New Distinguished Lecture Series

“Universities in Crisis” - Professor Michael Burawoy
Thursday June 9th 2011
Birt Acres lecture theatre, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff University

The first of Cardiff University’s Distinguished Lectures takes place on Thursday June 9th 2011.

Delivered by prominent sociologist Professor Michael Burawoy of the University of California, Berkeley, the lecture, entitled Universities in Crisis will describe how the golden age of University autonomy is over and institutions must move forward and reinvent their public mission.

Universities in crisis is the first high-profile lecture in the new Distinguished Lecture Series. The series is also a showcase for the University’s world-leading work and brings eminent and influential guest speakers to a wider audience.

Ahead of Professor Burawoy’s lecture the supporting Schools – the School of Social Sciences, the School of City and Regional Planning and Cardiff Business School - will showcase their work in this area.

The programme for the day is:

  • 2.00pm–5.00pm: Seminar Presentations, School of Social Sciences, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue
    • Chair - Professor Rick Delbridge
    • Professor Gill Bristow - ‘Competing Conceptions of Regional Resilience’
    • Professor Kent Matthews - ‘Throwing the Banker out with the Bonus’
    • Professor Steve Martin - ‘Economic crisis and its impact on UK local government’
    • Professor Phil Brown - ‘The Global Auction and the Broken Promises of Education, Jobs and Incomes’
    • Professor Ewart Keep - ‘Reintroducing notions of power and contestation into the skills debate’
    • Professor John Lovering - tbc.
  • 5.30pm: Pre-lecture reception, Bute Building
  • 6.00pm: Lecture, ‘Universities in Crisis’ by Professor Michael Burawoy, Birt Acres lecture theatre, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue.

To attend the afternoon seminar series please contact Sian Moseley (  

To reserve a place at Professor Burawoy’s lecture please email or call 029 2087 6935.