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Humanities & Social Sciences inaugural lecture series

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is relaunching its inaugural lecture series in 2024.


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Come along to one of our inaugural lectures, showcasing research across our six departments.

Our recently appointed professors from across our six departments will be presenting the story of their route to professor, and the achievements that have brought them to this point. Between them, they will provide insight into the many different ways academics can demonstrate their contributions to academic life across the spectrum of research, teaching, and management and leadership activity.

2024/25 lectures

We will update lecture titles when they're available; please check this page regularly as details may change.


Joint lecture, Department of Economics and Institute for Policy Research - POSTPONED

Please note: due to unforeseen circumstances, this lecture has been postponed. We will update this web page with the new date, time and location in due course.

Join us for this joint inaugural lecture from Professor Eleonora Fichera and Professor Matt Dickson from the Department of Economics and Institute for Policy Research. There will be time for questions and discussion and the lectures will be followed by a drinks reception.

  • Professor Eleonora Fichera: 'The wider determinants of health: applied economics and big data for policy-relevant research'
  • Professor Matt Dickson: ‘Education, Education, and Education – is it really worth it?'


How black was my valley: poverty and abandonment in a post-industrial heartland

  • Host: Professor Brad Evans
  • Date: Tuesday, 16 April 2024
  • Time: 6.30 pm (BST)
  • Location: 5 West, Room 2.4

In his inaugural lecture, Professor Brad Evans will discuss the main themes for research that feature in his latest book, How black was my valley: poverty and abandonment in a post-industrial heartland (Repeater/Penguin Random House, 2024). The book provides a people's history of the former mining communities in South Wales. Drawing upon the author's own experiences of growing up in poverty, the book explores many of the most pressing contemporary social concerns.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

Book your free space by 5 April 2024

If at first you don’t succeed… Applying psychology to promoting a healthy weight

  • Host: Professor Fiona Gillison
  • Date: Wednesday, 24 April 2024
  • Time: 5.45 pm (BST)
  • Location: The Chancellors' Building, Room 1.12

In this lecture Fiona will talk about her applied research in behavioural science, which aims to help people to change the behaviours that keep them healthy. The content will span research working one to one to help people quit smoking or lose weight, to her current work at a population level with policy makers around children’s healthy weight.

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Anti-corruption strategies: The ‘good’, the ‘not-so-good’ and the ‘bad’

  • Host: Professor Ajit Mishra
  • Date: Wednesday, 1 May 2024
  • Time: 6 pm (BST)
  • Location: The Chancellors' Building, Room 2.6

Corruption, commonly defined as abuse of public office for private gains, has often been viewed as a major obstacle to growth and development. It is not surprising that control of corruption has received considerable attention over the years, both in academic research and policy discourses.

This talk looks at the economics of corruption control, using some of Ajit's own research, highlighting some of the old issues such as ‘monitoring the monitor’ and the more recent concerns regarding the role of ‘soft information’ and technology, and behavioural factors. It highlights the potential impact of a poorly designed or badly implemented policy in this context.

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Progress, Peril, & Polarisation: Mechanisms of Mobilisation in the Digital Age

  • Host: Professor Laura Smith
  • Date: Wednesday, 12 June 2024
  • Time: 4.15 pm (BST)
  • Location: 10 West, Room 2.47

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Sugar, Dice, and all things Precise

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January 2025

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February 2025

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