The Wreford Watson Lecture Series commemorates the life and work of James Wreford Watson (1915-1990) a geographer and poet who formerly held the chair in the Geography Department at Edinburgh.
The Lecture is given each year by a prominent intellectual from outwith or inside the academic discipline of Geography. The purpose of the lecture is to set geographical ideas within a wider culture of public intellectualism.
Wreford Watson Lecturers in recent years have been:
- 2016 – Dr. Lindsey Hilsum, International Editor, Channel 4 News, “World without borders: how warfare and whatsapp are changing reporting”
- 2014 – Professor Danny Dorling, University of Oxford, “Inequality and the 1%: What Scotland might not miss about England”
- 2012 – Will Self, Professor of Contemporary Thought, Brunel University, “Decontaminating the Union: Post-Industrial Landscapes and the British Psyche”Published in Scottish Geographical Journal 129(2013), 59-66:
- 2011 – Andrew Ross, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. ‘Is Urban Sustainability Possible in the Age of Climate Justice?’
- Before 2011, speakers have included Doreen Massey, Nigel Thrift, Ceri Peach and David Livingstone.