On Monday April 16th, at 1030 am, at the Lecture Hall within 17 Young Street, there was a showing of a short documentary film of ‘Positive Women …’. Here is a link to a trailer: https://www.positivewomendocumentary.com/
The film offered a glimpse into the lives of 6 women living within the Nakulabye slum which is within a mile of the central business districts of Kampala, Uganda. The documentary captured the reality of the poverty and helplessness and the mistreatment endured by the women and their families. The women were all mothers to several children each and all were HIV positive; yet their stories were full of hope and aspiration.
Those in attendance at the showing were left in a state of awe and tremendous respect for the women portrayed within the documentary. The documentary’s associate producer, Anne Lotter, who is a Richmond professor, was at hand to offer context and answer questions from the audience of students, staff and faculty.
Thanks to Anne Lotter for sharing this.
At the time of his presentation Yemi Babington-Ashaye worked as the Head of the Global Shapers Community at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Yemi presented a talk on December 8th at 10:45am at the Lecture Theatre, Taylor Building, Richmond University, Queens Road, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6JP.
The presentation discussed the thinking and the shape of the survey carried out by Yemi and his team at the WEF.
October 12th, 2016
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.
At the time of the presentation Sanjay Raja worked 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.
October 5th, 2016
‘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:
- what can central banks achieve (and not achieve) in policy terms?
- expectations of what central banks can use their balance sheet for.
- 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.‘ Full papers may be requested by contacting Dr. Dabir-Alai at the Centre.
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
June 24th, 2016
Workshop on education and wellbeing – June 2016
This workshop provided the opportunity for members and guests to explore the role education plays 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). Participants explored a range of issues including sociocultural, economic, technological, gender-related, political and other issues. Topics included 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 day started with a keynote address by Peter Grant and ended with a presentation by Parviz Dabir-Alai (based on joint work with Ana Oliveira). Full program on the day was as below:
Keynote Speaker: Peter Grant, co-founder of Restored Relationships (title: Wellbeing and Education – gender and related angles) 10:30 – 11:00, facilitated by Parviz Dabir-Alai.
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 – 12:30, facilitated 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 ended at 15:45.
June 15th, 2016
BREXIT referendum debate: to REMAIN or to LEAVE
The Wellbeing Research Centre organised a debate on the BREXIT referendum held in the UK on June 23rd, 2016.
The debate participants included Ivan Cohen and Inma Ramos, who spoke for REMAIN, and Nick Wilkinson and Parviz Dabir-Alai who, on this occasion, supported the LEAVE campaign. The debate was chaired by Sabine Spangenberg.
This lively session played out to a packed audience 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).
June 6th, 2014
Seminar on Development and Wellbeing
This all day event held on the Richmond Hill campus of the University had Professor Peter Grant (former Head of the International Department at DFID) giving the keynote address.
Other papers were presented by: Robert Read (Lancaster), Nick Wilkinson (Richmond), Mike Keating (Richmond), Ali Shamsavari (Kingston), Sabine Spangenberg (Richmond), and Tamara Trafton (Quest).