-discovered the theory of natural selection with Charles Darwin.
A World Bank report launched at COP18 on Climate Change Adaptation in the Middle East North Africa region, with contributions from Dr Rachael McDonnell, receives widespread media attention across the Arab World
Even ostriches need third party insurance
John Gummer (Lord Deben) to lecture on climate change on 26 February at the Sheldonian in Oxford
Smart Handpumps recognised as one of the 12 Global Development innovations by The Guardian
Africa Water Stewardship Scholarship quenches thirst for knowledge
Dryland agriculture a major issue for climate change
Atlas of Southeast Alaska Native place names cited in Alaskan newspaper the Juneau Empire
Tom Thornton's edited book 'Our Grandparents' Names on the Land' is cited in a feature article on Best Alaska Books for 2012
Rachael McDonnell provides water expertise at Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Court
Applications sought for MSc in Environmental Change and Management
The MSc in Environmental Change and Management has been running at the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) since 1994. It is one of the most successful programmes in environmental science and leadership in the world. The next deadline for applications is 18 January 2013.
climateprediction.net is shortlisted for Guardian University Awards
climateprediction.net, launched in 2003, has been shortlisted in the 'Outstanding research impact' category for the Guardian University Awards. Harnessing the power of home computers, this innovative project simulates thousands of years worth of data helping researchers understand how the climate is changing and in turn, how this might impact on the world.
House Planning Help interviews Brenda Boardman on fuel poverty
Dr Brenda Boardman reflects on the world's energy situation, climate change and the growing problem of fuel poverty. She gives practical advice on how this affects building or renovating a property.
University of Oxford participates in the 2012 Shell Eco-marathon
Modelling on the Move - the TSU hosted an ESRC Seminar on the 7 December 2012 that brought together 50 social scientists interested in developing new approaches to modelling mobility and transport.
The first of six events scheduled over the next year, it covered both the changing approaches used within transport modelling and the broader context of transport, including challenges and co-benefits. Two of the six presentations were from members of the TSU (Dr Karen Lucas and Prof. David Banister).
The Oxford Vehicle Emissions Model (OVEM) is presented to policy makers in London
The ICERT team presented the OVEM model to about 20 senior researchers in the Department for Transport - Justin Bishop and Martino Tran outlined the structure of the OVEM mode and the OVEM+ interface.
Prof. Myles Allen discusses the Doha climate talks on BBC Radio 4's Material World
Doha climate talks: CCS offers real, longer term prospects on climate change
Myles Allen blogs on how only the fossil fuel industry is taking the long view in Doha but carbon capture and storage offers everyone the chance to look beyond 2020
Smart handpumps feature in Guardian article
Article on mobile technology in the developing world mentions that earlier this year, researchers from the University of Oxford (including Dr Rob Hope of the School of Geography and the Environment) developed data transmitters that fit inside water pumps and send text messages if one of the devices breaks down. The 'smart' handpumps are being trialled in 70 villages in Kenya.
Doha climate talks: why cutting CO2 is more important than stopping methane
Article on why reducing methane and other 'short-lived climate pollutants' is a good idea, but why CO2 emissions are more important, highlights the views of Myles Allen.
Seeing the bigger picture - Andrew Goudie's retirement seminar
Nick Eyre publishes article on energy saving in energy market reform
On Thursday the UK energy minister Ed Davey revealed the government's plans for a 'low-carbon economy' in the Energy Bill. Nick Eyre's article, published in Energy Policy the next day, finds that feed-in tariffs for energy saving might be a powerful tool for incentivising energy efficiency.
Climate experts are divided over the year of weather extremes
An article on how much weather extremes can be linked to the changing climate includes quotes from Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem Science at the School of Geography and the Environment and leader of the ECI's climate research programme. 'This idea that every time an extreme weather happens it's been made more likely by climate change is misleading', he said. Last year he published research that argued that climate change did contribute to the autumnal flooding in Britain in 2000. He is planning a similar study for this year. But he is wary of making wider links between climate change and extreme weather.
Stalagmite tells 13,000-year-long story
ECI's Vasile Ersek and colleagues have found a stalagmite in an Oregon cave that 'tells the story of thousands of winters in the Pacific Northwest'.
Myles Allen contributes to 2012 UN climate change conference
Professor Myles Allen, Leader of the Climate Research Programme at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, is leading a group of climate change experts in Doha who are hosting an event at the 2012 UN climate change conference, COP 18.
ECI's Constance McDermott contributes chapter to Global Forest Expert Panel publication
More than 60 scientists from around the world collaborated on the peer-reviewed publication "Understanding Relationships between Biodiversity, Carbon, Forests and People: The Key to Achieving REDD+ Objectives. A Global Assessment Report," which was coordinated by IUFRO on behalf of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF).
Work by ECI's Jim Hall and others wins Lloyd's Science of Risk Prize
The coastal conundrum: balancing the costs of erosion v flooding
Paralysis by analysis should not delay decisions on climate change
Uncertainty about how much the climate is changing is not a reason to delay preparing for the harmful impacts of climate change, says Professor Jim Hall of the Environmental Change Institute, writing in Nature Climate Change with senior colleagues from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.
FT Magazine (24 November) features WSPM alumni, Kelsey Leonard who was the first Native American woman to graduate from Oxford University
Professor Ceri Peach gave the keynote address: Islam and the Art of Mosque Construction in Western Europe at the first plenary session of the Marie Curie CoHab Project on 19th November.
Professor Ceri Peach gave the keynote address at the DEMOS - convened meeting on Ethno-Religious Integration in Britain, which was held at Windsor Castle on 15-16 November 2012
School of Geography and the Environment involved in Atmospheres Exhibition
The Radcliffe Meteorological Station (School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford) and climateprediction.net feature in a new exhibition at Oxford's Museum of the History of Science about ancient weather recording and modern climate forecasting.
Dr Dariusz Wojcik gives a seminar on The Global Stock Market at the National University of Singapore in November
ECI research featured in Yale Environment Review
An article by ECI's Constance McDermott about reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation has been featured in the Yale Environment Review (YER).
