About this day
Welcome to our Economics in Action day!
Get ready for an electrifying day of economic exploration with some of the brightest minds in the industry! This action-packed program is specifically designed for A-level and IB students who are passionate about economics and eager to expand their knowledge. Throughout the day, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from industry leaders, academics, and public servants in five captivating and highly educational sessions. With their expert insights and real-world experience, you’ll gain valuable knowledge and a deeper understanding of a wide range of KS5 topics. Plus, in a special session on examination success, you’ll learn the insider tips and tricks to ace your exams and take home a handy revision guide to help you study. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn from the best and take your economic knowledge to the next level!
Host: Bobby Seagull (Teacher, Broadcaster & Writer)
We are in the process of adding more speakers to the line-up. Please check back for updates.
“Excellent day, very good value for money. We will 100% be attending next year!”
Economics Teacher, December 2022
Programme & speakers
Financial Wizards Bobby Seagull, Teacher, Author and Broadcaster
Bobby will share his personal experience of the financial crisis of 2008 from the trading floors of Lehman Brothers and explore financial derivatives and some of the weapons of math destruction that caused the most chaotic recession in a lifetime.
About Bobby Seagull
Bobby is a former investment banker, chartered accountant, and social entrepreneur turned math teacher and author. He co-hosts BBC’s Monkman & Seagull Genius Guides and serves as a quiz expert on C4’s ‘The Answer Trap’.
Ask the Expert: Navigating Personal Finances with Iona Bain Iona Bain, Financial Journalist, Broadcaster and Author
Get ahead of the game with Iona Bain, one of the most respected financial writers of her generation. Join her for an exclusive Q&A session where you can submit your questions in advance and get advice on managing your finances. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn from the Money Hacker herself!
About Iona Bain
Iona Bain is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author, and is the UK’s go-to voice on millennial money. She is BBC Morning Live’s resident financial expert. Since founding the pioneering Young Money Blog in 2011, she’s gone on to become one of the most respected financial writers.
The Rise of Rentier Power Beth Stratford, Freelance Researcher
Uncover the immense influence of gatekeepers, monopolists, landowners, and financiers. Discover how their consolidated power drives inequality, stifles innovation, and drives inefficient use of our precious natural resources. Together, we will explore strategies to tackle rentier power, to create a fairer, more resilient and sustainable society.
About Beth Stratford
Beth Stratford is a political economist specializing in the relationship between ecological crisis and rentier power. She has advised the Labour Party on housing policy and environmental tax reform, and is currently advisor to Positive Money and the Social Guarantee.
Universal healthcare without the NHS Christopher Snowdon, Head of lifestyle economics, Institute of Economic Affairs
Despite its poor record of keeping people alive, the NHS remains hugely popular with the British public. Christopher Snowdon argues that this is because people believe the only alternative is a US-style system. In this talk he will explain why the NHS continues to under-deliver despite record funding and why better alternatives exist in Europe.
About Christopher Snowdon
Christopher Snowdon is the head of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. He is a regular contributor to the Spectator, The Critic and Spiked, the author of six books and the editor of the Nanny State Index.
In search of Plan B: Degrowth and beyond Jonathan Aldred, University of Cambridge
Government plans to tackle the climate crisis are totally inadequate. We urgently need a Plan B. Increasing numbers of economists and climate scientists advocate radical action: degrowth, the planned down-sizing of the economy. Jonathan Aldred argues that degrowth itself is not the answer, but many of the proposals from the wider degrowth movement provide a good basis for developing Plan B.
About Dr Jonathan Aldred
Jonathan Aldred is an economist at Cambridge University, exploring the political and ethical aspects of mainstream economics, with a strong focus on environmental issues and the climate crisis. His latest book, Licence to be Bad (Penguin-Allen Lane), offers profound insights into the consequences of permissiveness in society and challenges prevailing economic paradigms, inspiring positive change for a sustainable future.