Past events

Catch up on all our past events. Watch videos and read more about the challenges.

Flooding: National problem, local solutions? 11 March 2017

Life off the ladder, 15 June 2016


Integrated Britain? 15 March 2016


Energy for all, 24 February 2016

21CC - Energy For All

Ready for impact? 10 November 2015


London: too big to succeed? 15 September 2015
Blog: Just Too Big, Jon Reeds, Smart Growth UK, 16 September 2015

LONDON, UK - 15 SEPT: 21st Century Challenges lecture at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). In London, on 15 Sept 2015.

Made in Britain?, 25 March 2015


Equalising Education, 20 November 2014


Air quality for all, 30 October 2014

Press coverage: Are we still choking on the fumes of 20th century industrial policy? Hamish Stewart, 10 Nov 2014
Story: The Story of the Wonderbag, genconnect

Escape to the city, 26 June 2014

Blog: Urbanisation and Wellbeing: Can We Make Cities Happier Places to Live? Network of wellbeing, 14 July 2014

Mobile middle class, 13 March 2014


Big data, big impact?, 21 November 2013


Feeding the 9 billion, 30 October 2013

Food security
Blog: Feeding the 9 billion, Graham Eyre, 31 October 2013
Blog: Feeding 9 billion people, an evening of discussion at the Royal Geographical Society, Peter Smithers, School of Biological Sciences, Plymouth University, 6 February 2014
Blog: Entomophagy: feeding the 9 Billion, British Ecological Society, 8 November 2013
Blog: 21st Century Challenge – Feeding the 9 Billion, Bohunt Geography, 24 March 2014
Blog: The Pig Brother diary room, Edd Colbert, The Pig Idea, 2013

Countryside in Crisis?, 26 June, 2013


The Energy Water Food Stress Nexus, 5 December 2012


Article: Can Shell’s ‘stress nexus’ change the conversation about natural resources?, Green Biz

Unsustainable Fishing, 10 October 2012


Keeping pace with a digital revolution, 15 May 2012


Global health in the 21st Century, 21 March 2012


Adapting to an urban future, 13 December 2011


Educating for tomorrow, online only

Digital technology in Africa, 10 May 2011

Blog: Digital Technology in Africa – 21st Century Challenges at the Royal Geographical Society, Leon Tong, BrightLemon, 20 May 2011
Blog: The role of Digital Technologies in Africa, Amy O’Donnell, FrontlineSMS, 26 May 2011

Persistent poverty in Britain, 15 March 2011


Can the UK ever be sustainable? 1 December 2010

Press coverage: Sir Stuart Rose speaks at the Royal Geographical Society, Guardian, 15 December 2010
Blog: 21st Century Challenges, Peter McManners, Sustainability and Resilience, 6 December 2010

Plastic pollution in the oceans, 13 October 2010


Sculpt the future foundation

Natural disasters: how to improve? 25 May 2010


Not In My Back Yard, 3 March 2010


Digital Divide in the UK? 1 December 2009


Blog: Pivot Support: What is Digital Exclusion?

Importing goods, exporting drought? 14 October 2009


Britain’s ageing population, 16 June 2009

Press coverage: Beware of growing oldies, The Times, 20 June 2009

Engineering our climate, 14 May 2009


The future shape of Capitalism, 17 March 2009

Vince Cable MP

Migration: skills and the job market, 11 November 2008


Razing the Rainforest, 22 October 2008


London under water, 18 June 2008


Concreting the countryside, 13 May 2008


Future of low carbon energy, 26 March, 2008


Africa in the 21st Century, 10 October 2007




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