Bowman Lecture 2022 - Left Behind: How poor places can get trapped, and how they can catch up

Prof. Sir Paul Collier (University of Oxford)

Wednesday 30th November, 2022 19:30-20:30 Sir Charles Wilson Building


The School of Mathematics and Statistics is delighted to invite you to this year’s Bowman Lecture 2022, which will be given by Prof. Sir Paul Collier (University of Oxford) on Wednesday, 30th November 2022, 7:30pm. So that we can anticipate numbers, particularly as this is a joint event, please register in advance at for in-person attendance or for online attendance. 

More information about the lecture is provided below.

The Bowman Lecture 2022
Left Behind: How poor places can get trapped, and how they can catch up

Prof. Sir Paul Collier (University of Oxford)

When: Wednesday, 30th November 2022, 7:30pm
Where: Sir Charles Wilson Building, University of Glasgow
For in-person attendance, please register at:
For online attendance, please register at:

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

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

This is a free public lecture but participants are asked to register through 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.

We look forward to having you join us.

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