The Norma Wilkinson Lectures

The Department of Geography and Environmental Science hosts an annual lecture series funded by a bequest from Norma Wilkinson, a University of Reading alumna. This prestigious event has been addressed by many distinguished speakers since its inception in 1969:

29/04/2015 Dr Elizabeth Morris OBE, Scott Polar Research Institute. Into the Treasure of the Snow: Field Measurements of Snow Density in Greenland and Antarctica.

16/07/2014 Professor Nik Heynen, Department of Geography, University of Georgia. Confronting the Right to Food Through Abolition Ecology.

22/03/2011 Professor Lonnie Thompson, Ohio State University. Global Climate Change: A Paleoclimate Perspective from the World's Highest Mountains.

2/12/2009 (33rd) Professor Linda Peake, York University, Toronto. The Lost Amerindian Girls, the Tooth Fairy, and the Whores of Babylon.

3/12/2008 (32nd) Dr Iain Stewart, University of Plymouth.
Earth: The Climate Wars

6/11/2007 (31st) Professor Henry Yeung, National University of Singapore. The Emergence of Asian Firms in the Global Economy.

7/11/2006 (30th) Prof. John R.G. Townshend, University of Maryland, USA, "Where have all the forests gone?" Monitoring the Earth's Vegetation with Remote Sensing.

21/11/2003 (29th) Professor Roger G. Barry, University of Colorado at Boulder, U.S.A. The role of global snow and ice in the climate system.

21/10/2002 (28th) Professor Heiner Monheim, University of Trier, Germany
Geography of political reorganisation in Europe.

6/12/2001 (27th) Prof. Tim Oke, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Towards Understanding Street-level Urban Heat Islands

14/11/2000 (26th) Prof. Geraldine Pratt, Department of Geography, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Filipino Domestic Workers and the Geographies of Rights in Canada

25/11/1999 (25th) Prof. Cristian Pfister, Institute of History, University of Bern, Switzerland. Climatic variations, economic activity and risk communication: Examples from the past.

12/11/1998 (24th) Prof. Pip Forer, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Invasive Technologies and Host Nations: GIS in New Zealand.

27/11/1997 (23rd) Prof. Andrew Kirby, Arizona State University West, U.S.A. Reconfiguring Scale in the New Millennium: Outer Space, Cyberspace and Geopolitical Space.

31/10/1996 (22nd) Prof. Colin Reynolds, Institute for Freshwater Ecology. Algal Blooms in Rivers: Making Hay while the Flow is Low.

07/11/1995 (21st) Prof. Tim O'Riordan, University of East Anglia. Responding to Global Environmental Change: The Transformation of Environmental Science.

28/05/1991 (20th) Lloyd Timberlake, International Institute for Environment and Development. Environmental Politics for the 21st Century.

15/05/1990 (19th) Prof. Clyde Weaver, University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A. Public-Private partnership in Third World Development.

09/05/1989 (18th) Prof. Harold Brookfield, Australian National University, Canberra. Sensitivity to Global Change: A New Task for Old/New Geographers.

05/11/1987 (17th) Prof. Nurul Islam, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh. Rural Energy and Rural Development.

23/10/1986 (16th) Prof. Allan Scott, University of California, Los Angeles. High Technology Industry and Regional Development: A Theoretical Critique and Reconstruction.

28/01/1986 (15th) Prof. Peter D. Jungarius, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Perception and Use of the Physical Environment in Peasant Societies.

27/11/1984 (14th) Prof. Akin L. Mabogunje Ogun University, Nigeria. The Geography of Development Aid.

13/12/1983 (13th) Prof. John T. Andrews Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, U.S.A. Glacial Chronology and Dynamics of the Eastern Laurentide Ice Sheet.

25/11/1982 (12th) Dr. Robert M. Newcomb, California State University, Northridge, U.S.A. A Business and a Charity: Conservation in Transition.

12/11/1981 (11th) Prof. Peter Odell, Erasmus Universitet, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The Oil Resources Question and Energy Policy Planning.

27/11/1980 (10th) Prof. Harry W. Richardson, State University of New York, Albany, U.S.A. National Urban Development Strategies in Developing Countries.

05/12/1979 (9th) Prof. Anders Rapp, University of Lund, Sweden. Processes of Desertification in African Drylands.

13/06/1978 (8th) Prof. James E. Vance, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A. External Forces in the Location and Shaping of Cities.

21/02/1977 (7th) Prof. Jean Tricart, University of Strasbourg, France. Some Ecological Limitations to the Colonisation of Amazonia.

05/03/1975 (6th) Prof. Lloyd Rodwin, Director of the Centre for Urban Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A. Town Planning, Regional Science, Policy Analysis and Urban Studies.

21/02/1974 (5th) Prof. Dr. A.P.A. Vink, Physical Geography Laboratory, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Physical Geography for Land Use Planning.

18/06/1973 (4th) Prof. David Harvey, Department of Geography, Johns Hopkins University, U.S.A. A Question of Method for a Matter of Survival.

07/03/1972 (3rd) Prof. Dr. Roland Paepe, Aardkundige Dienst van Belgie, Belgium. The Changing Physical Environment in Belgium during the last 100,000 years

16/02/1971 (2nd) Prof. G. Saccon, University of Siena, Italy.

1969 (1st) Prof. Brian J.L. Berry, University of Chicago, U.S.A.

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