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Hilary Term 2013 

Thursday 21st  February 17:30 Department of Plant Sciences
Mike Gidney, CEO, Fairtrade Foundation
Power and Food
Mike has worked in international development for 20 years, with a particular focus on poverty reduction and small enterprise development, helping producers identify and access markets.   Mike joined the Fairtrade Foundation in 2012 from pioneering fair trade organisation Traidcraft Exchange, where he was Director of Policy from 2001. Previously a Board Director of the Fairtrade Foundation, and Chair (2005-08), Mike has also served on the Foundation’s Certification and Executive Committees. 
Thursday 7th February 17:30 Department of Plant Sciences
David Heath CBE MP, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food.
The Future for Agriculture and Food

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Thursday 17th January, 17:30 Department of Plant Sciences.


Gordon McGranahan, Principal Researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development.

Urbanization and food insecurity in an unequal world. Click for podcast.


Dr McGranahan  researches urban environmental issues. He has examined how urban environmental problems change as cities become wealthier. He was the convening lead author of the urban systems chapter of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He worked previously for the Stockholm Environment Institute, leading their Urban Environment Programme.


He has authored a number of recent publications specifically on urbanization and food security:

McGranahan, Gordon (2011) Urbanization and food prices, Technical Briefing, IIED and UNFPA, London and New York; Satterthwaite.

McGranahan, and Tacoli (2010) Urbanization and its implications for food and farming, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 365 (1554) pages 2809-2820.


Hilary Term 2012

supported by Tetra Laval


Linacre College
[Convenors: Dr Laura Rival, Prof Subir Sarkar and Prof David Sherratt]

Environmental Governance and Resilience

19th January

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“Social-ecological resilience: A framework for stewardship in an uncertain and rapidly changing world”
Professor Stuart Chapin
Inst of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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26th January

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“Planning for ecological resilience on landscapes: the importance of the past to plan for the future”
Professor Kathy Willis
Director, Biodiversity Institute
2nd February
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“Enframing and poiesis in environmental management”
Professor Andy Pickering
University of Exeter

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9th February
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“Governance, genomes, Gaia”
Professor Gísli Pálsson
Dept of Anthropology, University of Iceland

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16th February
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“Solutions for a Sustainable and Desirable Future”
Professor Robert Costanza
Director, Inst. for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State Univ.
23rd February
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“Resilience and social-ecological systems”
Professor Carl Folke
Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

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Lectures will take place at 5.30 pm in the New Biochemistry Lecture Theatre (Ground Floor), South Parks Road. For location/directions see

More information about the background to the 2012 Lecture Series is available here.

Linacre Lectures take place during Hilary Term. Recorded media from previous lectures will be posted below.

Hilary Term 2010

4th March “Plague: Histories and Continuities”
Professor Paul Slack Principal, Linacre College MP3 file here.