Nov 30 2017 17:45
Sir Partha Dasgupta and Dr Aisha Dasgupta in conversation with Andrew Dilnot
How many people can Earth support in comfort? Saïd Business School is please to announce its first partnership event with Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust and is pleased to welcome Professor Sir Partha Sarathi Dasgupta and Dr Aisha Dasgupta.
Among economists and demographers, the dominant view of the effect of growing human numbers on the natural environment has alternated between concern and dismissal. During the seminar, Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta and Doctor Aisha Dasgupta will be discussing various topics concerning population and consumption, with a focus on the exceeded capacity of the biosphere to supply human's demands. The conversation will also be built around the potential synergy between theory and practice.
About the event
Please note that this event has been made possible by the generous support of Tom Kaplan.
The seminar is open for anyone to attend and will take place at Saïd Business School followed by a short networking drinks reception until around 7:30pm. Please remember that registration is required to attend this event.
Seating will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis to the main room with the speakers. Once that space has reached full capacity, there will be an overflow room with live-beaming of the talk where you will be guided. Any late arrivals will also be directed to this space and will still be able to submit questions to the speakers.
About the speakers
Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta has spent much of his professional life working on the theory and empirics of poverty and inequality. His cutting-edge research covers welfare and development economics, the economics of technological change, population, environmental and resource economics, game theory and the economics of malnutrition. His more recent work has involved investigating the idea of sustainable development in which pure economic reasoning frequently collides with ecological and social concerns.
Dr Aisha Dasgupta was awarded a Ph.D in 2014 by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, on the relationship between family planning, and fertility. Her field work was conducted in Malawi. She currently works at the UN Population Division in New York. Previously she worked at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Marie Stopes International, London, respectively. Her practical work and academic research cover: demography, family planning, population, sexual and reproductive health, HIV, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, food security and food system.
Andrew Dilnot is Warden of Nuffield College Oxford. He was Chairman of the UK Statistics Authority from 2012 to 2017, and was the Chairman of the Commission on the Funding of Care and Support, which reported in 2011. He was Principal of St Hugh’s College, Oxford, from 2002 to 2012 and a Pro Vice Chancellor of Oxford University from 2005 to 2012. He was Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies from 1991 to 2002. He was the founding presenter of BBC Radio 4’s series on the beauty of numbers, ‘More or Less’ and also presented Radio 4's ‘A History of Britain in Numbers’.
He has served on the Social Security Advisory Committee, the National Consumer Council, the Councils of the Royal Economic Society and Queen Mary and Westfield College, as a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation, and as chairman of the Statistics Users Forum of the Royal Statistical Society.
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