Peter Frankopan


A climate reckoning: what can history tell us about the future of people and the planet? With Peter Frankopan and Gaia Vince.

In The Earth Transformed, Peter Frankopan, one of the world’s leading historians, argues that the natural environment is a crucial, if not the defining, factor in global history. In Nomad Century, renowned environmental journalist Gaia Vince explains that mass mirgration due to climate change is inevitable, but that migration should be seen as a solution, not a problem.

In this exclusive conversation at Kite, Peter and Gaia will weave together startling new information about the history of humankind’s relationship with the planet and how it has shaped our history, to map out possible solutions for how the natural world will shape our future.

Peter Frankopan

Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is Stavros Niarchos Foundation Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. He is also Professor of Silk Roads Studies at King’s College, Cambridge. He works on the history and politics of the Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Persia/Iran, Central Asia, China and beyond.

Peter often writes for the international press, including The New York Times, Financial Times Guardian, and has a regular column in the London Evening Standard. He has been called ‘the first great historian of the 21st century’ by the Brazilian press; ‘the history rock star du jour by The New Statesman, and simply ‘a rock-star historian’ (VLT – Sweden; Helsingin Sanomat – Finland). The Times has called him ‘a literary star.’

Gaia Vince

Gaia Vince is an award-winning science journalist, author, broadcaster and speaker. She is particularly interested in the interaction between human systems and Earth’s planetary systems, and has travelled the world extensively to research it. Her latest book, NOMAD CENTURY, is an urgent investigation of the most underreported, seismic consequence of climate change: how it will force us to change where – and how – we live.