Dame Louise Richardson, discusses navigating Oxford University through the tumultuous peak of the global pandemic and her career as an Irish political scientist whose expertise lies in the study of terrorism.
In this episode, your host Sir Andrew Pollard has the privilege of engaging in a compelling and enlightening conversation with Dame Louise Mary Richardson DBE FRSE, an extraordinary Irish political scientist whose expertise lies in the study of terrorism.
Dame Louise Richardson's exceptional journey has taken her from the depths of academic research to the helm of prestigious institutions. In January 2023, she ascended to the esteemed position of President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, a philanthropic foundation dedicated to promoting the advancement of education, science, and peace. However, prior to this illustrious role, Dame Richardson had a momentous tenure as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, spanning a remarkable seven years.
The conversation between Andrew Pollard and Dame Louise Richardson serves as a captivating exploration of leadership during challenging times. As the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Dame Richardson found herself at the forefront of navigating the institution through the tumultuous peak of the global pandemic. She shares invaluable insights into her experiences, challenges, and triumphs during this critical period, offering a unique perspective on leading with resilience, adaptability, and compassion.
Furthermore, the episode delves into the early stages of Dame Richardson's career, tracing her path to becoming Vice-Chancellor. Hailing from Ireland, she developed a profound passion for understanding and analysing terrorism, establishing herself as a leading authority in the field. Her research and expertise in political science have made a significant impact, shedding light on the complex dynamics of terrorism and its underlying causes.