Inaugural Lecture Series

An inaugural lecture is a key milestone in any academic's career, signifying their promotion to 'Professor'.  It is an opportunity for our new professorial colleagues to present their innovative research first-hand.  All of these events are free of charge and attendance is open to all, and we look forward to sharing the experience with you.   


Trusting Enemies: Interpersonal Relationships in International Conflict

Trusting Enemies: Interpersonal Relationships in International Conflict
How can two enemies, locked into a spiral of fear and insecurity, transform their relationship into a trusting one? As part of our inaugural lecture series, Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler looks at interpersonal relationships in international conflict.
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Previous Inaugural Lectures



22nd March - Don't call me a customer: public service markets and the citizen


3rd May - New ways of making sense: social perspectives on unease, mental distress and recovery

26th April - Sustainable development: Accounting and the citizen

5th April - Do we expect too much of leaders?


12th October - Closing the Mental Health Treatment Gap: Time for a new paradigm?

3rd May - Mind the gap: bridging healthcare management and research

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Professor Wheeler summarises his latest research ahead of his inaugural lecture at University of Birmingham on 26 April 2018.