Seminars and Events in the School

Carbon doesn’t cause climate change, you do.

5:00pm - 6:00pm  /  Thursday 7th November 2019

Dr Josh Dean, University of Liverpool - Roxby Lecture

Carbon is seen as the main driver of climate change, yet there is so much we don’t know about carbon dynamics at the Earth’s surface and in the atmosphere. From the Arctic to the tropics, this lecture will cover research frontiers in carbon cycling and climate change in the natural environment. But this will be set against the backdrop of our species’ role in one of the fastest disturbances in the carbon cycle ever to occur in Earth’s history.


Large streams from little fountains flow, Tall oaks from little acorns grow…

5:00pm - 6:00pm  /  Thursday 5th December 2019

Dr Andrew Hackett-Pain, University of Liverpool - Roxby Lecture

This talk focuses on recent work on the dynamics of “masting”. This is a fascinating reproductive strategy found in many perennial plants, in which plants switch between years of bumper and lean seed crops, rather than producing seeds and fruits regularly every year. Remarkably, trees are able to synchronise these bumper seed years, even across distances of several hundred kilometres. Andrew will give the background to attempts to understand this phenomenon, including identifying how individual trees know when to mast, how and why masting evolved as a reproductive strategy, and the consequences of masting for ecosystems.


Brake, accelerator (or clutch)? Does Planning make or break markets?

6:00pm - 7:30pm  /  Thursday 12th December 2019

Public Lecture by Lever Chair in Planning - Professor Alex Lord

Urban and environmental planning is often caricatured to be a regulatory activity that exerts a brake on economic development. However, the evidence for this is mixed. In this paper, Alex Lord, looks at a specific aspect of economic development: the contributions made by the development industry attendant to broader real estate investment. In considering the effects of policy and practice on developer contributions he considers the ways in which planning might also be understood to animate economic development. In so doing he confronts the related question of whether these activities may actually be exacerbating the uneven nature of economic development.