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Audio files from LSE's programme of public lectures and events.




Reimagining Peacekeeping: gender, 'race' and militarisation in the global order [Audio]

Speaker(s): Dr Marsha Henry | Marsha Henry argues for reimagining peacekeeping, which starts with a return to critical theories and concepts in order to acknowledge the production of gendered, racial and classed inequalities in peacekeeping spaces and relations. In particular, turning to critical concepts such as standpoint, power geometries and space-time continuum, the colour line, militarised femininities, and intersectionality, the lecture traces the practical and policy dead-ends that...

Duration: 01:25:50

The Tycoon and the Escort: the business of portraying women in newspapers [Audio]

Speaker(s): Dr Marina Franchi, Katie Hind, Jane Martinson, Eleanor Mills, Allyson Zimmermann | This panel will discuss how the front pages of national newspapers portray women in terms of content and bylines. Marina Franchi (@marinapfranchi) is an LSE Fellow, LSE100. Katie Hind (@katiehind) is a showbusiness writer at the Mail on Sunday. Jane Martinson (@janemartinson) is a Guardian columnist. Eleanor Mills (@EleanorMills) is Editorial Director of The Sunday Times, Editor of The Sunday Times...

Duration: 01:29:14

Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason [Audio]

Speaker(s): Professor David Harvey | Editor's note: We regret to say that owing to a technical problem the first few minutes of the lecture are missing from the podcast Leading Marxist scholar David Harvey discusses the profound insights and enormous power Marx’s analysis continues to offer 150 years after the first volume of Capital was published. His latest book is Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason. David Harvey (@profdavidharvey) is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology...

Duration: 01:22:20

A Changing Germany in a Changing Europe? The German Elections and Implications for Europe [Audio]

Speaker(s): Christian Odendahl,Professor William Paterson,Dr Natascha Zaun | Editor's note: We apologise for the poor audio quality of this podcast. The forthcoming elections in Germany have important implications for Germany, for Europe and international politics. For the UK, the next German Chancellor will likely have a crucial impact on the ‘BREXIT’ outcome. The re-election of Angela Merkel would further strengthen her international status – not to be underestimated by Moscow or...

Duration: 01:08:59

If Only They Didn't Speak English: notes from Trump's America [Audio]

Speaker(s): Jon Sopel | Jon Sopel, BBC North America Editor will be talking about his new book If Only They Didn’t Speak English – Notes from Trump’s America in which he sets out to analyse how a country that he says once stood for the grandest of aspirations is now mired in a storm of political extremism, racial division, and increasingly perverse beliefs. Jon Sopel (@BBCJonSopel) has been the BBC ’s North America Editor since 2014. As a BBC presenter of 16 years, Jon has worked variously...

Duration: 01:02:45

LSEIQ Epsiode 5 | Why haven't we won the War on Drugs? [Audio]

Speaker(s): Dr John Collins, Dr Michael Shiner, Danny Kushlick | We hope you've enjoyed listening to this year's programme of public events and that you'll stay tuned for the exciting programme of events we have lined up, for the new academic year beginning in September. In the meantime we have a brand new podcast series that we think you might enjoy. LSE IQ is a monthly podcast where we ask some of the smartest social scientists - and other experts - to answer intelligent questions about...

Duration: 00:27:47

Islam in World Politics: Against the Conventional Wisdom [Audio]

Speaker(s): John Sidel | Today’s on-going conflicts in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere and recurring terrorist incidents have helped to reproduce and reinforce the conventional wisdom about Islam as an increasingly powerful force in world politics. In this lecture, by contrast, Professor John Sidel suggests a contrary – and contrarian – perspective: that the apparent increase in violence is a reflection more of the diminishing strength and solidity of Islam as a collective basis for social...

Duration: 01:33:53

New Developments in the Economics of Crime [Audio]

Speaker(s): Stephen Machin | The lecture will present evidence on the determinants of criminality, with a focus on how economic incentives matter for crime. A particular emphasis will be placed on new empirical developments in the economics of crime field, and the use of large scale microdata in research designs that enable causal effects to be identified. Some of the areas to be covered include: crime and the labour market; the economic returns to crime; online crime; and the impact of...

Duration: 01:17:08

Fate of the West: the battle to save the world's most successful political idea [Audio]

Speaker(s): Bill Emmott | Liberal democracies of the West are in decline. A former editor of the Economist explains how they must change in order to recover and thrive. When faced with global instability and economic uncertainty, it is tempting for states to react by closing borders, hoarding wealth and solidifying power. We have seen it at various times in Japan, France and Italy and now it is infecting all of Europe and America, as the vote for Brexit in the UK has vividly shown. This...

Duration: 01:28:03

Farewell to Globalization: Farewell to the Liberal World Order? The Populist Revolt from Brexit to Trump and beyond [Audio]

Speaker(s): Michael Cox | Until very recently nearly everybody – with a few critical exceptions – insisted that globalization was the only way forward for the world as a whole. Yet globalization is now under challenge: and not in the developing countries where billions still live in poverty but in the rich nations of the West. How has this come about and how serious is the opposition to globalization?

