The lecture will be held simultaneously in the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre (with a reduced COVID safe capacity of 181 attendees) and on Zoom Webinar. Please register for the in-person event here. To register for the online lecture, users will need to use an email linked to a Zoom Webinar account.
Paul Johnson (The Institute for Fiscal Studies) will deliver the eighth annual lecture in memory of European Social Survey co-founder Sir Roger Jowell. The event will be chaired by new City President, Professor Anthony Finkelstein.
This year’s lecture will look into how inequalities in education and wealth, and between regions, ethnic minorities and generations, have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Paul Johnson will examine the challenges for policy created by these inequalities, not least the ongoing long term effects of ultra low interest rates. He will also outline the fiscal challenges facing a government looking to deal with these consequences.
Organised by City, University of London, NatCen Social Research and the Social Research Association, the 2021 lecture will be held simultaneously in the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre (with a reduced COVID safe capacity of up to 181 attendees) and on Zoom Webinar.
Sir Roger Jowell, CBE (26 March 1942 - 25 December 2011), was an outstanding British social statistician and academic who founded Social and Community Planning Research (SCPR) - now NatCen Social Research – and made a major contribution to the development of robust comparative research through the International Social Survey Programme.
Previous speakers have included: Sir Andrew Dilnot (Social statistics and public policy); Professor John Curtice (Scottish independence referendum); Professor Anne Johnson (National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles), Professor Jane Green (British Elections Study) and Sir Michael Marmot (Institute of Health Equity, UCL).
Doors will open for the in-person event at 6pm on Tuesday 28 September. We request that attendees conduct a lateral flow test before the event and are asked not to attend if they test positive or are feeing unwell.
The lecture will be broadcast on Zoom Webinar from 6.30pm. A drinks reception will be held from 8pm.
About the speaker
Paul Johnson has been Director of The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) since January 2011. He is also currently visiting professor in the Department of Economics at University College London.
Paul has worked and published extensively on the economics of public policy, with a particular focus on income distribution, public finances, pensions, tax, social security, education and climate change. He was awarded a CBE for services to the social sciences and economics in 2018.
As well as a previous period of work at the IFS, his career has included spells at HM Treasury, the Department for Education and the FSA. Between 2004 and 2007 he was deputy head of the Government Economic Service.
Paul is currently also a member of the committee on climate change and the Banking Standards Board. He was an editor of the Mirrlees Review of the UK tax system.