Event Series

Professorial Inaugural Lectures

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 for 2019-2020

  • Monday 18 November 2019 - Professor Carlos Carrillo Tudela, Department of Economics
  • Monday 20 January 2020 - Professor Tracey Loughran, Department of History
  • Monday 10 February 2020 - Professor Timo Jütten, School of Philosophy and Art History
  • Monday 17 February 2020 - Professor Irene McMullin, School of Philosophy and Art History
  • Monday 24 February 2020 - Professor Alex Dumbrell, School of Life Sciences
  • Monday 2 March 2020 - Professor Susan Oliver, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
  • Monday 16 March 2020 - Professor Terry McGenity, School of Life Sciences 
  • Monday 27 April 2020 - Professor Chris McCully, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
  • Monday 11 May 2020 - Professor Paul Bou-Habib, Department of Government
  • Tuesday 26 May 2020 - Professor Elizabeth Kuti, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
  • Monday 1 June 2020 - Professor Linsey McGoey, Department of Sociology

Previous Lectures

2018-2019

How can creativity flourish under constraints?

Professor Shohini Chaudhuri, Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, gave her Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Tuesday 28 May 2019

The EUropean rule of law and its limits

Professor Theodore Konstadinides, School of Law, gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Monday 3 June 2019

2017-2018

What's wrong with public opinion?

Professor John Bartle, Department of Government gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Monday 11 June 2018.

Of brains and pulses: conversations with the nervous system

Professor Francisco Sepulveda, School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Tuesday 29 May 2018. 

Populism, Dictatorship and Trump

Professor Natasha Ezrow, Department of Government gave her Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Monday 14 May 2018. 

The future of reparations for victims of mass atrocities

Professor Clara Sandoval-Villalba, School of Law gave her Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Monday 30 April 2018. 

Linguistic Diversity: What does sub-Saharan Africa have to contribute?

Professor Nancy Kula, Department of Language and Linguistics gave her Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Monday 12 February 2018.

‘Last chance to see’: The evolution of the mental health ‘nurse’?

Professor Peter Martin, School of Health and Social Care gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Monday 22 January 2018.

Imitation in Economic Decisions: A good idea?

Professor Simon Weidenholzer from the Department of Economics gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Monday 4 December 2017.

Security on our shores: A closer look at the migration crisis

Professor Tobias Böhmelt from the Department of Government gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Monday 4 December 2017.

2016-2017

Hunting ‘witches’ in early modern Europe

Professor Alison Rowlands, Department of History gave her Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Monday 22 May.

Is there more to search than web search?

Professor Udo Kruschwitz, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Monday 24 April.

Are some children better protected than others?

Professor Jackie Turton of the Department of Sociology gave her Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Monday 24 April.

Passion in Education, Passion in Research

Professor Anthony Vickers from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Monday 20 March.

How speedy stomata aid plant performance

Professor Tracy Lawson from the School of Biological Sciences gave her Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Monday 6 March.

Good oral health for all, for life. Is this possible?

Professor Phillip Cannell from the School of Health and Human Sciences gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Thursday 2 March.

A Tale of Two Referendums

Professor Rob Johns from the Department of Government gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Monday 27 February.

It’s not what you said, it’s how you said it!

Professor Silke Paulmann from the Department of Psychology gave her Professorial Inaugural Lecture on 6 February.

Opinion dynamics in social networks

Professor Friederike Mengel, Department of Economics gave her Professorial Inaugural Lecture on 23 January.

Evaluating predictive policing in the fight against crime

Professor Giovanni Mastrobuoni, 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, Centre for Sports and Exercise Science (School of Biological Sciences).

2015-2016

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.

Social pathology

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.

2014-2015

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2013-2014