Duration: 01:29:24

Good Growth by Design – A Vision for London [Audio]

Speaker(s): Sadiq Khan, Professor Ricky Burdett, Professor Sadie Morgan, Jackie Sadek | Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, will set out his personal vision for London's future development, and discuss his plans to ensure that the city’s growth benefits all Londoners. London’s population is at an all-time high, and continues to grow as fast as any period since the 19th century. This growth brings challenges of increasing pressures on housing, workspace, local services, infrastructure and...

Duration: 01:35:20

The Evolution of Global Inequalities: the impact on politics and the economy [Audio]

Speaker(s): Professor Branko Milanovic | Branko Milanovic will discuss the recent evolution in global inequality and focus on the political implications of the important changes in the global distribution of income. Branko Milanovic (@BrankoMilan) is Senior Scholar at the Luxembourg Income Study Center and Visiting Presidential Professor, Graduate Center, City University of New York. Mike Savage (@MikeSav47032563) is Martin White Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the LSE...

Duration: 01:27:12

Emerging Financial Markets: Into the Mainstream, Unintended Policy Consequences and Secular Trends [Audio]

Speaker(s): Andrew Dell, CEO Africa, HSBC | With growth and economic influence shifting South and East, this lecture presents a personal view of how global trends make this economic process inevitable as well as how global regulatory changes in response to the Global Financial Crisis have unintended consequences in developing economies.

Duration: 01:19:32

Britain and France [Audio]

Speaker(s): Edward Llewellyn | Edward Llewellyn, newly installed UK Ambassador in Paris and former Chief of Staff for David Cameron, will reflect on Anglo-French relations in the first Maurice Fraser Memorial Lecture. Edward Llewellyn (@EdLlewellynFCO) is British Ambassador to France and former Chief of Staff to David Cameron (2011-2016). Kevin Featherstone is Head of the European Institute, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics at...

Duration: 01:03:56

Working the Phones: investigating control and resistance in the modern workplace [Audio]

Speaker(s): Jamie Woodcock, Dr Alpa Shah | Jamie Woodcock goes undercover in a call centre to reveal the plight of over a million workers employed in the UK’s least-loved service industry. In the six months he spent ‘working the phones’, Jamie observed – and succumbed to – pockets of resistance to management, surveillance and control. Join Jamie as he recalls his experience, illustrating how call centres have become emblematic of the post-industrial service economy, which prompts him to...

Duration: 01:23:13

International Law and New Wars [Audio]

Speaker(s): Professor Christine Chinkin, Professor Mary Kaldor, Dr Javier Solana | By failing to address 'new wars' international law has added to insecurity. Is it time for a second generation human security resting upon the laws of humanity? This event launches Christine Chinkin and Mary Kaldor's new book International Law and New Wars, which examines how international law fails to address the contemporary experience of what are known as 'new wars' - instances of armed conflict and...

Duration: 01:27:39

Marketplaces and Market Design [Audio]

Speaker(s): Professor Alvin Roth | Nobel laureate Alvin Roth will deliver this year’s Morishima Lecture on the topics of game theory, market design and experimental economics. Alvin Roth is the Craig and Susan Shaw Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He was awarded the 2012 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics Sciences jointly with Lloyd Shapley, for their work on the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design. Nava Ashraf is Professor of Economics at the London...

Duration: 01:23:37

Inequalities: changing the terms of the debate [Audio]

Speaker(s): Jee Kim, Professor Amartya Sen, Katy Wright | Inequalities is a common, if often unstated, theme in the news. How the causes and consequences of inequalities are presented matters, so how do we change the current narratives? Jee Kim is leading the Narratives Initiative as part of the global Atlantic Fellows programme. Amartya Sen is Thomas W Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. He is the recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize...

Duration: 01:30:51

The End of Globalisation, the Return of History [Audio]

Speaker(s): Stephen D. King | Globalisation, long considered the best route to economic prosperity and the apparent norm for decades, may not be as inevitable as we think. It now threatens to go abruptly into reverse. What went wrong? And what is the likely impact upon our future prosperity? Stephen D. King (@KingEconomist) is senior economic adviser at HSBC, a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee and an author. His latest book is Grave New World: The End of...

Duration: 01:25:38

How We Judge Others' Personality: gender, ethnicity and questionnaires [Audio]

Speaker(s): Dr Jana Uher | People often feel they are being judged differently for doing the same things. But experiences based on gender identity or ethnicity are frequently dismissed. This lecture will present key findings of a timely Marie Curie Project conducted at LSE. Identical leadership films featuring different protagonists and cutting-edge interview methodologies involving first-person videos provided deep insights into how people perceive others and how they judge others on...

Duration: 01:27:07

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