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The Human Dimensions of Climate Change: The Politics of Food and Water Security in Africa

April 29, 2013

Wednesday 18 – Friday 20 September 2013 

The David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies (DDMI) is delighted to announce a major international conference on this critical topic. It will take place in the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University (UK) on 18-20 September 2013.

The conference is intended to be a landmark event in the field, and will bring together internationally renowned experts from the worlds of public policy, activism and lobbying, international organisations, and academia. It will be an outstanding opportunity to discuss and debate these crucial issues, and meet experts from a variety of fields, including international relations, law, the natural sciences, geography, development studies, diplomacy and non-governmental organisations.  The conference will address the multiple levels of food and water insecurity in Africa – global, international, national and local – as well as the interplay of science and politics. 

Scheduled panels include sessions on ‘The global politics of food and water security’; ‘International cooperation and institutions’; ‘National policies in Africa’; ‘Local dimensions’; and ‘The politics of food and water science’. The full programme will be confirmed nearer the time. The conference will start at 4:30pm on Wednesday 18 September and finish by 1pm on Friday 20 September.

Attendance is strictly limited so please confirm your place early. A booking form is available on the conference website ( Please complete and return with payment to Dr Grant Dawson (

 The conference fee (£30 for students; £50 for all others) includes: the conference dinner (Wednesday); a tour of crop science research facilities with lunch and tea (Thursday); buffet dinner (Thursday); and teas, coffees etc.

The conference is supported by the Climate Change Consortium of Wales (C3W), and AU’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), the Department of International Politics, and the DDMI.

Please see the website for the latest details:

The conference is being organised by Sir Emyr Jones Parry, Professor Ken Booth, and Dr Carl Death. For more details or enquiries please contact Carl Death (