Round-table discussion on the environment – June 16th 2017, Richmond University

The Wellbeing Research Centre, based at the Richmond Business School, is hosting a roundtable discussion on a number of themes linked to some of the core environmental challenges of our time. This discussion is especially timely given that October 2016 marked the 10th anniversary of the publication of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change. One of our panelists will speak directly to this, whilst others have merely been encouraged to review this work and take stock of its conclusions and assess these more generally.

Arrival and coffee 09:30 – 10:00, then schedule as follows:

  • 10:00-10:30, Keynote Speaker – Dr Paul Fisher (Visiting Professor at Richmond and formerly Deputy Head of the Prudential Regulation Authority at the Bank of England) will open the session with his keynote address on the relationship between climate change and risks to the financial sector. In this talk he will discuss the current state of play of policy making to address these risks.
  • 10:30-10:50 – Dr John Curran (Independent academic and recently Principal Lecturer at London Metropolitan University) will explore some of the implications of Professor Nick Stern’s 2006 report on the economics of climate change and ask whether the report is still important 10 years after its publication; facilitated by Parviz Dabir-Alai.
  • 10:55-11:15 – Jialiang Zhang (Senior Consultant at Ecofys) will discuss carbon pricing and some of the recent global developments impacting this (for example, the Paris Agreement of 2015); facilitated by Nastaran Norouzi.
  • 11:20-12:00 – DISCUSSION
  • 12:00-13:00 – LUNCH
  • 13:10-13:30 – Dr Wayne Clark (Associate Professor of Science, at Richmond) will look at several aspects of the physical environment. In this regard his talk is entitled “What is ‘natural’, what is ‘rare’? The ethics of alien species, upland farming, conservation, and re-wilding”; facilitated by David Munyinyi.
  • 13:35-13:55 – Hilary Jennings (Director of the Happy Museum Project) will discuss her work as the part-time Director of the Happy Museum Project (HMP) which works with museums to develop their role in civil society, and working with communities to build resilience through well-being and environmental sustainability. The title of her presentation is “How can museums help foster wellbeing that doesn’t cost the Earth“. The HMP works with a community of museums across the UK and has recently launched a new Affiliate Scheme; facilitated by Nicola Mann.
  • 14:00-14:20 – Dr Mike Keating (Professor of International Political Economy, at Richmond) will discuss the role of appropriate technology in the context of a low-carbon energy transition; facilitated by Sabine Spangenberg.
  • 14:25-15:00 – Discussion and Close

Venue: Room 106 Briggs Hall, Richmond University, Ansdell Street, London W8 5BN (a 5 minute walk from High Street Kensington).


The success of unconditional cash transfers as a development strategy

The Wellbeing Research Centre at Richmond University welcomes Ana Correa. Ana is a Research Fellow at the University of Surrey, where she obtained an MSc (with Distinction) in Economics. Prior to that she graduated with a First Class degree in Economics from Richmond University. She has published widely in her own right and has a rich research agenda in front of her in relation to programs in health, development and related areas.

Please come and listen to her talk taking place on Monday 27th February (at 13:30) at 17 Young Street on the University’s Kensington campus. The slides linked to the presentation may be found here: Unconditional cash transfers.

Any further questions please contact Dr. Parviz Dabir-Alai ([email protected])

‘How do young people see the World?’ – a talk by Yemi Babington-Ashaye on a recent WEF large scale survey.

See below for details of a talk by Yemi Babington-Ashaye, Head of the Global Shapers Community at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Talk date is December 8th at 10:45am at the Lecture Theatre, Taylor Building, Richmond University, Queens Road, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6JP.

‘How do young people see the world?’ Yemi Babington-Ashaye, Head of Global Shapers Community at the World Economic Forum


Economic Policy: The UK economy and selected topics in economic policy

On October 12th Mr Sanjay Raja presented a detailed discussion on the performance of the UK economy since around the time of the 2007-8 financial crisis. The presentation was policy focused and generated a considerable amount of discussion amongst the audience.

Click economic-policy-sanjay-raja for access to the slides accompanying the presentation.

Sanjay Raja works as an economist with KPMG in London and prior to that was with the National Audit Office also in London. Sanjay earnt his MSc in Economics from the LSE and left Richmond University in 2011 with a First Class Honors degree in Economics.

‘What should we (not) expect of central banks?’ – a Public Lecture by Professor Paul Fisher, October 5th 2016

On October 5th 2016 Professor Paul Fisher delivered a lecture on the theme of central banking capabilities to a group of around 30 students and faculty at the Richmond Business School in Kensington, London. During the talk Paul focused on 3 inter-linked issues:
  1. what can central banks achieve (and not achieve) in policy terms?
  2. expectations of what central banks can use their balance sheet for.
  3. expectations on economic forecasts.

