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Paul speaks to the Polish Council

Paul speaks to the Polish Council

Volterra partner Paul Ormerod was recently invited to speak to the Polish Economic Council, the top decision making body on the economy in Poland. He spoke about the importance of psychology and narratives in the economy. For example, as quantitative easing is wound down, the same act can lead to quite different outcomes, depending upon the narrative which emerges around it. Different people form different opinions about events such as these, and it is the one which succeeds in spreading successfully which counts. Paul says, ‘Poland is Europe’s most successful economy, they were the only ones to avoid a recession. One reason is surely the fact that even top decision makers are willing to listen to innovative ideas.’ Read Paul's recent blog on what we can learn from the Polish economy here.
Nick in the press

Nick in the press

Volterra associate Nick Bosanquet was recently featured in the Financial Times as one of the paper’s select group of policymakers, academics and commentators that take part in an annual survey in order to gauge views on some important questions for the economy for the coming year. Read Nick’s responses to their 2014 survey here. Nick also recently featured in the Huffington Post with his article The Treasury’s Black Sheep – the NHS, where he considers the noticeable omission of the National Health Service in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. Read the article here.
Paul looks at how art holds a mirror up to a gloomy economy…

Paul looks at how art holds a mirror up to a gloomy economy…

Paul has recently co-authored a study which examines how the frequency of words expressing misery and unhappiness in books reflects the economic conditions in the years prior to the work’s composition. The report, published in online journal PLoS ONE suggests a strong correlation! Paul has commented “The results suggest quite clearly that, contrary to post-modern literary theory, literature serves a purpose. It informs people about the human condition, and the content adapts to the conditions of the time.” The report has proved popular with the press and has featured in all the major UK broadsheets and the New York Times. Read the Times’ write up here or the full report here.
Paul Buchanan joins the Volterra Team

Paul Buchanan joins the Volterra Team

We're delighted to announce that Paul Buchanan is the latest member of the Volterra team where we joins us as a partner. Paul has twenty-five years experience as a transport economist with a background that includes leading the economic appraisals of the Jubilee Line Extension and Crossrail. His career has included work for Halcrow and Travers Morgan before ten years on the board at Colin Buchanan and Partners where he became Managing Director. He comes to us from the position of Technical Director at SKM Colin Buchanan. Paul says "I'm excited to be joining the high quality team at Volterra and I'm looking forward to helping to grow the business in 2014 and beyond."
Reinventing London: your invitation to a lecture this January!

Reinventing London: your invitation to a lecture this January!

This January senior partner Bridget Rosewell will be delivering a public lecture on the changing shape of the London economy - presenting the challenges, opportunities and factors which will shape the future in the wake of the financial crisis, as set out in her new book, Reinventing London. The lecture will be hosted by think tank Centre for London at their headquarters in London Bridge on January 23rd from 5.30pm. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception to celebrate the recent launch of Bridget's book. If you would like to attend please register your interest by entering your details here. If you'd like to hear a little more about the themes Bridget will be discussing on the day have a listen to her recent interview with Romesh Vaitilingham at the Festival of Economics.
Partner Paul Ormerod made a Visiting Professor in new UCL Research Centre

Partner Paul Ormerod made a Visiting Professor in new UCL Research Centre

University College London has set up a new research centre, the Centre for Decision Making Uncertainty. The Centre is led by Professor David Tuckett, a leading psychoanalyst whose book Minding the Markets has attracted very favourable comment from people like George Soros. The Centre is multi-disciplinary, and includes computer scientists, mathematicians and experts in artificial intelligence. Paul says "I am delighted to be invited, the Centre has the potential to create a much more realistic description of how people and firms make decisions than that provided by mainstream economics."
Battersea Power Station Restoration Project

Battersea Power Station Restoration Project

Volterra Consultant Daniel Sciberras spoke at the Battersea Power Station Public Exhibition, which was recently held at the iconic site. Daniel spoke about Volterra’s ongoing work for the Battersea Power Station restoration and regeneration project, including the consideration of any socio and economic impacts that the scheme will likely have at local and London wide levels. The Battersea Power Station development scheme is part of the wider Victoria Nine Elms Battersea regeneration project; proposals for the Northern Line Extension are also a crucial part of the regeneration of this area, which senior partner Bridget Rosewell has been extensively involved in.
Bridget talks about the future for Cities

Bridget talks about the future for Cities

Senior Partner Bridget Rosewell recently took part in the Festival of Economics (part of Bristol's Festival of New Ideas) where her new book 'Reinventing London' was launched as part of Diane Coyle's 'Perspectives' Series. Here she is in conversation with Romesh Vaitilingham at the festival, discussing the ideas within her book.
Bridget’s new book looks at ‘Reinventing London’

Bridget’s new book looks at ‘Reinventing London’

Volterra’s senior partner Bridget Rosewell’s new book 'Reinventing London' will be launched this month at the Festival of Economics in Bristol. The book is part of the 'Perspectives' series of books edited by Diane Coyle: essays on big ideas by leading writers given free rein to reframe an issue of great contemporary interest. Bridget asks how London’s economy might be developed after the financial crisis, and explores how future success will depend on several factors working together and include a substantial investment in infrastructure. Read more about the book and buy your own copy here.
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