LSE: Public lectures and events

LSE: Public lectures and events

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The London School of Economics and Political Science public events podcast series is a platform for thought, ideas and lively debate where you can hear from some of the world’s leading thinkers. Listen to more than 200 new episodes every year.


The Levelling: what’s next after globalisation [Audio]
Jun 27 • 85 min
Speaker(s): Michael O’Sullivan | The liberal, globalised world order is withering according to Michael O’Sullivan in his new book The Levelling: What’s Next After Globalization which he will talk about in this lecture. The levelling is the process of…
Britain and Europe: how did we get here, and where do we go next? [Audio]
Jun 21 • 76 min
Speaker(s): David Miliband | This year’s Maurice Fraser annual lecture will take the form of a conversation between David Miliband and Professor Kevin Featherstone, followed by questions from the audience. The discussion will assess the state of play of…
Global Health and Inequality [Audio]
Jun 18 • 90 min
Speaker(s): Professor Sudhir Anand, Professor Amartya Sen | To ensure that people live long and healthy lives it is important to know what kills different groups of people in different places. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) based on the…
Finding My Voice: my journey to the West Wing and the path forward [Audio]
Jun 18 • 57 min
Speaker(s): Valerie Jarrett | Join Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama in conversation with LSE’s Peter Trubowitz about her new book. When Valerie Jarrett interviewed a promising young lawyer named Michelle Robinson in July 1991 for…
The Problem of Modernity: reinterpreting decolonisation and the modern? [Audio]
Jun 6 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Amit Chaudhuri | How might the modern, rather than the human, be recovered as a way of looking at a common inheritance? And why is modernity resistant to being recovered? Amit Chaudhuri (@AmitChaudhuri) is an essayist, literary critic and the…
An Unexpected Convergence: informality, the gig-economy, and digital platforms [Audio]
Jun 4 • 90 min
Speaker(s): Professor Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg | The Annual Economica Coase lecture is jointly sponsored by the journal Economica and the Department of Economics. Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg is Elihu Professor of Economics at Yale University and Chief…
Molyneux’s Problem [Audio]
Jun 3 • 82 min
Speaker(s): Dr Marjolein Degenaar, Barry Ginley, Dr Brian Glenney | William Molyneux posed the following question: Consider a person who has been born blind and who has learnt to distinguish a globe and a cube by touch. If this person could suddenly see,…
Anti-System Politics in Europe: the crisis of market liberalism in rich democracies [Audio]
May 30 • 87 min
Speaker(s): Dr Jonathan Hopkin | At this year’s Annual Lecture, which marks the 10th anniversary of LEQS and follows just days after this year’s European parliamentary elections, Jonathan Hopkin will discuss the recent ruptures in the politics of the rich…
Replication Crisis? [Audio]
May 28 • 88 min
Speaker(s): Professor Alexander Bird, Dr Laura Fortunato, Professor Marcus Munafò | The hallmark of good science is often supposed to be experiments that produce the same results when repeated. But over the last number of years, scientists have replicated…
State-like and State-dislike in the Anthropological Margins [Audio]
May 23 • 56 min
Speaker(s): Dr Judith Scheele | This lecture argues for a return to the study of political institutions in so-called “stateless societies”. Judith Scheele is Directrice d’études, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, France. Deborah James…
Rethinking Human Rights: a southern response to western critics [Audio]
May 22 • 83 min
Speaker(s): Muthoni Wanyeki | In this lecture, Muthoni Wanyeki will draw on three decades of human rights activism with Kenyan, African and international organisations to push back against the western critique of human rights and to formulate her own…
Where Will Future Jobs and Growth Come From? Where Will Future Jobs and Growth Come From? [Audio]
May 22 • 90 min
Speaker(s): Professor John Van Reenen | John Van Reenen will discuss the impact of new technologies on jobs, wages and skills, and will assess how this impact will depend on the choices we make now as citizens, managers and voters. John Van Reenen…
Revolution Française: Emmanuel Macron and the quest to reinvent a nation [Audio]
May 21 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Sophie Pedder | Two years after Emmanuel Macron came from nowhere to seize the French presidency, Sophie Pedder, The Economist’s Paris bureau chief, tells the story of his remarkable rise and time in office so far. In this updated edition,…
Internationale Blues: revolutionary pessimism and the politics of solidarity [Audio]
May 17 • 100 min
Speaker(s): Professor Robin D G Kelley | In the context of Afro-pessimism, this lecture will imagine “the Internationale,” that great song of international solidarity and revolution transcending the nation, as a blues. Robin D G Kelley is Gary B Nash…
What Might the European Elections Mean for the Future of the EU? [Audio]
May 16 • 90 min
Speaker(s): Professor Matthew Goodwin, Dr Sara Hagemann, Professor Sara Hobolt | In this especially timely occasion, the panel will consider the impact of the upcoming European elections on the EU as a negotiating actor of Brexit and the future…
On Strike On Strike [Audio]
May 14 • 91 min
Speaker(s): Dr Jo Grady, Dr Martin O’Neill, Dr Waseem Yaqoob | Workers of the world, unite! We discuss the history, politics, and ethics of strikes, and their place in the labour movement. Why do they happen and what makes for a successful strike? What…
Clear Bright Future: a radical defence of the human being [Audio]
May 13 • 87 min
Speaker(s): Paul Mason | We face a triple threat: authoritarian politicians, the possibility of intelligent machines and a secular fatalism and irrationality. But they can all be fought. Paul Mason explains how. Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) is a British…
The Global Distribution of Income and the Politics of Globalisation - embedded liberal capitalism [Audio]
May 10 • 89 min
Speaker(s): Dr María Ana Lugo, Professor Branko Milanovic, Dr Paul Segal | The panel discuss the evolution of the global distribution of income and political implications, highlighting endogenous forces of rising inequality in liberal capitalism embedded…
From the ‘End of History’ to the Crisis of the Liberal Order: rethinking the end of the Cold War [Audio]
May 8 • 83 min
Speaker(s): Professor John Ikenberry, Professor Mary Kaldor, Professor Peter Trubowitz, Professor Vladislav Zubok | How and why has the liberal promise of the post-Cold War world not been realised? Where is the world now heading? Is the post-Cold War era…
The Meritocracy Trap [Audio]
May 8 • 91 min
Speaker(s): Professor Daniel Markovits | Merit is not a genuine excellence but rather a pretence, constructed to rationalise an offensive distribution of advantage. Merit, in short, is a sham. The meritocratic ideal—that social and economic rewards should…
The Politics of Equality, the ‘Populist Moment’ and the Power of New Technologies [Audio]
May 2 • 63 min
Speaker(s): Katrín Jakobsdóttir | Katrín Jakobsdóttir will discuss democratic challenges stemming from social inequalities, authoritarian politics and new technologies. Insecurities generated by globalisation, migration, and transformative technologies…
Is the Presidency of Donald Trump a Political Aberration? [Audio]
May 2 • 87 min
Speaker(s): Professor Stephen Skowronek | The presidency of Donald Trump is so readily labeled “not normal” and “off-the charts” that it is hard to think of it any other way. Stephen Skowronek examines long-running patterns in the politics of presidential…
The Generation that Built and Cut Down Democracy [Audio]
Apr 30 • 86 min
Speaker(s): Zsuzsanna Szelényi | What is happening in Hungary? How has a party of dissident young democrats become a vehicle for illiberal and semi-authoritarian rule, and what does this mean for contemporary politics in Europe? Zsuzsanna Szelényi…
Authentic Leadership: how successful leaders build gravitas [Audio]
Apr 25 • 44 min
Speaker(s): Shanelle Hall, Dr Rebecca Newton, Shaheen Sayed, Shaun Sinniah | Authentic leadership drives organisational success, yet is often misinterpreted in the workplace. In this book launch and panel session, Dr Rebecca Newton discusses what it…
LSE IQ Episode 24 | How can we age better? [Audio]
Apr 16 • 41 min
Speaker(s): Professor Hiroko Akiyama, Kath Scanlon, Dr Thijs Van Den Broek, Professor Alan Walker | We hope you’re enjoying this year’s programme of public events and that you’ll stay tuned for the exciting events we have lined up, for the summer term. In…
In Conversation with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi [Audio]
Apr 15 • 77 min
Speaker(s): Nancy Pelosi | Join us for this conversation between Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and LSE’s Peter Trubowitz, Director of the US Centre at the School. Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) is the 52nd Speaker of the U.S.…
Politics, Humanitarianism and Children’s Rights [Audio]
Apr 8 • 92 min
Speaker(s): Sir Mike Aaronson, Maryam Ahmed, Mary Robinson, Rafia Zakaria | In 2019, Save the Children celebrates 100 years of working at the interface of politics, humanitarianism, and children’s rights. What does the future hold? Bringing together a…
Inequality, Brexit and the End of Empire [Audio]
Mar 29 • 87 min
Speaker(s): Professor Danny Dorling, Professor Sally Tomlinson, Professor Gurminder K Bhambra, Professor Will Hutton | In 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union – but has yet to leave its Empire past behind. What part did the long afterlife of the…
Brexit: what have we learnt? What can we expect? [Audio]
Mar 28 • 91 min
Speaker(s): Professor Catherine Barnard, Professor Sir Charles Bean, Jill Rutter | Editor’s note: Unfortunately the last few minutes of the event are missing from the podcast. Our panel reviews what has been decided and resolved on Brexit, as well as the…
Marx at 201: the legacy of Karl Marx for the contemporary study of law, politics and society [Audio]
Mar 27 • 92 min
Speaker(s): Professor Bob Jessop, Professor Costas Lapavitsas, Professor Peter Ramsay, Professor Lea Ypi | Are we all Marxists now? Which of Marx’s ideas remain relevant, which redundant? Join leading scholars to address Marx’s legacy at 201. Are we all…
Learning from Data: the art of statistics [Audio]
Mar 27 • 88 min
Speaker(s): Professor David Spiegelhalter | In his new book, The Art of Statistics, David Spiegelhalter guides us through the essential principles we need in order to derive knowledge from data, showing us why data can never speak for itself. He explains…
Intergenerational Justice and Generational Sovereignty in Light of Brexit Vote and of Climate Change [Audio]
Mar 26 • 80 min
Speaker(s): Professor Axel Gosseries | Do the intergenerational issues raised by climate change differ from those raised by the Brexit vote? And what can we do to address these issues? Axel Gosseries is Professor of Economics and Social Ethics at Louvain…
Occult Features of Anarchism: with attention to the conspiracy of kings and the conspiracy of the peoples [Audio]
Mar 20 • 90 min
Speaker(s): Dr Erica Lagalisse | Erica Lagalisse explores the relationship of 19th century anarchism with the clandestine fraternity, challenges leftist attachments to atheism, and intervenes in current debates concerning “conspiracy theory”. In the…
Cryptocurrencies: the issue of scalability [Audio]
Mar 20 • 89 min
Speaker(s): Dr Andrew Lewis-Pye | Perhaps the most fundamental challenge for the future of cryptocurrencies is the issue of scalability: How can one dramatically increase transaction rates without sacrificing the security of the blockchain? In this talk…
Silences of the Great War: all the things we cannot hear [Audio]
Mar 18 • 87 min
Speaker(s): Professor Jay Winter | Silence itself is a language of memory. Jay Winter explores the dialectic between silence and sound in the auditory history of the Great War. Jay Winter is Charles J Stille Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University.…
How did we Reach the Present Crisis in Social Care and what are the Solutions? [Audio]
Mar 14 • 78 min
Speaker(s): Professor Pat Thane | The social and health needs of older people are not easily separable. But care has been institutionally separate since 1948. Did this help create the current crisis? Pat Thane is Research Professor in Contemporary…
Foundations of State Effectiveness [Audio]
