People » Jessica Thorn

DPhil Student, Department of Zoology

Assessing the impact of land management strategies of small-holder farmers on ecosystem processes, goods and services, and human well-being in a changing climate


People » Abrar Chaudhury

DPhil Student, Environmental Change Institute

Financial and Institutional Design of Climate Change Adaptation


People » Meghan Bailey

DPhil Student, Environmental Change Institute

Robust Adaptation Planning and Decision-Making: a comparative study of subsistence-oriented communities in the Indo-Gangetic Plain and West Africa.


People » Chase Sova

DPhil Student, Environmental Change Institute

Chase's research is on climate change adaptation within the agricultural sector.


People » Alexis Gutiérrez

DPhil Student, Environmental Change Institute

Consumers and Environmental Labelling – What do they actually understand? A case study of the seafood industry


Full Planet, Empty Plates: the new geopolitics of food scarcity

Lester R. Brown

Date: Tuesday 25 June

Time: 4.30 - 5.30pm

Venue: Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, School of Geography and the Environment, South Parks Road

Please email to book your place

Could food be the weak link in our early twenty-first civilization, much as it was in so many of the earlier civilizations whose archaeological sites we now study?

The world is in transition from an era of food abundance to one of scarcity. On the demand side of the food equation, there will be 219,000 people at the dinner table tonight who were not there last night. And some 3 billion increasingly affluent people are moving up the food chain, consuming more grain-intensive livestock and poultry products. The bottom line is that we are entering an era of intensifying food scarcity, one that is leading to intense competition for control of land and water resources - in short, a new geopolitics of food.


A seminar hosted by Dr Saran Sohi from the UK Biochar Research Centre.

Date: Wednesday 19 June

Time: 2pm

Venue: Moa Room, OUCE

please RSVP to Emily Read if you would like to attend this seminar.


This Oxford Water open afternoon will showcase some of the diverse water research at the University from across the natural, social and engineering sciences

Date: Monday 3 June

Time: 4-5.30pm

Venue: Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, Christ Church, St Aldates, OX1 1DP

Come and meet researchers from the Oxford Water Network, find out what’s going on in other departments, and get a flavour of the opportunities for collaboration.

The afternoon will finish with a drinks reception and nibbles.

All are welcome, including prospective and current students, researchers and faculty, and the general public.

Registration required:

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Time: 15:30 to 17:30

Date: Monday 1 July 2013

Venue: Lecture Theatre A, Tinbergen Building, Department of Zoology, South Parks Road

Cross-disciplinary research is a key element underpinning Oxford’s contributions to challenges that face society in the 21st century. Priority 2 of the University’s draft Strategic Plan is ‘to build on Oxford’s multiple disciplinary strengths and enable collaboration in new and developing areas.’ The Oxford Networks for the Environment seek to bring together the University’s expertise in science, technology, business, and society to address the complex, converging challenges of energy, water, and food security, climate change and threats to biodiversity.


The event is open to university staff and postgraduate research students. Please register at:


The Environmental Change Institute has launched a new policy briefing series: 'Insights for Policy'.

These four-page documents present the aspects of a particular piece of research relevant to policy makers in government, international organisations, business and charity sectors.

The first in the series is about food and environments in East Africa. It looks at how different futures might affect food security and environmental change in the region.

This research comes out of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS).

Download the policy briefing here:
ECI Insights for Policy #1: Shared Action on Food and Environments in East Africa

Visit the Policy Briefing page on the ECI website here:
ECI Insights for Policy

Read more about CCAFS work on Scenarios:

Scenarios website

Scenarios blogs