Reading lists

A number of our speakers have recommended books relevant to their sessions which you may want to look at in advance of the Weekend.

Friday 14 September

9.30am – The Ethics of Climate Change
Recommended by Professor Broome:

'The ethics of climate change', Scientific American, June 2008, pp 69-73. Reprinted in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, 2008, edited by Tim Folger and Elizabeth Kolbert, Houghton Mifflin, 2009, pp. 11-18.

'The most important thing about climate change', in Public Policy: Why Ethics Matters, edited by Jonathan Boston, Andrew Bradstock and David Eng, ANU E Press, 2010, pp. 101-116.

As other background, I recommend Paul Krugman 'Building a Green Economy' and a good website: http://rockblogs.psu.edu/climate/


2pm – Celebrating ideas and improving lives: E F Schumacher centenary lecture
Recommended by Amanda Ross (Practical Action):

‘Small is Beautiful’ was Schumacher’s first and best known book, published in 1973 and since translated into numerous languages. A new edition for the centenary will be published in June 2011 by Random House.

Schumacher described ‘A Guide for the Perplexed ‘ as his true life's work. In his simple and readable style. it faces head-on the most fundamental issues that we face: the true meaning of life and living. It is also published by Random House.

‘This I believe and other essays’, E.F.Schumacher. This is a collection of twenty-one articles, written by Schumacher for the magazine, Resurgence. Most of these articles have not been published anywhere else. It is available from Green Books.

'Alias Papa: A life of Fritz Schumacher', Barbara Wood,Green Books, July 2011, ISBN 978 1 900322 94 2
Small is beautiful in the 21st Century, Diana Schumacher, Green Books, June 2011, ISBN 978 1 900322 75 1

4pm – The Population Paradox

Recommended by Dr Nando Sigona:

Policy Primer: Irregular Migrant Children and Public Policy
http://www.migrationobservatory.ox.ac.uk/sites/files/migobs/Irregular%20Migrant%20Children%20Policy%20Primer.pdf
http://romanipolitics.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/introduction-sigona-trehan.pdf

Saturday 15 September

9.30am – Global Humanities Showcase
Recommended by Eugene Rogan
The Arabs: A History

9.30am – Responsibility to protect in modern international relations
Recommended by Professor Jennifer Welsh:

Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 24: 4 (2010), entitled 'Implementing the Responsibility to Protect: Where expectations meet reality'.

2004 Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations (Oxford University Press)

'Civilian Protection in Libya: Putting Coercion and Controversy back into RtoP' (2011) forthcoming in Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 255-262

'Who Should Act? Collective Responsibility and the Responsibility to Protect', (2011), forthcoming in The Routledge Handbook on the Responsibility to Protect, edited by Frazer Egerton and Andy Knight (New York: Routledge).

'The Rwanda Effect: The Development and Endorsement of the “Responsibility to Protect”', in After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond, edited by Phil Clark and Zachary D. Kaufman (Columbia University Press, 2009)

'International Law and the Responsibility to Protect: Clarifying or Expanding States' Responsibilities?', (2010) Global Responsibility to Protect, Vol2, No.3, pp. 213-231(19) (with M. Banda)

11.30am - Earthquake science in the 21st Century
Recommended by Dr Richard Walker:
http://comet.nerc.ac.uk/ - this is the website of our research group (which is also part of the National Centre for Earth Observation). It has a lot of assessible information on earthquakes and volcanoes, and ways to monitor them.

http://comet.nerc.ac.uk/Workshop_front.html
- this is a summary of a recnt workshop held in Oxford on the science and the social science of earthquakes.

A good book on the challenges that earthquakes pose to an increasingly urbanised world population is 'After the Earth Quakes: elastic rebound on an urban planet' by Susan Hough and Roger Bilham (Oxford University Press, 2006).

For background information on famous earthquakes in history, read 'Earthquakes in human history' by J. Zeilinga de Boer and T. Sanders (Princeton University Press, 2005)

For an approachable text on earthquake science, read 'Earthquakes' by Bruce Bolt (5th edition, Freeman, 2003)

11.30am – A new era for higher education: challenges and opportunities for Oxford

Recommended by Mike Nicholson:

The 2012 OFFA agreement

Recommended by David Watson:

"The Question of Morale: managing happiness and unhappiness in university life"

"Learning Through Life: Report of the Inquiry into the Future of Lifelong Learning"


More recently published, (although only available in hardback) is "The Engaged University"

4.00pm – Oxford Graduate Scholarship for the 21st Century: celebrating the Clarendon Fund’s tenth anniversary

Recommended by Professor Horiguchi:

Home and Family in Japan: Continuity and Transformation, Edited by Richard Ronald and Allison Alexy, Published November 15th 2010 by Routledge as part of the Japan Anthropology Workshop series

A Sociology of Japanese Youth: From Returnees to NEETs, Edited by Roger Goodman, Yuki Imoto, Tuuka Toivonen, 14th November 2011 by Routledge

Sunday 16 September

9.30am – 900 Years of Philanthropy
Recommended by Chris Day:

Oxford, a New History, Gillian Evans (Tauris)
The Illustrated History of Oxford University, Ed. John Prest, (OUP)
Oxford: an Architectural Guide, Geoffrey Tyack,  (OUP)