Mar 13 • 86 min
Speaker(s): Professor Sir Tim Besley, Professor Amartya Sen | An effective state promotes freedom and the well-being of its citizens. This lecture will discuss the importance of norms, values and institutions in supporting state effectiveness drawing on…
China’s Re-education Camps in Xinjiang [Audio]
Mar 12 • 88 min
Speaker(s): Dr Rachel Harris, Professor Jude Howell, Dr Rian Thum | Large numbers of Uyghurs have been detained by the Chinese government in re-education camps. What do we know about these camps? Rachel Harris specialises in Uyghur culture and religion…
Liquidity and Leverage - The Two Faces of Liquidity [Audio]
Mar 12 • 89 min
Speaker(s): Professor Raghuram Rajan | Lionel Robbins was one of the outstanding men of his time; economist, public servant and supporter of the arts. The lectures, which were established in his name, take place each year and are a major event in the life…
Liquidity and Leverage - Why Banks? [Audio]
Mar 11 • 85 min
Speaker(s): Professor Raghuram Rajan | Lionel Robbins was one of the outstanding men of his time; economist, public servant and supporter of the arts. The lectures, which were established in his name, take place each year and are a major event in the life…
Women in the City [Audio]
Mar 8 • 99 min
Speaker(s): Pavita Cooper, Bronwyn Curtis, Elisabeth Stheeman | Three female leaders in business and finance share their experiences from their varied careers to mark International Women’s Day. Pavita Cooper, Director of More Difference, will talk on…
Women Who Change Lives: social entrepreneurs on the move [Audio]
Mar 6 • 86 min
Speaker(s): Elise Do, Grace Olugbodi, Ana Maria Torres | To mark International Women’s Day, join us for a discussion on how female entrepreneurs are using social enterprise to change the world to provide opportunities for women and tackle inequalities.…
Decolonising the Curricula: why necessary and why now [Audio]
Mar 6 • 94 min
Speaker(s): Dr Simukai Chigudu, Dr Laura Mann, Dr Lyn Ossome | From Cape Town to Oxford and beyond, student movements across the world calling for education to be decolonised have gained prominence over the past few years. In fact, academics have been…
The Coming Asian Century: challenges for the West [Audio]
Mar 5 • 88 min
Speaker(s): Dr Yu Jie (Cherry), Dr Parag Khanna, Gideon Rachman | This event marks the launch Parag Khanna’s book, The Future is Asian: Global Order in the 21st Century. In the 19th century, the world was Europeanized. In the 20th century, it was…
LSE Festival 2019 | New World Order 2035 [Audio]
Mar 2 • 90 min
Speaker(s): Dr Liam Kofi Bright, Dr Rebecca Elliott, Dr Barbara Fasolo, Dr Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Dr Ilka Gleibs and Dr George Lawson | What will the world look like in the not too distant future? By 2035 how could the way we live, work, interact with…
LSE Festival 2019 | Populism and Religion in the West [Audio]
Mar 2 • 74 min
Speaker(s): Tobias Cremer, Dr Zubaida Haque | In an apparently ever-less-religious West, how has Christian identity, however indirectly, been used as a focal point for populist discontent? Tobias Cremer (@cremer_tobias) is a PhD candidate at the…
LSE Festival 2019 | Borders and Walls [Audio]
Mar 2 • 49 min
Speaker(s): Dr Elena Barabantseva, Professor Bill Callahan, Xiaolu Guo | A screening and discussion of two short films by Elena Barabantseva, University of Manchester and Bill Callahan, LSE. A discussion will follow with Xiaolu Guo, an award-winning…
LSE Festival 2019 | Conspiracy Theory as Truth [Audio]
Mar 2 • 74 min
Speaker(s): Dr Bradley Franks, Dr Erica Lagalisse, Dr Matijs Pelkmans | Psychologists and anthropologists explore how only some “conspiracy theories” fail tests of reason, and discuss the problems and potential of “conspiracy theory” for social movements.…
LSE Festival 2019 | Protesting Inequalities [Audio]
Mar 2 • 55 min
Speaker(s): Bird la Bird, Dr Aviah Sarah Day, Dr Armine Ishkanian, Professor Tomila Lankina, Dr Olga Onuch | This event examines the changing dynamics of protests and protest movements, focusing on how activists in the UK and globally mobilize and fight…
LSE Festival 2019 | What Does It Mean to Be British and Who Defines It? [Audio]
Mar 2 • 71 min
Speaker(s): Diane Abbott MP, Sunder Katwala, Professor Eric Kaufmann, Dr Alita Nandi | This interactive public event comprises a panel-based discussion, with representatives from different influential spheres in society who are shaping discourse on…
LSE Festival 2019 | Art and Conflict [Audio]
Mar 2 • 76 min
Speaker(s): Dr Denisa Kostovicova, Dr Nela Milic, Tom Paskhalis, Dr Ivor Sokolić | The panellists will discuss the role of art and visual representation in response to conflict and dealing with its consequences. Text Illuminations is an art installation…
LSE Festival 2019 | Brave New World [Audio]
Mar 2 • 77 min
Speaker(s): Professor Richard Ashcroft, Professor David Healy, Professor Emily Jackson | In this age of utopian technologies, we can design mechanical limbs for amputees and chemically engineer happiness for depressives. But should we? From the fluoride…
LSE Festival 2019 | Putin’s Russia and its Challenge to the Postwar Liberal Order [Audio]
Mar 1 • 66 min
Speaker(s): Bridget Kendall | Former BBC Correspondent, Bridget Kendall was appointed the first female Master of Peterhouse, the University of Cambridge’s oldest College, in 2016. Educated at Oxford and Harvard, she joined the BBC World Service in 1983…
LSE Festival 2019 | Reliving the Origins of Totalitarianism [Audio]
Mar 1 • 56 min
Speaker(s): Professor Robert Eaglestone, Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge | Hannah Arendt’s seminal study of the preconditions for, and rise of, Nazism and Stalinism in the first half of the 20th Century has some chilling resonances with the world we are…
LSE Festival 2019 | Developing Urban Futures [Audio]
Feb 28 • 66 min
Speaker(s): Professor Jo Beall, Professor Ricky Burdett, Professor Alcinda Honwana, Dr Philipp Rode | Following on from the Developing Urban Futures Urban Age Conference orgainised by LSE Cities in Addis Ababa in November 2018, this event will explore…
LSE Festival 2019 | The Haunting of Neo-liberalism [Audio]
Feb 28 • 54 min
Speaker(s): Professor Robert Eaglestone, Professor Simon Glendinning, Professor Maja Zehfuss | Marx famously wrote of the spectre of communism haunting Europe in the nineteenth century, and the end of the Cold War might be considered to mark its exorcism.…
LSE Festival 2019 | How to Remain Sane in the Age of Populism [Audio]
Feb 27 • 57 min
Speaker(s): Elif Shafak | Until not so long ago, some parts of the world—namely, the West— were thought to be solid, steady, stable. Other parts of the world—namely, the non-West— were thought to be liquid, not yet settled. Since 2016 it has become…
LSE Festival 2019 | New Reconciliations: the two Koreas [Audio]
Feb 27 • 61 min
Speaker(s): Dr Jeong-Im Hyun, Dr Owen Miller, Professor Vladimir Tikhonov | Since early 2018, the two Koreas on the Korean Peninsula, known to be the last remaining divided countries since the end of the Second World War, have begun the road to…
LSE Festival 2019 | Innovation: a disruptive force for good? [Audio]
Feb 27 • 55 min
Speaker(s): Dr Juanita Gonzalez-Uribe, Geoff Mulgan, Emma Smith, Kartik Varma | You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?” - George Bernard Shaw Join a panel of entrepreneurs and innovation experts to…
LSE Festival 2019 | Beyond Journeys: a dialogue with migrants and refugees [Audio]
Feb 27 • 58 min
Speaker(s): Allaa Barri, Bashar Farahat, Mohammad Ghannam, Sema Nassar, Bashir Zalghaneh | Today’s growing sense of ‘disorder’ is shaped by the current refugee and migrant crisis. Conceived as an open dialogue between the audience and migrants and…
LSE Festival 2019 | Dangerous Scholarship: trolled and threatened for research and activism [Audio]
Feb 27 • 53 min
Speaker(s): Dr Bermal Aydin, Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser, Professor Meena Dhanda | The panel discusses how research about discrimination, misogyny, climate change or social inequity can call forth a violent ideological and physical backlash on and…
LSE Festival 2019 | Crisis of the Liberal World Order, or is the West in Decline - Again? [Audio]
Feb 27 • 63 min
Speaker(s): Professor G. John Ikenberry, Professor Mary Kaldor | The world famous theorist of international politics John Ikenberry of Princeton has for many years been insisting that the liberal world order created by the USA after WW2 has proved…
LSE Festival 2019 | A Marketplace for World Order [Audio]
Feb 26 • 75 min
Speaker(s): Professor Danny Quah | For nearly a century, America has provided the world a simple narrative: “If you’re with us, you get international rule of law. If not, you have to deal with arbitrary exercise of power.” Obviously, to most nations the…
LSE Festival 2019 | Are We Heading Towards a Digital Dystopia? [Audio]
Feb 26 • 65 min
Speaker(s): Sam Byers, Dr Orla Lynskey, Dr Alison Powell | As technology and media continue to change our society at a rapid rate, what are the implications for our privacy, democracy and role as citizens? Sam Byers (@byers90) is the author of Idiopathy…
LSE Festival 2019 | A Populist Wave? Unity and Division Among Europe’s New Parties [Audio]
Feb 26 • 59 min
Speaker(s): Dr Alexandru Filip, Professor Sara Hobolt, Dr Benjamin Martill | The recent wave of populist parties and politicians throughout Europe and the world has been portrayed as a monolithic phenomenon that transcends national borders. On the right…
LSE Festival 2019 | The Drugs Aren’t Working! Confronting the Crisis of Superbugs [Audio]
Feb 26 • 56 min
Speaker(s): Michael Anderson, Dr Mathias Koenig-Archibugi, Ken Shadlen, Catherine Wilkosz | Growing resistance to antibiotics is one of the most significant current threats to global public health. Estimates suggest that in the European Union and the…
LSE Festival 2019 | Whatever Happened to the Revolution? LSE in the 60s [Audio]
Feb 26 • 70 min
Speaker(s): Professor Michael Cox | One British university above all others came to be associated with student rebellion in the 1960s - the LSE - later referred by one of the original rebels as that ‘utopia at the end of the Kingsway rainbow - for a…
LSE Festival 2019 | Pessimism and the State of the World [Audio]
Feb 25 • 80 min
Speaker(s): Minouche Shafik, Professor Andrés Velasco | Why are people in some of the richest countries in the world so miserable when so much of the economic and social data show massive material progress? Where did all that anger and anxiety come from…
LSE Festival 2019 | A New International Order? Peacemaking after the First World War [Audio]
Feb 25 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Professor Michael Cox, Professor Annika Mombauer, Professor David Stevenson | A century after the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919, this session will reappraise the peace settlement that followed the First World War. On 28 June 1919 the…
Quarantine [Audio]
Feb 23 • 78 min
Speaker(s): Catherine Arnold, Dr Stephen Roberts, Dr Seema Yasmin | One hundred years after the influenza pandemic, a novelist, a science writer and a population health specialist discuss the social impact of pandemics through time, and how virus,…
Authority in the Era of Populism [Audio]
Feb 19 • 80 min
Speaker(s): Dame Louise Casey, Professor Mary Kaldor, Rupert Reid, Dame Heather Rabbatts, Jamie Bartlett | Public trust in the establishment is waning, but an age of disruption requires good leadership. So how can leaders lead in a post-deferential age?…
Brexit: the Constitution and the future of the UK [Audio]
Feb 19 • 92 min
Speaker(s): Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Dr Catherine Haddon | Vernon Bogdanor discusses his forthcoming publication on the Constitution’s role within the future relationship between the UK and Europe. Vernon Bogdanor is Research Professor in the Centre for…
The Role of Cities in a Global Economy [Audio]
Feb 19 • 57 min
Speaker(s): Rahm Emanuel | Rahm Emanuel will discuss the role of cities as world leaders in the 21st century. Cities have risen as global centers for innovation and energy across economics, entrepreneurship, culture and public policy. As the leader of the…
Democracy on the Road: a 25 year journey through India [Audio]
Feb 18 • 92 min
Speaker(s): Ruchir Sharma | On the eve of India’s General elections in April and May, Ruchir Sharma will in this event, which marks the publication of his new book, offer a portrait of how India and its democracy work. Sharma has covered every election…
Doping [Audio]
