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"Is the planet full?" - Panel discussion at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival


This panel discussion is part of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival, the Oxford Martin School is the Festival Ideas Partner


  • Professor Charles Godray, Director, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food and Author of the chapter How can 9-10 Billion People be Fed Sustainably and Equitably by 2050?
  • Professor Ian Goldin, Director, Oxford Martin School, Editor of Is the planet full? and Author of the chapter Governance Matters Most
  • Professor Sarah Harper, Director, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, Oxford Martin School and Author of the chapter Demographic and Environmental Transitions
  • Professor Robyn Norton, Co-Director, The George Institute for Global Health, Oxford Martin School and Author of the chapter Safe, Effective, and Affordable Health Care for a Bulging Population
  • Dr Toby Ord, James Martin Fellow, Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology and Author of the chapter Overpopulation or Underpopulation?

The panel will discuss the whether our planet can continue to support a growing population estimated to reach 10 billion people by the middle of the century?

Please note this is a ticketed event and the tickets for this event are £11 and available from the Festival website:

About the Book
Is the planet full?

Book CoverWhat are the impacts of population growth? Can our planet support the demands of the ten billion people anticipated to be the world's population by the middle of this century?

While it is common to hear about the problems of overpopulation, might there be unexplored benefits of increasing numbers of people in the world? How can we both consider and harness the potential benefits brought by a healthier, wealthier and larger population? May more people mean more scientists to discover how our world works, more inventors and thinkers to help solve the world's problems, more skilled people to put these ideas into practice?

In this book, leading academics with a wide range of expertise in demography, philosophy, biology, climate science, economics and environmental sustainability explore the contexts, costs and benefits of a burgeoning population on our economic, social and environmental systems.

Event Details

28 March 2014 12:00 - 13:00

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