Professor’s talk explores the economic background to civil wars

Professor’s talk explores the economic background to civil wars
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Wednesday 19 September 2012

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A free professorial lecture taking place at Coventry University next Thursday(27th September) will look at violent internal conflicts from an economist’s perspective.

Professor Mansoob Murshed, Professor of Applied Economics at Coventry University, will consider the role of economic growth, the present disparities between rich and poor countries and how violence can be an alternative economic activity to peaceful production.

The lecture will explore the differences that growth rates over the last two centuries have produced, how economics can contribute to the understanding of the causes of civil war and the relationship between globalization and conflict.

Professor Murshed divides his time between Coventry University and the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, the Netherlands. Prior achievements for Professor Murshed include becoming the first holder of the prestigious Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity, whose Curatorium is chaired by Princess Máxima of the Netherlands.

This lecture is the first of the professorial lecture’s series which will discuss a different topic each month. Coming up later in 2012:

  • Does trust matter? Developing and restoring trust in organisations - Professor Rosalind Searle, 16th October
  • Learning meets experience in engineering education - Professor John Davies, 29th November
  • Cultural relations in a world of difference - Professor Mike Hardy, 4th December.

Highlights in early 2013 include world renowned Professors David Bailey (international business strategy and economics) and Simon Chadwick (sport business strategy and marketing), with talks running until May.

All the lectures are free and open to the public, taking place from 4pm at the TechnoCentre, Coventry Technology Park.

To book a place please visit

For further information please contact Sarah-Jane Dean, Communications Assistant, Coventry University, on +44 (0)24 7688 8245 or email