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
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
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.
Admission is free but booking is advised. For further information:
Evaluating predictive policing in the fight against crime
Professor Giovanni Mastrobuoni from the Department of Economics gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on 5 December.
The Limits of Human Performance: Sensation, Perception and Athletic Decision-Making
Professor Dominic Mickleright from the Centre for Sports and Exercise Science (School of Biological Sciences).
Closing gaps to justice for victims of torture and other crimes under international law
This lecture, held on 16 May was presented by Professor Lorna McGregor from our School of Law.
This lecture, held on 16 May was presented by Fabian Freyenhagen from our School of Philosophy and Art History.
Kodachrome Travels: how colour changed the way we see the world
This lecture, held on 7 March was presented by Professor Jeffrey Geiger from our Department of
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies.
Inequality and mortality
Professor David Pevalin from the School of Health and Human Sciences gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on 29 February.
How your brain creates your reality
Professor Paul Hibbard from the Department of Psychology gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on 29 February.
Should the UK leave the EU?
Professor Gianluigi Vernasca from the Department of Economics gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on 1 February.
Watch our lectures on Vimeo
Watch our lectures on Vimeo
- Professor Peter Fussey, Department of Sociology: Surveillance, Security and the City.
- Professor Nick Allum, Department of Sociology: What People know about Science and why it matters.
- Professor Philip Terry, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies: Reflections on tapestry.
- Professor Matthew Woollard, UK Data Archive: A Journey through Data.
- Professor Karen Hulme, School of Law: Nature in War.
- Professor Sean Nixon, Department of Sociology: Trading on Human Weakness: Advertising and its Critics in the 1950s and 1960s..
- Professor Noam Lubell, School of Law: Robot Warriors, Terrorists and Private Contractors: What future for the Laws of War?.
- Professor Andrew Canessa, Department of Sociology: Being Indigenous in the Twenty-first Century: A Bolivian Case Study.