7.30pm, Thursday 23 February 2012, Pegasus Theatre, Oxford
Come and join us for an evening with a difference.
Discuss and debate one of the key policy issues for the future with friends and colleagues from Oxford's Environment and Development Scene.
Sit back and enjoy Oxford's leading stand-up comedians give their version of our deliberations!
Mix and chat with old and new acquaintances and colleagues.
Book soon, as the Pegasus is a small and intimate theatre!
Tickets £5 book online www.pegasustheatre.org.uk or call 01865 812150
Meet our Panellists
"a large part of the answer to resource security is a more circular economy."
Julie Hill is former Director of, and now an Associate of, Green Alliance - one of the UK's foremost environmental policy organisations. She has worked on environmental policy for over twenty five years and is currently a non-Executive Director of the Eden Project in Cornwall and of the Environment Agency for England and Wales. She has authored and co-authored a number of publications on waste and resources policy including 'A Zero Waste UK' (IPPR 2006), 'A Pathway to Greener Products' (Green Alliance 2010) and 'Reinventing the Wheel' (Green Alliance 2011). Her first book 'The Secret Life of Stuff', was published by Vintage Books in January 2011.
"while predicting future resource scarcity may be highly complex and uncertain, we're already committed to some increase in scarcity, what else do we need to compel us to act now?"
Fai Fung is a researcher at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford and part of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change. He is an engineer by training and has for the past 10 years been working on water resources projects around the world from operating hydropower stations in Iran to climate change impacts on water scarcity in Bangladesh. Recently he has been looking into the design of robust water supply systems in the south-east of England. His research is explores how we need to think about managing our water resources for future environmental and socio-economic changes.
"it may say 'scarcity' on the door, but hiding in the backroom are global inequality and gross inefficiency."
Kate Raworth is Senior Researcher at Oxfam. Her current research focuses on paradigms of sustainable development and their implications for what constitutes economic development. She is the author of Oxfam's latest discussion paper, A Safe and Just Space for Humanity: can we live within the doughnut?, which combines the ecological concept of nine planetary boundaries with the complementary concept of social boundaries, to create a 'global-scale compass' for sustainable development. Prior to joining Oxfam, she was a co-author of UNDP's Human Development Report for four years, and a Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute, working as an economist in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Zanzibar.
"resource scarcity, perceived or real, is the trigger to developing new products, ways of manufacturing and markets"
James Cadman is a Principal Consultant with Environmental Resources Management Ltd (ERM) - a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services. He is an expert on the environmental impact of products through their life cycles, having been heavily involved in the development of Green Public Procurement policy, the European Ecolabel and corporate product sustainability for more than ten years. This taken the course of using a life cycle approach to analyse supply chains and products and develop strategies to reduce impacts, either through policies or in product design.
And your chair for the evening and event convenor...
"responding to the profound resource governance challenges ahead is going to require some innovative and smart thinking. People want Oxford to lead the thinking and we've got the community to do so."
Paul Jepson is course director of the MSc in Nature, Society and in Environmental Policy at the School of Geography and Environment, Oxford. He transferred into academia from a career in conservation management and policy in the UK and Indonesian working for local government, Inter-governmental agencies and NGOs. He has organised a number of events around the city to engage audiences with current issues in new ways.
And to make sure we leave chuckling!
Oxford Comedy Deathmatch - Our very own improv comedy troupe who around the city, creating scenes and songs based on audience suggestions.