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Thursday 23 January 2020

"Mis-understanding ‘Productivity’: The disconnect between policy and C-suite"

Professor Stephen Roper, Warwick Business School

Professor Stephen Roper

Abstract: The UK’s productivity shortfall has been much discussed in policy circles. But how meaningful is this discussion to those who lead UK companies? We draw on findings from two recent research projects to consider the disconnect between the policy dialogue and firms’ strategic discussions. We consider the implications for policy, management and management education.

Biography: Stephen Roper, is the Director of the ESRC funded Enterprise Research Centre ( and Professor of Enterprise at Warwick Business School. His research interests are innovation and enterprise policy in the UK and internationally and he has published widely in both areas. Stephen has a number of advisory roles within the UK and regularly acts as a consultant for the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) on issues related to small business development and innovation policy including projects in Abu Dhabi, Mexico, Israel, Columbia, Poland, and Austria over the last four years. Stephen is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the RSA.


Thursday 27 February 2020

"What makes political decisions legitimate?"
Professor Fabienne Peter, Department of Philosophy

Professor Fabienne Peter

Abstract: What makes political decisions legitimate? A longstanding tradition in political thought answers that the source of political legitimacy is some form of democratic control or, more generally, the will of the people. But recent political developments are putting some pressure on this view. It is thus timely to consider alternatives. Historically speaking, the main alternative is the view that decision-making power should rest in the hands of those with an ability to make the right political decisions. In my talk, I will consider both options and argue that each has its problems. I will present a third alternative, which we can call constrained democracy.

Biography: Fabienne Peter is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick and Head of Department, specialising in political philosophy, moral philosophy, and social epistemology.

Before joining Warwick in 2004, Fabienne taught at the University of Basel. Prior to that, Fabienne was a postdoc at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she worked with Sudhir Anand and Amartya Sen on a project on justice in health. In 2010/11, she held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.

Fabienne was also a past editor of Economics and Philosophy  and a past associate editor of the Journal of Applied Philosophy.


Thursday 26 March 2020

"Eat My Words: Cookbooks as History"
Professor Rebecca Earle, Department of History

Professor Rebecca Earle

Abstract: ‘Some women leave diaries. My mother left recipes’, the writer Linda Murray Berzok mused in Storied Dishes. What our Family Recipes Tell Us About Who We Are and Where We’ve Been. History is all around us, including in our kitchens. Many of us have cookery books or recipes that we’ve inherited from our mothers or other relatives. In this interactive workshop food historian Rebecca Earle explores the hidden histories of family recipes. Participants are invited to bring a cookery book belonging to someone from their family, to learn about different ways of exploring the past.

Biography: Rebecca Earle is a Professor of history at the University of Warwick and Head of the Department. She has written about clothing, love letters, riots in eighteenth-century Colombia, and, especially, food. Her research has won a number of prizes, and has featured in publications ranging from The Guardian to Women's Weekly. She has also edited a cookery book.

Thursday 14 May 2020

"AI without BS"

Professor Graham Cormode, Department of Computer Science

Professor Graham Cormode

Abstract: We are told that artificial intelligence is coming to take over the world, using vast quantities of data and inscrutable algorithms to make decisions about our lives. How can we make sense of the baffling complexity of these intelligent algorithms? Prof. Graham Cormode will pull back the curtain to show you how AI can be explained by magazine quizzes, a ruler, and Choose Your Own Adventure games.

Biography: Graham Cormode is a Professor in Computer Science at the University of Warwick in the UK, where he works on research topics in data management, privacy and big data analysis. He is the University Liaison between Warwick and the Alan Turing Institute, the UK's national centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. He is the co-recipient of the 2017 Adams Prize for Mathematics for his work on Statistical Analysis of Big Data, and the author of the book "Small Summaries for Big Data".

Thursday 11 June 2020

"Can we solve the Cyber Security problem?"

Professor Carsten Maple, Warwick Manufacturing Group

Professor Carsten Maple


Biography: Professor Carsten Maple is Director of Research in Cyber Security and Professor of Cyber Systems Engineering in WMG. Carsten is a co-lead of the Cyber Security GRP and the Principal Investigator of the NCSC-EPSRC Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research at the University and the Transport & Mobility lead of the PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers has provided evidence and advice to governments and organisations across the world, including being a high-level scientific advisor for cyber security to the European Commission. He is a member of various national and international boards and expert groups, is Immediate Past Chair of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing in the UK and a fellow of the Alan Turing Institute

Past Faculty Talks

Thursday 28 November 2019

"Close the deal: The Art and Science of Negotiations"

Professor Abhinay Muthoo, Department of Economics

Professor Abhinay Muthoo

Abstract: In this talk, we will discuss some of the main factors that determine whether, in any negotiation, the parties strike a deal, and if so, who gets what. Applications to a few real-life negotiations will also be discussed such as the Brexit negotiations and the negotiations that arise in a long-term relationship (such as a marriage). The roles of strategic behaviour, and that of emotions, will be explored. The crucial role played by your BATNA (“best alternative to your negotiated agreement”) will be discussed. In a marriage, one’s BATNA is divorce. In the Brexit negotiations, it would be the no deal outcome.

Biography: Abhinay Muthoo is a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick. He is also the Dean of Warwick in London and the Director of the Warwick Policy Lab. Prior to starting his current role as the Dean of Warwick in London, on 1st August 2016, Abhinay was the Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick for 8 years. Abhinay was educated at the London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge. He has broad research interests and these include game theory, political economy, negotiations, international development, law and economics, and public policy. For further information about Abhinay and his work, please check his website.