21st Century Challenges is a programme of discussions and accompanying resources run by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

The 2015/16 programme focuses on seven of the biggest social, environmental and economic challenges facing the UK in the coming decades and recognises that geography is at the heart of many of these challenges and integral to tacking them.

Our discussion events which take place at the Society’s home in London and across the UK, aim to enhance our understanding of these issues by stimulating informed dialogue and knowledge exchange.

The 2007-2014 programme focused on a range of global and local challenges. Discover them here.

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Founded in 1830, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is dedicated to the development and promotion of geographical knowledge, together with its application to the challenges facing society and the environment. The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is a registered charity no.208791

For more information please contact:

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
1 Kensington Gore

Amy Lothian
21st Century Challenges project coordinator
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Frances Dixon
Policy Officer
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)


Visiting the Society

Directions to the Society by tube, rail, bus, car and bicycle


Read the 21st Century Challenges Accessibility Statement.