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Government Regius Lecture

In 2013, we were awarded a prestigious Regius Professorship by Her Majesty the Queen for fifty years of excellence in research and education in our outstanding department. To celebrate this honour, we hold an annual Regius lecture where a world-class scholar in political science comes to Essex to present their work to the University community.

Professor Helen Milner

Professor Helen Milner.

This year's lecture

Prestigious political scientist, Professor Helen Milner from Princeton University examined how globalisation has developed over the past 30 years and discuss the sources of globalisation and its political ramifications.

Her talk was titled The Politics of Globalization: The World Economy and Domestic Politics and was presented in association with SAGE Publishing.

Professor Helen Milner

Professor Milner is the B. C. Forbes Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and the director of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School.

She has written extensively on issues related to international and comparative political economy, the connections between domestic politics and foreign policy, globalization and regionalism, and the relationship between democracy and trade policy. Her cutting edge research applies new quantitative methods and data to understand the politics of global trade.

Her work has implications for recent events including Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US President.

Previous lectures

Our new Regius Professor

Professor Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, internationally renowned figure in the study of conflict resolution, democratisation and political change, has been appointed as our new Regius Professor of Political Science.

Previously, internationally renowned expert on British politics, Professor David Sanders was appointed the UK's first Regius Professor of Political Science in 2013.

Awarded as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Essex is one of the youngest universities to receive this award, and one of just two UK universities to receive Regius Professorships in social sciences.