Feb 18 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Dr John William Devine, Dr Vanessa Heggie, Professor David Papineau | World-class athletes push themselves beyond normal limits and transform their bodies through training and diet. But in the wake of various scandals across the world of…
Netflix for Agriculture? Digital Technology for Development [Audio]
Feb 14 • 95 min
Speaker(s): Professor Michael Kremer | The rapid spread of mobile phones in developing countries, coupled with recent advances in our ability to analyze big data through tools such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, has generated…
Refugia: solving the problem of mass displacement [Audio]
Feb 14 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Professor Robin Cohen | Using fresh interpretations of utopian and archipelagic thinking, Robin Cohen will examine the limits and possibilities of creating an imaginative answer to mass displacement. The mass displacement of people through…
A Short History of Europe [Audio]
Feb 12 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Sir Simon Jenkins | Simon Jenkins discusses his latest book, A Short History of Europe and the lessons to be learned from European history. Simon Jenkins is a Guardian columnist, author and BBC broadcaster. Simon Glendinning (@lonanglo) is…
Engines of Privilege: Britain’s private school problem [Audio]
Feb 11 • 92 min
Speaker(s): Professor Francis Green, Professor David Kynaston, Dr Luna Glucksberg | A rigorous, compelling and balanced examination of the British private school system and the lifetime of inequalities it entrenches. This event will see Francis Green and…
Racial Inequality in Britain: the Macpherson Report 20 years on [Audio]
Feb 7 • 90 min
Speaker(s): Professor Kalwant Bhopal, David Lammy MP, Dr Clive James Nwonka, Dr Faiza Shaheen | How have legislative issues been addressed to remedy racial inequalities and what has been the impact on law, policing, socioeconomic inequalities, media,…
Brexit: with a little help from our friends [Audio]
Feb 7 • 89 min
Speaker(s): George Brandis, Janice Charette, Foo Chi Hsia, Sir Jerry Mateparae | The panel considers the implications of Brexit on other countries, as well as how our friends overseas are fundamental to securing a smooth transition. George Brandis…
Making a Difference in Greece [Audio]
Feb 6 • 89 min
Speaker(s): Kostis Hatzidakis | What are the key policies that will bring change in Greece? Kostis Hatzidakis addresses some critical factors that can lift the country’s growth and boost development. Kostis Hatzidakis (@K_Hatzidakis) is a member of the…
Welfare after Beveridge: state or civil society [Audio]
Feb 5 • 85 min
Speaker(s): Professor Richard Sennett, Professor Sir Julian Le Grand | Beveridge argued for the primacy of the state in providing welfare. His critics then and since have argued for more support from civil society, from communal associations, churches,…
Psychiatry and Philosophy [Audio]
Feb 4 • 85 min
Speaker(s): Lisa Conlon, Dr Jean Khalfa, Professor Stella Sandford, Alistair Stewart | Mental disorders are widely held to have a chemical basis best treated with medication, and contemporary psychiatry is more closely allied with the neuro- and…
Work Smarter Not Harder: hacks to take you a long way at work [Audio]
Feb 4 • 74 min
Speaker(s): Saj Jetha | Understand how to ‘hack’ work and be the best you can with Saj Jetha, founder of the multi-award winning The Smarty Train and author of The Smarts: Big Little Hacks to Take You a Long Way at Work. Enjoy a jargon-free insight into…
International Liberalism and its Discontents [Audio]
Jan 31 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Professor Stephan Haggard | Liberal internationalism is on the defensive across the West. Stephan Haggard examines the causes of this backlash and its global implications. Stephan Haggard is Distinguished Professor of Political Science, School…
What Now? The Political and Judicial Future of the Catalan Independentist Movement [Audio]
Jan 31 • 86 min
Speaker(s): Aamer Anwar, Alfred Bosch, Professor Clara Ponsati Obiols, Professor José Ignacio Torreblanca | More than a year after the celebration of the Self-determination Referendum, the Catalan independentist movement is at a crossroads. Nine political…
Welfare After Beveridge: sacrifices [Audio]
Jan 30 • 87 min
Speaker(s): Professor Richard Sennett, Dr Shani Orgad | The classic welfare state did not address itself to problems of consumption; there was not much to consume. Today, climate change entails profound changes in consumption; everyone will have to make…
Looking Ahead: the 89ers and the future of the EU [Audio]
Jan 30 • 82 min
Speaker(s): Professor Timothy Garton Ash | On the occasion of the 1989 Generation Initiative’s third anniversary, Timothy Garton Ash will speak in broad terms about the future of the EU in the wake of Brexit, prospects for its reform, and how the next…
The Politics of Memorials [Audio]
Jan 29 • 74 min
Speaker(s): Michelle Codrington-Rogers, Dr Margaret O’Callaghan, Dr Rahul Rau | Memorials have been fiercely debated in recent times. What roles do memorials play in a society and how do these acts of remembering contribute to a communities’ sense of…
The Class Ceiling: why it pays to be privileged [Audio]
Jan 28 • 88 min
Speaker(s): Dr Louise Ashley, Dr Sam Friedman, Dr Daniel Laurison, Dr Faiza Shaheen | How and why does class background still affect those in elite occupations? In this book launch the speakers look at barriers to upward mobility. Louise Ashley is a…
Paul Dolan: happy ever after [Audio]
Jan 24 • 83 min
Speaker(s): Professor Paul Dolan, Professor Tali Sharot | Paul Dolan launches his new book, Happy Ever After, exploring the narratives society installs in us, using good evidence to debunk bad stories. Paul Dolan (@profpauldolan) is Professor of…
Generations of Feminism? [Audio]
Jan 23 • 88 min
Speaker(s): Professor Avtar Brah, Professor Clare Hemmings, Niharika Pandit, Priya Raghavan | We often talk about different generations of feminism, but do these distinctions make sense? Our panel explains what differences and similarities there might be…
Welfare after Beveridge: bare life [Audio]
Jan 23 • 89 min
Speaker(s): Professor Richard Sennett, Professor Lord Skidelsky | Basic income can provide the bare essentials of life permanently, or alternatively, could provide bursts of help at strategic moments of need. An automated world disorients these concepts…
Europe’s Response to the Challenge of Migration and Security [Audio]
Jan 23 • 64 min
Speaker(s): Dimitris Avramopoulos | Dimitris Avramopoulos will explore how Europe has reacted to the challenges brought about by migration in a globalised Europe. In 2015, Europe was confronted with an unprecedented migration and refugee crisis as well as…
W E B Du Bois [Audio]
Jan 21 • 89 min
Speaker(s): Dr Liam Bright, Dr Brian Kelly, Dr Meera Sabaratnam | W. E. B. Du Bois is usually remembered as a sociologist and civil rights campaigner, and his analysis of race and racism continues to shape the way social scientists think about these…
Democracy and Prosperity: reinventing capitalism through a turbulent century [Audio]
Jan 21 • 87 min
Speaker(s): Professor Sara Hobolt, Professor Torben Iversen, Professor David Soskice | It is a widespread view that democracy and the advanced nation-state are in crisis, weakened by globalisation and undermined by global capitalism, in turn explaining…
The Great Delusion: liberal dreams and international realities [Audio]
Jan 17 • 91 min
Speaker(s): Professor John Mearsheimer | In this lecture John Mearsheimer explains why US foreign policy so often backfires and what can be done to set it straight. John Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor at the…
Welfare After Beveridge: dependence [Audio]
Jan 16 • 85 min
Speaker(s): Professor Richard Sennett, Professor Nicola Lacey | Economic inequality is increasing the dependence of ordinary people on institutions which do not have their welfare at heart. Yet children, the elderly, and the ill are necessarily dependent;…
War [Audio]
Jan 15 • 86 min
Speaker(s): Dr Susanne Burri, Professor Joseph Maiolo, Dr Michael Muthukrishna, Dr Michael Robillard | War scars human history, and it continues to mar lives across the globe. Is war part of human nature? Is it ever morally justified? And with the…
LSE IQ Ep 21 | Can we afford our consumer society? [Audio]
Dec 19, 2018 • 71 min
Speaker(s): Dr Rebecca Elliott, Professor Ian Gough, Dr Rodolfo Leyva | Welcome to LSE IQ, the monthly podcast from the London School of Economics and Political Science. This is the podcast where we ask some of the leading social scientists - and other…
Women and Weapons [Audio]
Dec 13, 2018 • 93 min
Speaker(s): Ray Acheson, Dr Renata Dwan, Rebecca Johnson | Launching the Arts and Humanities Research Council research project, A Feminist International Law of Peace and Security, that asks how a feminist reading of International Law can further…
Saving Democracy from Politicians. Do We Need Professional Representatives? [Audio]
Dec 6, 2018 • 86 min
Speaker(s): Professor Valentino Larcinese | Is populism a threat to democracy? And aren’t technocracy and elitism also threats to democracy? Is there a trade-off between the competence and representativeness of politicians? The lecture tries to address…
The Chocolate Case [Audio]
Dec 6, 2018 • 57 min
Speaker(s): Arjen Boekhold, Dr Marjolein Busstra, Charlotte Williams | Is eating chocolate linked to child slavery? Watch this entertaining and shocking documentary film about the journalists investigating global chocolate production. To mark the 70th…
How French minorities are reshaping the image of La Parisienne [Audio]
Dec 4, 2018 • 87 min
Speaker(s): Rokhaya Diallo | The idea of womanhood is often embodied by legendary blonde French icons. In 2018 Rokhaya Diallo challenges the stereotypical view of “La Parisienne” by bringing together diverse groups of people in the famous Parisian…
Bad Language [Audio]
Dec 3, 2018 • 89 min
Speaker(s): Dr Emma Byrne, Dr John Gallagher, Dr Rebecca Roache | Language allows us to communicate. It also allows us to charm, shock, delight, and offend. It is political and we can use it to harm and manipulate. And some words are just not okay in…
Policy-Making in an Age of Populism [Audio]
Nov 29, 2018 • 93 min
Speaker(s): Professor Jason Furman, Professor Sara Hobolt, Yascha Mounk, Professor Andrés Velasco | Across the globe, liberal democracy is under threat from populism. Through Europe, the Americas and Asia demagogic figures of both the left and the right…
From Pillars to Practice: pushing the boundaries of ‘Women, Peace and Security’ [Audio]
Nov 29, 2018 • 87 min
Speaker(s): Dr Toni Haastrup, Henri Myrttinen, Dr Aisling Swaine, Professor Jacqui True | At the UK launch of the Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace and Security, the authors will take stock of what has and hasn’t been achieved. Toni Haastrup (@ToniHaastrup)…
Will You Feel Better after Hospital Treatment? [Audio]
Nov 29, 2018 • 96 min
Speaker(s): Professor Andrew Street | We have little idea about whether hospital treatment makes patients better. In his inaugural lecture Andrew Street explains why this matters and what can be done about it. Andrew Street (@andrewdstreet) is Professor…
Being Disabled [Audio]
Nov 28, 2018 • 86 min
Speaker(s): Dr Claire Jones, Dr Fiona Kumari Campbell, Dr Hannah Thompson | What is disability and how has it been understood through history and across different cultures? How is disability presented in the arts and in our changing idea of what it means…
How Far Has Brexit Reached? Taking Stock of Progress and Risks [Audio]
Nov 28, 2018 • 93 min
Speaker(s): Professor Catherine Barnard, Professor Sara Hobolt, Rain Newton-Smith, Stephen Wall | Our expert panel will reflect on the progress of the Brexit negotiations and their prospects, and the implications for the UK’s future relationship with the…
Trump, America, and the World: two years on [Audio]
Nov 27, 2018 • 90 min
Speaker(s): Professor G. John Ikenberry, Dr Kori Schake, Professor Peter Trubowitz, Dr Leslie Vinjamuri | Two years ago Donald Trump’s election shocked the world. At this event, foreign policy experts ask how much the Trump Presidency has changed…
The Future of Money [Audio]
Nov 26, 2018 • 72 min
Speaker(s): Dr Jon Danielsson, Dr Eva Micheler, Nikola Tchouparov | This event will address the evolving role of money in society. Money used to be gold and is now fiat. Electronic transactions mean we have all but stopped carrying cash. The three…
The Coddling of the American Mind [Audio]
Nov 23, 2018 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Professor Jonathan Haidt | A timely investigation into the new safety culture in universities and the dangers it poses to free speech, mental health, education, and ultimately democracy. This event marks the launch of Jonathan’s new book, The…
