Posted: 22 January 2014
A number of new professors have joined the University and will be presenting a series of Professorial Lectures during 2014. New professors at Roehampton are invited by the Vice-Chancellor to present an inaugural lecture to celebrate their appointment and to provide a showcase for their research to a broader audience.
The presentation of an inaugural lecture is considered a significant milestone in an academic's career, and these events are a rare opportunity for the new professor to describe their work and its context to colleagues and others who may know little about the area and the individual's work. Lectures are usually broad-ranging rather than focusing on one specific project, and consider the wide context within which the individual's work fits.
The first lecture of the programme will be presented by Professor Molly Scott Cato, Professor of Strategy and Sustainability in the Business School. Molly's lecture: There is No Wealth But Life: Rethinking Economics, Enterprise and Regeneration will be given on Monday 3 February in the Portrait Room, Grove House (5.30 for 6pm prompt start).
It is 150 years since John Ruskin penned what might be the mantra for a green economist, 'There is no wealth but life', as part of his contribution to political economy published as Unto this Last. Interestingly, this book was cited by the first Labour MPs as having had the most significant impact on their approach to politics. While British socialists have responded to Ruskin's call for social justice they have ignored his deeper insights into and need for a closer relationship with nature and a respect for beauty and culture. It is this focus on material quality at the expense of spiritual quality that has led us to the paradoxical situation of living in an economy where excess and dissatisfaction coexist. As evidence mounts that human society is in the midst of both ecological and spiritual crises I explore the limitations of the globalised in capitalist economy in providing sustainable prosperity and explore what the green approach to political economy has to offer.
The lecture is open to all, but places are limited. Attendance is free and light refreshments will be provided. Book your place by 27 January.
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