'The pursuit of development: economic growth, social change and ideas' with Ian Goldin

Past Event

08 April 2016, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

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This book talk is part of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival 2016, the Oxford Martin School is the Festival Ideas Partner

Professor Ian Goldin, Director of the Oxford Martin School, looks at what we mean by development and what citizens, governments and the international community can do to encourage it.

Goldin explains how the notion of development has expanded from the original focus on incomes and economic growth to a much broader interpretation. He considers the contributions made by education, health, gender and equity, and argues that it is also necessary take into account the rule of law, the role of institutions, and sustainability and environmental concerns.

Please note this is a ticketed event and the tickets for this event are £12 and available from the Festival website: http://www.wegottickets.com/oxfordliteraryfestival/event/346106

About the speaker

Professor Ian Goldin is Director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford; Professor of Globalisation and Development; and Professorial Fellow at Balliol College. Ian was until 2006 Vice President of the World Bank and the Bank Group’s Director of Policy. Prior to 2001 Ian was Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Economic Adviser to President Nelson Mandela. Previously, Ian was Principal Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Head of Programs at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.

Professor Goldin has a BA and BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics, an MA and Doctorate from the University of Oxford and an AMP from INSEAD. The latest of his 19 books are The Butterfly Defect: How globalization creates systemic risks and what to do about it (Princeton University Press, 2014) and Is the Planet Full? (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Ian has been knighted by the French Government and nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He serves as an advisor to governments and as an independent non-executive director for a number of listed companies. His non-profit engagements include as a Trustee of Comic Relief, the Overseas Development Institute and other charities. His speaking engagements include to the Davos meeting of the World Economic Forum for the past 19 years, TED conferences, the Microsoft Annual CEO Forum, Clinton Global Initiative and numerous other leadership, university, literary and other events in over 50 countries.

About the book

What do we mean by development? How can citizens, governments and the international community foster development?

The process by which nations escape poverty and achieve economic and social progress has been the subject of extensive examination for hundreds of years. The notion of development itself has evolved from an original preoccupation with incomes and economic growth to a much broader understanding of development.

In his new book, Ian Goldin considers the contributions that education, health, gender, equity and other dimensions of human well-being make to development, and discusses why it is also necessary to take into account the role of institutions and the rule of law as well as sustainability and environmental concerns.