An Inaugural Lecture with Professor Gary Dymski and Professor Jon Lovett. Hosted by Professor David Hogg, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Professor John Lovett, Chair in Global Challenges, School of Geography, University of Leeds

Professor Gary Dymski, Chair in Applied Economics, Leeds University Business School

Professor Jon Lovett, Leadership Chair in Global Challenges, 
School of Geography, University of Leeds

Professor Gary Dymski, Leadership Chair in Applied Economics, 
Leeds University Business School

Dr Kevin T Reilly, Senior Lecturer, Economics Division, 
Leeds University Business School

From Global Challenges to Local Solutions:
Using AIRE to Connect Disciplines, the City, and the University

The University of Leeds, located just above the River Aire, has been taking steps to deepen its commitment to collaboration across borders. This event launches a new interdisciplinary initiative, the Applied Institute for Research in Economics (AIRE), and introduces two new professors at the University of Leeds – Jon Lovett (School of Geography) and Gary Dymski (Economics Division, Business School). These two Leadership Chairs, together with Senior Lecturer Kevin Reilly, are developing AIRE as a vehicle for building collaborations, communication and community among  University of Leeds economists, who are spread out among five different faculties. 

What defines economists across the University of Leeds faculties is their dedication to applying the tools and principles of economics and political economy to societal challenges at different scales – global, national, local. Economics provides analytical frameworks and empirical methods for comprehending behavioural logics and streams of shifting data. Political economy decodes the linkages between economic systems and the political, social, cultural and ecological realms in which they are embedded. Because of the increasingly complex and connected character of the challenges confronting humanity, it is fundamentally important to connect economists and economic logic with other academic disciplines, with city-region actors, with national authorities, and with global forces and movements. 

AIRE will help to make these connections. It is led by three economists. One is Dr. Kevin Reilly, an eminent labour economist and a longstanding member of the Economics Division at the Leeds University Business School. Kevin is Director of Operations for AIRE. The other two are new to the University; this event will provide an opportunity for their inaugural remarks.   

Professor Lovett, Associate Director of AIRE, has built a distinguished career researching the institutional economics of natural resource management, in urban and rural settings; his interdisciplinary approach brings together both the natural and social sciences. He is interested in the links between local and international law and policy and the practical aspects of implementation of global agreements. He has worked in many different countries with recent projects in Nepal, Lebanon, Tanzania and Mexico.

Professor Dymski, Director of AIRE, has done research and policy analysis on many applied topics, including bank mergers, financial fragility and crisis, urban development, credit-market discrimination and redlining, housing finance and subprime lending crisis, financial regulation, and the Eurozone crisis. He has served, for the last year, as vice chair of Leeds ACTS!, a collaboration between Leeds universities and the Leeds city-region Third-Sector organizations. Together with MSC students from LUBS, he is working on issues of financial exclusion, poverty, and employment with the Leeds City Council.

Drs. Reilly, Lovett, and Dymski will discuss their plans for AIRE, the challenges facing the world economy and local region, and the possibilities for interdisciplinary and cross-faculty collaboration in their remarks.

Event Format

5.30pm - Registration
6.00pm - Lecture begins
7.00pm - Networking and Canapés 
8.00pm - Close

About the speakers

Professor Jon Lovett

Professor Jon Lovett holds a Leadership Chair in Global Challenges in the School of Geography. Prior to coming to Leeds he held the Chair in Sustainable Development at the University of Twente (2007-2012), where he headed the Technology and Sustainable Development Group and led the sustainability strategic research orientation in the Institute of Governance Studies. 

He was at the Environment Department, University of York (1994-2007); Tropical Biodiversity Institute, University of Copenhagen (1992-1994); and University of Dar es Salaam (1985-1992). He was the environmental economist on the Chief Scientist’s team of Natural England (2008-2009) and is currently on the Natural England Science Advisory Committee. 

Professor Gary Dymski

Gary received his BA in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1975. Gary obtained a Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University in 1977. From 1977 to 1979 he was economic analyst at Legal Services Organization of Indiana, and from 1979 to 1981, staff director and chief fiscal advisor for the Democratic Caucus in the Indiana State Senate. 

Gary received a doctorate in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1987. In 1985-86 he was the Olin Research Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. He was a member of the economics faculty at the University of Southern California from 1986 to 1991, and a member of the University of California, Riverside (UCR) economics faculty from 1991 to 2012. 

At UCR, Gary received tenure in 1995 and was named a professor in 2000. After serving as a UCR associate dean in 2001-02, Gary was founding director of the UCR Center for Sustainable Suburban Development in 2002-03. From 2003 to 2009, Gary was the founding Executive Director of the University of California Center, Sacramento, a UC-wide public policy center in the state capitol. Gary has been a visiting scholar in universities and research centers in Brazil, Bangladesh, Japan, Korea, Great Britain, Greece, and India. 

Dr Kevin T Reilly

Dr Reilly was awarded his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1991 and was appointed a lecturer in Economics at the University of Leeds in July 1995. His main research focus is in the area of empirical labour economics. 

He has published in the areas of intertemporal labour supply, gender wage gaps, firm size wage effects and union wage differentials. This research has appeared in the American Economic Review, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Human Resources, the Canadian Journal of Economics and the Review of Economics and Statistics. Currently he is working on papers in the areas of worker job satisfaction, the empirical modelling of female autonomy and the productivity effects of foreign investment in China. As an outside interest he enjoys losing money in small stakes poker games.