Cost Benefit Analysis and the Environment: further developments and policy use [Audio]
Nov 22, 2018 • 85 min
Speaker(s): Nils-Axel Braathen, Ben Groom, Joseph Lowe, Susana Mourato, Tanja Wettingfeld | A number of OECD countries make extensive use of cost benefit analysis (CBA) to help inform environmental policy decisions. This discussion panel will reflect on…
How Lives Change: Palanpur, India, and development economics [Audio]
Nov 22, 2018 • 89 min
Speaker(s): Professor Oriana Bandiera, Dr Himanshu, Peter Lanjouw, Professor Michael Lipton, Professor Lord Stern | The event marks the launch of a book that gives insights into the fundamental question of development economics, How Lives Change. This new…
Fighting Misinformation: the launch of the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission report [Audio]
Nov 20, 2018 • 86 min
Speaker(s): Polly Curtis, Professor Sonia Livingstone, Dr Damian Tambini, | The LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission has been working with experts, practitioners and the public to identify structural causes of media misinformation and set out a new…
Lessons learned from the Greek Crisis: reflections from George Papandreou [Audio]
Nov 19, 2018 • 91 min
Speaker(s): George Papandreou | George Papandreou will be in conversation with Kevin Featherstone. He will reflect on his expectations before coming to office at the start of the debt crisis and its impact on his government’s programme. George A.…
How to Succeed Outside Your Comfort Zone [Audio]
Nov 12, 2018 • 75 min
Speaker(s): Farrah Storr | Editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, Farrah Storr, explains how we can harness constraint, failure and obstacles to unlock creative thinking and personal potential, using examples from her own career as a journalist and editor.…
The Global Gag Rule and Women’s Reproductive Health: rhetoric versus reality [Audio]
Nov 12, 2018 • 81 min
Speaker(s): Professor Yana van der Meulen Rodgers | In 2017, three days after entering office, President Donald Trump not only reinstated the Global Gag Rule, he also expanded the order extensively. Trump halted US funding to family planning organisations…
Well-being and Work [Audio]
Nov 12, 2018 • 78 min
Speaker(s): Mike Coupe | With more people working more hours, many are finding themselves increasingly “time-poor”. Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe argues that there is a need for big business to take an active leadership role on well being issues. Drawing on…
Human Rights and Climate Change [Audio]
Nov 8, 2018 • 77 min
Speaker(s): Kristin Casper, Roberto Eugenio T Cadiz, Dr Luke Harrington, Dr Annalisa Savaresi, Dr Joana Setzer | An expert panel will discuss the links between human rights and climate change, and whether rights-based climate change claims are one future…
Just Giving: why philanthropy is failing democracy and how it can do better [Audio]
Nov 7, 2018 • 95 min
Speaker(s): Professor Rob Reich | Is philanthropy, by its very nature, a threat to today’s democracy? Though we may laud wealthy individuals who give away their money for society’s benefit, Robert Reich shows how such generosity not only isn’t the…
Making sense of the US Midterms [Audio]
Nov 7, 2018 • 86 min
Speaker(s): Gideon Rachman, Dr David Smith, Dr Leslie Vinjamuri, Dr Linda Yueh | Join us for an evening of conversation as we discuss the midterm election results and what they mean for Donald Trump’s presidency and the US. Gideon Rachman (@gideonrachman)…
Future Politics: living together in a world transformed by tech [Audio]
Nov 6, 2018 • 89 min
Speaker(s): Jamie Susskind | Jamie Susskind will discuss the publication of his latest book, Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech. At this event, Jamie will discuss how digital technology, from AI to virtual reality, will…
Revolution and Freedom: Nightmarch among India’s revolutionary guerrillas [Audio]
Nov 1, 2018 • 85 min
Speaker(s): Neel Mukherjee, Dr Alpa Shah | In her latest book, Nightmarch, which she will talk about at this event, Alpa Shah offers a profound understanding of why some of India’s poor have shunned the world’s largest democracy and taken up arms to fight…
Uncertain Futures: imaginaries, narratives, and calculation in the economy [Audio]
Nov 1, 2018 • 88 min
Speaker(s): Professor Jens Beckert, Richard Bronk, Dr Waltraud Schelkle, Dr Ekaterina Svetlova, Lord Turner | Our panel discusses the new book Uncertain Futures, exploring how economic actors visualise the future and decide how to act in conditions of…
Changing Cultures of Witnessing: paintings, selfies, hashtags [Audio]
Oct 30, 2018 • 86 min
Speaker(s): Professor Lilie Chouliaraki, Professor Robin Wagner-Pacifici, Professor Barbie Zelizer | What do #MeToo, refugee selfies and oil paintings have in common? They are all part of a mixed and changing culture of witnessing. This interdisciplinary…
Communicating Climate Change - why so toxic? [Audio]
Oct 30, 2018 • 80 min
Speaker(s): Professor Chris Rapley | This visually engaging presentation by Chris Rapley will present the limitations of evidence in informing and motivating action on climate change. Before joining University College London as Professor of Climate…
Pragmatism: doing what works [Audio]
Oct 29, 2018 • 90 min
Speaker(s): Professor Matthew Festenstein, Clara Fischer, Dr Paniel Reyes Cardenas | What if instead of worrying about truth as a fundamental, objective notion, we just focused on what works? What if we just believed in what is practical or beneficial to…
From “having” to “being”: self worth and the current crisis of American society [Audio]
Oct 25, 2018 • 92 min
Speaker(s): Professor Michèle Lamont | This lecture will diagnose the challenges of neoliberal American society: the pitfalls of the American dream across classes, hardened group boundaries, and the need to invent new narratives of hope. Michèle Lamont…
Hard Truths: global leadership challenges [Audio]
Oct 23, 2018 • 79 min
Speaker(s): Ellen Barry, Khalid Janahi, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Professor Lord Stern, Professor Andres Velasco | Global challenges discussions around the Hard Truths exhibition (democracy, disinformation, migration, drug trafficking, climate change, global…
Modi’s India, Erdogan’s Turkey, and the Crisis of the Secular State in the Non-Western World [Audio]
Oct 23, 2018 • 94 min
Speaker(s): Professor Sumantra Bose | This lecture marks the publication of Sumantra Bose’s new book, Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism. Sumantra Bose is Professor of International and Comparative Politics at…
National Populism: the revolt against liberal democracy [Audio]
Oct 22, 2018 • 88 min
Speaker(s): Professor Matthew Goodwin | Matthew Goodwin will present his new guide to one of the most urgent political phenomena of our time: the rise of national populism. Matthew J Goodwin (@GoodwinMJ) is Professor of Politics, University of Kent and…
Do the Migrations of the Past have Lessons for Today? [Audio]
Oct 22, 2018 • 88 min
Speaker(s): Professor Chris Minns | Migration has always been part of the human experience. But can the study of past population movements help us to understand present-day markets and societies? This lecture draws on a range of historical evidence to…
Evidence-Based Everything (but let’s do the basing properly) [Audio]
Oct 19, 2018 • 57 min
Speaker(s): Professor John Worrall | Statements can be significant despite being “statements of the bleedin’ obvious”. The philosopher David Hume’s remark that ‘The rational man adjusts his beliefs to the evidence’ falls exactly into this category. It is…
Hard Truths: Dictatorships [Audio]
Oct 18, 2018 • 86 min
Speaker(s): Alan Cowell, Professor Richard Evans, Bianca Jagger, Andres Velasco | Authoritarian leaders are taking control in more and more countries. What can we learn from the Venezuelan experience? After a long career as a foreign correspondent for The…
History, Memory, Politics in Democratisation Research: a personal and professional journey [Audio]
Oct 18, 2018 • 85 min
Speaker(s): Professor Tomila Lankina | Three decades after the collapse of communism in Europe, a number of post-communist states experienced democratic back-sliding or embraced authoritarianism. In her inaugural lecture, Tomila Lankina discusses how her…
Ten Years after the Global Financial Crisis: what have we learned and what did we forget? [Audio]
Oct 18, 2018 • 85 min
Speaker(s): Professor Charles Bean, Lord O’Donnell, Professor Catherine Schenk, Minouche Shafik | This event explores the causes of the 2008 global financial crash and the responses of the major advanced economies, which drew on the lessons of the 1930s.…
The End of Nuclear Weapons [Audio]
Oct 17, 2018 • 87 min
Speaker(s): Beatrice Fihn | Are we closer than ever to ending the nuclear weapon threat? In this tumultuous moment, Beatrice Fihn sets out plenty of reasons to hope. Beatrice Fihn (@BeaFihn) is Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear…
Hard Truths: the art of peace-making in the 21st century conflict environment [Audio]
Oct 17, 2018 • 94 min
Speaker(s): Baroness Ashton, Razia Iqbal, Alissa Johannsen Rubin, Tim Phillips, Mark Muller | This event will look at peace-making in the 21st century and the lessons learnt from attempts to stabilise Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. It will map out the new…
The Bullshitisation of the Economy Has Only Just Begun: pointless labour, digitisation, and the revolt of the caring classes [Audio]
Oct 17, 2018 • 72 min
Speaker(s): Professor David Graeber | The proliferation of useless forms of employment in the professional-managerial sector has placed enormous pressure on the caring professions, leading to a major social conflagration. David Graeber (@davidgraeber) is…
Sleep [Audio]
Oct 15, 2018 • 86 min
Speaker(s): Marina Benjamin, Professor Russell Foster, Professor Simon Morgan Wortham | Philosophers have diligently examined consciousness, but what do they have to say about our nightly loss of consciousness? In an age of mindfulness, is there something…
The Future of Capitalism [Audio]
Oct 12, 2018 • 78 min
Speaker(s): Professor Sir Paul Collier | Following the publication of his latest book, The Future of Capitalism, Paul Collier will discuss this book and his wider work. Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of…
Renewing Sociology in the Digital Age [Audio]
Oct 11, 2018 • 91 min
Speaker(s): Professor Susan Halford | It is now well-established that digital devices, techniques and new forms of data are deeply implicated in the re-working of social life, and this has only just begun. At the same time, these devices, techniques and…
Judging: a common or civil law legal system? [Audio]
Oct 10, 2018 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Vassilios Skouris | Based on his experience as Judge in the Court of the European Union, Vassilios Skouris will explore the differences between how judgements are made in the common law and civil law legal systems. The common law legal system…
Hard Truths: global extremism [Audio]
Oct 10, 2018 • 102 min
Speaker(s): Dr Steffen Hertog, Dr Elisabeth Kendall, Azadeh Moaveni, Professor Peter Neumann | Exploring new data showing why someone joins ISIS. A discussion of the sources of extremism and how to make societies more resilient. Steffen Hertog is…
Russia in the World [Audio]
Oct 9, 2018 • 126 min
Speaker(s): Professor Dominic Lieven, Professor Janet Hartley, Professor Alexander Semyonov | This event launches the Paulsen Programme at LSE International History Department, which has been set up to allow historians in Russia to realise their full…
Women in Prison: more troubled than troublesome [Audio]
Oct 9, 2018 • 86 min
Speaker(s): Baroness Corston | The overwhelming majority of women in our prisons are serving very short sentences for non-violent offences frequently associated with mental ill health, abuse, addiction and poverty. Every year, about 17,000 children are…
Beyond Diversity: are inclusive organisations truly attainable? [Audio]
Oct 9, 2018 • 67 min
Speaker(s): Professor Quinetta Roberson | Scholars and practitioners have highlighted how diversity of identities, cultures and experiences within workforces can be of benefit to organisations. Yet, the meaning and design of inclusive organisations…
Artificial Meat [Audio]
Oct 8, 2018 • 86 min
Speaker(s): Dr Anat Pick, Professor Mark Post, Dr Adam Shriver | Lab-grown meat promises burgers and foie gras without the side-order of animal suffering and environmental damage. Is fake meat a real solution to these problems? Anat Pick is Reader in Film…
Is a Rules Based, Open, Globalisation Still Worth Fighting For? [Audio]
Oct 8, 2018 • 94 min
