Talk topics

Ted has lectured on a wide variety of topics related to his research, including the relationship between climate and violence, patterns of African economic and political development, the need for greater transparency in social science research, electrification and development, and links between health, education and productivity for the poor. He has also given public lectures on his books, Economic Gangsters and Africa's Turn? Most talks listed below are public lectures, often with slides, audio and video recordings. For a more complete list of talks (including academic seminars and conferences), refer to his CV.


Annual Bank Conference on Africa (ABCA) 2015
LocationUC Berkeley
DateJune 8, 2015

Ted was invited to present the keynote talk at the World Bank's Annual Bank Conference on Africa, "Confronting Conflict and Fragility in Africa" on June 8th, 2015. The two-day meeting covered various topics pertinent to the causes, solutions, and understanding of conflict and fragility in sub-Saharan Africa.

Evidence to Action (E2A) 2015
DateMay 4, 2015

At CEGA's annual Evidence to Action (E2A) event, Ted presented on a large and influential Chlorine Dispensers project to highlight the advances in Development Engineering.

Berkeley Institute for Transparency in the Social Sciences - Research Transparency Forum
LocationDavid Brower Center, Berkeley, CA
DateDecember 11, 2014

The movement towards more transparency, reproducibility, and openness has gained a lot momentum in the social sciences. Yet, the norms and institutions that govern academic research do not reflect this culture shift. Significant problems remain, including professional incentives that reward striking and statistically significant research findings at the expense of scientific integrity.

Increasing the reliability and accuracy of scientific evidence requires well-defined standards of methodological rigor. At the same time, new tools and strategies to increase transparency must be integrated into existing research workflows to facilitate adoption. As the social sciences reinvent their practices around data, it is absolutely the right moment to build new channels of collaboration, cross-learning, and dissemination for innovative, open research practices.

The two-day conference brought together academic leaders, scholarly publishers, and policy-makers to discuss recent innovations in journal practices, academic training, data sharing, and evidence-based policy in light of the push for increased transparency.

The event was organized by BITSS in partnership with the Center for Effective Global Action, the Center for Open ScienceD-Lab, The Berkeley Institute for Data Science, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC): The Economics of Civil War
LocationSan Diego, CA
DateDecember 7, 2014

In December 2014, Ted spoke at IATRC's Annual Meeting themed "Food and Resources: Conflict and Trade" on the links between global climate change and its implications on conflict and poverty.

Fifth Annual Symposium on Computing for Development (ACM-DEV) 2014
LocationSan Jose, CA
DateDecember 5, 2014

Technology plays a central role in economic transformation. Yet relatively few teams of economists and engineers work together to maximize technology's impact on international development. In his address, Berkeley Professor Edward Miguel describes the experimental methodologies that today's economists employ in their work, and cases where their research findings have contributed to large-scale policy change. Looking forward, he argues that deeper engagement between economists, data scientists and engineers can accelerate a new wave of policy innovation and improve understanding of what really "works" in development, providing a valuable global public good. 

Masters in Development Practice (MDP) Chat
LocationEvans Hall, U.C. Berkeley
DateNovember 21, 2014

Second year Berkeley Master of Development Practice student, Kennedy Mugo from Nairobi, Kenya, sits down with Ted Miguel in his Berkeley office to discuss Africa's economic future - and how to stay young.

Master of Development Practice (MDP) Special Lecture Series
LocationUC Berkeley
DateNovember 13, 2014

Ted was invited to speak at UC Berkeley's Master of Development Practice (MDP) Special Lecture Series on the trajectory of Africa's development through the lens of his career as an economist, providing insight on the future of African development based on his research findings and those of his colleagues.

Bay Area Global Health Seminar Series
LocationUC Berkeley
DateNovember 12, 2014

By 2015, it is projected that we will be sharing the planet with 7.3 billion people. While the human population swells -- especially in parts of the world where there is more poverty, disease, famine, and political instability -- we must continue finding innovative ways to achieve global health goals. Population health coheres infectious disease, NCD's, and nutrition with behavioral economics, climate change, agriculture, resource scarcity, and the entire living ecosystem. To improve health, from rural villages to booming metropolises, there is a need for transdisciplinary and collaborative global health action. This panel convenes experts from around the Bay Area to explore cutting-edge research tackling complex global health challenges, and to debate the priorities for a growing, interconnected, and crowded Earth.

Promoting Transparency in Social Science Research
LocationUCLA, Royce Hall
DateMay 16, 2014

Ted was invited to give the keynote speech at the 2014 Annual Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) meeting at UCLA. The presentation covered recent progress toward research transparency in the social sciences and make the case for standards and practices that help realign scholarly incentives with scholarly values. 

Promoting Transparency in Social Science Research
LocationExperiments in Governance and Politics (EGAP) Meeting, UC Berkeley
DateApril 11, 2014

Ted was invited to speak at the Experiments in Governance and Politics (EGAP) meeting on transparency in the social sciences and make the case for standards and practices that help realign scholarly incentives with scholarly values.