LSE: Public lectures and events

Public lectures and events hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science. LSE's public lecture programme features more than 200 events each year, where some of the most influential figures in the social sciences can be heard.



      LSEIQ Epsiode 5 | Why haven't we won the War on Drugs? [Audio]

      Speaker(s): Dr John Collins, Dr Michael Shiner, Danny Kushlick | We hope you've enjoyed listening to this year's programme of public events and that you'll stay tuned for the exciting programme of events we have lined up, for the new academic year beginning in September. In the meantime we have a brand new podcast series that we think you might enjoy. LSE IQ is a monthly podcast where we ask some of the smartest social scientists - and other experts - to answer intelligent questions about...



      Islam in World Politics: Against the Conventional Wisdom [Audio]

      Speaker(s): John Sidel | Today’s on-going conflicts in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere and recurring terrorist incidents have helped to reproduce and reinforce the conventional wisdom about Islam as an increasingly powerful force in world politics. In this lecture, by contrast, Professor John Sidel suggests a contrary – and contrarian – perspective: that the apparent increase in violence is a reflection more of the diminishing strength and solidity of Islam as a collective basis for social ident...



      New Developments in the Economics of Crime [Audio]

      Speaker(s): Stephen Machin | The lecture will present evidence on the determinants of criminality, with a focus on how economic incentives matter for crime. A particular emphasis will be placed on new empirical developments in the economics of crime field, and the use of large scale microdata in research designs that enable causal effects to be identified. Some of the areas to be covered include: crime and the labour market; the economic returns to crime; online crime; and the impact of...



      Fate of the West: the battle to save the world's most successful political idea [Audio]

      Speaker(s): Bill Emmott | Liberal democracies of the West are in decline. A former editor of the Economist explains how they must change in order to recover and thrive. When faced with global instability and economic uncertainty, it is tempting for states to react by closing borders, hoarding wealth and solidifying power. We have seen it at various times in Japan, France and Italy and now it is infecting all of Europe and America, as the vote for Brexit in the UK has vividly shown. This...



      Farewell to Globalization: Farewell to the Liberal World Order? The Populist Revolt from Brexit to Trump and beyond [Audio]

      Speaker(s): Michael Cox | Until very recently nearly everybody – with a few critical exceptions – insisted that globalization was the only way forward for the world as a whole. Yet globalization is now under challenge: and not in the developing countries where billions still live in poverty but in the rich nations of the West. How has this come about and how serious is the opposition to globalization?



      First Confession: a sort of memoir [Audio]

      Speaker(s): Lord Patten | Chris Patten will in this talk use each phase of his life as a spur to reflect upon its contemporary situation - education, America, conservatism, Ireland, China, Europe and finally the question of links between violence and religion. Lord Patten was the last Governor of Hong Kong and will reflect on the current situation there as it marks the 20th anniversary of its handover on 1st July. Chris Patten is currently Chancellor of Oxford University. As a British MP...



      Good Growth by Design – A Vision for London [Audio]

      Speaker(s): Sadiq Khan, Professor Ricky Burdett, Professor Sadie Morgan, Jackie Sadek | Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, will set out his personal vision for London's future development, and discuss his plans to ensure that the city’s growth benefits all Londoners. London’s population is at an all-time high, and continues to grow as fast as any period since the 19th century. This growth brings challenges of increasing pressures on housing, workspace, local services, infrastructure and her...



      The Evolution of Global Inequalities: the impact on politics and the economy [Audio]

      Speaker(s): Professor Branko Milanovic | Branko Milanovic will discuss the recent evolution in global inequality and focus on the political implications of the important changes in the global distribution of income. Branko Milanovic (@BrankoMilan) is Senior Scholar at the Luxembourg Income Study Center and Visiting Presidential Professor, Graduate Center, City University of New York. Mike Savage (@MikeSav47032563) is Martin White Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the LSE...



      Emerging Financial Markets: Into the Mainstream, Unintended Policy Consequences and Secular Trends [Audio]

      Speaker(s): Andrew Dell, CEO Africa, HSBC | With growth and economic influence shifting South and East, this lecture presents a personal view of how global trends make this economic process inevitable as well as how global regulatory changes in response to the Global Financial Crisis have unintended consequences in developing economies.



      Weapons of Math Destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy [Audio]

      Speaker(s): Cathy O'Neil | We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives - whether we get a job or a loan, how much we pay for insurance - are being made by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. But as Cathy O'Neil reveals in her new book, which she will talk about in this lecture, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque,...