Economics and Business

The Economics and Business Group at BRLSI endeavours to provide time for thought and reflection on many of the major questions of our time, both in the form lectures by eminent speakers and through lively discussion on the major economic issues of the day. The old Chinese curse, 'May you live in interesting times', seems apt for the unprecedented economic times in which we live. We look forward to welcoming you to our evenings of economic and business exploration. Lectures are typically given on the second Tuesday of the month



2019 BRLSI Business & Economics Lecture Programme



12 February 2019          The future of the European Project              Professor Jeremy Clegg, University of Leeds


27 February  2019          ‘Williams Automobiles  An example of Business Generational Sustainability’

                                        Richard Williams - joint talk with Technology and Geography & Adventure


09 April   2019                 How Organisations can deal with Complexity – Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly, LSE


14 May 2019                   The Business of Modern Slavery – Professor Andrew Crane, University of Bath    



Previous lectures:




09 January 2019            The Spider's Web                                          Film Documentary. introduced by John Christensen, co-Producer

11 December 2018        The Organisation as an Organism             Andreas Wasmuht, BRLSI Business & Economics Convenory

13 November 2018        Property, Debt and the Economy         Professor John Muellbauer,

                                           'A Tale of two countries'                        University of Oxford


09 October 2018            The many faces of corruption                       Dr Ajit Mishra, University of



11 September 2018      Twilight of the Gods of Finance                   Nick Silver, Associate of the    LSE


18 July 2018                      The UK Housing Crisis                                          Paul Jackson, writer for the Investor's Chronicle


12 June 2018                     (Re)Organising Our Role in Society –                      Andreas Wasmuht, BRLSI B&E Convenor

                                            Maintaining the Societal Relevance of Business  



08 May 2018                      Climate Change: Can we avoid disaster?   Professor Michael Finus,

                                                                                                                        University of Bath


23 April 2018                     Why AI is the future of Growth                   Mark Purdy, Accenture


13 March 2018                   The role of women in business                  Julie Cooper, Chair of the

                                                                                                                        Bath Business Women Association


19 February 2018              Artificial Intelligence in Business              Jules Trocchi

                                              'Loving the Machine'                                    CEO, Security Directions Ltd



09 January 2018                 Digital disruption in Business models    Matt Connolly,

                                                                                                                     CEO Tallt Ventures


12 December        Sustainable development in design            Professor Peter Bradley, UWE


14 November        The Economics of Schools          

                              Professor Simon Burgess, University of Bristol


0 October            Happiness to Anger - Why and how emotions drive economic decisions                                                     

                              Professor Brit Grosskopf, Exeter University


12 September      'Out of control'? How companies work in practice      

                             Paul Jackson, writer for Investors Chronicle


13 July                  Model pupils, underachievers and troublemakers         

                              Jonathan Oates, Teaching Fellow, Bath


13 June                  A different Economic Future            

                              Andreas Wasmuht, Economics Convenor BRLSI


09 May                 What’s gone wrong with Economics             

                              Professor Dennis Leech,Warwick University


 11 April                 Should a University Education be ‘free’         

                              Professor Michael Otsuka     LSE


08 March             The next Financial Hurricane                   

                            Professor Antonio Cabrales       UCL


14 February        Why Economics must change   ‘The need for a poetic approach’

                           Dr Sebastian Berger          UWE



10 January           The Circular Economy                            

                             Dr Ben Davies                  Bath Spa University




Suggestions of topics and speakers are welcome and if you are interested in being informed about forthcoming events please email [email protected]

In addition to the information which appears about each talk in the BRLSI calendar, newsletter and on the BRLSI website, a special email giving information about lectures related to the Economics and Business group will be sent to you if you provide your email to [email protected].