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School of Economics and Finance

Peston Lecture 2019: Rachel Glennerster

13 November 2019

Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Venue: Peston Lecture Theatre, Graduate Centre

Rachel Glennerster, Chief Economist at the Department for International Development (DFID) will be delivering the 2019 Peston Lecture.

Title: "Using Economics for Good"

The magnitude and complexity of the challenges we face around the world can seem overwhelming: a warming planet; extreme poverty; instability and conflict. This lecture will explore how we can use data and economic analysis to more effectively address global challenges. Drawing on practical examples of where rigorous analysis has helped governments combat seemingly intractable problems, Dr Glennerster will argue that economics, far from being a dismal science, can help deliver a fairer, greener, and more stable world.

At this event the School will also celebrate the public launch of the Peston Chair. The inaugural appointee to this Chair is Professor Barbara Petrongolo, whose outstanding research on unemployment dynamics and gender inequality in labour markets combines policy-relevant questions with state-of-the-art statistical methods. The academic rigour and international impact of her work are a testament to Lord Peston’s determination to make Queen Mary a home for thought leaders who use economic science to study critical questions about society.

The annual Peston Lecture series honours the memory of Professor the Lord Maurice Peston, who founded the Economics Department (now the School of Economics and Finance) at Queen Mary and served as its first Head. In recognition of Lord Peston’s own combination of scholarly achievement and public service, the Peston Lectures focus on the interface of economics and public policy. Previous speakers include Mark Carney, David Currie, Charles Goodhart, Richard Lipsey, Robert Peston, Martin Weale, and Silvana Tenreyro.

A drinks reception will follow in the Peston Foyer after the speech. 

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Peston Lecture Theatre, Graduate Centre
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road
E1 4DQ (Google map)


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