Left Behind: How poor places can get trapped, and how they can catch up

Left Behind: How poor places can get trapped, and how they can catch up

Mathematics & Statistics Distinguished Lecture Series
Date: Wednesday 30 November 2022
Time: 19:30 - 20:30
Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre
Category: Public lectures, Academic events, Student events, Alumni events, Staff workshops and seminars
Speaker: Prof. Sir Paul Collier
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Some places in the world are stuck in persistent poverty. This can happen to whole countries but also to poor places within rich countries. Sir Paul Collier is a world-leading authority on these issues, with a wealth of experience in analysing poverty traps and in proposing potential solutions. Carefully examined statistical evidence is a key source of insight. This talk will draw on a wide variety of tools to challenge current thinking and propose how poor places can catch up.

Sir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. He was formerly Director of the Research Development Department of the World Bank. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural resources rich societies; urbanisation in low-income countries; private investment in African infrastructure and changing organisational cultures. He is the author of numerous books and he has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. In 2014, he received a knighthood for services to promoting research and policy change in Africa. Further information is available at www.bsg.ox.ac.uk/people/paul-collier.

The Bowman lectures aim to highlight the crucial role of the science of Statistics, and the Mathematical Sciences more generally, in addressing major issues of public importance.

On this occasion, the lecture is being held jointly with the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow: see www.royalphil.org.

This is a free public lecture but participants are asked to register using either of the links above (for either in-person or online attendance), particularly as this is a joint event. This will enable suitable arrangements to be made for the numbers of people attending.

The lecture is currently scheduled to be held in the Sir Charles Wilson Building in the University of Glasgow. However, confirmation of the venue will be sent out by e-mail to those who register for the event.

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