Will Hutton is one of the most eminent political economists in Britain. He is a writer and journalist and was formerly editor-in-chief for The Observer. He is currently Principal of Hertford College, Oxford, and Chair of the Big Innovation Centre, an initiative emanating from the Work Foundation (formerly the Industrial Society). He was chief executive of the Work Foundation from 2000 to 2008.
He writes a regular column for The Observer and occasionally for The Financial Times and appears regularly on television and radio commentating on economic, financial and business issues. His most recent TV documentary, ‘The Selling of Britain’, was screened on Channel 4 in March 2015.
Will’s best-known book is probably The State We’re In., which was seen at the time as setting the scene for the Blair era and became one of the top-selling books on political economy in the whole post-war period. Since then he has published The State to Come, The Stakeholding Society: Writings on Politics and Economics, On the Edge: Essays on a Runaway World (with Anthony Giddens) and The Writing on the Wall: China and the West in the 21st Century. His most recent book, How Good We Can Be, was published in February 2015 and has been widely read and discussed.
Professor Andrew Gamble, Professorial Fellow at SPERI, will engage Will Hutton ‘in conversation’ about the state of the British and global political economy, Brexit, populism, transatlantic relations and our hopes for the future… A Q&A session will follow.