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Inaugural Lectures

Inaugural Lecture Series 2016/17

The Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy launched its Inaugural Lecture series in December 2014. The Inaugural Lectures are given by new or recently promoted Professors. They provide an occasion to celebrate not only the new Professors' achievements, but also for them to present an overview of their own contribution to their field of cutting edge research and teaching innovation taking place within the Faculty, and highlight the latest developments in a discipline. The lectures are also opportunities to bring members of the Faculty and College together, as well as family and friends, and to engage a wider public interest in the topic.

The Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy has made major investments in new staff over the last few years, and many of these appointments have been at professorial level. The current programme of inaugural lectures reflects the strength and energy of social science and public policy research at King's.

Please find below the programme for the 2016/17 and 2017/18 Inaugural Lecture Series including further information and how to book tickets.

Forthcoming lectures

Date TitleSpeakerTickets




Developing professional practice: Teacher education and the public university

Professor Viv Ellis
School of Education, Communication & Society


Tuesday 30 January 2018

The joint intelligence committee and suprise attack: lessons from history

Professor Michael Goodman
Department of War Studies, School of Security Studies


Tuesday 27 February 2018

What democracies can learn from the study of authoritarianism

Professor Sarah Birch
Department of Political Economy, School of Politics & Economics


Tuesday 24 April 2018

Title TBC

Professor David Betz
Department of War Studies
School of Security Studies

Tuesday 22 May 2018 The West and World Order

Professor John Bew
Department of War Studies
School of Security Studies

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