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Ronald Tress Memorial Lecture

Established in 2012, the Ronald Tress Memorial Lecture is an annual event honouring Ronald Tress (1915-2006), the Master of Birkbeck from 1968 to 1977 and a hugely influential economist.

From 1941 to 1945, Tress was Economic Adviser to the British War Cabinet and he played a vital role in the development of the post-war Marshall Plan for Western European economic recovery. He was also Professor of Political Economy at the University of Bristol. In 1978 he was appointed Director of the Leverhulme Trust.

Tress established the Economics Department at Birkbeck and our scholarly community honours his legacy and contribution to the world of economics by inviting a leading figure in the field to speak on the pressing issues affecting society today.


Professor Jagjit S. Chadha, Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR): What went wrong with 21st Century Economic Policy - a view from Westminster.

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