Speaker(s): Pascal Lamy | At a time when globalisation is under attack, Pascal Lamy exposes why Peter Sutherland was, and still is, right in promoting a rules based open international system. Pascal Lamy is former General Director of the World Trade…
For the Love of Humanity: the world tribunal on Iraq [Audio]
Oct 4, 2018 • 70 min
Speaker(s): Dr Lori Allen, Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Professor David Graeber, Professor Kimberly Hutchings, Dr Tor Krever, Haifa Zangana | Comprised of experts in anthropology, international law, sociology, political science, and literature, this panel will…
What Next for International Climate Action? [Audio]
Oct 4, 2018 • 78 min
Speaker(s): Emma Howard Boyd, Professor Dame Judith Rees, Professor Lord Stern, Lord Turner | The panel will explore how climate action needs to develop in the next ten years to successfully deliver the Paris Agreement. Emma Howard Boyd is Chair of the…
The Inner Level: how more equal societies reduce stress, restore sanity and improve wellbeing [Audio]
Oct 3, 2018 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Professor Kate Pickett | The speakers will focus on the psychological effects of inequality, on how larger income differences increase feelings of dominance and subordination, and the consequences for mental illness. Kate Pickett…
Reforms to Strengthen the European Monetary Union [Audio]
Oct 2, 2018 • 90 min
Speaker(s): Vítor Constâncio | Vítor Constâncio, the former Vice President of the European Central Bank will explore the possible reforms proposed to strengthen the EMU and their predicted consequences. Vítor Constâncio (@VMRConstancio) is the former Vice…
Janesville: an American story [Audio]
Oct 2, 2018 • 90 min
Speaker(s): Amy Goldstein | What really happens to workers, families and a community when good jobs go away? Come hear the story of one small, proud city in the American heartland that lost the United States’ oldest operating General Motors assembly plant…
Shaping Cities in an Urban Age [Audio]
Sep 26, 2018 • 83 min
Speaker(s): Eduarda La Rocque | Drawing on a range of contemporary urban experiences included in a new book, Shaping Cities in an Urban Age, the panel discussion will explore the dynamics and challenges of urban change. Three of the authors included in…
Gandhi - the Years that Changed the World, 1914-1948 [Audio]
Sep 25, 2018 • 91 min
Speaker(s): Ramachandra Guha | At this event, Ramachandra Guha tells the epic story of Gandhi’s life and how he changed the world armed only with his arguments and example. Gandhi lived one of the great 20th century lives. At this event, Ramachandra Guha…
Money and Government: a challenge to mainstream economics [Audio]
Sep 17, 2018 • 52 min
Speaker(s): Professor Lord Skidelsky | Robert Skidelsky’s new book, Money and Government: A Challenge to Mainstream Economics, which he will discuss in this lecture, is a major challenge to economic orthodoxy, contesting the dominant view that money and…
How Does The Euro Shield Europe From Future Crises? [Audio]
Sep 13, 2018 • 88 min
Speaker(s): Mário Centeno | In his lecture Eurogroup President Mário Centeno will speak about the push to reform the Euro and the politics behind it, and discuss how the single currency could shield the European economy from both internal and external…
In Conversation with Rahul Gandhi [Audio]
Aug 24, 2018 • 77 min
Speaker(s): Rahul Gandhi | Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi), President of the Indian National Congress and member of the Parliament of India will be in conversation with LSE’s Mukulika Banerjee (@MukulikaB), Director of the South Asia Centre, and Associate…
Crashed: how a decade of financial crises changed the world [Audio]
Aug 23, 2018 • 85 min
Speaker(s): Professor Adam Tooze | In September 2008 the Great Financial Crisis, triggered by the collapse of Lehman brothers, shook the world. A decade later its spectre still haunts us. As the appalling scope and scale of the crash was revealed, the…
LSE IQ Ep17 | Are we entering a new Cold War? [Audio]
Aug 15, 2018 • 47 min
Speaker(s): Professor Anne Applebaum, Dr Cristian Nitoiu, Peter Pomerantsev | We hope you’ve enjoyed listening to this year’s programme of public events and that you’ll stay tuned for the exciting programme of events we have lined up, for the new academic…
Peak Inequality - Britain’s Ticking Time Bomb [Audio]
Jul 17, 2018 • 88 min
Speaker(s): Professor Danny Dorling | When we think of economic inequality we tend to think of a trend that is ever rising and destined to continue rising; that is far from inevitable. There are many statistics today that point at Britain being at a peak…
Adam Smith: what he thought, and why it matters [Audio]
Jul 9, 2018 • 63 min
Speaker(s): Jesse Norman MP | At a time when economics and politics are both increasingly polarized between left and right, this book, Adam Smith: What He Thought, and Why it Matters, which Jesse Norman will discuss at this event, returns to intellectual…
Can Society Once Again Make Finance Servant, Not Master of the Economy? [Audio]
Jun 26, 2018 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Ann Pettifor | In February 2018, Jeremy Corbyn accused bankers of taking the economy hostage, and said in a speech that Britain’s financial sector will be “the servant of industry not the masters of all” if the Labour Party wins the next…
The Thatcher and Major Governments in Retrospect: reflections on 18 years in power [Audio]
Jun 21, 2018 • 83 min
Speaker(s): Kenneth Clarke, Professor Tony Travers | This event, in memory of Maurice Fraser, will see former Chancellor of the Exchequer Kenneth Clarke in conversation with LSE’s Tony Travers and Kevin Featherstone. Kenneth Clarke, MP for Rushcliffe…
The Middle East after ISIS: what is at stake? [Audio]
Jun 18, 2018 • 97 min
Speaker(s): Professor Gilles Kepel | ISIS has been defeated militarily, but the fight for the Middle East is just beginning. At this event Gilles Kepel, author of The Rise of Jihad in the West, discusses the future of the region and how it will shape…
Flying the Flag for Openness: why liberalism still matters [Audio]
Jun 12, 2018 • 98 min
Speaker(s): Sir Nick Clegg | Battered, bruised and blamed for so many of the world’s problems, liberal values have found themselves under attack from left and right. But these values have multiple virtues and with many enduring strengths. In his inaugural…
Mastering the Multi-Generational Workplace [Audio]
Jun 11, 2018 • 85 min
Speaker(s): Lorraine Ansell, Saj Jetha, Dr Sunita Malhotra, Nina Mohanty, Professor Sandy Pepper | Organisations are increasingly leveraging diversity to drive success, with generational diversity beginning to take centre stage. How will the arrival of…
Tracking the Rise in Global Economic Inequality: new evidence from the world inequality report 2018 [Audio]
Jun 7, 2018 • 94 min
Speaker(s): Lucas Chancel, Duncan Green, Rebecca Simson, Paul Segal | The first World Inequality Report (WIR2018), documents a sharp rise in global economic inequality since the 1980s despite strong growth in emerging economies. It also discusses…
Finance, Competition and Innovation-Based Growth [Audio]
Jun 5, 2018 • 88 min
Speaker(s): Professor Philippe Aghion | This event is the annual Economica Coase lecture. Philippe Aghion is a professor at the College de France and LSE, and a fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Oriana…
The Challenge to Diversity and Democracy in India Today [Audio]
Jun 5, 2018 • 89 min
Speaker(s): Yogendra Yadav | What can we learn from the current challenge to the idea of a diverse and democratic India? Does this demand rethinking the idea of India as a “State-Nation”? Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) is a nationally-renowned Indian…
Football [Audio]
Jun 4, 2018 • 86 min
Speaker(s): Professor Simon Critchley, Dr Gerald Moore, Dr Emily Ryall | ‘All that I know most surely about morality and obligations, I owe to football’, observed Albert Camus. And it is football, above all other sports, that so many philosophers revere.…
How to Lose a Referendum [Audio]
Jun 4, 2018 • 86 min
Speaker(s): Jason Farrell, Paul Goldsmith | In their book, How To Lose A Referendum, which they will talk about at this event, Sky News senior political correspondent Jason Farrell and political blogger and economics and politics teacher Paul Goldsmith…
The French Revolution: one year on [Audio]
May 24, 2018 • 92 min
Speaker(s): Professor Jean Pisani-Ferry, Christine Ockrent | The lecture takes stock of the transformation of French economic policy following the sweeping electoral success of Emmanuel Macron, and appraises its achievements. Jean Pisani-Ferry…
Fluctuating Formality: anthropology and the structure of difference [Audio]
May 17, 2018 • 64 min
Speaker(s): Dr Maxim Bolt | This lecture will reflect on an apparently dated concept: structure. Spanning institutions of state and market, it will focus on formality as a kind of structuring, and a lens for understanding the production of difference.…
School Autonomy, School Choice and the Quality of Education: evidence from England [Audio]
May 16, 2018 • 91 min
Speaker(s): Professor Olmo Silva, Amy Finch | Olmo Silva will discuss the conceptual framework and empirical evidence underpinning the idea that autonomy and choice can lead to improvements in education standards in England. Recent reforms in many…
Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous: in conversation with Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala [Audio]
May 16, 2018 • 92 min
Speaker(s): Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala | Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s new book, Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines, draws on her years as Nigeria’s Finance Minister to provide practical lessons on the difficult, sometimes-dangerous,…
Texas, Trump and the Future of America [Audio]
May 15, 2018 • 82 min
Speaker(s): Lawrence Wright | Come learn about the most controversial state in America and what it tells us about Donald Trump and the future of the US. This event marks the publications of Lawrence’s new book, God Save Texas: A Journey into the Future of…
Transparency: the most important pillar in a functional democracy [Audio]
May 15, 2018 • 56 min
Speaker(s): Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez | President Juan Carlos Varela R. (@JC_Varela) studied primary and secondary in Javier College, under the direction of the Company of Jesus Order. He graduated as an Industrial Engineer from the Georgia Institute…
Collusion: how central bankers rigged the world [Audio]
May 14, 2018 • 62 min
Speaker(s): Nomi Prins | In her new book, which she will talk about at this event, former Wall Street insider Nomi Prins shows how the 2007–2008 financial crisis turbo-boosted the influence of central bankers and triggered a massive shift in the world…
Can Markets Pursue Social Values? [Audio]
May 9, 2018 • 82 min
Speaker(s): Professor Julia Black, Professor Simon Deakin, Sean Ennis | Theresa May’s claim that free market capitalism constitutes “the greatest agent of collective human progress ever created” raises a complex question: can markets pursue social values?…
Affirmative Action [Audio]
May 9, 2018 • 88 min
Speaker(s): Professor Elizabeth Anderson, Omar Khan | Women and minority groups are significantly under-represented in politics and various other walks of life. ‘Affirmative action’ is one response in tackling this enduring issue. But what is it? Who is…
From People’s Dissent to Royal Assent: Sylvia Pankhurst and the struggle for the vote [Audio]
May 8, 2018 • 79 min
Speaker(s): Rachel Holmes | On the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, Rachel Holmes remembers and reflects on the roles of revolutionary thinking and militancy in winning votes for women. The complacency of hindsight leads many in modern…
The Catalan Crisis: populism and secessionism [Audio]
May 8, 2018 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Dr Pedro Sanchez | The leader of the opposition in Spain, Pedro Sánchez, will analyse the political, social and economic factors that have led to the growth of populism and secessionism in Catalonia and will propose possible solutions to the…
Edge of Chaos: why democracy is failing to deliver economic growth and how to fix it [Audio]
May 3, 2018 • 89 min
Speaker(s): Dr. Dambisa Moyo | In Dr. Dambisa Moyo’s new book, Edge of Chaos, which she will talk about at this event, she offers a radical menu of ten ways to improve democracy: making it better able to address the range of headwinds that the global…
Restoring Trust: how do we tackle the crisis in public information? [Audio]
May 2, 2018 • 89 min
