Date(s) - 12/10/2016
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
George Eliot Building
Matt Qvortrup’s Inaugural Lecture as Professor of Applied Political Science and International Relations at Coventry University will cover the subject which first brought him to public attention and for which he was awarded the PSA Prize in 2013: Terrorism and Political Science.
He will address questions such as:
- Does democracy reduce terrorism?
- Does inequality lead to violence?
- Can we create a more just, safe and tolerant society?
Without academic jargon and in plain English, Professor Qvortrup will show how many of the ideas of social justice, peace and democracy have been developed from Ancient Greece to the present day.
Refreshments will be available after the lecture.
Places are limited so please book here early
Professor Matt Qvortrup is an expert on comparative constitutional engineering and European Politics. The latest of Professor Qvortrup’s eight books Angela Merkel: Europe’s Most Influential Leader (Duckworth 2016) was described by Kirkus Reviews as “necessary reading for anyone who wants to broaden his or her perspective on the world today”.
He served as a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee. He has previously worked as a member of President Obama’s Special Envoy Team in Africa (2009-2010). Before his career as an academic, Dr Qvortrup served as Head of the Gun Crime Section in the British Home Office and as a Special Advisor to the Home Secretary.
Professor Qvortrup earned his doctorate in Politics at Brasenose College, University of Oxford in 2000. Also a qualified lawyer, he holds a Diploma from the College of Law, London.