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The University of Southampton
Geography and Environmental Science

Geography & Environmental Science Seminar Seminar

19 November 2020
Via Teams

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Geography & Environmental Science Seminar


  • Marion Payne - Economy, Society and Governance, School of Geography and Environmental Science

Title: Place, the elephant in the room of digital cluster development

Abstract: How place and the built environment retain a key role in the development of digital niche sector clusters. A summary presentation of a comparative case study research project of games and cyber security clusters in Guildford, Malvern and London

  • Dr Francis Oloo - Technical University of Kenya

Title: Assessing the geographies of food and water insecurity in the drylands of Africa from stakeholder perceptions and spatial data analysis

Abstract: Drylands  of  Africa  are  home  to  about  40%  of  the  population  of  the  continent.  The  rising population, the pace of environmental change, together with climate variability in the drylands of sub-Saharan Africa are a current concern for food, water and livelihood security. Achieving water and  food  security  in  the  drylands  of  Africa  requires  a  multidisciplinary  approach  to  monitoring, mapping,   planning   and   sustainable   management   of   the   natural   resources   in   the   dryland ecosystems.  As  part  of  the  UKRI-GCRF  funded  project  on  ‘Building  REsearch  Capacity  for sustainable  water  and  food  security  In  drylands  of  sub-saharan  Africa’  (BRECcIA),  we  are developing  methods  to  support  analysis  of  big  Earth  Observation  data,  hydrological  modelling, and other geospatial workflows to quantify the drivers of food and water security in the drylands regions.   Also,   we   are   co-working   with   the   local   stakeholders   to   formulate   policies   and interventions to reverse the trend of drylands degradation and ensure sustainable food, water and livelihood  security.  This  presentation  includes  examples  from  our  research  on  land  degradation, invasive  species  mapping  and  harnessing  stakeholder  perceptions  into  spatial  and  temporal predictors of food and water security.

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