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Professor Heather Viles, Head of School

An academic department of the University of Oxford, the School is internationally recognised for the quality of its teaching, research and wider engagement. In addition to world leading education and research in the School, we host three internationally recognised research centres and lead cross-university initiatives and collaborative networks.

  • Environmental Change Institute
  • Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
  • Transport Studies Unit

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Seminar
A life course perspective: new mobilities and demography
Featuring guest speakers Prof Dr Joachim Scheiner (Technische Universitat, Dortmund) and Clare Sheffield (Policy Analysis Manager, Transport for London). Chaired by Dr Tim Schwanen (TSU). Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Understanding the H21 Project
Dan Sadler, Special Advisor to Northern Gas Networks. Oxford Energy Colloquia. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Visualizing Capital
Professor David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography, Graduate Center of the City, University of New York. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford. Registration required.
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Conservation 2037: A day to think about shaping the future of our profession and passion
A one-day conference bringing together cohorts studying conservation MSc to generate a greater sense of collective identity and empowerment; explore the ideas and drivers that suggest a transformation in the science, policy and practice of conservation; and facilitate and encourage 'new generation' conservationists to voice and reflect upon the values, issues and practice which they would like to see at the centre of conservation when they are mid-career (20-years hence). The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London
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Tenant trouble: Resisting precarity in Berlin's Märkisches Viertel, 1968-1974
Dr Alexander Vasudevan, University of Oxford. Technological Natures & Transformations Hilary 2017 Seminars. J Gottmann Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
The human right to water and sanitation
Philippe Cullet, Professor of International and Environmental Law, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies - University of London). Oxford Water Network Seminar. Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, Christ Church, Oxford.
Seminar
Beyond technology: the role of innovation in achieving universal access to drinking water
Peter Harvey, Chief of UNICEF's Water, Sanitation & Education Centre, Copenhagen. Oxford Water Network Seminar. Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, Christ Church, Oxford.
Seminar
Prosperity without Growth - 7 years on
Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey. ECI Big Ideas Seminar Series. School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford.
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Implications of policy on AMR in the environment, and vice versa
Andrew Singer, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Hilary Term Interdisciplinary Microbiome Project Seminar Series. Roy Griffiths Room, Keble College, Oxford. Booking not required.
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Dugald Clerk Lecture 2017: The resilience of Britain's water supplies in an uncertain future, London
Professor Jim Hall FREng FICE, Director of the Environmental Change Institute. Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London.
Seminar
The mobilities of young adults in the 21st Century
Featuring guest speakers Prof Ann Berrington (University of Southampton) and Jean Taylor (Senior Service Manager Policy & Partnerships, Lambeth Council). Chaired by Dr Debbie Hopkins (TSU). Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Invisible energy policy - the role of materials and products in mitigating GHG emissions
Prof John Barrett, University of Leeds. Oxford Energy Colloquia. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford.
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Cities as First Responders of Climate Change
Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist, NASA. ECI Big Ideas Seminar Series. H O Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Event
Trouble in paradise: Ocean management in the tropics - 10th Annual Ocean Policy Symposium
Speakers include: Dr Catherine Head (Zoology, Oxford); Dr Prue Addison (Zoology, Oxford); Claire Hanratte (SSEE, Oxford) and Emma McIntosh (SoGE, Oxford). Lecture Theatre, SoGE, University of Oxford.
Seminar
Infrastructural violence and the right to the city
Dr Martin Coward, University of Manchester. Technological Natures & Transformations Hilary 2017 Seminars. E W Gilbert Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Title to be confirmed
Professor Stephen F. Lintner, Visiting Professor of Geography, King's College London. Oxford Water Network Seminar. H O Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
The Food of our Food: Microbial Lessons From the History of Growth Promoters
Hannah Landecker, UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics. Hilary Term Interdisciplinary Microbiome Project Seminar Series. Roy Griffiths Room, Keble College, Oxford. Booking not required.
Event
Can future energy needs be met sustainably?
Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith, Director of Energy Research, University of Oxford. Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street, Oxford. Booking Required.
Seminar
Mobilities for an ageing population
Featuring guest speakers Associate Prof Charles Musselwhite (Swansea University) and Jane Vass OBE (Director of Policy & Research, AGE UK). Chaired by Prof David Banister (TSU). Gottmann Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Why India needs monsoon scientists
Sunita Narain, Director General, Centre for Science and Environment. ECI Big Ideas Seminar Series. H O Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Fact and Fuss: implications for microbiota research
Lindsay Hall, Institute of Food Research, UEA. Hilary Term Interdisciplinary Microbiome Project Seminar Series. Roy Griffiths Room, Keble College, Oxford. Booking not required.
Seminar
Discrepant cosmopolitanism and the urban geopolitics of hospitality and hostility in Beirut
Dr Sara Fregonese, University of Birmingham. Technological Natures & Transformations Hilary 2017 Seminars. J Gottmann Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Land, Outdoors & Nature
Join Peter Nixon, the National Trust's Director of Land, Landscape and Nature and Professor Heather Viles, Head of The School of Geography & the Environment as they discuss the challenges and opportunities we face today in caring for and studying the natural environment. St Luke's Chapel, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.
Seminar
Hydrological prediction for drought and flood early warning in sub-Saharan Africa
Justin Sheffield, Professor of Hydrology and Remote Sensing, University of Southampton. Oxford Water Network Seminar. H O Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Life events and mobilities across the life course
Featuring guest speakers Dr Sara Tilley (University of Edinburgh) and Emma Aldrich (Regional Programme Officer for East & Southern Africa, Marie Stopes International). Chaired by Dr Tim Schwanen (TSU). Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Seminar
Pathological Lives
Steve Hinchliffe, University of Exeter (Geography). Hilary Term Interdisciplinary Microbiome Project Seminar Series. Roy Griffiths Room, Keble College, Oxford. Booking not required.
Seminar
Dirt and danger: Beyond a bourgeois understanding of public spaces
Dr Pushpa Arabindoo, University College London. Technological Natures & Transformations Hilary 2017 Seminars. A J Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Event
4th Oxford Interdisciplinary Desert Conference
The 4th Oxford Interdisciplinary Desert conference provides a forum for researchers and those interested in desert and dryland environments and societies to present, discuss and debate dryland themes and research. Registration now open.