Speaker(s): James Ball, Professor Charlie Beckett, Sophie Gaston | The LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission is working with experts, practitioners and the public to identify structural causes of media misinformation and set out a new framework for…
Europe in a Map: people and borders in times of change [Audio]
May 2, 2018 • 85 min
Speaker(s): Professor Simon Glendinning, Professor Elspeth Guild, Dr Natascha Zaun | What does a map tell us about Europe? What does it leave out? Prominent scholars in law, philosophy and political science reflect on how the age of cross-border flows…
How to Rig an Election [Audio]
May 1, 2018 • 88 min
Speaker(s): Professor Nic Cheeseman, Dr Brian Klaas | In this talk, Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas show how to rig an election - with the hopes that the lesson will help save democracy. The greatest political paradox of our time is this: there are more…
Shakespeare [Audio]
Apr 30, 2018 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Dr Jessica Chiba, John Crace, Tim Crouch | For Victor Hugo, ‘all forms of the multiple reality, actions and ideas, man and humanity’ can be found in Shakespeare. Perhaps this is the reason why, over 400 years after his death, we continue to…
Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration [Audio]
Apr 26, 2018 • 87 min
Speaker(s): Tony Barber, Professor Catherine De Vries, Professor Simon Hix | The European Union is facing turbulent times. It is plagued by deep divisions over the future of European integration. This panel brings together experts who will discuss how…
Does the UK Need Its Own Infrastructure Bank? [Audio]
Apr 24, 2018 • 64 min
Speaker(s): Sir Danny Alexander, Robert Bartlett, Tamsyn Barton, Kwasi Kwarteng | This panel discussion will explore whether the UK should establish a new bank to support infrastructure investment. Danny Alexander (@dannyalexander) is Vice President at…
The Struggle for the Arab World [Audio]
Apr 24, 2018 • 87 min
Speaker(s): Professor Fawaz Gerges | Fawaz Gerges tells us how the clash between pan-Arab nationalism and pan-Islamism has shaped the history of the region from the 1920s to the present. Fawaz Gerges (@FawazGerges) is Professor of International Relations…
From Transitional To Transformative: justice for conflict-related violence against women [Audio]
Apr 23, 2018 • 85 min
Speaker(s): Professor Christine Bell, Dr Aisling Swaine | ‘Conflict-related violence against women’ is often understood to mean sexual violence, specifically rape used as a weapon of war. But this is only one part of a broad continuum of gender violence…
The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy [Audio]
Apr 23, 2018 • 81 min
Speaker(s): Professor Mariana Mazzucato | In her new book, The Value of Everything, which she will discuss in this lecture, Mariana Mazzucato, argues that if we are to reform capitalism, we urgently need to rethink where wealth comes from. Which…
Cultural Studies and the Challenge of Inequality Today [Audio]
Apr 18, 2018 • 94 min
Speaker(s): Professor Tony Bennett, Professor Angela McRobbie, Dr Clive James Nwonka, Professor Beverley Skeggs | This event will consider the prospects for contemporary thinking within the cultural studies tradition to engage with current inequalities.…
Walk Together to Fight Inequality [Audio]
Apr 17, 2018 • 104 min
Speaker(s): Gro Harlem Brundtland, Hector Castañón, Aya Chebbi, Ban Ki-moon, Graça Machel, Njoki Njoroge Njehu, Dr Wanda Wyporska, Ernesto Zedillo | Join The Elders, the Fight Inequality Alliance, and Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity to…
Factfulness: ten reasons we’re wrong about the world and why things are better than you think [Audio]
Apr 11, 2018 • 88 min
Speaker(s): Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Ola Rosling | When asked simple questions about global trends – why the world’s population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty – we systematically get the answers wrong. So…
Fair Shot: rethinking inequality and how we earn [Audio]
Apr 10, 2018 • 89 min
Speaker(s): Chris Hughes, Professor Natalie Fenton, Kam Sandhu | Co-founder of Facebook Chris Hughes makes the case that one-percenters like him should pay their fortune forward in a radically simple way: a guaranteed income for working people Chris…
The Great Economists: how their ideas can help us today [Audio]
Apr 9, 2018 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Dr Linda Yueh | Linda Yueh will discuss her new book that helps us to think about the biggest economic challenges of our time by drawing on the ideas of the great economists whose thinking has already changed the world Linda Yueh (@lindayueh)…
Understanding Violence in the Middle East and Africa [Audio]
Mar 19, 2018 • 88 min
Speaker(s): Professor Toby Dodge, Dr Rachel Ibreck, Rim Turkmani, Lyse Doucet | This event will launch LSE’s new Conflict Research Programme funded by the UK’s Department for International Development. The CRP aims to understand why contemporary violence…
Trouble at the Top: is Britain’s leadership still fit for purpose? [Audio]
Mar 19, 2018 • 90 min
Speaker(s): Professor Aeron Davis, Polly Toynbee, Joe Earle, Polly Toynbee, Joe Earle | Join Aeron Davis, Polly Toynbee, Joe Earle and Bev Skeggs for a discussion on Britain’s dysfunctional leadership. Aeron Davis will cast the evening off by arguing that…
The Arab/Persian Binary: histories of culture and conflict in the Persian Gulf [Audio]
Mar 15, 2018 • 81 min
Speaker(s): Professor Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet | Arabs and Persians have historically been placed in a binary and oppositional relationship. This bifurcated past has influenced the contemporary politics and historiography of the region, with far-reaching…
Images that Resemble Us Too Much: natives, corporations, humans, and other personified creatures of international law [Audio]
Mar 13, 2018 • 79 min
Speaker(s): Dr Joseph Slaughter | Modern Euro-American law operates by fashioning legal persons as creatures endowed with rights and responsibilities. This figurative process of personification is a means of emancipation. Indeed, the fourteenth amendment…
A Better World is Possible – the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and Social Progress [Audio]
Mar 13, 2018 • 82 min
Speaker(s): Lord Sainsbury | David Sainsbury will be talking about his lifetime of philanthropy. Lord Sainsbury is founder of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. He donated £200 million of Sainsbury’s shares to the Foundation’s assets. Stephan Chambers is…
Article 50: one year on [Audio]
Mar 12, 2018 • 87 min
Speaker(s): Professor Catherine Barnard, Professor Simon Hix, Jill Rutter, Professor Tony Travers | One year on from the triggering of Article 50, how far have the Brexit negotiations progressed? What lessons are there for the UK and the European Union?…
The Almighty Dollar [Audio]
Mar 8, 2018 • 61 min
Speaker(s): Dharshini David | The dollar is the lifeblood of globalisation: China holds billions in reserve for good reason. Greenbacks, singles, bucks or dead presidents, call them what you will, $1.2 trillion worth are floating around right now – and…
Who Owns the Robots? Automation and Class Struggle in the 21st Century [Audio]
Mar 7, 2018 • 78 min
Speaker(s): Peter Frase | Robots and artificial intelligence promise to reshape the economy. But the political struggle between workers and owners will determine who really benefits from these changes. Peter Frase (@pefrase) is an editor at Jacobin…
Migration and the City [Audio]
Mar 6, 2018 • 71 min
Speaker(s): Professor Ash Amin, Dr Victoria Redclift | Migration is integral to the cultural and economic life of cities. Yet we live in a migration milieu in which migrants are rendered as illegal subjects, and where migration processes are reduced to…
The Brexit Negotiations: the view from Brussels [Audio]
Mar 5, 2018 • 82 min
Speaker(s): Stefaan de Rynck | Stefaan de Rynck, Senior Advisor to Michel Barnier, Chief EU Negotiator for Brexit, will provide a state of play on the Brexit negotiations. He will focus on the Withdrawal Treaty and the nature of the transition and will…
Brexit: what next? [Audio]
Mar 1, 2018 • 78 min
Speaker(s): Hilary Benn | Hilary Benn will speak about the Brexit negotiations and the future of the UK-EU relations. Hilary Benn (@hilarybennmp) is Labour MP for Leeds Central and Chair of the Select Committee on Exiting the European Union. Tony Travers…
Crime and Global Justice [Audio]
Feb 28, 2018 • 69 min
Speaker(s): Professor Daniele Archibugi, Alice Pease, Professor Christine Chinkin, Professor Richard Falk, Professor Mary Kaldor | Editor’s note: We apologise for the poor audio quality of this podcast. In their new book, Crime and Global Justice: The…
Perspectives for the European Common Security and Defence Policy [Audio]
Feb 28, 2018 • 59 min
Speaker(s): Dr Ursula von der Leyen | Ursula von der Leyen is Germany’s Minister of Defence, a position she has held since 2013. Since 2005, Ursula von der Leyen has been a member of the German Federal Cabinet. Before she was appointed Minister of…
The Vision of Empowerment: popular feminism and popular misogyny [Audio]
Feb 27, 2018 • 85 min
Speaker(s): Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser, Dr Shani Orgad | In 2018, we are living in a moment in North America and Europe where feminism has become, somewhat incredibly, popular. It seems as if everywhere you turn, there is an expression of feminism—on a…
LSE Festival 2018 | Tongue Lash: a night of challenging society with hiphop and spoken word [Audio]
Feb 24, 2018 • 38 min
Speaker(s): Poet Curious, Christian Gabriel, Caroline Teague, Desree, Thomas Owoo, Hannah Gordon | LSE LIFE invites you to take part in a night of spoken word performances, philosophical dialogue and hiphop vibes. Poetcurious hosts as hiphop poets from…
LSE Festival 2018 | The Giants of 2020 [Audio]
Feb 24, 2018 • 69 min
Speaker(s): Dr Adura Banke-Thomas, Dr Tania Burchardt, Tammy Campbell, Kathleen Scanlon, Dr Jamie Woodcock | What are the key challenges of welfare states of the future? In a world of limited resources, what should our priority be? To close the LSE…
LSE Festival 2018 | Who Belongs? Can we Afford to be Different? [Audio]
Feb 24, 2018 • 87 min
Speaker(s): Brett Heasman, Celestin Okoroji, Professor Bev Skeggs, Dr Jana Uher | Editor’s note: We apologise for the poor audio quality of this podcast. There have been significant advances in the rights, recognition and participation of diverse groups…
LSE Festival 2018 | Civil Society and the Five Giants: a global perspective [Audio]
Feb 24, 2018 • 73 min
Speaker(s): Dr Duncan Green, Dr Armine Ishkanian, Dr Michael McQuarrie, Ludovica Rogers | The Beveridge Report’s contemporary relevance can only be considered if we properly understand the ways in which civil society actors from across the globe are…
LSE Festival 2018 | Five LSE Giants’ Perspectives on Poverty [Audio]
Feb 24, 2018 • 102 min
Speaker(s): Dr Tania Burchardt, Professor Sir John Hills, Professor Stephen P Jenkins, Professor Lucinda Platt | Taking five ‘Giants’ in the study of poverty over the last 100 years, themselves, like Beveridge, authors of influential reports, this event…
LSE Festival 2018 | Who Cares? [Audio]
Feb 24, 2018 • 69 min
Speaker(s): Kate Bell, Dr Derek King, Lisa McKenzie | The subject of care is now a central political concern. The consequences of longer lives and new expectations about universal participation in paid work have produced new questions about the ways in…
LSE Festival 2018 | What’s Love Got to Do with It? Loneliness, Relationships and Wellbeing [Audio]
Feb 24, 2018 • 60 min
Speaker(s): Professor Paul Dolan | Loneliness is one of the giant issues we are facing as a society today. Our relationships with other people are fundamental to our wellbeing, but what kinds of relationships make us happy or miserable? How should…
LSE Festival 2018 | The Future of Fashion: can the industry be in vogue and sustainable? [Audio]
Feb 24, 2018 • 75 min
Speaker(s): Deeti Vyas Béghin, Helen Newcombe, Olivia Pinnock, Roger Williams | As fashion production processes get faster and faster, this event will ask: how can fashion brands and producers adapt their business models, in the face of growing demands to…
LSE Festival 2018 | The Evolution of Altruism [Audio]
Feb 24, 2018 • 70 min
Speaker(s): Dr Jonathan Birch, Heikki Helanterä, Hannah Rubin | If evolution is a ‘struggle for existence’, why do we witness so much altruism in nature? From bacteria to baboons, the natural world is full of spectacular examples of organisms cooperating…
LSE Festival 2018 | Getting Ahead of the Curve: addressing housing needs in rapidly growing cities [Audio]
Feb 23, 2018 • 62 min
