University of St Andrews

I-Power Lecture to be presented by Professor Glen MacDonald

The Institute for Population, Well-being and Environment Research (I-Power) is delighted to welcome Professor Glen MacDonald (UCLA) who will be presenting the I-Power Lecture.

The event will take place in School I, St Salvator's Quadrangle from 4.15 - 5.30 pm on Thursday, 3 October 2019 followed by a reception in the Irvine Building.


Climate, Capital, Conflict: Geographies of Failure or Success in the 21st Century

Professor Glen MacDonald

John Muir Memorial Chair in Geography and Distinguished Professor, Department of Geography, UCLA

Global Visiting Fellow, School of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews



St Andrews Global Fellow and Association of American Geographers Past President, Glen MacDonald, asks the question - will people and planet succeed in meeting the challenges posed by the 21st century or will environmental and socio-economic pressures produce catastrophic failure? The address will explore the mounting and often geographically conflated stresses of accelerating climate change, increasing economic disparities, and associated conflicts - both in the sense of physical struggles, and in the sense of competing ideals regarding political and socio-economic systems, valuation of the environment, and basic morality. The answer is elusive, but these challenges represent issues that geographers have long engaged with and must now confront with particular urgency.