Queen's Policy Engagement

The 2017 Eaton Lecture

The 2017 Eaton Lecture delivered by Professor Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto is now available to view online.  

The 2017 Eaton Lecture

The Eaton Lecture at Queen’s is a distinguished annual event, hosted by Queen’s University Belfast and funded through the generosity of an endowment from the Eaton Foundation.

In 2017 the Eaton Lecture was delivered by Professor Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto.  President Gertler, an internationally renowned expert on the economic dynamism of city-regions, spoke on ‘Universities and Urban Regions: A Partnership for Prosperity’.

You can view Professor Gertler’s lecture below.



The following panel discussion was also held with Professor Bjorn Asheim (University of Stavanger), Professor Kevin Morgan (Cardiff University), Ms. Suzanne Wylie (Belfast City Council), Dr Joanne Stuart (Catalyst NI), Dr Linda Fox-Rogers (QUB) and chaired by William Crawley (BBC).  The event was run in association with the Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s and drew together over 140 participants in the University’s Great Hall.



The first Eaton Lecture was delivered by Frederick S. Eaton in 1994. Since then, speakers have included: Beverley McLachlin (Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Canada); Naomi Klein (author, columnist, social activist); John Ralston Saul (essayist, novelist, president of PEN); Jean Charest (Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Premier of Quebec); John de Chastelain (General, Chief of Defence Staff, Ambassador to US); Indira Samarasekera (President of the University of Alberta); and Ed Schreyer (Premier of Manitoba, Governor General of Canada).

Distinguished Visiting Scholars

In association with the School of Natural and Built Environment, the Centre has hosted visits from distinguished Canadian scholars to support and develop international collaborative research projects.

Past visiting scholars have included:  David Ley (University of British Columbia); Nick Bromley (Simon Fraser University); Anne Godlewska (Queen’s University, Kingston); Tim Paterson (Carleton University); Derek Gregory (University of British Columbia); Jamie Peck (University of British Columbia); Trevor Barnes (University of British Columbia).

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Kevin Fearon is the Business Alliance Manager for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty at Queen's University Belfast and manages the Queen's Policy Engagement initiative.

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