UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


The IGP's Director’s Seminars Series Autumn 2019

1 September 2019

The IGP's Director's Seminars series are public events hosted by the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, and open to all.

Director's Seminars

**Please register for each Director's Seminar on Eventbrite. The links for each event are listed above their description.**

The IGP's Director's Seminars are an opportunity for audiences to get an in-depth theoretical perspective on sustainable and inclusive prosperity. These Seminars are given by academics who are pushing for new ways of thinking and new ways of researching society's grand challenges.

The Director’s Seminars for the Autumn term 2019 will explore the way mass displacement intersects with the global challenges affecting global prosperity. Rather than migration being the subject, we explore the causes, conditions and consequences of displacement; from food security, climate change, livelihoods, conflict and natural resource production, our lectures will explore how mass displacement is a symptom of structural inequalities in one place, which then exacerbate inequalities in another place. How do we move from these shifting inequalities, displacing peoples and communities to a stable, just and prosperous world? This term’s seminars will continue our prosperity conversations that aim to build alternative stories, narratives and understandings that change the way we conceive global prosperity when people are on the move.

Professor Homi Bhabha

Harvard University
On Global Perplexity and Global Prosperity: Migration and Dignity

Homi Bhabha is one of the foundational figures in postcolonial studies. He is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of English and American Literature and Languages, Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center, and Senior Advisor to the President and Provost at Harvard University. He is the author of Nation and Narration, and The Location of Culture, which was reprinted as a Routledge Classic in 2004. Bhabha is one of the most important figures in contemporary post- colonial studies. He has developed a number of the field's key concepts, such as hybridity, mimicry, difference, and ambivalence, terms that, according to Bhabha's theory, describe ways in which colonised peoples have resisted the power of the coloniser.

His honours include the Padma Bhushan award, a prestigious award from the Republic of India that recognizes outstanding contribution in literature and education (2012); the Humboldt Research Prize (2015), and honorary degrees from Université Paris 8, University College London, and the Free University Berlin.

Professor Bhabha is a member of the Academic Committee for the Shanghai Power Station of Art, and the Mobilising the Humanities Initiating Advisory Board (British Council). He is an advisor on the Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) project at the Museum of Modern Art New York, a Trustee of the UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity, and the Curator in Residence of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Professor Christian Dustmann
Migration, Globalisation, Work and Poverty

Christian Dustmann is Professor of Economics at University College London. He is also the founding Director of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration. He is the current president of the Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE), and was the President of the European Society of Labour Economists (EALE) in 2017 and President of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE) in 2008. Professor Dustmann is an elected Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea), and the Society of Labor Economists (SOLE). He is a leading labour economist and his work in areas such as migration, the economics of education, inequality, the economics of crime, and the economics of labour markets have appeared in academic journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Review of Economic Studies. He regularly advises government bodies, international organizations, and the media on current policy issues.

Anthony Downey
Birmingham City University
Performing Rights: Contemporary Art, the Refugee Condition, and the Alibi of Engagement  

Anthony Downey is an academic, editor, and writer. He is Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University, and is currently involved in several funded research projects that explore, respectively, transnational cultural practices, digital media, education, and the politics of cultural production in the Middle East and Global South. He sits on the editorial boards of Third Text (thirdtext.org) and Digital War (digital-war.org), and is the editor-in-chief of Ibraaz (ibraaz.org). Recent and upcoming publications include Unbearable States: Cultural Practices, Political Activism, and Human Rights in a Post-Digital Age (forthcoming,2021); Displacement Activities: Contemporary Art, the Refugee Condition, and the Alibi of Engagement (forthcoming,Sternberg Press, 2020); and Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet: The Works of Hiwa K (Walther König Books, 2017). In 2019, he launched a new series of books, Research/Practice (Sternberg Press), that examine interdisciplinary research methodologies in contemporary visual culture.

Dr Bruce Stanley
Richmond University
Cities Come a Walkin’: City Moving, Moving Cities, and Displacing Displacement

Bruce Stanley is a specialist in International Relations, global cities, political risk and Middle East political economy. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in International Relations at Richmond the American International University in London where he teaches Security Studies, Conflict Resolution, and Politics of the Middle East. He has served as a consultant to the EU, USAID, the Quakers and with various NGO donors across the Middle East; was Country Director for AMIDEAST in the West Bank and Gaza; was a Research Fellow at the Regional Centre for Conflict Prevention in Jordan; and has served on the boards of a number of INGOs. He has taught in the undergraduate and postgraduate Politics and IR programmes at SOAS, the University of Exeter, Syracuse University, Rhodes College, the University of Pennsylvania, and for Queen’s University (Canada). He has written on issues of conflict resolution, social movements, and urban resilience, and is currently finishing a book on ‘Middle East City Networks’.

Professor Vanesa Castán Broto
University of Sheffield
Playing climate change politics in urban environments: how urban imaginaries have shaped international climate policy since 1989

Vanesa joined the Urban Institute in September 2017, following her appointment as a Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences. In 2016 she received the Philip Leverhulme Prize for contributions to Geography. In 2013 she received a United Nations Award for Lighthouse Activities that contribute to fight climate change with a focus on the urban poor. Vanesa’s research focuses on the governance of global environmental change in the urbanization age. She focuses on three interrelated themes: 1) the governance of climate change in urban areas; 2) urbanization and the dynamics of energy transitions; and 3) barriers to the implementation of climate change action.