Department of Social & Policy Sciences


These podcasts are from our public lecture series and feature leading names talking about the latest research in their field.

Inaugural lecture: Disembedded elites?

Professor David Miller
Monday, 7 July 2014

In his inaugural lecture, titled 'Disembedded elites? Policy communications and the transformation of elite networks', Professor David Miller reviewed the main writing on 'power elites' in the tradition of power structure research and asked what's changed with the advent of neoliberalism?

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Inaugural lecture: Brand Aid? Development finance and African agriculture

Professor James Copestake
Thursday, 30 May 2013

In a global system that seems to be remorselessly concentrating capital into fewer hands, this lecture will examine efforts to move money the other way in order to promote food security, with particular reference to Ethiopia. In this lecture, Professor James Copestake will highlight the growing business-orientation of aid and explore scope for being more transparent about its impact.

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Inaugural lecture: Through the eyes of a child

Professor Tess Ridge
Thursday, 25 April 2013

In this inaugural lecture, Professor Tess Ridge discusses the hidden costs of the Government's poverty and austerity policies for Britain's poorest children.

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Intimations of immortality

Professor Malcolm Johnson
Thursday, 12 November 2009

Professor Malcolm Johnson looks at the changing face of death in an ageing society.

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Work after globalisation

Professor Guy Standing
Thursday, 25 June 2009

Professor Guy Standing talks about work after globalisation.

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Rediscovering the common wealth

Professor Geof Wood
Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Professor Geof Wood investigates our human motivations for sustainable behaviour beyond our own immediate interest.

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