12.30 - 14.00

In the second of our new series of online discussions What really matters, we’ll be exploring how we might approach the economic and societal challenges we face in a post-pandemic world.

‘The economy, sustainability and the workplace in a post-pandemic world’ brings together a panel of experts in finance, economics, geography, and sustainability, to look at the actual and potential impacts of COVID 19 on the economy and consider whether they’re likely to be short or long-term.  We’ll be discussing the following questions:

  1. Are there differences in how the impacts of the pandemic have been and will be experienced by social groups, economic sectors or parts of the world? What can be done to lessen the huge disparities not only in wealth and income but also in access to opportunities as global economies try to recover?
  2. How can the UK's economy recover from the impact of the pandemic and what role will Brexit play?
  3. How will the workplace change as a result of these developments?
  4. Has the pandemic challenged the business community to think seriously about environmental sustainability?
  5. Will a global recession change thinking about free market approaches to the economy?
Our panelists

Our panellists are: 

  • Renée B. Adams, Professor of Finance at the Said Business School and Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College.
  • Stefan Dercon, Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies and Fellow of Jesus College.
  • Tom Ilube, a technology entrepreneur and philanthropist, is CEO of Crossword Cybersecurity PLC and a non-executive director of the BBC. Tom is Chair of the African Science Academy and is an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College Oxford and an Advisory Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford.
  • Elizabeth Harnett, who leads the Future of Engagement programme within the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford's Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and is a Stipendiary Lecturer at Jesus College. 
  • Dariusz WójcikProfessor of Economic Geography at Oxford and Chair of the Global Network on Financial Geography, former Jesus College DPhil student and Junior Research Fellow.

This discussion has been organized by Patricia Daley, Vice-Principal and Professor of Geography, and Paulina Kewes, Professor of English, with the assistance of  Dr Brittany Wellner James, Development Director, and Dr Matthew Williams, Access Fellow.

Join in

To watch and participate in the discussion, join us on Zoom by following the link below:


Meeting ID: 871 0878 7918

Password: 567089

If you’re unable to watch on the day, a video of the event will be available to view afterwards. Follow us on Twitter @JesusOxford for the link.