The Frank Jackson Professor of the Environment chair was created in 2014. This is only the second new Professorship created at the College in over 400 years.

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Professor Jacqueline McGlade

Professor Jacqueline McGlade is the Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment at Gresham College. She is also a Professor of Resilience and Sustainable Development at University College London and Professor at the Maasai Mara University in Kenya.

On leave from her role at UCL, Professor McGlade was Director of the Science Division and Chief Scientist and Statistician at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Kenya. There she led many key global assessment activities including the Global Environment Outlook, UN Emissions Gap Report and Frontiers. She also led the creation of Environment Live, an intelligence system for environmental monitoring. Before moving to Kenya, she served as Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, where she introduced citizen science, systems for sharing environmental information for national reporting and delivered key assessments and analyses for all major European environmental policies.

For four decades Professor McGlade has worked at the interface of sustainable development, science, society and policy. Her research on biodiversity, climate change, ecosystems, oceans and social dynamics are known the world over. From developing innovative software for virtual gaming and decision-making in areas such as flood management to pioneering open access to data and information she has changed the way we look at and understand the environment.

Professor McGlade has given over 800 public lectures around the world showing her audiences how we can live sustainably on Earth while adapting to the changing nature of the environment. She has produced award-winning films, television series and radio programmes. In 2017 she gave a TEDx talk on Building Resilience to Climate Change.

With a background in marine biology and environmental informatics Professor McGlade has done fieldwork in Africa, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, North America, Europe, the Caucasus, and the Arctic. She is passionate about local communities and has trained and supported indigenous people to map their lands and sacred sites. She has been instrumental in helping indigenous people participate in local, national and international fora. She recently became a senior member of the Maasai tribe in Kenya, where she is helping to design and implement clean technologies and a green growth local economy in the famous Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Appointed the Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment in 2018 this is Professor McGlade’s first lecture series at Gresham College. She will explore “Frontiers – Emerging Environmental Issues with Global Implications”. The lectures will present the latest knowledge about emerging issues that affect us all. They will cover antimicrobial resistance, nanotechnology, cognitive development and childhood malnutrition, food security and climate adaptations in crops, the intertwined impacts of inequality and pollution on human health, and the exploration of earth from space.

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All Professor of the Environment Lectures
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Exploring Earth from Space

Professor Jacqueline McGlade
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 - 6:00PM
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The Intertwined Impacts of Pollution and Inequality on Health

Professor Jacqueline McGlade
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 - 6:00PM
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Food Security: A Poisoned Chalice of Plant Adaptation

Professor Jacqueline McGlade
Tuesday, 5 March 2019 - 6:00PM
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Childhood Malnutrition: Exporting Violence or Happiness?

Professor Jacqueline McGlade
Tuesday, 4 December 2018 - 6:00PM
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Nanomaterials: A Tale of Two Alices

Professor Jacqueline McGlade
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 - 6:00PM
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Antibiotic Resistance: Calling on Citizens to Help Tackle the Problem

Professor Jacqueline McGlade
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 - 6:00PM
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Who's to Blame for Britain's Floods?

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 31 May 2018 - 6:00PM
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Is 'Green Business' a Contradiction in Terms?

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 6:00PM
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National Parks and National Park Cities

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 8 February 2018 - 6:00PM
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Ecotowns or Egotowns?

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 18 January 2018 - 6:00PM
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Organic Food: Rooted in Lies?

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 9 November 2017 - 6:00PM
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Cleaning Up The Thames: Success or Failure?

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 6:00PM
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'All Must Have Prizes': Citizen Science and the Environment

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 11 May 2017 - 6:00PM
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The Environmental Challenges of MegaCities

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 6 April 2017 - 6:00PM
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Under the Sea: What's Happening in Our Oceans?

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 9 February 2017 - 6:00PM
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Something in the Air: The Insidious Challenge of Air Pollution

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 12 January 2017 - 6:00PM
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Hotting up: Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change in the Twenty-first Century

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 10 November 2016 - 6:00PM
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Scratching the Surface? Looking from Space at Human Impact on Earth

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 13 October 2016 - 6:00PM
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Development, Developers and the Water Environment

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 12 May 2016 - 6:00PM
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Britain's Damaged Rivers

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 7 April 2016 - 6:00PM
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Oil on Troubled Waters: The Industrial Legacy and Britain's Groundwater

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 11 February 2016 - 6:00PM
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The Creeping Paralysis of Drought

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 14 January 2016 - 6:00PM
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The Next Big UK Flood: Britain Under Water

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 12 November 2015 - 6:00PM
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A Body in the River: The Application of Environmental Science in Murder Investigations

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 15 October 2015 - 6:00PM
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A Green and Pleasant Land?

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 7 May 2015 - 6:00PM
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Locally 'Green': Does it Make a Difference?

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 2 April 2015 - 6:00PM
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Professionally 'Green': Environmental Challenges and UK Professional Bodies

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 12 February 2015 - 6:00PM
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Educationally 'Green': Environmental Research, University Teaching and Campus Greening

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 15 January 2015 - 6:00PM
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Greenness in Business and the City

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 4 December 2014 - 6:00PM
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Greenness and UK Environmental Challenges

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 16 October 2014 - 6:00PM
All Professor of the Environment Series

Frontiers: Emerging Environmental Issues with Global Implications

Environmental Controversies

A Bigger Picture: Global Scale Environmental Challenges

Britain in Troubled Waters

Green Complexity: Science, Innovation and Society


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