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The Gordon Manley Lecture

Gordon Manley Lecture 2016/17


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Every year, the Department of Geography asks a distinguished geographer to deliver the annual Gordon Manley Lecture. Speakers have included Professors Derek Gregory, Susan Smith, Mike Hulme, and Danny Dorling (see below for a full list).

Practising subalternity: Postcolonial Tanzania, the Dar school and pan-African geopolitical imaginations.

The 24th Annual Gordon Manley Lecture

Monday 20th February 2017, 6.15pm, Moore Building Lecture Theatre




2nd March 1993  Professor David Rhind (Director General, Ordnance Survey)

27th October 1994 Professor James Duncan (Syracuse University)

20th October 1995 Professor Andrew Goudie (Oxford University)

4th November 1996 Professor Susan Smith (Edinburgh University)

21st October 1997 Professor Ian Simmons (Durham University)

12th November 1998 Professor Ron Johnston (Bristol University)

19th October 1999 Professor Lynne Frostick (University of Hull)

8th November 2000 Professor Ed Soja (UCLA)

7th November 2001 Professor Frank Oldfield (Liverpool)

11th November 2002 Professor Jane Jacobs (Edinburgh)

11th November 2003 Professor David Thomas (Sheffield)

28th October 2004 Professor Derek Gregory (British Columbia)

7th November 2005 Dr Vanessa Lawrence (Director General, Ordnance Survey)

17th October 2006 Dr Clive Oppenheimer (Cambridge)

29th October 2007 Professor David Livingstone (Queen’s Univ, Belfast)

10th November 2008 Professor Ian Reid (Loughborough)

30th November 2009 Professor Jane Wills (QMUL)

22nd November 2010 Professor Mike Hulme (UEA)

28th November 2011 Professor Danny Dorling (Sheffield)

29th November 2012 Professor Tony Brown (Southampton)

13th February 2014 Professor Mona Domosh (Dartmouth)

17th November 2014 Professor Detlef Mueller-Mahn (Berlin)

16th November 2015 Professor Martin Siegert (Imperial College)



The Gordon Manley Selected Lecture Archive 

2014: Prof. Detlef Mueller-Mahn 

"Future-Making in Africa: Climate Change, Security Discourses and the Manufacturing of New Riskscapes"

17th November 2014

 Video of the lecture can be found here.


2012: Prof. Tony Brown

29 November 2012


2011: Prof. Danny Dorling

‘Mapping our Futures: A divided Britain in a shrinking world’


28 November 2011



Lecture Summary:

After a moment to reflect the extraordinary contributions of the late Professor Russell Coope, Professor David GIlbert, the Head of Department, introduced Professor Danny Dorling who delivered the 2011 Gordon Manley Lecture. Under the title of 'Mapping our Futures: A divided Britain in a shrinking world’, Professor Dorling juxtaposed contemporary Britain with a group of other wealthy countries to make the basic but powerful point that Britain is becoming an increasingly unequal country, with stark regional, class, gender and ethnic divisions. Using historical data, he suggested to his audience that the geographies of social division were at their worst since 1918. He concluded a highly engaging and richly illustrated presentation with the message that Britain does not have to be this way - there are social, political and economic measures that we could take to restore social mobility and attend to income/wealth differentials. As other countries such as Japan and the Nordic countries exemplify, there are alternatives to inequality extremes if we care to look carefully. Professor Gilbert offered a vote of thanks and a packed lecture theatre enjoyed a reception hosted by the Department of Geography.

2010: Prof. Mike Hulme

"Climate Change: What Are We Arguing About"

22 November 2010



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"The annual Gordon Manley Lecture is one of the key events in the departmental calendar and has, over many years, attracted some of the most important names in UK and international geography."

Katie Willis, Head of Department

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