Anthony Geffen visits the School and talks to undergraduate students about making documentaries
A recent paper by Dr Christian Brand and colleagues has been selected for inclusion in Science for Environment Policy, the European Commission's environmental news service for policy makers
The study suggests that there are associations between obesity, physical activity, and levels of CO2 emissions from transport.
Study explains slow down in global warming
Article on an apparent slowdown in global warning since 2000 includes comment from Professor Myles Allen of Oxford University.
In November, Prof. Linda McDowell will be giving a paper at the Research Centre for gender and Sexuality at the University of Amsterdam: 'Servicing Bodies: gender, migration and employment'. In December, she is speaking at conferences on feminist scholarship in geography at the Universities of Grenoble and Geneva.
On 22 October 2012, Prof. Linda McDowell spoke at a conference at the British Library to celebrate 25 years of publication of the journal Work, Employment and Society by the British Sociological association. She spoke about feminist approach to work and employment in a talk titled 'Life after Father and Ford'.
Myles Allen joins discussion on storm Sandy
Myles Allen, Leader of the Environmental Change Institute's Climate Research Programme, is one of those discussing whether climate change leads to extreme weather events such as storm Sandy.
ECI Climate Lectures 2012 now available as podcasts
Craig Jeffrey and colleagues' ESRC-funded research on youth politics in South Asia is featured in the ESRC's Society Now magazine
Dr Paul Jepson comments on Biodiversity Technologies in new Oxford Biodiversity Institute podcast
Prof. Judith Pallot is interviewed on CBC, Canda, about the likely life for two members of the band Pussy Riot [starts at 14.40 mins]
No foresight, no food?
Joost Vervoort, Scenarios Officer for the CGIAR programme 'Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security' at the ECI, is attending GCARD, the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development, in Uruguay at the end of October 2012
Book edited by Thomas Thornton wins Alaska Historical Society Award
Tom Thornton's edited a book 'Our Grandparents' Names on the Land' has won the Alaska Historical Society's 2012 'Contributions to Alaska History Award'.
Professor Craig Jeffrey speaks about India's quick fix solutions on BBC Radio Four's From Our Own Correspondent (from 17 mins 20 seconds)
"How will the Pussy Riot band members fare in Russia's 'harshest prisons'?" - Prof, Judith Pallot asks in a recent article in The Guardian
Prof. David Banister, holder of the BIVEC-GIBET Chair 2012-2013, delivers the first of three linked lectures relating to the Sustainable Mobility Paradigm.
The first lecture, entitled 'Planetary boundaries and low carbon urban mobility', was delivered in Brussels on the 15 October 2012.
The animated video 'Water Lives' - an experiment in science-policy communication animation produced by Dr Paul Jepson and Rob St John has been officially selected to screen at the North Sea Film Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands, November 9-11 2012
'Heavy rain causes road chaos around the county' - The School's Radcliffe Met. Station records more than half the month's expected rainfall in just 12 hours
John Ingram speaks on the environmental impact of food systems
Article on an environmental forum in Taiyuan in China's Shanxi Province quotes from a presentation by Professor John Ingram of Oxford University on the environmental impact of food systems.
Nuclear power the key to clean energy, says Prof Sir Chris Llewellyn-Smith
Australia must consider nuclear power if it is to have a clean energy future, a visiting international expert believes. Oxford University Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn-Smith, in Melbourne for the All-Energy Australia conference, said the controversial electricity source was necessary to move away from environmentally damaging fossil fuels.
Yadvinder Malhi wins European Research Council Grant
Yadvinder Malhi, who leads the ECI's Ecosystems Research Programme, has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Research Grant.
Oxford Climate Research Network launched
The newly launched Oxford Climate Research Network (OCRN) is a cross-divisional initiative aiming to promote collaborations between scientists who investigate climate-related issues in various departments at Oxford, and increase the visibility of climate research both within and outside the University.
Shortlisted for Lloyd's Science of Risk Prize
Work by ECI Director Jim Hall and others is shortlisted for the Lloyd's Science of Risk Prize, the winners of which will be announced on 29 November.
Smart Handpump research led by Dr Rob Hope and Patrick Thomson is featured on BBC's Click programme
Dr Richard Powell has been awarded a Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Oxford for 2012, for the project 'Danish Fields: Enhancing Teaching and Learning through the Copenhagen Field Class'.
Chris Goodman (Mansfield) has won the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group Undergraduate Dissertation Prize for his dissertation "Walking with Lions: reconfiguring 'wild(er)ness', 'domestication' and 'captivity' through ALERT's lion rewilding project". The citation from the committee stated that the depth of theoretical engagement and breadth of empirical research were exemplary of the very highest standard of undergraduate dissertation.
River Cottage is participating in the Big Biochar Experiment: a novel research initiative by Oxford Biochar, ECI and Earthwatch
"Feeble SNP blamed as fuel poverty soars". Article published in Glasgow Herald following Brenda Boardman's presentation at 'Shaping the Sustainable Housing Strategy' conference
Dr Brenda Boardman's 21 years of research into fuel poverty is celebrated in a special issue of Energy Policy.
Oxford Water Security Network mentioned in Science journal as example of long-term initiative for joining interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners
"Climate science and acts of creation". The role of formal scientific processes in climate science appear to be under threat as never before, with comment from Prof Myles Allen.
Dr Pam Berry is selected for a new steering committee to guide the production of an overview of terrestrial biodiversity climate change impacts for Natural England.
"Tory MP calls for personal carbon-trading scheme". Dr Tina Fawcett comments on the idea.
"Consulting the real experts on climate change adaptation." Oxford University consults farming communities for new strategies to adapt to climate change. Read more in New Agriculturist
"Evidence for climate extremes, costs, gets more local". Professor Myles Allen raises the question of how to calculate the costs of climate change and who should pay.
NERC awards 4m to the PURE Programme to set up a new consortium on risk in the environment.
