Tim Harford The Undercover Economist


I try to keep track of my gigs below. To invite me to give a speech, please contact my agents.


Some upcoming talks

A few talks coming up – please contact event organisers for details if you would like to come:

3 Feb 2015: PPE Society, Oxford

5 Feb 2015: London School of Economics: “How to See Into The Future”

25 Feb 2015: I interview Alastair Campbell and Lord Browne: http://event.ft-live.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=116062&

10 March 2015: Queen Mary University of London (tbc)

17 March 2015: Kings College London Economics and Finance Society

23 March 2015 (subject to confirmation): Oxford Literary Festival

27th of January, 2015MarginaliaSpeechesComments off

“An evening with Tim Harford”

…sounds like the world’s worst date, but in fact I’ll be talking about my book “The Undercover Economist Strikes Back”, which I hope will be a lot more fun.

It’s on 24 April, 6.30pm in central London – full details here.

Prospect Magazine is organising and I am afraid there is a ticket price, but it’s a small venue and there will be drinks laid on. Come along if you like that sort of thing!

If you don’t fancy paying money, here’s a FREE video of me speaking about “How to Prevent Financial Meltdowns”.

10th of April, 2014MarginaliaSpeechesVideoComments off

Let’s Make More Misstakes

My talk in 2012 at the Sydney Opera House’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas is now on YouTube, which makes it easier to embed. Enjoy!

27th of November, 2013SpeechesComments off

I’m speaking at the London School of Economics…

On 1 October at 7pm. Do please come along if you can. If you can’t, here’s a list of other places where I’m speaking.

15th of August, 2013SpeechesComments off

Here is a talk I gave on data visualisation

I gave this talk at the University of Cambridge on 22 May, as part of the International Year of Statistics, and I am introduced by the wonderful Professor David Spiegelhalter.

Enjoy! http://view6.workcast.net/?pak=8615439470431294


Speaking in Edinburgh, Bristol, Kilkenny, Sheffield, Henley, Cheltenham, etc.

A bit more detail and links here.

27th of June, 2013SpeechesComments off

Royal Society Annual Public Lecture

I am delighted to announce that I will be giving the Royal Economic Society’s annual public lecture this year, in Sheffield on 26th November and London on 28th November. Come along! (Tickets will be released in September.)


Next series of Pop Up Ideas to be recorded on June 10th

Pop Up Economics is now Pop Up Ideas, and the next series will be inspired by ideas from anthropology and political science. We’re recording the entire series in front of a live audience – please come along. You can apply for free tickets here.

Speakers will include anthropologist / capital markets editor of the Financial Times, Gillian Tett; counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen; and a man who needs no introduction, Malcolm Gladwell. And yours truly, of course.

26th of May, 2013RadioSpeechesComments off

How to nurture innovations that matter – Tim Harford live at Wired 2012

Here’s my talk at Wired late last year. It was a really fun event. Enjoy!

(Note, incidentally, that Matt Parker has now moved from cycling to rugby.)


5th of January, 2013HighlightsSpeechesComments off

Come and see live economics storytelling at St Pancras Station…

This is the second recording session for my brand new series, “Pop Up Economics”. Come along – it’s free and it will be lots of fun.

12.45pm, St Pancras Station, 14 January.


Details, and for free tickets, here.

EDIT: Sorry – oversubscribed five times over within a day. Gosh. Thanks to all who applied and I hope we get a chance to do some more. Listen out on Radio 4, 8.45pm, Wednesday from 16 January!

2nd of January, 2013MarginaliaRadioSpeechesComments off


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