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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Meg Russell- Politics, Academia and the Real World

23 March 2015

MR Inaugural 3 March 15


Tuesday 3 March 2015 - 6.30pm

Presiding: Professor Mary Fulbrook, Dean of Faculty of Social And Historical Sciences

Introduction: Professor Robert Hazell, Director of the Constitution Unit

Reponse: Professor Philip Cowley, University of Nottingham

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This lecture reflects on politics from the 'inside' and from the 'outside', and the relationships between the two. In contemporary academia 'impact' has become a buzzword, with academics increasingly encouraged to engage with the real world. But if political scientists do so, will anybody listen? Drawing on her own research journey in British and comparative politics, particularly with relation to parliament, Professor Russell argues that closer engagement between political practitioners and academics is highly desirable - but also challenging - in the quest by both groups to comprehend, and shape, the world beyond.

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