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360 Lecture with Professor Richard Davies

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360 Lecture with Professor Richard Davies

The Department of Economics is delighted to welcome Professor Richard Davies as our first 360 Guest Lecture for 2021/22 for this academic year.

Extreme Economies

Date: Wednesday 6 October, 1pm-2pm
Location: Microsoft Teams - Live Event

This event is for staff and students only and registration is required in order to attend.

About the talk

Extreme economies proposes a new way of thinking about economic and social challenges—the careful study of the world’s most extreme economic environments. It is based on 100,000 miles of travel, and over 500 interviews with people living in the most difficult, pressurised and volatile circumstances on earth. From war zones, natural disasters and failed states, to the extremes of aging and the challenges of technological advance the people in this book live on the edge. Their lives tell stories of human resilience—economic, social and personal—how it works and how it can fail. These lives at the edge, often so unlike our own, may seem an odd place to look for clues about the modern economy. But the idea that extremes matter has impeccable provenance—it is a foundation stone of both medicine and engineering that economics has somehow overlooked. The lesson from science is clear: we ignore the extremes at our peril.

About the speaker

Richard Davies is an economist and author. He is a Professor at Bristol University, a fellow at the London School of Economics and director of the Economics Observatory. He has been Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers at HM Treasury, an economist and speechwriter at the Bank of England, and economics editor of The Economist.

In addition to Extreme Economies, Richard has published widely on economics. He was the editor of The Economist’s recent guide to economics published in English and Chinese, and his articles have featured in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, The Times and 1843 Magazine. He co-director of the Bristol Festival of Economics and is a founding trustee of CORE, a charity which provides open-access resources for economics teachers and students in universities across the world..


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