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Steve Rayner

Professor Steve Rayner is the James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization and Director of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at Oxford University from where he also co-directs the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, the Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship and the Oxford Geoengineering Programme. He is a Professorial Fellow of Keble College. He is also Honorary Professor of Climate Change and Society at the University of Copenhagen and Senior Fellow at the Breakthrough Institute of Oakland, California. Professor Rayner has previously held senior research positions in two US National Laboratories and has taught at leading US universities. His current research focuses on three related areas; these are the future of cities, alternative policy frameworks for climate change, and the emergence of novel technologies, especially climate geoengineering.

Series featuring Steve Rayner

  • Alumni Weekend
  • Humanitas - Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge
  • Big Questions For The Future
  • Keble College
  • Oxford Martin School: Interviews and Commentaries
  • School of Geography and the Environment Podcasts
  • Societies in Transition
  • Anthropology
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Climate, weather, culture In this Departmental Seminar, Prof. Steve Rayner examines the blossoming of anthropological attention to climate change over the last ten years. 17 February 2017. Steve Rayner 26 Jul 2017
2 Creative Commons How to eat an Elephant: Why Climate Change Policy is in a Mess and How to Fix it For more than two decades, Professor Steve Rayner has led interdisciplinary research programmes on science technology and environment, specifically on global climate change. Steve Rayner 09 Oct 2012
3 Creative Commons The Flexible City: overcoming Lock-In and Path-Dependency Cities are epicentres of creativity and innovation but are also easily locked into patterns of infrastructure and behaviour that may not serve them best. Steve Rayner 02 Oct 2012
4 Creative Commons The Flexible City: overcoming Lock-In and Path-Dependency Cities are epicentres of creativity and innovation but are also easily locked into patterns of infrastructure and behaviour that may not serve them best. Steve Rayner 02 Oct 2012
5 Creative Commons What will buildings of the future look like? There's a lot that we can learn from the past, using modern materials and approaches, that will improve the design and functionality of new buildings. Steve Rayner 20 Aug 2012
6 Creative Commons What will be the pros and cons of city life in the future? As populations increasingly migrate to city centres there are many factors that improve lifestyle - less pollution, fewer road accidents, easier access to medical care. But city infrastructure could do with a rethink says Professor Steve Rayner. Steve Rayner 20 Aug 2012
7 Creative Commons Creativity Lecture 4: Two Sides of the Creativity Coin - Innovation and Lock-in Professor Steve Rayner (University of Oxford) presents creative and innovative potential solutions to the energy crisis and problems caused by climate change. Steve Rayner 07 Jul 2011
8 Norman Foster: Symposium on the Future of Cities - Discussion and Concluding Remarks Discussion and concluding remarks from Lord Foster to end the half-day symposium on the future of cities. John Ockendon, Malcolm McCulloch, Steve Rayner, David Banister 02 Feb 2011
9 Norman Foster: Symposium on the Future of Cities This half-day symposium, convened by the School of Geography and the Environment, addresses themes arising from Lord Foster's lecture, focusing on the city of the future and includes internationally distinguished panelists from Oxford and beyond. John Ockendon, Malcolm McCulloch, Steve Rayner, David Banister 02 Feb 2011
10 Water Enterprise Forum: Regulation and institutions: What are the constraints on innovation in the water sector? Steve Rayner, InSIS - Saïd Business School, talks on 'Regulation and institutions: What are the constraints on innovation in the water sector?' as part of the Water Enterprise Forum on the 27 May 2009. Steve Rayner 08 Jun 2009
11 Societies in Transition: Technology and Transition in the 21st Century Professor Rayner talks about society in the 21st century the impacts of science and technology, particularly cyber-technology and the Internet. He also asks how new technology will change society and what it means to be a person. Steve Rayner 24 Mar 2009
12 Societies in Transition: Technology and Transition in the 21st Century Professor Rayner talks about society in the 21st century the impacts of science and technology, particularly cyber-technology and the Internet. He also asks how the new technology will change society and what it means to be a person. Steve Rayner 24 Mar 2009
13 Showcase: Institute for Science and Civilization Showcase: Institute for Science and Civilization. Steve Rayner 15 Dec 2008
14 Showcase: Institute for Science and Civilization Showcase: Institute for Science and Civilization. Steve Rayner 15 Dec 2008