'insight4me' Geography online event

On 21st September (16.15-17.15), two academics will be delivering a 30-minute talk on the topic of Global Commons. Please note that you cannot miss lessons or other pre-arranged St. Clare's contact hours. If you can attend, this is a great opportunity. See below for more information about the 'insight4me' series. If you are unavailable this time, or topics within Geography do not directly match your academic passions, you could check for future events.




Information about the speakers


  • University of Glasgow: Prof Chris Philo, Professor in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, will present Tragedies of the Commons. This talk introduces ‘the commons’ as meaning a complex bundle of resources, like air, water, land, etc. that people can supposedly access freely ‘in common’ with each other. We will ask about the historical roots of the commons, and of threats to it, in both the British countryside and British colonies. We will consider what is sometimes called ‘the tragedy of the commons’ – an idea with a curious double meaning – particularly emphasising what happens when different peoples in different places start to be denied access to common resources.


  • The University of Sheffield: Dr Dan Hammett, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography will present Governing the Global Commons. This talk thinks through the vital importance, but also huge complexities, of governing the global commons with a focus on both geopolitical and security concerns but also the centrality of the global commons for sustainability agendas and the future of the planet. During this talk we will discuss the environment, social, political and economic considerations at play in both the rush to exploit and efforts to protect the global commons.


insight4me is a series of subject specific webinars for IB1 and IB2. The sessions directly support students’ current studies by giving an insight into particular curriculum areas whilst affording an understanding of how these subjects continue beyond IB, and how they vary between universities.



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