Institute for Social Renewal

Annual lecture 2014

John Brewer, 2014 annual lecture

In April 2014 the Lord Patten Lecture on Social Renewal was delivered by Professor John D Brewer, Professor of Post-Conflict Studies at Queen’s University Belfast.

In April 2014, Professor Brewer presented 'Society as a Vocation: Renewing Social Science for Social Renewal', a transcript of which is available here: John D Brewer transcript ‌(PDF 265 KB).

Championing the ethos embodied by the Civic University, Professor Brewer believes that a strong focus on moral purpose, cross-collaboration and civic engagement is something that should be embraced within any university and is essential for tangible progress that will benefit the society in which we live. As a prominent sociologist, author and principal investigator in a major cross-national project to help the victims of conflict, his argument for increasing the relevance and regeneration of social science through post-disciplinarity is compelling.He contends that, to face twenty-first century problems, society rather than science must be the focus of social-scientific practice.