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That resources are diminishing is a commonplace, but scarcity is about much more than the destruction of our natural resource base: it is a socially and economically constructed condition that affects us all, and will increasingly do so. If the 2000s was the decade of false abundance, then the 2010s will likely be defined through scarcity. Scarcity Exchanges will open up the discussion as to what scarcity might mean, and its social, economic, and environmental implications. The series of exchanges brings together some extraordinary speakers around a single, and very pressing, issue.

Tickets are free but please register on Eventbrite ( For further details see
All talks start at 6.30pm at University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS
Scarcity Exchanges are part of wider research project, Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment, led by Jeremy Till at the University of Westminster, with partners at the Oslo School of Architecture and TU Vienna. The project is funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area). For details of the project and Scarcity Exchanges see

Dougald Hine and Andrew Simms

Dougald Hine is a public thinker and social activator. Co-Founder of the School of Everything and Space Makers Agency, Dougald is now involved in a series of extraordinary initiatives around the role of the public intellectual and new forms of universities. Andrew Simms is a Fellow of the New Economics Foundation, and one of Britain’s leading economists looking at issues of the environment and social justice. He co-founded and the Green New Deal, and is a prolific writer and broadcaster.