Festival of Social Science 2019 at NIESR
In recognition for its growing profile and its commitment to impact and engagement, NIESR was awarded an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) from the Economic and Social Research Council in Spring of this year. As part of this, NIESR is delighted to be hosting its first ever Festival of Social Sciences this November. With events ranging from the inaugural lectures of two brand new series to an open lecture on the emotional economics of football fans, it is set to be an engaging and dynamic week...
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Our planned events are:
Monday 4th November
Inaugural Prais Lecture on Productivity: How not to miss the productivity revival once again
Speaker: Bart Van Ark (Chief Economist at The Conference Board. New York)
Time: 17.30-18.30, followed by a drinks reception
This will be the first of a series of annual lectures in honour of renowned economist Professor Sig Prais. Bart van Ark will explore the sources of long productivity slowdowns, including that of the past decade, with a special look at the importance of education and skills in the workplace. He will discuss how productivity has typically revived after previous episodes of slow growth, and address the prospects for a recovery in today’s economic, demographic, technological and political context.
Tuesday 5th November
Wednesday 6th November
NIESR Based ESRC Rebuilding Macroeconomics team, in conjunction with Girton College Cambridge, will host: Celebrating Women in Macroeconomics
Inaugural Dow Lecture: Do economists expect too much from expectations?
Thursday 7th November
Using data from 40,000 people collected from frequent ‘pings’ to smart phones over 3 years, Prof Dolton's research finds that football – on average – makes us unhappier – so why would we anyone go through the psychological pain of following a football team? The lecture will attempt to explain this behavioural choice paradox and investigate why we go on following our teams, even though matches make us more unhappy on average.
Friday 8th November
Practitioner Workshop: Regional Disparities in the UK: Policy and Practice
Time: 13.00 to 17.30
In this event we will explore regional and other place-based disparities in the UK. We aim to discuss how spatial disparities are underpinned by processes of political marginalisation and inequality in economic opportunities, and whether the perceptions that they create are increasingly critical to Britain’s economic and political development. This half-day event will bring together researchers from NIESR, Glasgow and Cardiff universities as well as other research institutions, business and policy agencies from throughout the UK. It is our aim to describe ways in which current research is addressing regional issues to work out priorities for policy and forge new partnerships for future work.
This workshop will be followed by drinks to make the launch of the NIESR IAA Regional Unit.
Earlier in the day Dr Stefan Speckesser will be giving a lecture as part of the Second North London Schools Economic Conference, Woodhouse College, Finchley on Economics and Career Earnings. [This event is closed to the public]
Saturday 9th November
Venue: NCVO, Regents Wharf
Time: 9.00 to 17.00
Our final event of the Festival is a one day conference in partnership with Consortium. The event seeks to explore the issues faced by the UK’s LGBT+ community, and the role the voluntary and community sector has in addressing them. Bringing together experts across research and policy, this event will outline the significant changes already being made by LGBT voluntary and community groups, in order to explore what can be done to best measure their impact and support the sector to achieve long-term sustainability. .
If you are interested in attending any of the above events, or would like to be kept updated on the Festival, please email us at foss [at] niesr.ac.uk