Forthcoming RGS-IBG Events…

21st Century Challenges Public Event – Panel Discussion: Life off the ladder

Wednesday 15 June 2016, 7pm, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

There are 11 million people in the UK off the housing ladder and in private renting, up dramatically from previous generations. Over half of Londoners rent. Whether through choice or necessity, more people are renting and for longer. Should we accept that Britain’s home-owning dream has ended? Can we improve rights for renters so life off the ladder in the 21st Century can be something to celebrate not commiserate? Join us and our inspirational speakers to discuss the rise of the long-term renter.

Tickets: £10 | £7 RGS-IBG members | Students £5

Tel: 0207 591 3100 or book online:


21st Century Challenges Policy Forum: Affordable, timely and sustainable housing for London’s workforce: Seeking common ground? (professional interest required)

Monday 20th June 2016

The evening begins with an expert panel discussion and audience Q & A from 5.30pm until 7.15pm, followed by networking drinks.

 The Housing and Planning Bill/Act and current Greater London Authority initiatives will, at best, only partially address the substantial need for genuinely affordable, timely and sustainable housing – for rent and for purchase – for London’s workforce now, and in the future. The new Mayor, Local Authorities and the government will continue to face significant challenges for many years.

The Policy Forum will hear from a panel of leading experts in the housing sector: Nick Raynsford, former MP and Minister with responsibilities including housing, planning, construction and London; Barney Stringer, Director at Quod; architect Lynne Sullivan OBE, Chair of the RIBA Sustainable Futures Group and of the Good Homes Alliance, and Professor Paul Cheshire, London School of Economics.

The panel will consider the realistic potential to meet London’s housing demand, in terms of:

  • How – the capacity to build at the required volume;
  • Where – the locational opportunities, constraints and possible priorities;
  • With due environmental care – can affordable growth be accommodated sustainably and with good quality design?
  • Can we identify common ground and what are the implications?

Please visit our website for more information about the panel, and how to book a place. There is a small charge to attend the Forum to help us cover administrative costs, as a charity.

The Forum is an integral part of the Society’s activities as the UK’s learned society and professional body for geography. Its purposes are to convene and stimulate thoughtful and evidence-led discussion, from different perspectives, on matters that have strong geographical dimensions; to brief policy makers where appropriate; and to promote networking. The Policy Forum is part of the 21st Century Challenges programme of policy and public events.


People, Politics and the Planet: Any Questions?

Britain in a Changing Europe

21 July 2016, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London

We would like to invite you to join the Sibthorp Trust, the British Ecological Society and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) for the first opportunity to debate the future of UK environmental policy in the aftermath of the EU referendum. This event is organised with support from the Society for the Environment and the Wellcome Trust.

The EU referendum presents a crossroads in the course of environmental policy in the UK. Vote leave, and we enter a period of profound uncertainty outside the reach of well-established European policies. Vote remain, and the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss lose none of their urgency.

Chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby, People, Politics and the Planet: Any Questions? will bring together a panel of leading politicians including Kerry McCarthy MP (Labour, Shadow Environment Secretary), Baroness Parminter (Liberal Democrats, Environment Spokesperson) and Natalie Bennett (Green Party, Leader), to answer your questions.

Tickets are available at £10 for BES/RGS-IBG members and concessions, or £20 full price. Book your ticket now