Prof Yadvinder Malhi and team have been awarded a 910,000 NERC grant to apply hi-tech approaches to 3D airborne mapping of forests in Peru.
Dr Pam Berry was one of the judges in the European Commission's RegioStars Awards which aim to identify good practice in regional development and highlight original and innovative projects which could be inspiring to other regions.
Ensuring forest benefits are about more than carbon
Inbusiness magazine reports on Oxford Biochar, a new company set up by ECI researchers and offering a zero carbon solution to improving soil fertility.
UKERC highlights alarming omissions and inconsistencies in Green Deal consultation: ECI researchers respond to the Department of Energy and Climate Change's consultation on the Green Deal.
"Citizen scientists' climate-impact survey wraps up": Read full account of this ECI partnered project in Nature.
Demanding less: why we need a new politics of energy. New report by Dr Nick Eyre for the Green Alliance
"We need to talk about climate: The ECI has had a profound influence on both governments and individuals" reports Oxford University's Blueprint magazine
Dr Sarah Darby is cited in New Europe online: New Energy Resolutions for the New Year
COP17: Will China Lead the Way? Dr Deborah Davenport writes for Think Africa Press
One in four households suffer from fuel poverty
Fuel poverty affects a quarter of UK's households as bills soar and pay freezes
Sarah Darby presented at the UK/US Innovations in Smart Grids symposium at the British Consulate-General in Boston on: Smart grids and energy users - how do they relate to each other?
Dr Brenda Boardman presents Sustainable Energy Europe Award to students who invent first public solar-powered mobile charger
ECI researcher Matthias Fripp is taking part in a live debate on The Economist website, defending the motion: This house believes that subsidising renewable energy is a good way to wean the world off fossil fuels. Join in the debate online
Research student Jan Rosenow discusses the differences between UK and German policies on reducing carbon emissions from housing on BBC Radio 4 You and Yours programme (starts at 33.25 mins).
Two appearences for Myles Allen in New Scientist: A chance to blame extreme weather on climate change and Climate blame: send for the lawyers
Isle of Wight's self-sufficiency plans unveiled - BBC News
Energy monitoring and management: ECI's first commercial spin-out helps cut energy costs for businesses.
Connie McDermott is to take part in Expert Workshop on Financing Options to Support REDD+ Activities, organised by the European Commission Climate Action Directorate-General and the CIRAD
Tom Thornton is awarded second place in the 2011 Julian Steward Award by the Anthropology and Environment Section of the American Anthropological Association for his book: Being and Place Among the Tlingit.
What do 7 Billion People Mean for our Global Future? Insights are given from Yadvinder Malhi and Mark New on what this will mean for the planet and water
A new project co-led by Prof Yadvinder Malhi is making giant leaps in our understanding of tropical forest ecosystems.
Professor Diana Liverman meets with Dalai Lama to discuss ways in which human activities are changing the global environment
Prof Jim Hall to give presentation to Parliamentary and Science Committee
"Al Gore is doing a disservice to science by overplaying the link between climate change and weather". Read Myles Allen's perspective in the Guardian.
ECI alumnus Mike Mason's consultancy co2.org launches new 'crowd sourcing' website to aid the Government of Maldives in their move towards carbon neutrality.
The second national iConnect research seminar was hosted at the University of Cambridge, organised by researcher Christian Brand and colleagues
Could just one utility service provide all our household energy needs?
A Jekyll and Hyde approach to energy consumption: International scholars discuss energy and society at Oxford University conference
Dr Kate Parr was awarded 3135 from the John Fell Fund to fund fieldwork in South Africa. The research is exploring the mechanisms behind biodiversity responses to burning using high resolution LiDAR data to quantify changes in habitat structure.
A new definition of fuel poverty in Northern Ireland has been welcomed by the Northern Ireland Executive. Building on earlier research by Dr Brenda Boardman the new report for NI suggest that 75,000 households are in severe fuel poverty
Dr Nick Eyre has been appointed to sit on Ofgem's Sustainable Development Advisory Group, as an independent expert that helps guide them on environmental and consumer issues
"Leopards are losing out to bushmeat hunters in competition for prey" suggests newly published research by Dr Lauren Coad and partner researchers
Climate change no longer top global warming concern due to rising anxiety about job security, crime and economic well-being
Professor John Boardman has been appointed External Examiner for the new 3-year online MSc Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health at Edinburgh University. He also examines MSc Energy Policy and Sustainability (Exeter) and MSc Environment and Development (Edinburgh)
Water companies need to adapt to a changing climate
Call for papers: Energy and people: futures, complexity and challenges conference
UKCIP Update on the future of adaptation delivery in the UK
Professor Yadvinder Malhi receives funding from the Moore Foundation to examine the 2010 Amazon drought
Six ECI researchers and associates presented papers at the recent 2011 Colorado Conference on Earth System Governance.
Africa's first biomass carbon map will aid Ghana to make use of carbon finance for ecosystem protection thanks to a collaboration involving ECI
Four ECI-led sessions have been accepted as part of the major 2012 international Planet under Pressure conference with a further two sessions including ECI participation.
Hidden value of nature revealed in groundbreaking study
CNN news reports that 'Carbon emissions from energy use hit record level', and cites papers written by ECI researchers
"Five pc carbon target no embarrassment", The Age, Melbourne
Seeing the Planets for the Trees: A recent study by researcher Chris Doughty says that a particular mathematical technique could be used to detect forests on extrasolar planets.
"Act now: can theatre help with climate change?" ECI's Smeasure software is used to help over 100 theatres monitor energy use
Carbon footprint: you can't manage what you can't measure
ECI authors contribute to new book on climate change, global risks, challenges and decisions
Professor Diana Liverman is to be awarded the AAG Distinguished Scholarship Honors at the 2011 Annual Meeting
Doctoral student Malek Al-Chalabi is presented with the best presentation award at the Sustainable futures Tyndall-SCI PhD Conference
When two U's unite!: Oxford United FC and Oxford University - strike force for the Green Premiership
Defra announcement on delivery of its future adaptation programme
Triple exposure for ECI's ecosystem research in Oxford University's alumni magazine, Oxford Today.
