25th November 2002




A Professor from the University of Lincoln will be centre stage giving his inaugural lecture this Wednesday 27th November.


Peter Somerville - Professor of Social Policy and Head of the university’s Policy Studies Research Centre – will review contemporary ideas about democracy and power in his inaugural lecture entitled ‘Radical Democracy and Community Control’.


The presentation will show why radical social change might be seen to be necessary in order to secure a globally sustainable society and will consider the nature of a realist and inclusive radical democracy (RIRD) though the example of community control. 


Professor Somerville will attempt to justify this approach as the best way forward and assess its prospects in the current global context.


Peter has a background in local authority housing management and housing professional education.  He has researched and published widely on issues of housing needs, homelessness, housing allocation, tenant participation and social exclusion.


His latest books have been on ‘Social Exclusion’ and Race and Housing’, published by Routledge and Jessica Kingsley, respectively.


All are welcome to the lecture which will begin at 6.00pm in the Cargill Lecture Theatre in the main academic building at Brayford Pool.  Refreshments will be served beforehand.


“This is the first inaugural lecture in a series of eight and it promises to be very interesting,” said Kat Seddon, Event Organiser.  “Peter has an extensive knowledge in this area and the lecture should generate some lively discussion.


“The university’s mission is to be recognised as one of quality and distinction and the quality of staff and knowledge presented during this lecture series will help us to achieve our aim.”


For more information contact:


Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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