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INSIGHTS Virtual Lectures: Slowdown: The end of the great acceleration – and why it’s good for the planet, the economy, and our lives by Professor Danny Dorling

Professor Danny Dorling, University of Oxford

Date/Time: Thursday 8 October 2020, 17:30 - 18:15

Hosted by Dr Martin Farr, with introduction from Professor Ted Schrecker

Danny Dorling uses global data to reveal that human progress is slowing down. Not only has the rise per person in fertility and productivity fallen over the last few generations, but so has the rate of production and – almost certainly – innovation. Fortunately, this slowdown is good for our civilization. Professor Dorling graduated from Newcastle University in 1989 with a degree in Geography and Mathematics – and he has been using both subjects ever since…

Danny Dorling's book, Slowdown: The End of the Great Acceleration - and Why It's Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives, is available to buy now from our university bookseller Blackwell's.


Danny Dorling is a Professor who works in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. He works on issues of equality, employment, education, housing, and health. In 2020 with Yale University Press he published “Slowdown: The End of the Great Acceleration - and Why It’s Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives; and jointly with Annika Koljonen (and Agenda Press): Finntopia: what we can learn from the world’s happiest country. He is a patron of the road crash charity RoadPeace, and of Heeley City Farm in Sheffield.

Live Q&A:

The lecture will be followed by a live Q&A with the speaker. You can submit a question in advance by sending an email to or during the event using YouTube Live Chat or via Twitter @InsightsNCL.

This event will be hosted on YouTube, registration is not required.