Professor Diana Liverman is awarded Distinguished Scholarship Honors from the Association of American Geographers
"Fuel poverty may cause thousands of deaths", reports the Irish Times citing research by Dr Brenda Boardman
The Ecologist talks to Dr Nick Eyre about the outsourcing of greenhouse gas emissions
Dr Katy Janda explains to BBC News how people's behaviour in their homes has been largely ignored by existing efforts to improve energy efficiency
Read about Dr Constance McDermott's co-authored book: Global Environmental Forest Policies: An International Comparison, on Ecosystem Marketplace.com
'Ivy on Walls Seminar Report' now available
Prof. Yadvinder Malhi discusses PNAS fast-breaking paper on ecology and functioning of Amazonian forests with ScienceWatch.com
Papers from Oxford's "4Degrees and Beyond" conference are published in the Phil Trans of the Royal Society, and warn that the closer we get to a four-degree rise, the harder it will be to deal with the consequences
New podcasts showcasing women's inspirational contribution to climate change and sustainable energy
Buildings' 24-hour energy use studied
Alumnus and South African Shadow Minister of Environmental Affairs Gareth Morgan (MP-DA) addresses Parliament at the Extended Public Committees Budget Vote session 29 (Environmental Affairs), 16 April 2010.
Reliable information and better communication needed to guide US response to climate change - Professor Diana Liverman co-authors major new report for US Congress
Ghost Forest arrives at University
Brenda Boardman is a founder member of Low Carbon Oxford North, covering the area north of University Parks and St Bernard's Road, between the railway and the Cherwell River and up to the City boundary (between the Wolvercote cemetery and the golf club).
Brenda Boardman gave a lecture to the energy groups at the European Commission's Research Centre, Ispra, Italy on 18 June on "Housing, energy efficiency and fuel poverty".
Dr Brenda Boardman quoted in green property article in The Telegraph
Dr Tina Fawcett and her husband Richard Blundel were filmed by the Open University talking about the eco-renovation work on their house
Philip Mann was a guest speaker at the Forum for Energy Ministers of Africa (FEMA) conference in Cairo 31st May - 2nd June. He spoke about the "Challenges of Balancing Energy Access and Climate Change Imperatives". Twenty African energy ministers participated in the FEMA conference, which agreed the Cairo FEMA Declaration covering topics including regional integration, regulation and climate change.
Dr Sarah Darby's research is quoted in the Wall Street Journal article 'The Summer to Go on a Power Diet'
ECI researcher Catherine Bottrill in article on the environmental impact of bands, orchestras and theatre touring
ECI Researcher Catherine Bottrill is interviewed regarding the environmental impact of Glastonbury music festival
Dr Nick Eyre appointed UK author for IPCC 5th Assessment Buildings Chapter
Professor Diana Liverman awarded RGS Founder's Medal, an award approved by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of her unique contribution to the understanding of the human dimensions of climate change
'Ivy on walls - biodeterioration or bioprotection?' research project receives extensive media coverage
Land degradation in the Karoo research referenced by NASA Earth Observatory
Research by ECI associates Catherine Bottrill, Max Boykoff and Diana Liverman on the carbon footprint of the music industry is written about in the Guardian: "Study reveals carbon footprint of UK music industry"
Two research projects, A Low-Carbon Economy: New Business Models in the Built Environment, and Visioning and Backcasting for Transport Futures in Chinese Cities, Led by ECI and TSU, are among the first six projects that will receive funding under the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities
James Delingpole's Blog discusses last week's panel discussion: what next for climate change, co-hosted by ECI and SoGE. Read the blog and comments on the Telegraph website.
Role of Mass Media in Climate Change Skepticism - ECI research is featured in Science Daily
ECI Research into the range of solar grants is cited in The Guardian: Solar water heaters come to the boil as cash incentive is dangled
Professor Diana Liveman contributes a chapter in: "Long Horizons: An exploration of art and climate change" alongside KT Tunstall and Antony Gormley for Julie's Bicycle, released today
Dr Tina Fawcett has taken part in the recording of a new Radio 4 programme looking at Personal Carbon Allowances investigating how our future would look under this policy. The programme will be released later this year.
Copenhagen Cop15: What happened, and what next? Listen to panel discussion online
The Greening of IT: Daniel Curtis explains to Science Business how energy can be saved from switching off desktop computers
The BBC's Spanish Service produces video of a Peruvian carbon offsetting scheme developed by ECI doctoral student for Oriel College.
ECI report 'Predict and Decide' is cited by George Monbiot in his Guardian Blog: "A 480 train ticket to Copenhagen makes it hard to care about the climate"
Professor Diana Liverman examines what has been achieved at Copenhagen so far on the BBC's Today Programme (8.10am Saturday 12 December)
Dr Nick Eyre's video about energy policy breakthroughs in the climate change debate can be viewed on the Guardian's Climate Change and You series in association with the Research Councils UK
Dr Pam Berry carried out the biodiversity component of the Met Office's Avoid Programme, which was presented in Copenhagen and reported by the BBC News website: "UK Met Office warns carbon emissions must peak by 2020"
Watch online: Dr Chris Jardine and Daniel Curtis installing renewable technologies in remote rural villages in Ghana for SCCF.
