Bristol Festival of Ideas – Upcoming Economics Events

The Bristol Festival of Ideas aims to stimulate people’s minds and passions with an inspiring programme of discussion and debate throughout the year.

The festival is run in association with the University of Bristol and there is always a diverse and interesting selection of events on offer. In the past 10 years they’ve run more than 2,000 events.

Many events are free and for events where tickets need to be bought there is usually a University of Bristol concession. All venues used are centrally located.

Last November the Festival of Ideas held its 4th annual Economics Festival with speakers such as Vince Cable, offering his vision for Britain’s economy and Nobel Prize winner Robert J Shiller debating the economics of manipulation and deception. There were discussions on the future of Europe, social mobility, immigration and much more.

Many of the discussions from the festival are available on the Festival of Ideas Soundcloud, and you can access them here on the website.

You can also find a lot of archived content from the 2013 and 2014 Economics Festivals on the Bristol Festival of Ideas YouTube page.

The festival has recently announced some upcoming events with an Economics theme that may be of interest to those with an interest in Economics. Please see further details of events below:

Yanis Varoufakis: Europe, Austerity and the Threat to Global Security

Yanis Varoufakis: Europe, Austerity and the Threat to Global Security

Vintage Lecture 2016: Yanis Varoufakis: Europe, Austerity and the Threat to Global Security

Sunday 29 May 2016 14:00-15:00 St George’s Bristol Price: £8/ £7

Drawing on his personal experience of negotiations with the eurozone’s financiers, and offering policies and alternatives, he shows how we concocted this mess and how we can get out of it.


Richard Thaler Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics

Tuesday 31 May 2016 12:30-13:30 Price: £7/ £6

Coupling recent discoveries in human psychology with a practical understanding of incentives and market behaviour, Richard Thaler exposes the irrational tendencies in our thinking and shows us how to avoid making costly mistakes in life.


Paul Mason: PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future                                                  

Tuesday 07 June 2016 18:30-20:00 St George’s Bristol Price: £8/ £7

Paul Mason shows how a revolution in information technology has the potential to reshape our familiar notions of work, production and value, and to destroy an economy based on markets and private ownership.


Claudia Hammond

Claudia Hammond: Mind Over Money

Claudia Hammond: Mind Over Money

Friday 10 June 2016 12:30-13:30 Watershed Price: £7/ £6

Claudia Hammond delves into the surprising psychology of money to show us that our relationship with it is more complex than we might think.


The festival is always adding new and interesting events to its calendar.  Make sure to check the website for a comprehensive listing of everything that is coming up.

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