The Anthropocene Research Group operates a Seminar Series through which we learn about our colleagues and friends’ diverse approaches to the Anthropocene. 

Dr Lei Xie: The politics of international cooperation on transboundary rivers in Asia

  • Venue: Squires Building, room 211
  • Time: 8 February 2018,
  • 12:30-2pm

International rivers in Asia are shared amongst many countries, most of which are facing growing pressures to react to global environmental change and industrialisation. These river basins, some of which are the largest in the world, are also amongst the least coordinated river systems. There is increasing concern that developing countries are unable to cope with the challenge of sustainable water resources management. There is also fear that political tensions over international waters will cause regional instability.

Contact: Dr Oliver Hensengerth with any queries

Lei Xie Talk Further Info

‘Welcome to the Anthropocene – a brief history of how humans are shaping the planet’

James Syvitski: Jack Jeffery Sustainability lecture, 12th July 2016, Newcastle University

In this lecture, given to mark conferment of an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree on him by Newcastle University, James ‘Jai’ Syvitski outlines how the Anthropocene was formally proposed in 2000 as Earth’s newest epoch, a period during which humanity’s impact on the planet has rivalled that of the great geological forces. Humans are changing the Earth’s biophysical system but, in the past few years, this concept has escaped its geological confines to emerge as a new paradigm that embodies an altered human environment relationship. Natural and social scientists, humanists, artists, educators and journalists have examined this concept from a variety of perspectives.

This churning has thrown up many questions such as: “When did the Anthropocene begin?”; “What are the implications of this paradigm for science and policy?”; “Is it fair to hold ‘humanity’ culpable for the actions of a few?” and “Can there be a ‘good’ Anthropocene?” 

Jai is an External Advisor (and a dear friend) to the Anthropocene Research Group at Newcastle.


Jack Jeffrey lecture from @AnthropoceneNCL on Vimeo.

'Is there anything 'Natural’ about Natural History'

An Historians view of the Anthropocene

Phil Scarpino:  13th March 2017, Newcastle University


Phil Scarpino Lecture from @AnthropoceneNCL on Vimeo.