One of the country’s most prominent social commentators and government advisors explained to students how geography can help to predict the future.

Oxford University professor, Danny Dorling, gave a lecture to more than 70 students from Loreto and all across Manchester about how geography can make sense of the world in the 21st century.

The professor focused on maps to show the impact of global population trends through time and how people’s lives have dramatically changed since the industrial revolution. He encouraged students to make a leap into the future to foresee what changes are yet to come before the end of the century when global population could hit more than 9 billion people.

Geography teacher Mr Parkin organised the talk said it had been both an inspiring and thought-provoking lecture.

“Professor Dorling is at the cutting edge of the geography of inequality at a national and international scale. The students were very privileged to be able to experience a lecture from such an internationally renowned geographer.”