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Guest Lectures

Reflecting Warwick’s unique approach, our Summer School offers an enjoyable programme of interactive guest sessions with eminent figures from the public and private sector.

The talks are delivered in a variety of formats including conversations, debates and panel discussions which provide excellent opportunities for you to engage with the speakers and other students.

The speakers that come to the Summer School cover a range of topics to broaden your education, insights and views, and allow you to ask questions and debate the topics they discuss. Previous years’ talks have included:

  • Economic Growth and Happiness Equalization
  • Thinking About Inequality
  • Why Nations Fail?
  • The NHS: Can it Survive?
  • Building Entrepreneur Country – for the future from the future

Confirmed Guest Speakers for 2017

Professor George Akerlof
Lord Gus O'Ddonnell

George Akerlof is an American economist and University Professor at Georgetown University. He won the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

Sir John Vincent Cable
Sir John Vincent Cable

Sir Vince Cable is a British politician who was the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation, and
Skills from 2010 to 2015 as well as the Member of Parliament for Twickenham from 1997 to 2015.

Kelly Gallagher MBE
Kelly Gallagher MBE

Kelly Gallagher MBE is a visually impaired alpine ski racer from Northern Ireland. Kelly won Britain’s first ever Winter Paralympic gold medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 for the Super Giant Slalom competition.

Priya Lakhani OBE
Priya Lakhani OBE

Award winning, Priya Lakhani OBE is an entrepreneur who developed Masala Masala, a fresh Indian food brand stocked by retailers including Waitrose, Harvey Nichols and Ocado.com.

Previous Guest Speakers

Professor Andrew Oswald
Julie Meyer

Professor of Economics at Warwick whose work lies mainly at the border between economics and behavioural sciences, and includes the empirical study of human happiness.

The Right Honourable Hazel Blears
David Myatt

A Member of Parliament for 18 years, holding various roles including Health Minister, Police and Counter Terrorism Minister and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Lord Gus O'Donnell
Lord Gus O'Ddonnell

Former Cabinet Secretary and non-Executive Chairman of Frontier Economics.

Dr Tali Sharot
Julie Meyer

A neuroscientist by trade and a leading expert on human decision-making, optimism and emotion.

Marie-Claire Villeval
David Myatt

Director of GATE Lyon St Etienne.

Jacqui Smith
Jacqui Smith

Served as the first female Home Secretary from 2007 -2009

Julie Meyer
Julie Meyer

Award winning American entrepreneur, founder and Chief Executive of Ariadne Capital, and named as one of the Wall Street Journal’s 30 most influential women in Europe.

Sir George Cox
David Myatt

Sir George is the University's Pro-Chancellor. He serves on the Finance and General Purposes Committee, the Nominations Committee, the Honorary Degree Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Professor Nick Crafts, CBE
Nick Crafts

World renowned Economic Historian, and Director of the ESRC funded Research Centre CAGE (Competitive Advantage in a Global Economy).

Professor James Robinson
James Robinson

University Professor at the University of Chicago and author of award winning book ‘Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power’.

David Myatt
David Myatt

Professor David P. Myatt focuses his academic research on the tools of game theory applied to diverse settings, including business strategy; macroeconomic coordination; and political science.

Claudia Senik
Nick Crafts

A Professor at the University Paris-Sorbonne, France with her main research interest areas being income distribution and subjective well-being.


Student profile
The guest lectures were definitely engaging and the speakers were top in their respective fields.
Opeyemi Otaniyi (Nigeria), Intermediate Econometrics 2014
WESS student profile
I never imagined I would communicate with a Nobel Prize Winner face to face.
Yanfeier Li (China), International Development 2014