The 2008 Crash and the Future of the Global Economy

Published: 1 March 2009

A public event to be held on Wednesday 11 March 2009 at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

A public event to be held on Wednesday 11 March 2009 from 6-8pm in the Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.

Part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

The most important event affecting the full range of social sciences at the moment is the global economic crisis. This is affecting every person in the UK in some way, but many people find it difficult to understand why it occurred and why it is so difficult to solve despite the huge amount of expert commentary in the press.

In Glasgow, the public will have the chance to consult experts on such questions as:

  • How did we end up in such a dramatic financial crisis at the end of 2008 and what are the implications for the future operation of the global system?
  • Did poor homeowners bring down the global financial system?
  • If they are so dangerous, how can we avoid property bubbles in the future?
  • Why didn't regulators stop the crisis before it began?
  • Why aren't banks lending despite our tax money pouring into them?
  • How can we prevent this happening again?


  • Chair: John Driffill, Birkbeck College University of London and head of the ESRC World Economy and Finance Programme
  • Ken Gibb, expert on the housing market, University of Glasgow
  • Brian Quinn, expert on banking regulation, University of Glasgow
  • Catherine Schenk, expert on the history of financial systems, University of Glasgow

Issued: 20th February 2009

First published: 1 March 2009