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Pathways to Power

When: Monday, October 3, 2022, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: PP1, People's Palace, Mile End Road, Queen Mary University of London, London, E1 4NS


This public seminar will discuss the complex relation between political activism and academia, asking some of the protagonists to reflect on their experiences. From mass student movements to prominent roles in government; from frontline political involvement back to the blackboard.


From the university courtyard to congress, L'athénée jusq’à l'Assemblée, universitet til stortinget, y desde el Colegio hasta el Congreso Nacional, the pathways connecting the worlds of scholarship and the worlds of politics have always been heavily travelled. And they pass in both directions. But what of this relationship historically and geographically? How have scholars and scholarly institutions, be it universities or policy units, influenced - indeed at times been absorbed by - the political realm. How does scholarly knowledge and the hard won learning of university life translate into active politics? What compromises are made? What insights won?

About the main speaker

Professor Nicolas Grau Veloso is the recently appointed Minister of the Economy, Development and Tourism of Chile. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. and M.Sc. in economics from the Universidad de Chile.

Until February 2022, he was a professor of economics at the Universidad de Chile and adjunct researcher at the Centro de Conflicto y Cohesión Social (COES).


Thorvaldur Gylfason is Professor of Economics at the University of Iceland and former member of Iceland's Constitutional Assembly.

Dr Sofia Collignon is Lecturer in Politics at Queen Mary University of London.

Dr Patrick Diamond, Director of Mile End Institute & Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, will introduce the event.

Simon Reid-Henry, Research Professor at The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Dr Javier Sajuria, Reader in Comparative Politics, Deputy Dean Education (Queen Mary University of London) will chair the event.

This event is organised by the Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Mile End Institute, and the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary University of London.

*The event will be photographed. These photographs will be used for internal and external promotional purposes only by Queen Mary University of London. If you object to appearing in the photographs, please let our photographer know on the day.


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