8-9 June 2017, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford

Call for abstracts now open!

Registration form now available. Registration Deadline 1 May 2017.

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Deserts and drylands encompass 40% of the globe and shelter two billion people. Arid regions are home to the major religions, valued natural resources, scarcity, wealth and poverty, and face issues that dominate our time. Geopolitics, climate change, development, land degradation, population growth and conflict are issues that have relevance beyond any singular department or perspective. The 4th Oxford Interdisciplinary Desert Conference, from 8-9 June 2017, will provide a forum for researchers and those interested in desert and dryland environments and societies to present, discuss and debate dryland themes and research.

The Oxford Desert Conference brings together academics and non-academics who research, work and live across the world's desert and semi-desert regions for two days of vibrant talks, presentations, panels and networking opportunities.

For 2017, we encourage presentations on issues related to health, mobility and forced displacement, and environmental governance. We also encourage participants from the Humanities to join us. The combination of research presentations, open engagement and working group panels encourages debate, conversation and exchange of ideas.

How to Register

Please fill out a registration form (below) and return to: (deserts@ouce.ox.ac.uk).

Note that your registration will not be completed until you have paid the conference fees.

Please submit a short summary of research interests (150 words) and a short biography (150 words) with your registration form.

Registration Fees

Registration fees are set at:

  • Conference Fee (75)
  • Conference Fee for Students and OAPs * (40)

Note: Fees include a 3-course meal at St Cross College.

* Please include a copy of your valid student card / other formal identification and make sure you have this identification with you on registration day.


Please send payment either by cheque (made payable to 'University of Oxford') together with your completed Registration Form, or use the University's Online Store. Please visit the Online Store and follow the online instructions.

Please make sure that you have submitted your Registration Form before paying online. Please indicate on the form that you are paying via the Online Store.

Call for Abstracts

If interested in speaking or presenting a poster please submit a 200-word abstract of your presentation and suggest the most relevant theme.

Abstracts should not be more than 200 words and can be submitted via email (deserts@ouce.ox.ac.uk) or hardcopy (Dr Troy Sternberg, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY).

Please be aware that we cannot accept abstracts until at least one of the authors has registered for the conference.


  • 2017 Conference Programme (Information forthcoming)

How to find us

The conference takes place at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford. The School of Geography and the Environment is located in the University Science Area, South Parks Road, Oxford. For directions, please see the School's contact information.

For further queries please contact the Conference Team:

Dr Troy Sternberg, Dr Ariell Ahearn
Oxford Interdisciplinary Desert Conference
School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford
South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1865 285070

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