Gin and Topic Talks

A set of short informal talks from ULSB and associated colleagues on their latest research or thinking. The talks are open to students, staff, alumni and the public.

Are Financial Markets too 'Male'? by Professor Dan Ladley

After the last financial crisis politicians, regulators and the media blamed some of the huge losses on the “Wolf of Wall Street” culture of financial trading. This excessively masculine environment was fuelled by testosterone – the hormone that effects our willingness to take risks. Whilst for our ancestors this governed fight or flight, for traders it determines their willingness to speculate in the market. Higher levels mean bigger gambles. In this talk I discuss how changing the gender balance in financial markets would effect risk and the likelihood of crashes along with how the bonus culture of financial trading may make change difficult.

Date: Wednesday 24 April 2019

Time: 6.00pm - 6.30pm

Venue: Tonne, 1-3 St Martins, Leicester LE1 5DG

Register: The event is free to attend, however pre-booking is required.

Past talks

The Future of Cities: Lee Circle Car Park Re-imagined by Dr Fabian Frenzel

Multi-story car parks in city centres are curious spaces. Necessary to manage mobility patterns based on private carFabian Frenzelownership, they belong, alongside dual carriage ways and flyovers, to post-war visions of modernity. Against the backdrop of concerns with air quality, contemporary visions of urbanity often aim to make the multi-story car park obsolete, by encouraging bikes schemes, uber and public transport. But are we really facing the end of the multistory car park area? Their continuous use and utility notwithstanding, their often brutalist architecture has for some time come back into fashion. Could there be life to the car park after the car?

The case of the listed Lee Circle car park in Leicester offers itself for a moment of reflection on brutalist visions of the city that now seem to have passed. It also lends itself to visions for the future in which the multi-story car park can become something entirely new: The talk invites you to re-image one of Leicester’s most iconic buildings as an urban garden.

Date: Wednesday 6 March 2019

Time: 6.00pm - 6.30pm

Venue: Tonne, 1-3 St Martins, Leicester LE1 5DG

Cameron's Catastrophe: Brexit and the Public Mind by Professor Paul Baines

Brexit TalkIn this lively talk, Paul outlines how we managed to get into the current situation and where we are now in relation to our political and economic relationship with the European Union. Drawing parallels and comparisons with the 1975 EEC referendum, he recounts the mistakes that David Cameron made both in calling a referendum in the first place and the way he implemented the campaign to support continued membership of the European Union given his pro-Remain stance. He will provide an insight into why the public voted the way they did and what we now need to do to stay on their side. As if all this were not enough, he try to explain where we are now in the Brexit negotiations from the public’s perspective, and answer any questions the audience may have.

Date: Wednesday 12 December 2018

Time: 6.00pm - 6.30pm

Venue: 45 St Martins, 1-3 St Martins, Leicester LE1 5DG

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