Professorial Inaugural Lectures

Our Professorial Inaugural Lecture series celebrates excellence in research undertaken by our recently appointed professors.

Conducting internationally significant research means our lecturers always have their fingers on the pulse and academics at Essex are at the forefront of the latest research findings and emerging trends.

It’s a privilege to have leading global thinkers at our University and through this lecture series we are keen to share our very best research, to exchange ideas and inspire you. Our new professors will offer enlightening explanations on their own specialist subjects in areas such as law, sociology, politics, health and human sciences, psychology, philosophy, history, human rights, economics, mathematics and literature.

Upcoming lectures

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Monday 23 January 2017: Opinion dynamics in social networks

Professor Friederike Mengel, Department of Economics

All day, every day we make decisions about what we do – from what we eat and where we shop to who we vote for and how we save our money. These decisions, although shaped by our own beliefs and opinions, aren't formed in isolation. Instead they are influenced by others as we communicate within our social network and take other people’s experiences and opinions into account. Professor Mengel will discuss how we can analyse these opinion-making networks.


Monday 6 February 2017: It’s not what you said, it’s how you said it!

Professor Silke Paulmann, Department of Psychology

Some say that 10% of conflicts are due to difference in opinion and 90% are due to wrong tone of voice. In this lecture, Professor Paulman will give an overview of what is known about how emotions and attitudes are communicated through tone of voice.

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