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Sunday Evening Talks

The Seven Roads Group promotes a series of talks by local experts.

All talks are free to attend. There is a retiring collection for a charity of the speaker's choice.

Oxford Zero Carbon Transport

Dr Brenda Boardman

Oxford Zero Carbon Transport: What is being proposed, and reactions to it

Local transport is an important topic in the City at the moment: with plans and proposals on new bus gates, quiet zones, zero emissions zones and emerging plans for the Banbury and Woodstock Roads. Will the City air become cleaner and healthier? Will we become healthier? Will we get the carbon savings we need?

Dr Boardman is an Emeritus Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, following her retirement in September 2008. She has published widely on fuel poverty and since retirement she has focused on transport and its connection to pollution and health. She co-founded CoHSAT (Coalition for Healthy Streets and Active Travel), whose website you can find at this link.

You can read more about Dr Boardman and her work here on the University of Oxford website.

Further information

Dr Boardman has kindly provided some additional resources from the City and County Councils that you may find interesting:


The talk was free to attend, but - as usual for Seven Roads talks - we invite you to donate to a cause of the speaker's choice. Dr Boardman has asked for donations to Fuel Poverty Action. You can find more about their work at

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Previous talks

Recent talks have covered topics including:

Recordings of the talks

Some of our talks are recorded and published as screencast videos on YouTube.

Here are the talks that are available so far:

1st November 2020: Zero carbon transport in Oxford

Dr Brenda Boardman gives a comprehensive and balanced commentary on current plans and proposals to reduce transport-related congestion and pollution in our city and suburbs.

7th October 2018: The Paris uprising of 1968

Jean-Luc Barbanneau reflects on the 50th anniversary of these momentous events in France that he experienced first-hand.