Speaker(s): Professor Paul Collier, Rubbina Karruna, Paida Hlambelo | Across the developing world, the pace of urbanisation has outstripped the ability of governments to facilitate decent, affordable housing for citizens. With the price of private housing…
LSE Festival 2018 | Lessons from Grenfell Tower: inequality and housing need, the Giant that still divides us [Audio]
Feb 23, 2018 • 63 min
Speaker(s): Professor Danny Dorling, Lynsey Hanley, Professor Anne Power | The crucially important role of social housing has been recognised following the Grenfell Tower disaster, which also laid bare the disconnect between the ‘elites’ and the most…
LSE Festival 2018 | A Beveridge Plan for an Unruly School? William Beveridge and LSE [Audio]
Feb 23, 2018 • 85 min
Speaker(s): Professor Michael Cox | There have been many famous Directors of LSE, from Halford Mackinder to Ralph Dahrendorf. But none can lay claim to such fame as LSE’s fourth Director, William Beveridge - generally regarded as the main architect of the…
LSE Festival 2018 | The Future of Ageing [Audio]
Feb 22, 2018 • 59 min
Speaker(s): Professor Rebeca Aldunate, Nicci Gerrard, Professor Michael Murphy, Jane Vass | With the average life expectancy increasing from 66.7 in 1942 to 81.25 in 2017, and set to continue, population ageing is poised to become one of the most…
LSE Festival 2018 | The Future of Work [Audio]
Feb 22, 2018 • 56 min
Speaker(s): Rebecca Campbell, Ruth Reaney, Dr Jamie Woodcock | If William Beveridge was to return to the East End, what would he make of it today? The welfare state has changed significantly in the 75 years since the publication of the Beveridge report,…
LSE Festival 2018 | Blueprint for Welfare? The Beveridge Report and the Making of the Welfare State [Audio]
Feb 22, 2018 • 92 min
Speaker(s): Professor Derek Fraser | There was a marked difference between the enthusiastic popular response to the Report and what was perceived to be a lukewarm reception by Churchill and the wartime coalition. How far was the Report implemented in the…
LSE Festival 2018 | Universal Health Coverage in the Global South: what is needed to make it work? [Audio]
Feb 22, 2018 • 75 min
Speaker(s): Professor Kalipso Chalkidou, Professor Ken Shadlen, Dr Daniel Wang | Although Universal health coverage is a pillar of the modern welfare state, the successful design and implementation of arrangements to deliver on this promise faces enormous…
LSE Festival 2018 | Is Higher Education Good for You? [Audio]
Feb 21, 2018 • 56 min
Speaker(s): Professor Paul Dolan, Lord Willetts | There is increasing evidence from the UK and the US to show that higher education is associated with less happiness and more inequality. In light of this, Professor of Behavioural Science at LSE Paul Dolan…
LSE Festival 2018 | Writing Fiction to Dramatise Inequality [Audio]
Feb 21, 2018 • 55 min
Speaker(s): Louise Doughty, Winnie M Li, Professor Nicola Lacey | How can literature reach audiences in ways that social science research about inequality can’t? How can narratives about fictional characters dramatise lived experiences of social…
LSE Festival 2018 | Beveridge in Context: reconstruction planning during the Second World War and after [Audio]
Feb 21, 2018 • 95 min
Speaker(s): Professor Matthew Jones, Dr David Motadel, Professor David Stevenson | Editor’s note: We apologise for the poor audio quality of this podcast. Academics from the Department of International History at LSE will reassess the 1942 Beveridge…
LSE Festival 2018 | Education and the Giant of Ignorance [Audio]
Feb 21, 2018 • 60 min
Speaker(s): Professor Nicholas Barr, Professor Howard Glennerster, Professor Sandra McNally, Dr Kitty Stewart, Professor Anne West | Ignorance, though one of the Giants, was barely mentioned in the Beveridge Report, but addressed by the 1944 Education Act…
LSE Festival 2018 | Combatting the Five Giants in 21st Century European Welfare States [Audio]
Feb 21, 2018 • 50 min
Speaker(s): Kathleen Henehan, Professor Nicola Lacey, Lord Wood | A distinguished panel discusses the most promising European welfare state reforms to combat Beveridge’s social evils, presented in a video by European Institute students. Kathleen Henehan…
LSE Festival 2018 | The Challenge of Richness? Rethinking the Giant of Poverty [Audio]
Feb 20, 2018 • 55 min
Speaker(s): Dr Tania Burchardt, Amy Feneck, Dr Sam Friedman, Dr Luna Glucksberg | The economic and political power of the richest in our society has dramatically increased since 1942. 75 years on since his report, the panel will discuss whether…
LSE Festival 2018 | Beveridge Rebooted: a basic income for every citizen? [Audio]
Feb 20, 2018 • 67 min
Speaker(s): Professor John Kay, Professor Philippe Van Parijs, Dr Malcolm Torry, Polly Toynbee | Discussion of a Basic Income – an unconditional, nonwithdrawable income for every individual (and sometimes called a Citizen’s Income, a Citizen’s Basic…
LSE Festival 2018 | Our Automated Future: utopia or dystopia? [Audio]
Feb 19, 2018 • 52 min
Speaker(s): Salonie Hiriyur, Laura-Jane Silverman, Dhruv Washishth | Editor’s note: We apologise for the poor audio quality of this podcast. For the younger generations considering their future career options, are the technological advances transforming…
LSE Festival 2018 | Beveridge’s Sixth Giant [Audio]
Feb 19, 2018 • 62 min
Speaker(s): Professor Sam Fankhauser, Professor Fawaz Gerges, Professor Naila Kabeer, Professor Mary Kaldor, Professor Lord Layard | Beveridge’s “Five Giants” remain central issues in discussions about the welfare state today, but there are also new…
LSE Festival 2018 | Identity and the Welfare State: evolving challenges for sustaining social solidarity [Audio]
Feb 19, 2018 • 57 min
Speaker(s): Professor Xenia Chryssochoou, Professor Peter Dwyer, David Goodhart, Celestin Okoroji | Editor’s note: We apologise for the poor audio quality of this podcast. Central to the promise of the Beveridge Report is the assumption of social…
LSE Festival 2018 | The Five Giants and the Ministers who Made a Difference [Audio]
Feb 19, 2018 • 65 min
Speaker(s): Nicholas Timmins, Professor Sir Julian Le Grand, Minouche Shafik | Five tools and massive programmes were adopted to tackle Beveridge’s “Five Giants”: A policy of full employment; a National Health Service; a massively extended system of…
Can Literature Solve Poverty? [Audio]
Feb 15, 2018 • 90 min
Speaker(s): Kit de Waal, Paul McVeigh, Dr Aaron Reeves | In the run up to the LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0, rethinking the welfare state for the 21st Century, we bring together a panel to discuss the relationship between literature and poverty. They…
Post-Beveridge International Law [Audio]
Feb 14, 2018 • 89 min
Speaker(s): Dr Tatiana Borisova, Professor Matthew Craven | This event will consider the relationship between Cold War International Law and the Beveridge moment. In particular, did the ideals of the Beveridge Report get translated into global legal…
At the Limits of Urban Theory: racial banishment in the contemporary city [Audio]
Feb 13, 2018 • 91 min
Speaker(s): Professor Ananya Roy | In cities around the world, especially in the United States, processes of socio-spatial restructuring continue to unfold. Often understood as neoliberal urbanism and often identified through concepts such as…
Is God Really Dead? Why Belief Matters [Audio]
Feb 12, 2018 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Professor Eileen Barker, Professor Conor Gearty | Thirty years after founding INFORM, the information network on religious movements, Eileen Barker argues that the sociology of religion still has an important role in “knowing the causes of…
Truth and Lies about Poverty [Audio]
Feb 8, 2018 • 66 min
Speaker(s): Stephen Armstrong, Alex Wheatle, Ros Taylor, Ros Wynne-Jones | In this event, aimed at school children aged 13-18, a panel of speakers discuss how we tell the truth about the people struggling to get by in modern Britain. Stephen Armstrong…
Academic Freedom and the New Populism [Audio]
Feb 8, 2018 • 89 min
Speaker(s): Professor Michael Ignatieff | A new ‘populism’ is evident in a variety of countries. Experts and expertise are attacked as standing in the way of the popular will. Universities are under new pressures from populist politicians. How should…
100 Years of Votes for Women: an LSE Law celebration [Audio]
Feb 6, 2018 • 81 min
Speaker(s): Baroness Chakrabarti, Baroness Hale, Professor Nicola Lacey | On February 6th 1918, with the coming into force of the Representation of the People Act, women were by law first given the vote in this country. Even though this foundational right…
Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: rejuvenate or retire? [Audio]
Feb 5, 2018 • 92 min
Speaker(s): Professor Francesca Klug | At the beginning of the year in which the UDHR’s 70 birthday will be commemorated around the globe, Francesca Klug asks: is the Declaration no longer relevant for our modern world or has its time finally come?…
How do People Really Think about Climate Change? [Audio]
Feb 1, 2018 • 82 min
Speaker(s): Professor Cass Sunstein | How does new information about climate change impact our existing beliefs? Cass Sunstein identifies some surprising biases and findings. Cass Sunstein (@CassSunstein) is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at…
The Politics of Marriage [Audio]
Jan 31, 2018 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Dr Clare Chambers, Sir Paul Coleridge, Peter Tatchell | Marriage is an odd mix of sex, religion, and politics. Our speakers ask what marriage is and whether there is there any distinctive moral value in it. Should the state promote it? Is it…
Crisis Politics and the Challenge of Intersectional Solidarity [Audio]
Jan 31, 2018 • 86 min
Speaker(s): Professor Akwugo Emejulu | How might we transform the ways in which we think about ‘crisis’, ‘activism’ and ‘solidarity’? Drawing on her new co-authored book, Minority Women and Austerity: Survival and Resistance in France and Britain, Akwugo…
What do the Italian Elections Mean for Europe? [Audio]
Jan 31, 2018 • 83 min
Speaker(s): Professor Francesco Caselli, Lorenzo Codogno, Miriam Sorace | Italy will hold its next general election no later than spring 2018. What are the potential outcomes and likely implications for Italy and Europe? Francesco Caselli is Norman Sosnow…
A World of Food in Change [Audio]
Jan 30, 2018 • 82 min
Speaker(s): Michael La Cour | Michael La Cour will in this lecture discuss the role and responsibility of corporations in addressing the challenges of the food system, and how sustainability and health drives innovation. Michael La Cour (@MichaelIKEAFood)…
Development Collective Know-how and Us [Audio]
Jan 29, 2018 • 92 min
Speaker(s): Professor Ricardo Hausmann | The difference between rich and poor countries is mostly explained by differences in “technology”. But what is technology and why does it not diffuse more quickly? This lecture will clarify the importance of…
Megatrends: predicting the future to reinvent today [Audio]
Jan 25, 2018 • 83 min
Speaker(s): Shane Wall | Our planet’s pace of change is at lightning speed. How do we stay ahead of the curve to innovate, adapt, reinvent and engineer experiences for a future that promises to look vastly different from today? Join Shane Wall for a…
Ground Down by Growth: tribe, caste, class and inequality in 21st century India [Audio]
Jan 25, 2018 • 89 min
Speaker(s): Professor Philippe Bourgois, Dr Jens Lerche, Dr Alpa Shah | Our panel examines how economic growth in India entrenches social difference of tribe, caste and class and has transformed identity-based discrimination into new forms of exploitation…
Being Alone [Audio]
Jan 24, 2018 • 83 min
Speaker(s): Professor John Burnside,Professor Barbara Taylor,Professor James Warren | ‘Hell is other people’, noted Jean Paul Sartre—rather rudely, it might seem to an outside observer. But is the pursuit of philosophical understanding an inherently…
The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s attack on democracy [Audio]
Jan 24, 2018 • 86 min
Speaker(s): Dr Brian Klaas | Donald Trump isn’t a despot. But he is increasingly acting like a despot’s apprentice. An expert on authoritarianism, Brian Klaas is well placed to recognise the warning signs of tyranny. He argues forcefully that with every…
The Origins of Happiness: Andrew Marr in conversation with Richard Layard [Audio]
Jan 22, 2018 • 71 min
Speaker(s): Professor Lord Layard | To mark the publication of The Origins of Happiness Andrew Marr and Richard Layard discuss some of its key focal points: What makes people happy? Why should governments care about people’s wellbeing? How would policy…
Toxic Inequality in the United States: economic inequality and racial injustice driving ugly politics [Audio]
Jan 18, 2018 • 89 min
