Nicholas Christakis/ Patrick Dunleavy/ Amanda Goodall/ Andrew Oswald/ Siobhan Benita

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This event is jointly organised with the Department of Economics, University of Warwick

Tuesday 21 October 2014, 6.30 – 8pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE  

Nicholas Christakis, Sol Goldman Family Professor of Social and Natural Science and Director of the Human Nature Lab, Yale University. He is also Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science

Patrick Dunleavy, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, LSE

Amanda Goodall, Senior Lecturer, Department of Management, Cass Business School

Andrew Oswald, Professor of Economics, University of Warwick

Chair: Siobhan Benita, Chief Policy and Strategy Officer, Department of Economics, University of Warwick

‘Yes’, according to Nicholas Christakis. He wrote, in the New York Times, ‘Taking a page from Darwin, the natural sciences are evolving with the times. In contrast, the social sciences have stagnated. They offer essentially the same set of academic departments … This is not only boring but also counterproductive …’ Is Christakis right? In this event, physician and sociologist Nicholas Christakis, management scientist Amanda Goodall, economist Andrew Oswald, and political scientist Patrick Dunleavy debated this question, and then joined a discussion on the issue with policy and strategy officer Siobhan Benita.