Friday 18 January

The Past, Present and Future of Economics - Book launch and roundtable discussion

An Economist’s Guide to Economic History, a new book aimed at introducing economic history as a field of study to economics lecturers and their students, will be officially launched at Queen's Management School on Friday 18 January, 2019.

The book, edited by Dr Matthias Blum and Dr Chris Colvin from the Centre for Economic History at Queen's Management School, was published in December 2018 by Palgrave Macmillan.

The launch will coincide with a roundtable discussion on the past, present and future of economics as a discipline, with a particular focus on how it is taught at university and understood by the general public.

Panellists include:

  • Professor Wendy Carlin CBE (University College London), economist and director of the CORE Econ project, which aims to overhaul the way introductory economics is taught at university
  • Professor Nicholas Crafts CBE (University of Warwick), economic historian and expert on UK productivity across the past two centuries
  • Mr Paul Winfree (Heritage Foundation, Washington DC), health economist and President Trump's former senior advisor on budgetary policy.

The event is free and open to the public.

Please register to secure your place via eventbrite.

For more information on the book, please visit:

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Monday 21 January

Future of the Corporation, Economy and Society debate

Queen’s University Belfast, in partnership with the British Academy, will host a debate on ‘The Future of the Corporation, Economy and Society’.

The Future of the Corporation is a major new initiative by the British Academy that is addressing the purpose of business and asking what its role in society should be. It is led by Professor Colin Mayer FBA, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Professor Mayer and Professor Sir Paul Collier FBA, will be taking part in the debate.

Professor Mayer was the first Professor at the Saïd Business School in 1994, and the first Director of the Oxford Financial Research Centre between 1998 and 2005. He is a Professorial Fellow and Sub-Warden of Wadham College and an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College and St Anne’s College, University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the European Corporate Governance Institute. Professor Mayer is a member of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, the UK Government Natural Capital Committee, the International Advisory Board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India, and the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Playhouse.

Professor Sir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. He is a Director of the International Growth Centre and a Professeur invité at Sciences Po, Paris. His research covers fragile states, the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural resources rich societies, urbanization in low-income countries, and private investment in African infrastructure and changing organizational cultures. In 2014, Professor Sir Paul Collier received a knighthood for services to promoting research and policy change in Africa.

The debate will be followed by a Q&A session.

For more information, please visit:

The debate is open to the public and free. Registration is not required.

WHEN: Monday 21 January 2019, from 5.00 – 6.30pm. Doors will be opened from 4.30pm.

WHERE: Canada Room and Council Chamber, Queen’s University Belfast

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25 October


Thursday 25 October 

Join us on 25 October in Queen’s University Belfast for the next event in our Global Challenges Debates Series and hear from world-leading experts to discuss some of the greatest challenges facing us today.

Hear from Professor David Livingstone (QUB) and Professor John Hedley Brooke (Oxford).

See further details here.

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