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Date & Time

Tuesday 1st February
6:30pm – 7:30pm


Complimentary. Please note that places for this event are limited. We therefore encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Deadline and link

Please register for the event by Monday 31 January. The link for the session will be sent to by email a couple of days ahead of the event.


You’ll be given a link to the event and members of your household are welcome to join the call (this means these guests will be with you on camera and using the same device/Zoom account).

General information

For further information or if you have any enquiries, please contact the Development Office on 01223 338700 or at

Let’s Talk Academia with Professor Meredith Crowley

The first session of the series of online conversations titled ‘Let’s Talk Academia’ was hosted back in April 2020. Since then, Professor Tim Whitmarsh, Dr Martin Worthington, Dr Joana Meier, Dr Helen McCarthy, Professor Eric Miska, Professor Richard Samworth and many more have hosted well-attended and engaging talks for Johnians.

Following the success of these conversations, we’re delighted to continue to host virtual talks with St John’s academics as part of our programme of events for alumni. Grab a drink and join Professor Meredith Crowley to learn more about her area of expertise and research!

The economics of a post-Brexit UK

Exploring what we can learn about major changes in global trade from studying Brexit

In this talk Professor Meredith Crowley will provide an overview of what has happened in the recent past in global trade, as well as the role of the US Dollar and the British Pound Sterling in UK trade.

Following the overview, Professor Crowley will discuss what we can learn about the use of currency in global trade from studying the specific example of the United Kingdom and will analyse the export transactions of British firms around the time of the Brexit referendum.

This analysis will provide an insight into the functioning and evolution of the International Price System, and will be followed by a Q&A session.

Meredith Crowley

Meredith A. Crowley is a Professor of International Economics at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St. John’s College. She is a Senior Fellow for the publicly-funded UK in a Changing Europe think tank and the Coordinator of the Transmission Mechanisms and Economic Policy Research Theme at the Cambridge-INET where she leads research on Global Economic Policies. She is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR – London) and a Research Affiliate of Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE). Her research on international trade, multinational trade agreements, and trade policy has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals including the American Economic Review, the Canadian Journal of Economics, the European Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of International Economics and World Trade Review. She frequently discusses her research and international trade policy with prominent media outlets including the BBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times. Prior to arriving at Cambridge in 2013, Crowley worked in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago where, as a Senior Economist, she was responsible for monitoring developments in the world economy. Crowley has taught courses on international trade at Georgetown University, the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and Nanjing University. Her research has been presented at central banks and international institutions around the world, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization. Crowley received bachelor’s degrees in Asian Studies and Chemistry from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, a Master of Public Policy degree in International Trade and Finance from Harvard University, and master’s and doctorate degrees in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Find a quiet, private space

It’s important to find a quiet space to listen to the talk in order not to be disruptive to others while your microphone is on.

Always mute your microphone if you’re not speaking

This ensures you enter the talk quietly and that any background noises that could be distracting to the speaker and other participants are now inaudible. To ‘mute’ yourself, click the ‘Mute’ button (a microphone symbol). A red slash will appear over the microphone icon indicating that your audio is now off.

Raise your hand

During the Q&A session, click on the icon labelled ‘Participants’ at the bottom centre of your PC or Mac screen. At the bottom of the window on the right side of the screen, click the button labelled ‘Raise Hand’. Your digital hand is now raised, and the moderator will tell you when it’s your turn to ask your question.