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Thursday 10 January 2019, 5.30pm – 7.45pm

“The wealth of a nation is the mental health of its youth”
Professor Swaran Singh, Warwick Medical School

Professor Swaran Singh

Abstract: It is a paradox that while youth generally represents the peak of future life potential, it is also the period of maximum vulnerability to mental ill-health. About 75% of adult mental disorders emerge before 24 years of age, 50% emerging before the age of 16, often with severe long-term consequences. Poor mental health has a significant social and economic impact, while good mental health means that an individual can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and can make a fruitful contribution to both the economy and society. Young people who experience good mental health do better in education and have better career prospects and life outcomes. In contrast young people with poor mental health place high demands on education, social care and healthcare systems with adverse consequences that persist into adult life. The well-documented benefits of early intervention in psychosis services have led to major philosophical and conceptual shift in our understanding of interventions in a way that demands radical reform of services to meet the needs of our young people. This lecture will summarise the state of the art on the early intervention paradigm, describe evidence-based reform of mental health services in the developed world, and argue for the imperative of focussing on youth mental health. REGISTER

Biography: Professor Swaran Singh heads Mental Health and Wellbeing at the University of Warwick and also works as an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist with the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust. He is a Commissioner for Equality & Human Rights Commission. He has published extensively on culture and ethnicity in mental health, onset and outcomes of early psychosis, early intervention services, transition from child to adult care, mental health law and medical education.


Thursday 7 March 2019, 5.30 – 7.45pm

"Productivity takes Leave? How generous maternity benefits can foster women’s careers.”
Professor Vera Troeger, Warwick Department of Economics

Professor Vera Troeger

Abstract: Motherhood and professional advancements often conflict. Studies of female academics highlight gender disparities in senior ranks. One explanation for this inequality is unequal caregiving responsibilities borne by women, particularly early in their children’s lives. This project asks whether differential maternity leave provisions across 160 UK higher education institutions exacerbate differentials in the productivity, career paths, pay, and job satisfaction of female academics. We are providing reliable empirical results that allow examining the degree to which more generous maternity leave benefits affect female academics with children. Analyses consider variation in outcomes that potentially result both from changes in UK law and wide variation in maternity leave benefits across the sector. REGISTER

Biography: Vera Troeger is Professor of Quantitative Political Economy in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick and CI of the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE). Between 2007 and 2011 she was Director of the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis. She previously held positions at the University of Essex, the Max Planck Institute of Economics and the University of Exeter. Vera is the founding editor-in-chief of the flagship journal of the European Political Science Association – Political Science Research and Methods, and served as associate editor for one of the most highly ranked journals in political science – Political Analysis and serves on the editorial boards of the American Political Science Review, European Journal of Political Research and the Journal of European Public Policy. She also was an executive council member of the Midwest Political Science Association and currently the European Political Science Association. Her research interests lie at the intersection between international and comparative political economy, labour economics, as well as applied quantitative data analysis and political methodology. In particular she studies the impact of parental leave policies on productivity, career development, and the gender pay gap as well as economic policy diffusion and spill-overs of monetary and tax policy.


Thursday 9 May 2019, 5.30-7.45pm

“Visualising Antiquity in the Modern World”
Professor Michael Scott, Warwick Classics and Ancient History Department

Professor Michael Scott

Abstract: Professor Michael Scott, alongside his academic work focus on the ancient Mediterranean, has over the last decade, make over 15 documentaries for UK, US and Australian TV. In his latest BBC2 series ‘Invisible Cities’, he has worked with a team of 3D laser scanners to record millimetre perfect visualisations of difficult to reach and unknown ancient locations. These scans become 3D models, as well as Virtual Reality worlds, which he explores in the programmes to help viewers understand the ancient world, and which are also made available outside of the programmes for viewers to explore further. He has so far made such programmes about Rome, Naples, Venice, Florence, Istanbul, Cairo and Athens. In this keynote lecture, he shows how these visualisation techniques in TV documentaries have developed in recent years; the potential they provide for visualising particularly ancient civilisations and relating them to the modern world; the roles such visualisations are coming to play in the language of TV programme-making; and the future potential applications of such visualisation technology. He will examine how such visualisations can enable both scholars and the wider public to contextualise the ancient past, its place in the present and thus its role as a guide to the future. REGISTER

Biography: Professor Michael Scott is one of the youngest Warwick Faculty of Arts academics in recent history to be made Professor. He has written several monographs – both for academic and trade presses – about the ancient world, now published in 10 different languages. While holding a Foundation Fellowship at the Warwick International Higher Education Academy, he has won both the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence and a National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of his innovative teaching. He has spearheaded Warwick Classics’ outreach and widening participation programmes; is president of the UK’s largest branch of the Classical Association; an honorary citizen of Delphi; and is one of the most recognised Classicists in Britain and worldwide, thanks not only to his wide public engagement through social media, but also to the multiple TV and Radio documentaries he has written and presented for the BBC, ITV, National Geographic, History Channel and SBS Australia.


Tuesday 11 June 2019, 5.30-7.45pm

“Sensing human behaviour with online data”
Professor Suzy Moat, Warwick Business School

Professor Suzy Moat

Abstract: Our everyday usage of the Internet generates huge amounts of data. In this talk, I will outline recent work in which we investigate whether data from sources such as Google, Wikipedia, photo sharing sites and online games can be used to gain new insight into real world human behaviour. I will provide case studies from the economic domain and beyond.

Biography: Suzy Moat is Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School, where she directs the Data Science Lab with her colleague Tobias Preis. She is also a Fellow of The Alan Turing Institute. Moat's research investigates whether data on our usage of the Internet, from sources such as Google, Twitter, Wikipedia and Flickr, can help us measure and predict human behaviour. The results of her work have been featured by television, radio and press worldwide, by outlets such as BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The Economist, New Scientist and Wired. Moat also acts as an advisor to government and public bodies on related topics. REGISTER