Dr Mark New and Prof Diana Liverman contribute to Nature Reports: "Mind the gap: Policymakers must aim to avoid a 2C temperature rise, but plan to adapt to 4C"
ECI scientist talk about the possibilities of reaching our climate committments on the BBC website's "The Hot Topic"
"Careers in Climate Change". Read about Prof Yadvinder Malhi in New Scientist
Doctoral student Kho Lip Khoon presents his research on tropical forest soil CO2 flux at the AsiaFlux Workshop 2009 in Sapporo, Japan
Professor Yadvinder Malhi advises Copenhagen Ghost Forest Exhibition
ECI doctoral student designs community agroforestry offset project in Peru for Oxford College
Diana Liverman presents her inaugural lecture as Honorary Professor of Climate Change Research at the University of Copenhagen
ECI host a successful week of master classes for students on the MSC Environmental Change and Management course and fellows from Lead International
Dr Pam Berry attends the launch of the Science Museum's "Prove it!" event to showcase research on biodiversity and climate change
Energy researcher Catherine Bottrill appears in a documentary programme about energy consumption in the music industry for teachersTV
Lower Carbon Future researchers present four papers at the first European Conference on Energy Efficiency and Behaviour
PRESS RELEASE: Energy Security DIY? Microgeneration market needs makeover says Oxford University
Dr Brenda Boardman presents work from the Home Truths report at the Eden Project's event : Survival of the retro fittest
Call for UKERC Meeting Place event proposals
"Rationing energy rebound": is Personal Carbon Trading a tool to help minimise the rebound effect? ECI research is discussed on environmentalresearchweb.org
International experts gather in Oxford for a writing workshop for the GECAFS Synthesis book
ECI welcomes a new intake of students to the MSc in Environmental Change and Management
Four degrees of warming 'likely': reports the BBC from the 4degrees conference in Oxford
PRESS RELEASE: 4 degree warming could happen within a human lifetime says latest science
Nature Special Report- "Planetary Boundaries: A Safe Operating Space for Humanity". Professor Diana Liverman co-author wth 27 leading global scientists.
Oxfordshire's ClimateXchange helps coordinate the county's third Ecovation Open Day. All welcome to come and take part between 10th to 13th Sept
Climate costs could be way off target: strong media coverage of global adaptation costs report, co-authored by ECI's Dr Pam Berry
The Times reports: "Energy Retail Association in bid to block bill-cutting devise", also citing ECI evidence of the impact that smart meters have on reducing users energy demand
Moving on: ECI and SOGE bid farewell to Emily Boyd, Max Boykoff and Luiz Aragao
Weekly feedback: a key to cutting energy bills?
ECI researchers meet John Kufuor and the Alliance for Africa to display research highlights
Prof Diana Liverman appears in America’s Climate Choices video where experts convey the importance of moving forward in response to climate change
"Climate change is inherently a social problem - so why have sociologists been so slow to study it?" A recent article in Nature Reports, citing Prof Diana Liverman, examines why
"An Amazon Culture Withers as Food Dries Up": Dr Tom Thornton talks of the links between threatened populations and climate change in the New York Times.
Oxfordshire ClimateXchange has recently been awarded 20,000 by NESTA's Big Green Challenge
"Make existing homes greener, says McCloud": Gavin Killip's report on Building a Greener Britain is referenced in the Independent
Predict and Decide report is cited in the Guardian in reference to Ed Miliband's broadcast that individual's right to fly is a driver for the government's position to keep aviation out of carbon reduction commitments
"The climate champions of Wytham Woods": The Oxford Times visit the ECI and partners at the Earthwatch-HSBC climate monitoring project in Wytham Woods
Max Boykoff's review of the newly published book, "Why We Disagree About Climate Change: Understanding Controversy, Inaction and Opportunity" can be viewed on Nature's website
Dr Christian Brand gives live commentary on BBC Radio Oxford about the UK’s largest trial of environmentally friendly cars
Adapting for the future: Policy makers must act now to mitigate climate change and adapt to its effects argues Dr Pam Berry
“Working with the environment is working with biodiversity”, Dr Pam Berry is interviewed for Brussels Green Week
Oxford University scientists propose two breakthrough ideas at the Sustainable Development Commission’s London event, attended by HRH the Prince of Wales
"Human tragedies will outweigh expert evidence on climate crisis", Prof Diana Liverman writes opinion piece in the Glasgow Herald
Prof Liverman urges world leaders to take "ambitious and urgent climate action" to save the lives of millions of the planet's poorest people in new Oxfam report
Doctoral student Debora Ley presents "Social Barriers to Renewable Energy" at the US Embassy’s Speaker Programme in Mexico.
Max Boykoff appears on a panel with BBC and New York Times’ journalists at the 6th World Conference of Science Journalists in London
Heike Schroeder delivers a plenary talk on "Cities and climate change: the role of institutions, governance and urban planning" at the 5th Urban Research Symposium.
Follow ECI scientists and artists on the Cape Farewell expedition through shrinking glaciers, cloud forests, rain forests and the Amazon
The Copenhagen Climate Congress Synthesis Report, co-authored by Professor Diana Liverman, was published on 18 June and presented to the Danish Prime Minister, host of COP15
Call for participants for new ESRC lecture series: "Geographies of Energy Transition: Security, Climate, and Governance."
ECI present a side event at the UNFCCC negotiations in Bonn: Parallel Worlds - The Role of Observer Organizations in the COP Process
Arts organisation Cape Farewell leads its first expedition to the Peruvian Andes with a group of 18 international artists and scientists from the ECI
ECI partners with the Earth Journalism Network in launching the Earth Journalism Awards to recognise outstanding reporting on climate change
ECI present multiple papers at the 2009 eceee summer study, including an award winning poster on the assessment of the impact and limits of social learning from Eco-homes Open Days in the UK
Dr Brenda Boardman spoke at the 35th Annual Levellers Day, "The Energy Poverty Crisis: What's the solution and can we afford to ignore it?"
Papers from GECAFS’s “Food Security and Climate Change” conference are published in a special edition of Environmental Science and Policy
The ECI symposium on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change held in April 2007 has been published as a special issue in the May volume of "Global Environmental Change"
The UK Climate Impacts Programme win medal at the Chelsea Flower Show for a second year running
“Measuring energy use: Knowledge is power” Sarah Darby tells the Economist about the energy saving potential of smart meters.
