On Wednesday 11th February a group of students and faculty attended a lecture by Professor Peter Grant (Richmond’s Visiting Professor in International Economics and Development) to hear him deliver a talk with the title “The impact on wellbeing of gender inequality and machismo culture”. Peter is the Founding Co-Director of Restored (www.restoredrelationships.org) which works towards ending violence against women around the world. Peter is also a senior fellow with Agulhas Applied Knowledge for whom he undertakes consultancy on areas of economic development. In the recent past Peter enjoyed senior positions with both DFID and Tearfund.
Peter’s talk was wide-ranging and delivered as part of the School of Business & Economics’ activities supporting its Wellbeing Research Cluster. Amongst other issues Peter discussed the economic and financial aspects of his message on the damaging implications of the machismo culture he has seen in various part of the globe. He also spoke fondly of his visit the week before his talk at Richmond to Madagascar and the economic and social hardships he had witnessed there.
Undoubtedly, Peter’s talk will offer the assembled juniors and seniors much food for thought for research papers in this area as the presentation reminded the audience of the importance of applied research to some of the core issues students are exposed to in the classroom at Richmond.
An anecdote Peter shared after his talk was that there are only two countries with populations over 50 million that he has not yet visited: Turkey and Iran, but he’s working on this …
You can read more about Professor Peter Grant’s work in this area by looking at the following link: http://www.restoredrelationships.org/get-involved/individual/first-man-standing/