Seminars and Events in the School


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.

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Why has UK life expectancy stopped improving?

6:00pm - 7:00pm  /  Thursday 16th January 2020

Dr Mark Green, University of Liverpool - Roxby Lecture

Over the last 120 years, the UK has witnessed annual improvements in health.  In 2015 this changed.  Life expectancy improvements began to stall at first and now are showing signs of declining.  Indeed they have been declining in deprived communities in the past couple of years. Coupled with increasing infant mortality rates, the UK sits at a cross-roads of population health that it has not faced in modern times.  The talk will consider the potential explanations for these recent trends including an ageing population, winter flu epidemics, the materialisation of trends in obesity and alcohol, and austerity.

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Connecting climate models to vector borne diseases

6:00pm - 7:00pm  /  Thursday 13th February 2020

Prof Andrew Morse, University of Liverpool - Roxby Lecture

Global climate models are run for both seasonal forecasts and long-term climate change scenarios.   These useful data sets are rarely utilised in the context of health, human and animal, apart from some limited use in heat wave studies.  Background will be given to the climate models that are used and the approaches taken when using the data for climate impacts studies. The overall team at Liverpool have developed a number of vector and vector borne disease (VBD) models of varying complexity, including those for malaria, Rift Valley fever, dengue, Zika and bluetongue and a mosquito model for Aedes albopictus.  Examples will be given of the use of the integrated climate model-VBD model use at both seasonal scales and longer climate change time scales especially for malaria.

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Planning, Localism and Institutional Change in the UK since 2010: Examining a Decade of Reform

6:00pm - 7:00pm  /  Thursday 18th March 2020

Dr Alex Nurse, University of Liverpool - Roxby Lecture

This lecture draws upon a new book which, for the first time, presents an analysis of the latest tranche of these initiatives (i.e. 2010-present) from “top to bottom”, i.e. from the national to the community scales, to explore how the governance framework for and of cities has changed in recent years, and what effects this has had on the distribution of power and resources within cities. The focus is on England and the wider UK, with international examples used throughout for comparative purposes.

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Unearthing hidden secrets from the ocean mud

6:00pm - 7:00pm  /  Thursday 23rd April 2020

Dr. Fabienne Marret-Davies, University of Liverpool - Roxby Lecture

Are we experiencing extraordinary climatic conditions? To understand what is happening today, we need to know the why and the how. Looking into the past can help to better understand our current and future situation, and oceanic mud may contain the answers to all our questions. In this talk, an overview will be given on how well-preserved palaeoceanographic indicators have helped to refine our understanding of past climates, including resolving the Noah’s flood debate.

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