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Is the planet full?

Is the planet full? Can the world continue to support a growing population estimated to reach 10 billion people by the middle of the century? And how can we harness the benefits of a healthier, wealthier and longer-living population?

Professor Ian Golding, together with leading academics Professor Sarah Harper, Dr Toby Ord, Professor Robyn Norton, and Professor Charles Godfray, introduced this topical subject at the Oxford Literary Festival 2014. While it is common to hear about the problems of overpopulation, there might be unexplored benefits of increasing numbers of people in the world. Find out more about this intriguing themes watching the panel at the Oxford Martin School of academics debating the intended and unintended impacts of population and economic growth.

Ian Goldin is the Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Globalisation and Development at Oxford University. From 2001 to 2006 he was at the World Bank, first as Director of Policy and then as Vice President. Previously, he was advisor to President Mandela and Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa. He has been knighted by the French Government. Professor Goldin has published over fifty articles and eighteen books, including Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World and Will Define our Future, Globalization for Development: Meeting New Challenges, Divided Nations: Why global governance is failing and what we can do about it. He is the editor of Is the Planet Full?.

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