Our Series of Public Lectures

In honour of former prominent economists and senior members of staff, every year NIESR holds five public lectures as part of an established series. For each one, we focus on a different area of research or public policy.

Anglo-German Lecture Series

This lecture series was endowed to commemorate the work of the Anglo-German Foundation for the Study of Modern Industrial Society (1973-2009). The first lecture was delivered in 2011 under the auspices of the British Academy by Sir Tony Atkinson on “Britain, Germany and Social Europe 1973-2020”. The series is now managed by NIESR, and takes place in alternate years in London and Berlin on a topic of public policy interest.

Deane-Stone Lecture Series

The Deane-Stone lecture was established to commemorate the work that Sir Richard Stone (1913–1991) and Professor Phyllis Deane undertook during the 1940s into the development of national income accounting (NIA) systems of measurement.  Much of this work was published jointly by ourselves and the Department of Applied Economics in Cambridge. Professor Deane later left NIESR to join the Colonial Office where she remained until 1949.  She was a former president of the Royal Economic Society (1980-1982) and Professor of Economic History at Cambridge University.  Sir Richard Stone was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1984 for this work.

Dow Lecture Series

Established in honour of prominent economist Christopher Dow, a former Deputy Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and Executive Director of the Bank of England, the annual Dow Lecture on Macroeconomic Policy is one of five public lectures that NIESR hosts each year. Former speakers include Professor Martin Weale CBE, James Bullard, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and Professor Silvana Tenreyro, an external member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).

Parliamentary Lecture Series

Established in 2021 with the aim to increase NIESR’s engagement with politicians and policy-makers across Westminster and Whitehall, the Parliamentary Lecture series aims to examine issues that are pertinent to both the current policy debate and future economic direction of the United Kingdom.  The first lecture of the series was given in 2021, by Jon Cruddas, the Labour Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham.

Prais Lecture Series

Established in 2019, the Prais Lecture typically examines issues relating to productivity, economic growth and human wellbeing. It was formed to commemorate Professor Sig Prais, a colleague, friend and champion of the National Institute for over 60 years. The core focus of his research was on productivity and industrial structure, where he concluded that the poor quality and education were at the root of the UK’s productivity problem. Past speakers include Lord Sainsbury, and Bart van Ark from The Productivity Institute.