The talk was followed by a lively question and answer session. Please click this link to access the slides used for this talk:What-not-to-expect-from-central-banks. Details on how to access the full paper will be released soon.

Paul Fisher is a Visiting Professor of Finance and Economics at Richmond University. He is also a recent member of the Bank of England’s influential Monetary Policy Committee. Paul’s other affiliations include:

Chair, London Bullion Market Association
Chair, London Institute of Banking and Finance
Senior Associate, Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability Leadership

BREXIT debate: To REMAIN, or to LEAVE – June 2016

The Wellbeing Research Centre invites you to attend a debate on the forthcoming BREXIT referendum held in the UK on June 23rd, 2016.

The debate participants include Ivan Cohen and Inma Ramos, speaking for REMAIN, and Nick Wilkinson and Parviz Dabir-Alai who will support the LEAVE campaign. The debate will be chaired by Sabine Spangenberg.

Please join us on June 15th, 2016 at 5pm (Upper Dining Hall, Atlantic House, Richmond University, 1 St. Alban’s Grove, Kensington, London W8 5PN, nearest tube station: High Street Kensington).

Forthcoming workshop on education and wellbeing – June 2016

Event Date: 24th June 2016; Venue changed to: Upper Dining Hall, Atlantic House, Richmond University, 1 St. Alban’s Grove, Kensington, London W8 5PN.

Arrival and coffee 10:00 – 10:30, then schedule as follows:

Keynote Speaker: Peter Grant, co-founder of Restored Relationships (title: Wellbeing and Education – gender and related angles) 10:30 – 11:00facilitated by Parviz Dabir-Alai.

Other confirmed speakers include:

Anne Lotter, Founder and CEO of Project Le Monde (title: The Impact of Structural Violence on Education in Uganda) 11:15 – 11:45, facilitated by Peter Grant.

Sabine Spangenberg, Professor of Economics, Richmond Business School (title: The English Bipartite Secondary School System: Behavioural Considerations) 12:00 – 12:30facilitated by Anne Lotter.

Lunch 12:45 – 13:30

Jake Barber, Assistant Professor of General Education, (title: Project articulation and utility, local capacity and sustainability – the case of a post crisis Sri Lankan university) 13:30 – 14:00, facilitated by David Munyinyi.

Nastaran Norouzi, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Richmond Business School (title: Education in the 21st Century – technology in the classroom: a blessing or a curse?) 14:15 14:45, facilitated by Parviz Dabir-Alai.

Ana Oliveira* and Parviz Dabir-Alai**,                                                                                                   *Associate Dean, School of General Education;                                                                                     **Professor of Economics, both at Richmond Business School (title: Adding value by degree: a case study) 15:00 – 15:30, facilitated by Nicola Mann.

Workshop ends at 15:45.

This workshop is organised by the Wellbeing Research Cluster at Richmond University and it provides the opportunity for members and guests to explore the role education can play in promoting wellbeing around the world. The relationship between education and wellbeing is relevant to both developing nations (especially within the context of the newly formulated Sustainable Development Goals) and advanced economics (for example in terms of social mobility).
This workshop seeks to explore a range of issues including sociocultural, economic, technological, gender-related, political and other issues. Possible topics include the effects of education on wellbeing in general through an investigation of the impact of education on health, social welfare, race and gender equality, social networks, employment and other relevant considerations.

The workshop aims to answer the following questions;
• What is the relationship between education and wellbeing?
• Who is affected?
• How is education offered?
• How is education funded?
• How are educational achievements measured?

Research Cluster Members: Dr Parviz Dabir-Alai ([email protected]), Dr Sabine Spangenberg ([email protected]), Dr David Munyinyi ([email protected]), Nastaran Norouzi ([email protected])

Abstracts and any other inquiries should be directed to any of the above mentioned members of the Research Cluster.

(speakers, titles and order subject to change)

Workshop on ‘Development and wellbeing’ – June 2014

School of Business & Economics at Richmond University hosted a workshop with the theme of ‘development and wellbeing’ in June 6th 2014. This was an all day event held on the Richmond Hill campus of the University.

Keynote address: Peter Grant (former Head of International Department at DFID)

Papers were presented by: Robert Read (Lancaster), Nick Wilkinson (Richmond), Mike Keating (Richmond), Ali Shamsavari (Kingston), Sabine Spangenberg (Richmond), and Tamara Trafton (Quest).