Speaker(s): Professor Thomas Shapiro, Zamila Bunglawala | In his latest book, Toxic Inequality, which he will discuss in this lecture, Thomas Shapiro examines a powerful and unprecedented convergence in the United States: historic and rising levels of…
Turbulent Climate Change: why we need to address injustice [Audio]
Jan 18, 2018 • 78 min
Speaker(s): Mary Robinson | Events such as hurricanes affecting Texas, Florida and Caribbean Islands, wild-fires raging in California and Portugal, and severe monsoon rains in South Asia, bring home the urgency of a people centered, climate justice…
Culture under Fire [Audio]
Jan 17, 2018 • 89 min
Speaker(s): Professor Helen Frowe, Issam Kourbaj, Vernon Rapley, Professor Eleanor Robson | From the recent destruction of Palmyra and the looting of the National Museum of Iraq, cultural artefacts are one of the many casualties of armed conflict. What…
Clean Brexit: why leaving the EU still makes sense [Audio]
Jan 17, 2018 • 91 min
Speaker(s): Liam Halligan, Dr Gerard Lyons | In their latest book Clean Brexit, which they will discuss at this event, Liam Halligan and Gerard Lyons offer a vision of how Britain, and the world, can make a great success of Brexit. If the negotiations go…
Role of Trade and Investment in Driving Sustainable and Inclusive Growth [Audio]
Jan 12, 2018 • 76 min
Speaker(s): Shri Suresh Prabhu, Y K Sinha | Editor’s note: We regret to inform you that owing to a technical problem the last few minutes of the lecture are missing from the podcast Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Commerce and Industry, Government of…
Challenges for the Eurozone [Audio]
Jan 11, 2018 • 83 min
Speaker(s): Jeroen Dijsselbloem | In his lecture Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem will speak about the lessons learnt from the economic and financial crises, where we are now and about the challenges for the Eurozone in the future. Jeroen…
Moonshot Thinking to Unleash Innovation [Audio]
Jan 10, 2018 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Dr Pablo Rodriguez | Innovation in most large companies these days is fairly incremental. There is nothing inherently wrong in this, as much of our progress as a society has resulted from such innovation. Over recent years, however, we are…
Streaming Consciousness [Audio]
Jan 9, 2018 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Eimear McBride, Dr Kaye Mitchell | Is it possible to express the richness, variety, and depth of our inner experience, our thoughts and feelings? If so, what is the best way to do it? Should we turn to literature or to philosophy? And what can…
The Cold War: a world history [Audio]
Jan 9, 2018 • 81 min
Speaker(s): Professor Arne Westad | Arne Westad and Michael Cox discuss the truly global nature of the Cold War, with East and West demanding absolute allegiance around the world. For over forty years the demands of the Cold War shaped the lives of…
LSE IQ Episode 9 | Why is social mobility declining? [Audio]
Dec 11, 2017 • 38 min
Speaker(s): Professor Mike Savage, Dr Abigail McKnight, Dr Sam Friedman | We hope you’ve enjoyed listening to the autumn 2017 programme of LSE public events and that you’ll stay tuned for the exciting programme of events we have lined up for the new year.…
Exploitation and the Gig Economy [Audio]
Dec 7, 2017 • 80 min
Speaker(s): Brhmie Balaram, Jason Moyer-Lee | The gig economy is on the rise and with it worries about exploitation. Leading experts will analyse how to deal with the challenges and opportunities of new ways of working. Brhmie Balaram (@Brhmie) is a…
Welfare: from Beveridge to the fourth industrial revolution [Audio]
Dec 7, 2017 • 46 min
Speaker(s): David Gauke | Beveridge offered a radical response to the social and economic circumstances of his time in a country emerging from global depression and conflict. Yet today’s world would be unrecognisable to Beveridge: the past 75 years have…
A Room with a View: managing from the top [Audio]
Dec 6, 2017 • 85 min
Speaker(s): Yasmin Diamond | Yasmin Diamond reflects on her extensive career in corporate, government and public sector communications to discuss effective female leadership, what makes a good communicator and overcoming cultural differences in the…
The Human Cost of Conflict: the search for dignity and rights of Palestine refugees [Audio]
Dec 4, 2017 • 81 min
Speaker(s): Pierre Krähenbühl | Appointed by the UN Secretary-General in November 2013, Pierre Krähenbühl (@PKraehenbuehl) became UNRWA Commissioner-General on 30 March 2014. As Commissioner-General, he serves at the level of Under-Secretary-General. A…
Measuring Progress on Women’s Inclusion, Justice and Security [Audio]
Nov 30, 2017 • 91 min
Speaker(s): Dr Gary L Darmstadt, Dr Jeni Klugman, Dr Anita Raj,Dr Frances Stewart | The Women, Peace and Security Index is the first global index bridging both women’s inclusion and access to justice, as well as security. Developed by the Georgetown…
Game Theory Through the Computational Lens [Audio]
Nov 30, 2017 • 89 min
Speaker(s): Professor Tim Roughgarden | The fields of computer science and game theory both trace their roots to the first half of the 20th century, with the work of Turing, von Neumann, Nash, and others. Fast forwarding to the present, there are now many…
Beveridge 2.0 - Rethinking the Welfare State for the 21st Century [Audio]
Nov 29, 2017 • 99 min
Speaker(s): Minouche Shafik, Professor Sir John Hills, Dr Waltraud Schelkle, Professor Richard Sennett, Professor Alex Voorhoeve | In November 1942, former LSE Director William Beveridge published a report that was to lay the foundation for Britain’s…
Sovereignty [Audio]
Nov 29, 2017 • 85 min
Speaker(s): Dr Serena Ferente, Dr Carmen Pavel, Professor David Runciman | The Brexit debate saw a revival in talk of ‘sovereignty’. But what exactly is it, and why is it so highly prized? What are its essential features and what are its limits? In a…
Cash: the future of money in the Bitcoin age [Audio]
Nov 28, 2017 • 87 min
Speaker(s): Dr Tatiana Cutts, Professor Nigel Dodd, Dr Eva Micheler, Dr Philipp Paech | The socio-economic debate surrounding money has advanced since the early metallist days of John Locke. Money is no longer viewed as an homogenous, neutral thing;…
The Great Leveler: violence and the history of inequality from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century [Audio]
Nov 27, 2017 • 88 min
Speaker(s): Professor Walter Scheidel | Throughout history only violent shocks have significantly reduced economic inequality: war, revolution, plagues. Walter Scheidel considers the prospects of levelling in today’s more stable world. Walter Scheidel…
The Brexit Alternatives and their Implications [Audio]
Nov 27, 2017 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Professor Joachim Blatter, Professor Erik O Eriksen, Professor Sieglinde Gstöhl | As the UK and the EU look ahead to their long-term relationship post-Brexit, what might the UK learn from the experiences of other European states that are…
Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist [Audio]
Nov 23, 2017 • 89 min
Speaker(s): Kate Raworth, Professor Oriana Bandiera | Economics matters. Its theories are the mother tongue of public policy, the rationale for multi-billion-dollar investments, and the tools we use to tackle global poverty and manage our planetary home.…
Partition, 70 years on: what have we learnt from the division of India? [Audio]
Nov 22, 2017 • 87 min
Speaker(s): Lady Kishwar Desai | The 70th year of Indian independence inevitably recalls Partition and the violent division that followed it. In a lecture that considers the lessons for other countries facing similar divisions, Kishwar Desai talks about…
The Myth of Millionaire Tax Flight: how place still matters for the rich [Audio]
Nov 20, 2017 • 85 min
Speaker(s): Dr Cristobal Young, Ed Miliband MP, Dr Andrew Summers | If taxes rise, will they leave? In his new book, Cristobal Young publishes the findings from the first-ever large-scale study of migration of the world’s richest individuals, drawing on…
How Entrepreneurial Management Transforms Culture and Drives Growth [Audio]
Nov 16, 2017 • 99 min
Speaker(s): Eric Ries | Discover how to kick-start innovation and deliver sustained growth, even in highly uncertain environments. Join entrepreneur Eric Ries in conversation with Dr Lourdes Sosa as he discusses his new book The Startup Way. Drawing on…
Partners or Adversaries? Managing US-China Relations in the Era of Trump [Audio]
Nov 16, 2017 • 86 min
Speaker(s): Professor Michael Mastanduno, Minouche Shafik | The post-Cold War US-China “grand bargain” in economics and security is now unravelling, and faces new uncertainty in the era of Trump. Michael Mastanduno is Nelson A Rockefeller Professor of…
The Multinational World: how cities and regions win or lose in the global innovation contest [Audio]
Nov 15, 2017 • 84 min
Speaker(s): Professor Riccardo Crescenzi, Martin Sandbu | The process of technological development constantly opens windows of opportunity for new innovation centres to emerge around the world. What makes it possible for some cities and regions to join…
How Many People Can Earth Support in Comfort? [Audio]
Nov 14, 2017 • 81 min
Speaker(s): Professor Partha Dasgupta | Contemporary economics is mostly unconcerned with distortions to individual incentives that lead to population and consumption overshoots. Currently the overshoot would appear to be in consumption in the rich world…
A World of Three Zeroes: the new economics of zero poverty, zero unemployment, and zero carbon emissions [Audio]
Nov 11, 2017 • 79 min
Speaker(s): Dr Muhammad Yunus | The capitalist system, in its current form, is broken. In this lecture, Nobel Peace Prize-winning economist Dr Muhammad Yunus outlines his radical economic vision for fixing it, as explored in his new book A World of Three…
Lakatos Award Lectures [Audio]
Nov 9, 2017 • 96 min
Speaker(s): Dr Brian Epstein, Dr Thomas Pradeu | The Lakatos Award is given for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, widely interpreted, in the form of a book published in English during the previous five years. The 2015 award winner…
The Politics of Mental Health [Audio]
Nov 8, 2017 • 88 min
Speaker(s): Victoria Dutchman-Smith, Emmy Eklundh, Professor Matthew Ratcliffe | At the intersection of the personal and the political, we explore the relationship between mental health and economics, politics, and society at large. Is it even possible to…
Militarisation and the ‘War on Crime’ [Audio]
Nov 7, 2017 • 96 min
Speaker(s): Dr John Collins, Misha Glenny, Dr Sasha Jesperson, Tuesday Reitano, Dr Anja Shortland | From the 70 year old “War on Drugs”, to the more recent “War on Human Smuggling”, politicians use militarised responses to look decisive on crime. The…
Gender Equality: how can the UN lead? [Audio]
Nov 7, 2017 • 82 min
Speaker(s): Jane Connors, Professor Aoife O’Donoghue, Rosalyn Park, Navanethem Pillay | The United Nations has developed a strong focus on gender balance and gender sensitivity throughout all of its work. Yet the UN itself has significant problems in…
WTF: what the f—- happened and what happens next? [Audio]
Nov 6, 2017 • 88 min
Speaker(s): Robert Peston | To celebrate the release of his new book WTF: What the F—- Happened and What Happens Next? Robert Peston will be helping us make sense of the significant events which are changing our lives. It has never been a scarier time and…
The Brexit Negotiations: make or break? [Audio]
Nov 2, 2017 • 85 min
Speaker(s): Professor Sara Hobolt, Philippe Legrain, John Rentoul | What will a Brexit deal look like? How does the British public view controversies over budget, jurisdiction and immigration? What are the risks of a breakdown of the Brexit negotiations?…
The Art of the Good Life: clear thinking for business and a better life [Audio]
Nov 1, 2017 • 82 min
Speaker(s): Rolf Dobelli | Editor’s note: At time code 11:00 please note ‘about 1400 years old’ should state ‘about 2400 years old’ and research discussed between time codes 34:16 - 37:30 should be attributed to Matthew Syed. Rolf Dobelli, the bestselling…
Investing in Equality: the role of capital and justice in addressing inequality [Audio]
Nov 1, 2017 • 93 min
Speaker(s): Darren Walker | Philanthropic organisations play a key role in challenging the causes, effects, and consequences of inequality, funding projects that aim to directly and indirectly reduce the inequality gap. However questions have been raised…
No More Cake and Eat it: making a Brexit deal for workers [Audio]
Oct 31, 2017 • 90 min
Speaker(s): Frances O’Grady | While the general election result left the Prime Minister significantly weakened, publically the government has stuck to its Brexit negotiating red lines set out in her Lancaster House speech. As the clock ticks on talks, TUC…