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How Population Change Will Transform our World

Monday 27 March 2017

1 Hour


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Expert in demographics Professor Sarah Harper explains how population change will transform the world and looks at what we can do to meet the challenges that lie ahead.

Harper dispels myths that unstoppable global growth will lead to a population explosion or that climate change will lead to a mass movement of environmental refugees. Instead, she looks at the trends that will affect population growth in regions, including demographic inertia in Europe and the demographic dividend in Asia, high fertility and mortality in Africa, and the youth bulge in the Middle East. Harper says we must prepare for the impact of climate change and urbanisation and for the challenge of feeding 10 billion people.

Harper is professor of gerontology at the University of Oxford, director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing and director of the Clore Programme on Population-Environment Change.

This event is part of the festival’s women in society series sponsored by HSBC.