Africa workshop presentations now online: Changing the climate of African development workshop, Winchester Mansions Hotel, Cape Town, 26-27th March 2009, South Africa
Dr Tina Fawcett participated in the science Museum’s policy slam “Climate (Mis)behavior”, promoting Personal Carbon Allowances as an option for changing behavior
"Conference covered Climate from All Angles": Climate researchers including ECI’s Max Boykoff publish a letter in Science about climate reporting at the Copenhagen Climate Conference
Dr Heike Schroeder delivers a lecture at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on "The Politics of Climate Change"
Do smart meters actually save energy? Read the FT’s blog about how ECI research has informed the debate leading to plans to install smart meters in all UK households
Doctoral student Debora Ley was interviewed by Paraguayan TV about renewable energy and its education whilst at a conference on the ‘Implementation of Renewable Energy in the Emerging Markets of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean’ in San Francisco
Final report from the ECI led review into climate change mitigation and adaptation across multiple sectors is presented to the European Commission
ECI researchers present multiple papers at the IHDP Open Meeting in Bonn
Dr Christian Brand presents the newly developed UK Transport Carbon Model to the Department of Energy and Climate Change
Dr Andrew Newsham convenes a workshop on 26th and 27th March in Cape Town, South Africa, entitled ‘Changing the Climate of African Development’
Oxford Scientists and ECI Masters Alumni Malte Mainshausen publish articles in Nature on climate policy around 2 degrees of climate change
2004-2009 world newspaper coverage of climate change or global warming - new figure updated
Dr Max Boykoff delivers a talk on media and climate change at the G8+5 Environment Ministers' Meeting in Siracusa, Italy
Initiatives aimed at cutting emissions while encouraging economic development are failing the world’s poorest countries, leading scientists from Oxford University are warning
ECI Director Professor Diana Liverman chairs US National Academy summit on America’s Climate Choices
ECI Advisory Board members and researcher Dr Max Boykoff speak at the international conference on Media and the Environment in Lisbon, April 2009
Doctoral student Arnoldo Matus Kramer tells the BBC of the threat posed by rising sea levels on tourism and urbanisation along Mexican and Caribbean coastlines
Dr Sarah Darby contributes to a debate on the use of smart meters on Swedish local radio. Read more about Sarah’s work on smart metering.
"The threat to the Amazon rainforest should not be overstated. Highlighting only the most catastrophic scenarios could backfire", say Yadvinder Malhi and Oliver Phillips in a letter to the Guardian
Oxford University continues as a key partner in UKERC's 18.5m award to provide for a sustainable, low carbon, energy future
Gavin Killip's report "Building a Greener Britain" is referenced in today's Guardian to support the claim that "Building new eco-housing is only half the solution - the UK's old housing stock needs to be modified if we are to hit government emissions targets"
The UKERC Meeting Place hosts a successful series of webinars on delivering whole system energy reduction policies at the ESRC Festival of Social Science.
Several ECI researchers and their work are mentioned in Science Magazine’s weekly news article: Projections of Climate Change go from Bad to Worse
The statement issued by Prof Diana Liverman and other key scientists at the Copenhagen climate summit is featured in the Times: “Scientists claim global warming can be controlled”
Dr Jimin Zhao has been awarded a 350k FCO grant for a new project: "CHINA: Moving to a low-carbon economy under different economic circumstances"
Eight James Martin 21st Century School Fellows provide leadership at Copenhagen Conference on "Climate change, global risks, challenges and decisions"
Professor Liverman delivers speech at the Copenhagen Climate Congress 2009
PRESS RELEASE: Amazon carbon sink threatened by drought
Amazon's Carbon Sink Under Threat: A consortium involving ECI researchers publishes a new paper in Science on the 2005 Amazonian drought
“Seeing the trees for the Woods”: ECI’s role in Earthwatch’s HSBC funded forest monitoring programme is featured in Oxford Today
Dr Tom Thornton’s evidence to the Alaska Legislature's Fisheries Committee is covered in the news article: Experts worried about depleted herring stocks
BBC News reports on Prof Yadvinder Malhi's PNAS paper: Amazon dieback "overstated"
PRESS RELEASE: "Oceans become increasingly short of breath"
PRESS RELEASE: "Study assesses whether climate change will kill the Amazon rainforest"
“Quarter of UK homes to be offered a green makeover” reports the Guardian, quoting data from the Environmental Change Institute
Professor Diana Liverman's new appointment to advise US Government on tackling climate change is mentioned in the THES
“Heavy weather: What climate change really means for Britain”. UKCIP simulations are quoted in the Independent
Doctoral student Bernardo Peredo wins a regional essay competition for his essay on opportunities and challenges for indigenous territories, ecosystem services and conservation in the Amazon
The final RUBICODE workshop takes place in Germany this week
Hilary Term lectures can now be viewed on the Oxford Environment webpage
View our monthly graph of 2004-2008 World Newspaper Coverage of Climate Change or Global Warming
“News Coverage of Climate Entering Trance?” Read the public’s views on Max Boykoff and Maria Mansfield’s plot of media coverage of global warming in the New York Times
Max Boykoff and Maria Mansfield’s plot showing media coverage of global warming between 2004 and 2008 is nominated as “chart of the day” by popular US environment magazine
Visiting ECI fellow Geoff Lye writes his thoughts on the UNFCCC negotiations on a daily blog. Read more.
Oxford Professor Diana Liverman appointed to new US Climate Committee
“Low-carbon homes policies are only helping the rich” warns Dr Brenda Boardman in a talk at the Institution of Engineering and Technology
Heike Schroeder presents a joint paper on "Global Cities and the Governance of Climate Change: What is the Role of Law in Cities?" at a conference on cities and climate change in New York
Prof Diana Liverman is interviewed for the Guardian's Science Weekly programme: "Does Barack Obama do science?" (from 34mins onwards)
Book review: Being and place among the Tlingit, By Dr Tom Thornton is reviewed by CHOICE magazine. Read the review.
The fuel poverty judicial review led by two leading charities is rejected by judge. The witness statement was provided by ECI’s Dr Brenda Boardman. Read the full documents here.
ECI respond to the select committee inquiry on energy efficiency and fuel poverty. Download the response.
