Professorial Inaugural Lectures
Our Professorial Inaugural Lecture series celebrates excellence in research
undertaken by our recently appointed professors.
Conducting internationally significant research means our lecturers always have their
fingers on the pulse and academics at Essex are at the forefront of the latest research
findings and emerging trends.
It’s a privilege to have leading global thinkers at our University and through this lecture
series we are keen to share our very best research, to exchange ideas and inspire you. Our new professors
will offer enlightening explanations on their own specialist subjects in areas such as law, sociology,
politics, health and human sciences, psychology, philosophy, history, human rights, economics, mathematics
Monday 24 April at 6pm: Are some children better protected than others?
Professor Jackie Turton, Department of Sociology
There is little doubt that those involved in child protection are dedicated, assessing
risk and preventing abuse the majority of the time. However, numerous scandals and enquiries
about child sexual abuse and exploitation have exposed gaps in our system. This lecture
considers some of the underlying factors creating barriers to protecting children.
Admission is free but booking is advised. For further information:
Monday 8 May at 6pm: Is there more to search than web search?
Professor Udo Kruschwitz, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
When talking about search, everybody thinks of Google. However, the search engine of your
choice might turn out to be of little help when trying to find information on a website or identifying the right document
within an enterprise search environment. Why is that? Professor Udo Kruschwitz will discuss some of the difficulties we all
encounter with our online searches and outline ways to address them.
Passion in Education, Passion in Research
Professor Anthony Vickers from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Thursday 20 March.
Good oral health for all, for life. Is this possible?
Professor Phillip Cannell from the School of Health and Human Sciences gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Thursday 2 March.
A Tale of Two Referendums
Professor Rob Johns from the Department of Government gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on Monday 27 February.
It’s not what you said, it’s how you said it!
Professor Silke Paulmann from the Department of Psychology gave her Professorial Inaugural Lecture on 6 February.
Opinion dynamics in social networks
Professor Friederike Mengel, Department of Economics gave her Professorial Inaugural Lecture on 23 January.
Evaluating predictive policing in the fight against crime
Professor Giovanni Mastrobuoni, Department of Economics gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on 5 December.
The Limits of Human Performance: Sensation, Perception and Athletic Decision-Making
Professor Dominic Mickleright, Centre for Sports and Exercise Science (School of Biological Sciences).
Closing gaps to justice for victims of torture and other crimes under international law
This lecture, held on 16 May was presented by Professor Lorna McGregor from our School of Law.
This lecture, held on 16 May was presented by Fabian Freyenhagen from our School of Philosophy and Art History.
Kodachrome Travels: how colour changed the way we see the world
This lecture, held on 7 March was presented by Professor Jeffrey Geiger from our Department of
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies.
Inequality and mortality
Professor David Pevalin from the School of Health and Human Sciences gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on 29 February.
How your brain creates your reality
Professor Paul Hibbard from the Department of Psychology gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on 29 February.
Should the UK leave the EU?
Professor Gianluigi Vernasca from the Department of Economics gave his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on 1 February.
Watch our lectures on Vimeo
Watch our lectures on Vimeo
- Professor Peter Fussey, Department of Sociology: Surveillance, Security and the City.
- Professor Nick Allum, Department of Sociology: What People know about Science and why it matters.
- Professor Philip Terry, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies: Reflections on tapestry.
- Professor Matthew Woollard, UK Data Archive: A Journey through Data.
- Professor Karen Hulme, School of Law: Nature in War.
- Professor Sean Nixon, Department of Sociology: Trading on Human Weakness: Advertising and its Critics in the 1950s and 1960s..
- Professor Noam Lubell, School of Law: Robot Warriors, Terrorists and Private Contractors: What future for the Laws of War?.
- Professor Andrew Canessa, Department of Sociology: Being Indigenous in the Twenty-first Century: A Bolivian Case Study.