New SPERI Public Events for Spring 2020

We are excited to announce a series of SPERI events for Spring 2020 with three high-profile public figures joining us.

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SPERI Annual Lecture 2020

The 2020 SPERI Annual Lecture will be given by Zanny Minton Beddoes, the Editor-in-Chief of The Economist. The lecture entitled “The economy, democracy and the media” will be given on May 21st 2020.

Appointed in 2015, Zanny Minton Beddoes is the first woman to hold the position of Editor-in-Chief of The Economist. Previously she was the business affairs editor, responsible for the newspaper’s coverage of business, finance and science. The Economist was founded in 1843 and is one of the world’s oldest weekly magazines. With over one million subscribers it is read online and in print around the world and covers international news, politics, business, finance, science and technology. 

SPERI’s Annual Lecture is a key part of our efforts to communicate new ideas to the public in an accessible way. Each year we invite an eminent public figure in the world of economics and politics to Sheffield to share and discuss their ideas. Previous Annual Lectures have been delivered by the Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon; Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England; the then Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband; Robert Peston, now ITV’s Political Editor, and the leading economics journalist Stephanie Flanders.

SPERI In Conversation events

We are also pleased to announce the return of our ‘In Conversation’ events with two events taking place this Spring. 

On March 26th 2020 we will welcome Caroline Lucas MP to SPERI. Caroline Lucas is the Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion. She has served as leader of the Green Party twice, and became the party’s first MP in 2010. She is a campaigner and writer on green politics, localisation, globalisation, trade justice, animal welfare and food. The conversation will explore Caroline’s career and current work, the climate emergency, and contemporary UK and international politics. Registration is now open.

On May 4th 2020 Maya Goodfellow will join us at SPERI. Maya Goodfellow is a writer,  researcher and academic whose work focuses on politics, race, migration, border regimes and gender. She is the author of Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats, published by Verso in 2019. She received her PhD from SOAS, University of London. Maya has written for The Guardian, New Statesman and the New York Times, among others. The conversation will explore the themes that Maya’s work focuses on including UK politics, race, gender and immigration.

Previous ‘In Conversation’ guests have included TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady, the writer and columnist Will Hutton and the politician David Willetts.


All events will be free to attend and will take place at the University of Sheffield. Sign up to our newsletter to be informed when tickets are available.