Category Archives: Europe

How to create a more ‘United’ Kingdom?

What does the decision to leave the EU tell us about society in the UK today? Visit Geographical for a taster of what panellists will speak about at our next Policy Forum, A ‘United’ Kingdom? on 16 March 2017 (6.00pm – 8.00pm). Chaired by Nicholas Hellen, Social Affairs Editor at the Sunday Times, our expert panel includes: Dr Faiza Shaheen, Director of the

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Separation Anxiety: challenges for the environment from Brexit

“We need to take environmental discussions out of the technocratic closet and make them popular” was Baroness Kate Parminter’s take home message from this year’s Burntwood Lecture, held by the Institution of Environmental Sciences. In her lecture, Baroness Parminter, the Liberal Democrat spokesperson in the House of Lords for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, addressed the ‘separation anxiety’ that

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Alternative Visions of a Low-Carbon Future

A low-carbon economy – with a target of an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide levels, on 1990 levels, by 2050 – is a long-standing objective of UK energy policy. But what will a low-carbon economy look like and what will it be like to live there? A paper in Energy Policy by Gavin Bridge and colleagues (‘Geographies of energy transition:

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Discussion on ‘Brexit’ informed by the latest geographical research

On 23 June, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union. With voter turnout exceeding 70 per cent, a majority (52 per cent) elected to leave as opposed to 48 per cent who voted to remain. We’ve brought together commentary informed by geographers and the latest geographical research. Cartogram Special – Brexit, Geographical magazine, 29 June 2016 Dr Benjamin

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Greece begins to return migrants to Turkey – whilst MEDMIG project questions policy approach

The first group of migrants who arrived in Greece across the Mediterranean have been returned to Turkey today under a controversial policy adopted by the European Union. For each Syrian migrant returned to Turkey, the EU must take and resettle another Syrian from refugee camps who has made a legitimate request for asylum. However no Syrians have been included in

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Europe’s Migration Crisis?

UK Border, Terminal 4, London Heathrow

On 22 March 2016, the RGS-IBG will hold the latest in its series of ’21st Century Challenges: Policy Forum’ discussions, considering the major environmental, social and economic challenges facing the United Kingdom now and over coming decades. The Policy Forum event will be complemented by a discussion meeting aimed at a public audience, on ‘Integrated Britain’ (15 March). Professional interest

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Science Minister won’t be drawn on the consequences of a ‘Brexit’

Jo Johnson MP, Minister for Universities and Science, was lavish in his praise of the achievements of the science and engineering community in the UK at the 30th anniversary Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) lecture last night. Yet he was far less forthcoming about the impact of a potential ‘Brexit’ on the continuing success of this endeavour, despite a

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