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‘Navigating the COVID challenge’

- Green Templeton Lecture Series

Green Templeton Lectures 2021 will focus on the theme ‘Navigating the COVID challenge’. Drawing on its fellowship, Green Templeton is using this online lecture series, in partnership with Franklin Templeton, to provide an opportunity for the intelligent non-specialist to stand back and reflect on some of the deeper issues the global pandemic has raised.

Registration for the first lecture on Wednesday 27 January is now open. Details of all three lectures in this series are below:


Lecture 1: Framing the COVID challenge

Wednesday 27 January 2021 at 18:00 GMT
Speakers: Governing Body Fellow Rafael Ramírez, and Senior Research Fellow Trudie Lang

In the first half of this lecture, Professor Ramírez will indicate some of the insights a Scenario perspective would bring to the discussion before Professor Lang reminds us COVID-19 is not the first, and nor will it be the last, pandemic caused by pathogens crossing from birds to animals to humans. Our past experience of pandemics offers valuable insights into the portfolio of interventions governments should have perhaps maintained better in the past and should certainly research and maintain going forward.



Lecture 2: Key lessons from COVID for recovery strategies

Hilary term – Wednesday 10 March 2021, 18:00 GMT
Speaker: Research Fellow Dustin Garrick

This lecture focuses on lessons COVID has for governments as they plan their recovery strategies, in particular as it impacts the current debate on the speed and direction of moves towards a more sustainable, greener human economy.

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Lecture 3: Measuring progress towards a better future

Trinity term – to be announced
Speaker: Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz

This lecture will consider how far recovery strategies have come in delivering the outcomes they promise. In particular, the challenge of gauging the overall ‘progress’ of these strategies in terms of economic product, well-being and sustainability.

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