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Undergraduate Honour School

Undergraduate Honour School

Experience the unique and integrative undergraduate geography degree programme at a university leading the way in geographical teaching and research. Our undergraduate degree provides students with a wide range of experience and skills across the breadth of geography, based on in-depth teaching from our many expert staff.
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International Graduate School

International Graduate School

With over 200 graduate students from a range of nationalities, professional and disciplinary backgrounds we are one of the largest, most diverse and vibrant graduate schools in the world offering six advanced degrees in Geography and the Environment.
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Our Research

The School is undertaking world-class interdisciplinary research, addressing societal and environmental problems, and advancing knowledge within an exciting research environment. Find out more

Our Research Centres

In addition to world leading education and research in the School, we host three internationally recognised research centres and lead cross-university initiatives and collaborative networks.

  • Environmental Change Institute

    Environmental Change Institute

    The ECI is an interdisciplinary institute for research on the complex processes of global environmental change, the exploration of sustainable solutions, and the promotion of change for the better through partnership and education. Find out more

  • Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

    Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

    The SSEE is enabling business and governments to address the global energy, environment and sustainable development challenges of the 21st century. Find out more

  • Transport Studies Unit

    Transport Studies Unit

    The Transport Studies Unit seeks to advance innovative approaches to the study of 'transport futures' over time and space. Find out more

Our Research Networks

  • Oxford Networks for the Environment

    Oxford Networks for the Environment

    The Oxford Networks for the Environment mobilise the University's expertise to find solutions to the complex, converging challenges of energy, water, food security, climate change, and threats to biodiversity. Find out more