Dr Richard Connolly: "Troubled Times: Explaining the Economic Crisis of Russia" Wednesday 11th February 2015 at 16:00 Arts Main Lecture Theatre, LT1
Richard Connolly is Director of the Centre for Russian, Eurasian and European Studies (CREES) at the University of Birmingham. His research is concerned with the economic and political development of Russia. He is also Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the Russian Academy for the National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow."
Richard has advised on Russian affairs to a wide range of non-academic audiences, including the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the German, Russian and Swiss Ministries of Foreign Affairs, the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC), and the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House).
He has also provided analysis on Russian affairs for various media outlets, including BBC and Al Jazeera TV news, and the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and the Washington Post.
Andrew Mitchell MP: "The Importance of Development Aid" Thursday 19th December at 6pm Location TBC
Andrew Mitchell MP is Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield. In November 2003, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Economic Affairs. From September 2004 until the end of the Parliamentary term, he was Shadow Minister for Home Affairs. Following the General Election in May 2005 Andrew joined the Shadow Cabinet and was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. Andrew Mitchell was Secretary of State for International Development from May 2010 until September 2012 and Government Chief Whip from September – October 2012
Professor Ha-Joon Chang: "Economics: A User's Guide" Thursday 26th March 2015 at 5pm Location TBC
Ha-Joon Chang is a world leading heterodox and institutional economist specialising in development economics. He's currently a Reader in the Political Economy of Development at the University of Cambridge and is the author of several widely-discussed policy books, most notably Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective. Chang was ranked by Prospect magazine as one of the top 20 World Thinkers in 2013.
He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank the European Investment Bank, as well as to Oxfam and various United Nations agencies. He is also a fellow at the Centre of Economic and Policy Research in Washington D.C
Chang's books include 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism and Economics: the User's Guide.