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Pluralist Political Economy cluster

Wellbeing Beyond GDP

, Geoffrey Manton Building
• Hosted by Dr Kevin Albertson (Pluralist Political Economy Cluster) with keynote speaker, the award-winning poet Michael Symmons Roberts •

Manchester Metropolitan University
Geoffrey Manton Building
Lecture Theatres 4 & 7 (LT4 & LT7)
Rosamund Street West

M15 6LL

As part of the Manchester Metropolitan University Festival of Knowledge, this free one-day symposium took place on 4 November 2015 to examine the role and contribution of the humanities, arts and social sciences in awakening the imaginative and moral sense amongst participants.

It was very well-attended with fascinating presentations and discussions which have resulted in a number of new partnerships and networks being formed.

  • Michael Symmons Roberts – Professor of Poetry, MMU.
  • Steve Earnshaw – Professor of English Literature, Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Konstantinos Tzoulas – Lecturer in Environmental Management, School of Science and the Environment (Manchester Metropolitan University).
  • Helena Mary Kettleborough – Associate Lecturer in Responsible Business, MMU Business School.
  • Amy Ludlow – College Lecturer and Fellow at Gonville and Caius College & Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge.
  • Ruth Armstrong – post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge.
  • Eni Buljubašic – Research and Teaching Assisstant and PhD candidate in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sveučilište u Splitu (University of Split, Croatia).
  • Michael Baumtrog – Visiting Researcher, University of Leeds.
  • Kevin Albertson – Reader in Economics at MMU Business School.
  • Katherine Albertson – Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Sue McPherson – Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Sophie Bush – Lecturer in Performance, Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Catherine Wilcox – Lecturer in English, MMU.

To read biographies of our speakers, please download the symposium programme.


Morning Session in Geoffrey Manton Lecture Theatre 4 (LT4)

Registration, tea and coffee

Welcome by Professor Chris Pyke
Head of Accounting, Finance and Economics at MMU Business School

Michael Symmons Roberts – award-winning British poet

Steve Earnshaw – ‘In Praise of Idleness: The fight for temporality’

Konstantinos Tzoulas – ‘Bridging the humanities disciplines with
urban ecology and temporal wellbeing’

Helena Kettleborough – ‘Gaia’s Graveyards’

Open discussion

Amy Ludlow and Ruth Armstrong
‘Learning together in Prisons: Being, belonging and becoming’

Eni Buljubašic – ‘Identity rearticulations in a changing social setting:
The case of (Mediterranean) Croatia’

Michael D. Baumtrog – ‘Your critical creative capacity and making
better decisions’

Open discussion

LUNCH (provided by MMU)

Afternoon Session in Geoffrey Manton Lecture Theatre 7 (LT7)

Kevin Albertson and Katherine Albertson
‘Humanities and Wellbeing: beyond GDP’

Sue McPherson – ‘The wealth of reading: English literature,
inequality and social change’

Sophie Bush – ‘The Tender Space: Theatre, dialogue and response-ability’

Catherine Wilcox – ‘“Tell all the Truth, but tell it slant”: the role of fiction in
exploring moral dilemmas’

Open discussion followed by a panel discussion – ‘The Way Forward’

Symposium closes

For more information on these talks, please download the symposium programme.


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