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Policy Lecture Series

The Warwick Policy Lab (WPL) lecture series brings leading figures from the Public and Private sector to discuss and debate topical issues with students and staff from across the University.

The series provides an excellent opportunity for academics, professionals and students to engage with policy makers, practitioners and influential decision-makers; people who, in their day to day positions, are applying the knowledge and insights generated in academic departments to some of the world’s most interesting developments and challenging problems.

The lectures are open to all staff and students at Warwick.

After each lecture there is usually a Q&A session giving the audience the opportunity to discuss topics of interest to them.

View the lectures and interviews with speakers from previous events.

New speakers will be added soon for 2016/17

Previous speakers

Date Speaker  


Ciaran Martin
'What would Machiavelli do about Cyber Security'
Director General Cyber Security GCHQ
Melanie Dawes
'Place, partnership and power: local leadership and local growth'
Permanent Secretary for DCLG
March 2016 Jeremy Wright
'Making law and politics work together at the centre of government'
Attorney General for England and Wales
March 2016 Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze
'Connecting the dots: how development grows peace and stability'
President of The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
February 2016 Professor Franceso Giavazzi
'The Macroeconomic Effects of Fiscal Adjustment Plans: Disaggregating Taxes and Spending'
Full Professor of Economics at Universita Bocconi
January 2016 Sir Vince Cable
'Are we heading for a fresh economic crisis'
British politician who was the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation, and Skills.
November 2015 Vicky Pryce
'Britain and the EU – the economic case for staying in.'
Greek-born British Economist, Business Consultant and author of 'Greekonomics'
October 2015 Sir Nicholas MacPherson
'The Global Economic & Financial Crisis: What we have learnt 7 years on'
Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury
February 2015 Minouche Shafik Deputy Governor, Markets & Banking at the Bank of England
February 2015 Professor David Soskice LSE Professor of Political Science and Economics
January 2015 Dr Kanayo Nwanze President of The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
December 2014 Jonathan Portes Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research
March 2014 Right Reverend James Jones Former Bishop of Liverpool
March 2014 Alexander Stevenson Co-founder of Rse Consulting, a public sector consultancy specialising in strategic services for local government
February 2014 Faisal Islam Award-winning English journalist and economics editor for Channel 4