Home / Past Events

Past Events

Michael Munger: Tomorrow 3.0: The Middleman Economy

1st May 2015, 4pm

Professor at Duke University and Director of the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics program

Felix MartinWhat is Money and Why Does It Matter?

23rd March 2015, 6:30pm

Economist and Partner at LionTrust Asset Management, former Economist at The World Bank

Tim Harford: How To See Into The Future

17th March 2015, 6:30pm

Author of “The Undercover Economist”

Sir David Ramsden: The Peaks and Troughs of Being a Government Economist

11th March 2015, 6:30pm

Chief Economic Adviser to HM Treasury

Bilal Hafeez: Infinite Shades of Grey: Shadow Banking

10th March 2015, 6:30pm

Global Head of FX Research, Deutsche Bank

Ha-Joon Chang: Economics: A User’s Guide

3rd March 2015, 6:30pm

Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge

Martin Wolf: The Shifts and the Shocks

 12th February 2015, 6:30PM

Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

Stephen King: When The Money Runs Out

4th February 2015, 6:30PM, Venue TBD

Chief Global Economist at HSBC Bank. 

John Kay: The Future of Finance 
20th January 2015, 6:30PM, K6.29 (Anatomy Lecture Theatre at Strand)
100+ people joined KCLEFS for this special talk with John Kay, the former Director of Oxford’s Said Business School and the IFS. Currently a visiting Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, a Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford and a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, he is a director of several public companies and contributes a weekly column to the Financial Times. See the original event on Facebook.

Evan Davis: Why Does London Dominate (And What Should We Do?)
4th December 2014, 6:30PM, K2.40 (Strand)
Why does London dominate, and what should be done about it? Following on from his BBC series ‘Mind the Gap’, Newsnight host Evan Davis joins KCLEFS for an event on regional growth and why the UK is so unequal. Wine reception to follow. RSVP on Facebook.

Tom Elliott: Trading Game
2nd December 2014, 6:30PM, Room TBD
Details coming soon.

Philippe Legrain: Immigrants, Your Country Needs Them
27th November 2014, 6:30PM, K2.31 (JKTL Nash Lecture Theatre at Strand)
Philippe Legrain, former adviser to European Commission president José Manuel Barroso and now Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE, presents his hot-topic thesis “Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them”. Q&A with the FT’s Global Economy News editor Ferdinando Giugliano to follow. RSVP on Facebook.

Perspectives: Meet the Journal Team
24th November 2014, 6:30PM, FW-B1.13 (Waterloo Campus)
KCL Economics & Finance, Think Tank and Politics societies host a joint event to introduce their publications, Perspectives, The Spectrum and Dialogue respectively. Meet the KCLEFS journal team and hear more about the great work going on at King’s. RSVP on Facebook.

Adrian Wooldridge: The Fourth Revolution – The Global Race to Reinvent the State
18th November 2014, 6PM, DPE Meeting Room (Strand)
Management Editor of The Economist Adrian Wooldridge joins King’s Economics & Finance Society and the Department of Political Economy for a talk on his recent book entitled “The Fourth Revolution: the Global Race to Reinvent the State“.

Alan Collins: Demanding Sex 
4th November 2014, 6:30PM, Strand Campus
Portsmouth University’s Professor Alan Collins joins King’s College London’s Economics Society for an evening of lighthearted discussion on “the economics of sex”. The one-hour talk will be followed by 30 minutes of questions and topics covered will range from dating to the sex-trade and the emergence of “gay” spaces and communities within cities. Please click here to register your attendance via Facebook.

Ann Pettifor: The Despotic Power of International Financial
21st October 2014, 6:30PM
Full information coming soon.

Perspectives Journal Launch with Steve Keen
7th October 2014, 7:30PM
Full information coming soon. RSVP on Facebook. 

The Bank of England: Keeping on an Even Keel
24th September 2014, 3PM, Bank of England
Undergraduates from the Department of Political Economy and beyond are warmly invited to a screening of “Keeping on an Even Keel”, a film from the Bank of England about the functions the bank performs and the way the global monetary system works. The screening will be hosted at the Bank of England itself. For meeting information, please RSVP on Facebook.

Deirdre McCloskey: Virtue Ethics in a Bourgeois World
25th March, 6:30PM, Strand Campus: S-2.23
For a century and a half, the artists and intellectuals of Europe have scorned the bourgeoisie. And for a millennium and a half, the philosophers and theologians of Europe have scorned the marketplace. The bourgeois life, capitalism, Mencken’s “booboisie” and David Brooks’s “bobos”—all have been, and still are, framed as being responsible for everything from financial to moral poverty, world wars, and spiritual desuetude. Can you be virtuous and bourgeois? Do markets improve ethics? Has capitalism made us better as well as richer? Yes, yes, and yes, argued McCloskey, who took on centuries of capitalism’s critics with her erudition and sheer scope of knowledge in this standing-room-only event. Click here to view the original event on Facebook.

London Economic Policy Challenge Final
12th March, 6:30PM, LSE’s Clement House
The London Economic Policy Challenge is a research/essay based competition for undergraduates, and postgraduates on Economic related issues. It is jointly organized by the Economics Societies of King’s College London (KCL), the London School of Economics (LSE), University College London (UCL) and Queen Mary (QM) in conjunction with RAND Corporation. Panelists including Michael Kell and Ryan Avent selected a winning team from entrants across the country and £800 prize money was won. Click here to view the event on Facebook.

