6th Annual Dónal Nevin Lecture

12 December 2018, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

The Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) is delighted to announce Professor Kevin O'Rourke will give this year's Annual Dónal Nevin Lecture.  We hope you can join us on December 12th.  The details are as follows:

Title:  Brexit in historical perspective

Speaker:  Professor Kevin O'Rourke, University of Oxford

Date:  12th December, 2018

Time:  Registration at 17:00, the lecture will run from 17:30 - 19:00 followed by a wine and finger food reception

Location:  The Canada Room and Council Chamber,  Lanyon Building, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, BT7 1NN

Details of Lecture: 

Brexit is arguably the most significant geopolitical challenge that Western Europe has had to face since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Added to this, the rise of populism calls into question the future of the European Union itself. In order to fully understand the origin and impact of these challenges it is necessary to put them into some historical context. Professor O’Rourke will consider the issues presented by Brexit by asking the questions ‘How did we get here and what might the future hold?’ 

Dr Hayward, who has presented widely on the topic of Brexit and Northern Ireland/Ireland, will provide a formal response to the lecture by Professor O’Rourke. In doing so, Dr Hayward will contextualise and comment on the arguments made in relation to Northern Ireland and allow the audience to engage with how Brexit and more generally the anti-globalisation backlash has played out in Northern Ireland.  

Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke is the Chichele Professor of Economic History at All Souls College, Oxford and the Research Director of CEPR. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is also a Research Associate of the NBER. He received his PhD from Harvard in 1989, and has taught at Columbia, Harvard, University College Dublin, Sciences Po Paris and Trinity College Dublin.  His research lies at the intersection of economic history and international economics, particularly international trade. He has written extensively on the history of globalization, and his Globalization and History (co-authored with Jeffrey G. Williamson) won the 1999 American Association of Publishers/PSP Award for the best scholarly book in economics. Power and Plenty: Trade, War and the World Economy in the Second Millennium, co-authored with Ronald Findlay, was published by Princeton University Press in 2007. His most recent book, Une Brève Histoire du Brexit, is being published by Odile Jacob this autumn.

Dr Katy Hayward is a Reader in Sociology at Queen’s University Belfast, and Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. She is also a member of the Centre for International Borders Research and on the Steering Group of the Institute of Irish Studies in Queen's. Outside the University, she is a non-executive Board member of Conciliation Resources, the Centre for Cross Border Studies, and the Institute for Conflict Research. She is the author of over 100 publications, including most recently the report Bordering on Brexit: Views from local communities in the central border region of Ireland/Northern Ireland and co-author (with Prof David Phinnemore) of UK Withdrawal (Brexit) and the Good Friday Agreement commissioned by the AFCO committee of the European Parliament.


The Lecture is open to all who are interested and is free to attend.  However, you must register your intention to attend using Eventbrite below or send an email to 


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