RES Annual Public Lecture 2021: Why digital is so disruptive

The Royal Economic Society is pleased to announce that the RES Annual Public Lecture will be held online on Thursday 6 May between 1pm to 2.30pm. Bookings are now open.

Established in 2001, our Annual Public Lecture provides an opportunity for school students to watch internationally-renowned economists present their research. Principally aimed at sixth form students, the APL has become an established part of the senior school calendar.  This year's event will be online and co-hosted by the University of Reading and the University of York

This year's lecture will be chaired by RES President Dame Carol Propper and delivered by Diane Coyle, Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. A poster for the APL can be accessed here, if you wish to promote the lecture then please download the poster or email the poster to any interested parties.

Diane Coyle CBE

Professor Diane Coyle is the inaugural Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. Diane co-directs the Bennett Institute where she heads research under the themes of progress and productivity, and has been a government adviser on economic policy, including throughout the covid-19 pandemic. Her latest book, ‘Markets, State and People – Economics for Public Policy’ examines how societies reach decisions about the use and allocation of economic resources.

Diane is also a Director of the Productivity Institute, a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics, an adviser to the Competition and Markets Authority, and Senior Independent Member of the ESRC Council. She has served in public service roles including as Vice Chair of the BBC Trust, member of the Competition Commission, of the Migration Advisory Committee and of the Natural Capital Committee. Diane was previously Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester.

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Diane's lecture will look at "Why digital is so disruptive":

The Internet can be traced back to 1969, the World Wide Web to 1990, and iPhone to 2007 - yet it is only in the past few years that “digital disruption” has become a big theme in business. In this lecture, Diane Coyle, Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, and an expert on the digital economy, will explore why digital technology is rewiring the economy - especially now so much activity has been driven online -  what economists are learning about its consequences, and how economic policies need to change.

The University of Reading and the University of York will be providing a host of online teaching resources to teaching staff before and during the event.






The public lecture in 2019 was delivered by Professor Tony Venables, BP Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, where he talked about the economics that underpins city performance and discussed the policy challenges that cities face.  

Watch the previous lectures

09 Dec 2019

Annual Public Lecture 2019 - Prof Tony Venables - The Urban Challenge

Annual Public Lecture

04 Dec 2018

Annual Public Lecture 2018- Prof Oriana Bandiera - What Economists Really Do

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21 Nov 2017

Annual Public Lecture 2017: Prof Stephen Machin - why commit crime?

Annual Public Lecture

23 Nov 2016

Annual Public Lecture 2016: Prof Philipp Kircher - in search of the perfect match

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18 Nov 2015

Annual Public Lecture 2015: Rachel Griffith - Does Starbucks pay enough tax?

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18 Nov 2015

Annual Public Lecture 2014: Stephanie Flanders - UK economy after the crisis

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