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Gender Institute events

The Gender Institute hosts a seminar series, teach-in events, and other speakers and events relevant to the students and staff interested in gender and sexuality issues on campus; in classrooms; in their disciplines of work, study, or research; and in the world more broadly. For more details visit their website.

Research Seminar Series 2021/22 

The department of Politics and IR host a weekly research seminar in which recognised academics from the UK and abroad present and discuss their work. This year, the series will be held online. If you are not a member of the department but are interested in attending, please contact Dr Sofia Collignon (email

Below is a list of confirmed speakers for the Autumn term:






Lauren Wilcox

University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies

War Beyond the Human: Gender, Race, and Violence in a Posthuman Age


Tariq Thachil

University of Pennsylvania.

How Patrons Select Brokers: Efficacy and Loyalty in Urban India’s Political Machines


Chloe Thurston

Northwestern University

Political economy of American debt relief


Mette Marie Harder 

Faculty at Karlstad University

Representation of Unattached Interests. The case of Gender Equality


Anca Gheaus

Central European University

What Kind of Surrogacy is Compatible With a Fiduciary Account of Parenting?


Reading Week


Nicole Martin

University of Manchester

Ethnic minority voters, Brexit and the 2019 general election


Julian Garritzmann

University of Frankfurt

Welfare States in the Century of Knowledge: The Politics of Social Investment around the Globe


Sean Fleming

Christ's College Cambridge

Return of the Luddites?: The Unabomber and the New Anti-Tech Radicals


Vipin Narang (starts 3pm UK time) 


Seeking the Bomb: Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation


End of Term Lunch 

Below is a list of confirmed speakers for the Spring term:






Stephanie Reher 


Voting for Disabled Candidates: The Roles of Voter Preferences and Belief Stereotypes


Kate Dommett


The Business of Elections: A deep dive into election spending returns


Mette Marie Harder 

Faculty at Karlstad University

Representation of Unattached Interests. The case of Gender Equality


Vipin Narang (starts 3 pm UK time) 


Seeking the Bomb: Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation


Jack Blumenau 


Reasoning About Politics: Voters’ Justifications and Political Attitudes

Reading Week


Sandra Ley 


The Logic of Criminal Governance


Anne Irfan and Uttara Shahani 


is Post-partition refugee regimes as immobility regimes: Israel and India.


Christel Koop 




Julio Amador Garcia 


Are polling predictions the way to go? Measuring public opinion through Bayesian data assimilation





Politics of the Environment and Climate Change (PECC) Lab 

The PECC Lab runs a series of seminars on Environmental Politics and Governance (EPG). Below are the speakers for the Autumn term 2021/2022.

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7th October

Jamie M. Sommer (University of South Florida)

Domestic Autonomy and Environmental International Non-Governmental Organizations: A Cross-National Analysis of Forest Loss

Noah Zucker (Columbia University)

Identity and the Structure of Climate Risk Preferences

21st October

Jean Léon Boucher (Dublin City University) and Walter Mérida (University of British Columbia)

Status Symbols in Social Space: Inflated Lives, Clean Tech Privilege, and Electric Cars in Washington State

Sanya Bery (Wesleyan University) and Mary Alice Haddad (Wesleyan University)

Walking the Talk: Why Cities Adopt Ambitious Climate Action Plans

4th November

Alexander F. Gazmararian (Princeton University) and  Helen V. Milner (Princeton University)

Political Cleavages and Changing Exposure to Global Warming

Constantin Kaplaner (LMU Munich) and Yves Steinebach (LMU Munich)

Coping Practices and the Spatial Dimension of Authority Design: The Case of Environmental Policy Enforcement

18th November

Maria-Therese Gustafsson (Stockholm University), Jorge Ernesto Rodriguez Morales (Stockholm University), and Lisa M. Dellmuth (Stockholm University)

Private adaptation to climate risks: Evidence from the world’s largest mining companies

Franziska Quoß (ETH Zürich) and Lukas Rudolph (LMU Munich)

Local weather extremes and political attitudes on climate policy - Evidence from Switzerland

2nd December

Lena Maria Schaffer (University of Lucerne)

Who’s afraid of more ambitious climate policy? Distributional consequences and inequality perceptions in ratcheting up for the Paris Agreement

Muzhou Zhang (University of Essex)

No Diffusion at All: Trade, Free Riding, and Government Underspending on Environmental Innovation


Sir Andrew Burns

Monday 15th November 6pm, Boilerhouse Auditorium

PIRSoc are hosting British Diplomat Sir Andrew Burns, who will be talking about his long and varied career followed by Q&A. Sir Andrew was British Consul-General in Hong Kong and Macau from 1997-2000 and British High Commissioner to Canada from 2000-2003, British Ambassador to Israel, Assistant Under Secretary of State for Asia from 1990-1992 and Deputy Under Secretary of State overseeing relations outside Europe together with trade and investment from 1995 to 1997. He remains a strategic advisor to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.


"Spinning and Winning: What today’s centre-left can learn from New Labour" - Lance Price

Monday 22 November 6 pm, MS Teams (details to be confirmed)

Lance Price is a former BBC journalist, special adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair and Director of Communications for the Labour Party. He is the author of several books, including The Spin Doctor's Diary: Inside Number 10 with New Labour (2005), Where Power Lies: Prime Ministers V the Media (2010) and The Modi Effect: Inside Narendra Modi's Campaign to Transform India (2015). If you'd like to attend please contact Prof. Nicholas Allen.


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