ECI academics Diana Liverman and Heike Schroeder are co-authors of the Science Plan for the newly launched project “Earth System Governance” under the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change
Christian Brand presented an iConnect travel poster at the annual Health and Physical Activity conference in Glasgow
Thinking of applying to the ECI's MSc programme? Listen to reflections from 2008 graduates (10 mins 51 sec)
Oxford University launches itself on iTunesU, offering free podcasts to the public. Download interviews with ECI academics
Gavin Killip's eco-refurbished house in Headington is featured in November's House Beautiful magazine. Read more about Gavin's research online
‘Measuring the carbon jungle’: Professor Yadvinder Malhi explains to NERC’s Planet Earth magazine how carbon moves through the rainforest in the Peruvian Andes
Dr Jimin Zhao has secured funding from the John Fell OUP Research Fund for a project called “Governing climate change beyond the international regime: City actions in China
A new Nielsen survey, informed by ECI, of 28,000 internet users in 51 countries shows that "companies must lead the climate change fight"
Congratulations to all students from the 2007/08 MSc Environmental Change and Management who have successfully completed their year of study. Read more about alumni career choices after Oxford
Dr Max Boykoff is interviewed for an opinion piece in the Columbia Journalism Review: Public opinion and climate change
Eartwatch opens its European Climate Centre, partnering with the Environmental Change Institute on a five-year climate change and forestry research programme
"Doctors' advice to Britons: have fewer children and help save the planet" – Dr Chris West comments on the need for more rapid responses than population alone
"The end of the world is not nigh": New Scientist reports on the Global Catastrophic Risks conference in which Dr Dave Frame presented a paper on climate policy
The Guardian reports: "Energy giants forced to act on fuel poverty", with comments from Dr Brenda Boardman
ECI report "Building A Greener Britain-Transforming Britain's Housing Stock" launched this week receives good coverage in the trade press. Read articles here.
PRESS RELEASE: "Green Housing Upgrades Would Create 3.5 Billion Market for Builders, says Oxford University"
PRESS RELEASE: "Power to the people: householders get better feedback on energy use from Oxford University"
Congratulation to Dr Luiz Aragao who has been awarded a prestigious three-year NERC Research Fellowship, to map and quantify the effects of fire on Amazonian forests
Low-cost airfares, big-time carbon footprint. Dr Christian Brand tells the International Herald Tribune that increased budget flights are adding to global carbon emissions
UKCIP08 stand wins bronze medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Climate change and the fate of the amazon: ECI scientists are published in a special edition of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society
For Hybrid Drivers, Every Trip Is a Race for Fuel Efficiency: Sarah Darby tells the Washington Post about the importance of feedback in encouraging energy efficiency
A star-studded cast: Prof Yadvinder Malhi's career is previewed in the Times Higher Education Supplement
Max Boykoff is interviewed for a piece in the US magazine, Miller-McCune: The Doubt Makers
The Tyndall Centre garden at the Chelsea Flower Show has won a silver medal for their portrayal of the 2050 garden
The UK Climate Impacts Programme and Tyndall Centre provide glimpses of future British gardens at the 2008 Chelsea Flower Show.
Professor Yadvinder Malhi contributes to the BBC's World Amazon Day. See BBC website for full details of programmes.
2003/04 alumni Ishmael Dodoo is selected for UNDP LEAD programme
ECI's '40% House' report inspires Oxford's Christ Church college to reduce emissions by 60%
"Tabloids rapped over climate coverage". Read article about ECI research on Guardian Online
PRESS RELEASE: UK tabloids contributing to climate complacency
Brenda Boardman informs Friends of the Earth and ACE about fuel poverty for a judicial review. See snippet in The Guardian’s "Eco Soundings" column.
Headlines from ECI's report to carbon footprint the music industry are published in the Guardian: Music fans urged to catch a bus.
ECI energy research is referenced in the New York Times. Click to read article.
Read our updated webpage on ecosystem research in the Andes
Prof Diana Liverman is interviewed for BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme and by the BBC World Service on the issue of food security and global environmental change
Eco homes: Rage against the machine. Brenda Boardman highlights improvements in washing machine technologies in the Telegraph
Insulating against the future: ECI’s Home Truths report and ClimateXchange's Ecovation event are featured in the Oxford Times
A radical approach to a low carbon future. Read about Brenda Boardman’s research in the Oxford Annual Review
Brenda Boardman appears alongside Jamie Oliver in the Observer discussing ‘how useful ethical labels are to shoppers’
Prof Malhi's paper "Climate Change, Deforestation, and the Fate of the Amazon" is published in today's Science
The Environmental Change Institute would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year
ECI welcomes the announcement of Oxford’s new Smith School for Enterprise and Environment and Director, Sir David King
ECI staff are acknowledged for their contribution to the new UNDP Human Development Report on ‘Fighting climate change’
Britain's CO2 emissions could be cut by 80% reports The Telegraph newspaper on ECI's new report: Home Truths
The Guardian newspaper reports on Home Truths report: "Call over household carbon target"
Prof Diana Liverman delivers visiting lecture at Canada's Memorial University, on Climate governance: Beyond the nation state
ECI MSc student Hkon Slen wins 1,000 Environment Agency and WWF Prize on Economy and Environmental Policy
‘The world’s forests’, led by Prof Malhi, came 2nd in Earthwatch's annual debate: the world's most important ecosystem
Dr Yadvinder Malhi has been awarded 750K from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to monitor carbon cycling in the Amazon.
Professor Diana Liverman is to speak on the role of communities in addressing climate change, during visit to Canada
Bias or Balance? Max Boykoff reviews journalistic skepticism surrounding climate change coverage for National History Magazine
PRESS RELEASE: Exactly how sensitive is our climate? It may not matter...
DPhil student Alex Noreiga wins a ProVention Consortium young researcher's grant for his work on montane weather related risk
ECI welcomes nine new doctoral students. Read about their research and backgrounds here.