Paul De Grauwe: The Future of Eurozone Monetary Policy
28th January 2014, 6:30PM, Strand Campus (K1.13)
Professor Paul De Grauwe discusses design failures within the Eurozone’s structure, as well as short, medium and long-term solutions to the issue (slides available at the link above).

Economics Society AGM
2 December 2013, 12:15PM – Franklin-Wilkins Building (1.62), Waterloo
Election of a new committee for Economics Society.

Alison Wolf: Education Investment
21 November 2013, 6:30PM – Strand Campus (S-2.08)
Alison Wolf CBE, Professor of Public Sector Management at King’s College London, will give a talk on the importance of education to the UK’s economic future. This event will be followed by drinks at Bierschenke. Wolf specialises in the relationship between education and the labour market, and directs King’s College’s International Centre for University Policy Research and its MSc in Public Services Policy and Management. In March 2011 she completed an official review of vocational education for England’s Secretary of State for Education (‘The Wolf Review’), whose recommendations were accepted in full; and she is currently advising the government on implementation.

NHS Privatisation Debate: Chaired by Michael Bell
14 November 2013, 6:15PM – Guy’s Campus (New Hunts House Lecture Theatre 1)
“Is privatisation of the NHS good for the British economy?” Michael Bell, Director of MBARC & Chairman of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, hosted a debate on the merits of and possibilites for the future privatisation of the NHS at Guy’s Campus.

Austerity Debate: Jonathan Portes vs Stephen Davies
22 October 2013, 6PM – Strand Campus (S-3.20)
Jonathan Portes and Stephen Davies argued whether austerity was still (or was ever) a viable economic strategy, and what form the right course of action ought to take.

‘The Rational Optimist’: Book Event
12 October 2013
An in-depth discussion about the main themes in Matt Ridley’s popular book ‘The Rational Optimist’ between members of the King’s Economics society and economics lecturers from the Department of Political Economy. Members received free copies of the book at this all-day event.

Debate: ‘Due to the state of the UK’s economy the government’s actions on immigration are absolutely necessary’.
1 October 2013
Student debate between the presidents of the King’s Conservative and Labour societies on the motion outlined in the title. The heated debate ended in a vote in favour of increasing immigration quotas in the UK.

Careers in Economics
21 March 2013
A panel discussing the career possibilities for students studying Economics. The panel consisted of Silvia Dan of Societe General CIB, Panel Prokofjevs of KPMG and Matt Kwasiborski of the Fund for American Studies.

‘What can the UK do to tackle its trade deficit?’
14 March 2013
Lord Marland, a UK trade envoy and former minister in the departments of business and the environment discussed what he feels needs to be done to reduce the UK’s trade deficit.

Reforming the UK Economy
12 February 2013
Gordon Birtwistle MP,  Chair of the Lib Dem Parliamentary Committee on Business, Innovation and Skills, and former Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Danny Alexander, discussed what long term reform the UK needs to enact in order to achieve long-standing growth, especially outlining the importance of manufacturing.

An Evening with David Friedman
29 January 2013
Renowned economist David Friedman, author of ‘The Machinery of Freedom’ and ‘Capitalism and Freedom’ gave the audience a broad understanding of his controversial economic and political viewpoints.

‘Sweatshops: An Economic Force For Good’ with David Skarbek
 22 January 2013
Dr David Skarbek discussed how and why sweatshops have had a positive effect on the countries they have been established in, and the effect this has had on individuals in those countries.


Past speakers at events include:

  • Evan Davis (BBC Newsnight) – 2014
  • Tom Elliott – 2014
  • Philippe Legrain (LSE) – 2014
  • Adrian Wooldridge (The Economist) – 2014
  • Alan Collins (Professor at the University of Portsmouth) – 2014
  • Ann Pettifor (PRIME) – 2014
  • Steve Keen (Professor at Kingston University) – 2014
  • Deirdre McCloskey (Professor at the University of Illinois) – 2014
  • Michael Kell (Chief Economist at the NAO) – 2014
  • Ryan Avent (The Economist)- 2014
  • Paul de Grauwe (LSE) – 2014
  • Alison Wolf (KCL) – 2013
  • Stephen Davies (IEA) – 2013
  • Jonathan Portes (NIESR) – 2013
  • Michael Bell (MBARC) – 2013
  • Matt Kwasiborski (Fund for American Studies), Panel Profokfjevs (KPMG) & Silvia Dan (SocGen) – 2013
  • Lord Marland (No. 10) – 2013
  • Gordon Birtwistle (MP) – 2013
  • David Friedman (Santa Clara) – 2013
  • David Skarbek (KCL) – 2013

Past contributors to the journal include:

  • Gerald Epstein (Amherst) – Issue 01
  • CORE (INET) – Issue 01
  • Guy Hochman (Centre for Advanced Hindsight) – Issue 01
  • Shahar Ayal (School of Psychology at IDC) – Issue 01
  • Post Crash Economics Society at University of Manchester  – Issue 01
  • Steve Keen (Kingston) – Issue 01
  • Unlearning Economics – Issue 01
  • Martin Knapp (LSE) – Issue 01
  • Amrita Dhillon (KCL) – Issue 01

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *