The Forum's second topic began in October by taking a global view of land use change and for the last two months, we have looked at some of the economic and social drivers behind those changes and the kinds of data sets we can use to look at them.
On the 20th January, the meeting asked 'Does the way we think need to change?' and Charles Godfray, Georgina Mace and Davis Nally helped us to explore new ways of thinking about the impact of land use change on the supply of natural resources and drivers behind the demand for them.
Charles Godfray, Hope Professor and Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food at Oxford University, is interested in how the global food system will need to change and adapt to the challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, and in particular in the concept of sustainable intensification, and the relationship between food production, ecosystem services and biodiversity.
Georgina Mace, Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems and Director of the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER) at UCL, suggested we read her recent Science Essay on 'Whose conservation?' about changes in the perception and goals of nature conservation.
They were joined by David Nally, a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography in the Department of Geography, who is keen to talk about how food security debates are framed and to explore ways in which recent changes to the global policy landscape will affect agrarian land use.