2020 applicants
event series

Essex Explores

Essex alumi community

Challenging ideas, difficult questions, complex answers.

We’re bringing them all to you in our online lecture series.


During these unprecedented times we think the Essex Spirit is more important than ever. We hope this online lecture series is going to give people around the world the chance to be inspired by research at University of Essex. Our research is committed to engaging with the key issues we face in our lives – including of course the impact of COVID-19. These lectures are also a chance for our University community to forget lockdown and come together to share ideas and ask difficult questions.

Upcoming lectures

We are currently planning new lectures in the Essex Explores series and will update this page with the details of these lectures very soon.

Previous lectures

The content of these lectures and of the recordings on the Essex Explores website is copyright of the University of Essex.


  • Wednesday, 30 September

Dr Frances Morris (DU Essex), Tate Modern Director

The Value of Culture: In Conversation with Tate Modern Director Frances Morris

The recording of this event will be available soon.


  • Wednesday 22 July

Dr Alejandro Quiroz Flores, Reader at the Institute of Analytics and Data Science and the Department of Government, Chief Scientific Adviser to Essex County Council, and Deputy Director of the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, University of Essex

University responses to pandemics: Lessons from the past and the response to COVID-19

Watch a recording of this lecture.


  • Wednesday 15 July

Professor Susan Oliver, Deputy Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Humanities and a Professor in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies

Endemic, Epidemic, Pandemic! Contagion, the doctors, and the press in early 19th century Boston

Watch a recording of this lecture.


  • Wednesday 8 July

Dr James Fowler, Essex Business School

Teamwork, Resilience and Crises in the Armed Forces

Watch a recording of this lecture.


  • Wednesday 1 July

Dr Koldo Casla, Lecturer in the School of Law and Member of the Human Rights Centre

Covid-19 and socio-economic rights in crisis mode

Watch a recording of this lecture.


  • Wednesday 24 June

EJ-Francis Caris-Hamer, Department of Sociology

Barriers to being queer inclusive: Teacher’s perspective

Watch a recording of this lecture.


  • Wednesday 17 June

Dr Andrew Fagan, Director of the Human Rights Centre

The Politics of Identity in the UK: Before, During and ‘After’ COVID-19

Watch a recording of this lecture.


  • Wednesday 10 June

 Professor Lucy Noakes, Department of History

Why the Blitz Spirit is the wrong metaphor for fighting COVID-19

Watch a recording of this lecture.


  • Wednesday 3 June

Professor Natasha Lindstädt, Deputy Dean of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences and Department of Government

Populism, Disease and Disaster

Watch a recording of this lecture.


  • Wednesday 27 May

Dr Veronica Lamarche, Department of Psychology

Love in the time of COVID: The importance of our relationships in uncertain times

Watch a recording of this lecture.


  • Wednesday 13 May

Dr Gina Yannitell Reinhardt, Department of Government

Wither the Lonely? Addressing loneliness and connectedness in a time of enforced isolation

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  • Wednesday 6 May

John Bercow 'in person'

Our Chancellor John Bercow 'in person' talking about his life, experiences and time at Essex.

We are experiencing some technical problems with this video – it’s currently being fixed and will be back very soon.


  • Wednesday 29 April

Professor Wayne Martin, Director of the Essex Autonomy Project and Professor in the School of Philosophy and Art History

The Ethics of Triage: Philosophy in the Time of COVID-19.

Watch a recording of this lecture.