Ten Oxford scientists were among those honoured last week when the IPCC and Al Gore were announced as joint Nobel Prize winners
Dr Kate Parr has been awarded 45k by the Rufford Foundation for her work on African savannas, fire and biodiversity
A new term of lectures can be viewed on the Oxford Environment calendar. View here
John Boardman appears on BBC1's Inside Out show to investigate soil erosion in Sussex - watch it here
Kate Parr receives $14K from National Geographic Society for her work 'Burning for Biodiversity in Africa'.
Press release from ECI's latest Quick Hit: Car sharing offers route to carbon savings
Dr Brenda Boardman tells BBC news of the difficulties in reaching 60% carbon reductions without aviation cuts.
Tina Fawcett gives evidence at House of Commons Environmental Audit Select Committee Inquiry into Personal Carbon Allowances
Dr Chris West talks of the benefits to planners in having access to long term climate forecasts – The Guardian
ECI are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Nick Eyre as the new Jackson Senior Research Fellow in Energy
Cameron Hepburn agrees that firms should pay more attention to emissions trading, to encourage an efficient market - Economist
Oxford flooding 2007: Business as usual at the ECI
"Climate change reporting hots up" - an online report on ECI's Carbonundrums workshop
ECI workshop report published: Making sense of climate change reporting around the world
'Reporters don't find statistical climatology sexy' - the Press Gazette reports on ECI research
NEW REPORT: Climate Change and Influential Spokespeople: a global Nielsen online survey
PRESS RELEASE: “Richard Branson is UK Choice for Green Champion”
PRESS RELEASE: "Global Consumers Vote Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey and Kofi Annan"
PRESS RELEASE: “First International Symposium identifies Climate Change as an issue of Human Security”
Dr Kate Parr is awarded 3400 from John Fell Fund to contribute towards fieldwork in South Africa
UKCIP’s Roger Street talks to BBC Radio 5 Live about expected impacts from climate change [Listen again: 2:25 min into show]
Read ECI's 6 papers presented at the 'European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy' 2007 Summer Study
The Economist magazine reviews technological advances in aviation, with reference to ECI's 'Predict and Decide' report
Max Boykoff examines 'climate change, science, media and policy' in Nature's 'Climate Feedback' blog. Read the blog here
ECI host a one day briefing on climate change for over 70 prominent artists
Global survey shows that consumers look to governments to act on climate change - VIEW PRESS RELEASE
Should belching cattle be included in carbon footprints? Brenda Boardman explains the difficulty of labelling in Telegraph
ECI Alumni and co founder of Blue Ventures – Alasdair Harris - is celebrating winning the UNDP Equator Prize
A 7 year study by scientists at ECI supports mitigation and adaptation action to protect species threatened by climate change.
Registration open for workshop - Carbonundrums: Making sense of climate change reporting around the world - 27 Jun 07
ECI research receives two mentions in Saturday's 'FT Weekend Magazine' environmental supplement
ECI applauds proposals for Oxford's first zero-carbon housing development in the Oxford Times
Tina Fawcett tells the "Big Issue Scotland" 'How to cut your carbon footprint in 10 easy steps'
Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change Front Lines - reported by Environment News Service
Indigenous Peoples: the forgotten ‘polar bears’? ECI conference examines the impact of climate change on such communities
Brenda Boardman speaks at 'Capital Woman': An inspiring, entertaining and informative event for London’s women
Diana Liverman comments to the Times on the 4th IPCC report, released 6th April: ‘Climate change could create 20m refugees’
2007 Trapnell Lecture podcast available: 'Africa's development prospects up in smoke?'
BBC news online report on ECI's Amazon conference, headlining: Amazon 'faces more deadly droughts'
GECAFS host a workshop to develop a joint research agenda on global change
Press Release: Classroom Carbon Traders: Oxford University and UKERC ask sixth-formers to slice the climate pie
Press Release: Will climate change kill the Amazon asks University of Oxford, Met Office, Tyndall conference
UKCIP celebrate their 10th anniversary with Ian Pearson MP speaking at their 2007 User Forum
High-earning men blamed over climate changing emissions - The Guardian headlines our research on Travel Emissions Profiles
Dr Brenda Boardman comments on air-taxes in the 2nd of two articles in today's Telegraph: The flying voters face a bumpy landing
Dr Brenda Boardman appears on front page of the Telegraph with "Tory 'tax on homes abroad' will hit 400,000"
ECI advise the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution in its new report on the urban environment
Gavin Killip writes for the March/April special environmental issue of ROOF: Shelter's housing policy magazine
Diana Liverman and Timmons Roberts speak at the "Blind Spots of Global Climate Governance" in Berlin
Climate Change: US Policy: A permanent Sea Change? Max Boycoff research features in Science Magazine
Gavin Killip prsente le projet 40% House au Club de l'Amlioration de l'Habitat Paris
Sarah Darby is awarded a 3 year interdisciplinary early career ESRC/RCUK fellowship to research domestic energy feedback
ECI's 2006 Annual Report now online
Climate Care donate second scholarship to ECI's MSc Environmental Change and Management
Yadvinder Malhi talks to the BBC World Service about the impact of climate change on trees
OUCE scientists advise for the BBC’s newly launched online game: ‘Climate Challenge’
Catherine Bottrill talks about her carbon footprint and Oxford’s Carbon Reduction Action Group in the Observer.
ECI research and interviews featured on BBC Oxford website
Dr Yadvinder Malhi explains forest carbon storage processes in the Guardian's report on carbon offsets
Listen to Brenda Boardman podcast giving insights into the 40% House
View the new term of environmentally related public lectures across the university through Oxford Environment News...
MSc Environmental Change and Management receives new Climate Care scholarship for 2006
ECI alumni gather in Nairobi for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 12)
John Boardman has been awarded an Honorary Professorship at the University of Cape Town
Anna Lawrence has been invited to deliver the annual distinguished ethnobotanist lecture
ECI scientists answer your climate change questions at the 6.30pm showing of 'An Inconvenient Truth' at Oxford's Phoenix Cinema
[Pheonix Cinema: Wed 4 October]
Polly Ericksen runs GECAFS workshop in Nepal
ECI host TippingPoint: an event to explore climate change between scientists and artists