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 5 December: Evaluating predictive policing in the fight against crime
Professor Giovanni Mastrobuoni, Department of Economics
Data analytics are increasingly being harnessed in the name of improving the productivity of police officers. Forecasting
future criminal acts has been made possible by predictive policing software which combines advanced statistical algorithms
with detailed crime data. But can predicting crime ever reduce crime?
Admission is free but booking is advised. For further information:
Closing gaps to justice for victims of torture and other crimes under international law / Social pathology
This event, held on 16 May, celebrated the work of Professor Lorna McGregor from the School of Law and
the Human Rights Centre, and Professor Fabian Freyenhagen from the School of Philosophy and Art History.
Inequality and mortality / How your brain creates your reality
This event, held on 29 February, celebrated the work of two new Professors in the School
of Health and Human Sciences and the Department of Psychology, Professor David Pevalin and
Professor Paul Hibbard.
Kodachrome Travels: how colour changed the way we see the world
This lecture, held on 7 March was presented by Professor Jeffrey Geiger from Department of
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies.
Should the UK leave the EU?
Professor Gianluigi Vernasca from the Department of Economics gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on 1 February.
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.