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Guest Lectures

Reflecting Warwick’s unique approach, our Summer School offers an enjoyable programme of interactive guest lectures with eminent figures from the public and private sector.

The talks are delivered in a variety of formats including conversations, debates and panel discussions which provide excellent opportunities for you to engage with the speakers and other students.

The speakers that come to the Summer School cover a range of topics to broaden your education, insights and views, and allow you to ask questions and debate the topics they discuss. Previous talks include:

  • Economic Growth and Happiness Equalization
  • Journey to the Olympic Games
  • Thinking About Inequality
  • Why Nations Fail?
  • The NHS: Can it Survive?
  • Building Entrepreneur Country – for the future from the future

Confirmed Guest Speakers for 2019

Nobel Prize Winning Economist, Professor George A. Akerlof

George A. Akerlof is an American economist, a University Professor at Georgetown University and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001. He won the prize for his ground-breaking work on markets with asymmetric information, and in particular due to his now classic paper, published in 1970, “The Market for Lemons”. At the time this was a significant and innovative breakthrough that showed how markets in which traders have differential information can be inefficient but can also sometimes collapse. It revolutionized the discipline of economics and had impact on every branch and field of economics since then. His work provided the ideas needed to better understand a whole host of real-world phenomena. It has profoundly influenced virtually every field of economics, from industrial organisation and public finance to macroeconomics and contract theory.

We are delighted and fortunate to welcome Professor Akerlof back to our Warwick Summer School, and provide our students with this wonderful opportunity to hear from one of the most distinguished economists and social scientists of our time. This is a rare opportunity.

Entrepreneur and Chief Tea Mixologist, Krisi Smith

Krisi Smith is a 'Chief Mixologist', Author, Creative Director and Co-founder of Brighton based tea company, Bird & Blend Tea Co. Starting just six years ago in her mum's back bedroom Krisi, along with her partner Mike Turner have built their brand to be the UK's most loved independent tea blenders. This year the business will turnover more than £2.5m and they employ over 90 people across their sites nationwide. At the heart of Krisi's approach to business is a strong commitment to putting people first, creating fantastic customer experiences and having fun along the way.

Economist and Author, Vicky Pryce

Vicky Pryce is a Greek-born British economist and author of the book ‘Greekonomics’. Vicky Pryce's recent posts have included: Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting; Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS); and Joint Head of the UK Government Economics Service where she was responsible for evidence based policy and for encouraging measures that promoted greater productivity in the UK economy.

Previous Speakers

Student profile
The guest lectures were definitely engaging and the speakers were top in their respective fields.
Opeyemi Otaniyi (Nigeria)
WESS student profile
I never imagined I would communicate with a Nobel Prize winner face to face.
Yanfeier Li (China)

Please note, the current information displayed on our website is from our successful 2019 programme. Updated information for the 2020 programme will be available soon!