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The new International Inequalities Institute at LSE brings together experts from many LSE departments and centres to lead critical and cutting edge research to understand why inequalities are escalating in numerous arenas across the world, and to develop critical tools to address these challenges.

John Hills

"Our lives keep on changing - yet the welfare myth of 'them' and 'us' persists"

New blog post by Co-Director Professor John Hills on the LSE British Politics and Policy Blog

Public, media, and government discussions on welfare are dominated by the notion that the population is divided into those who benefit from the welfare state and those who pay into it, despite the evidence painting a rather different picture. John Hills draws on the revised edition of his book "Good Times, Bad Times" to explain some of the implications of this welfare myth.

Read the blog post here.  

 
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New Working Paper produced by the Department of Sociology at Oxford University, in collaboration with the III: 

The impact of benefit sanctioning on food insecurity: a dynamic cross-area study of food bank usage in the UK 

By Rachel Loopstra, Jasmine Fledderjohann, Aaron Reeves and David Stuckler

Household food security, which may be compromised by short-term income shocks, is a key determinant of health. Since 2012, the UK witnessed marked increases in the rate of ‘sanctions’ applied to unemployment insurance claimants, which stop payments to claimants for a minimum of four weeks. In 2013, over 1 million sanctions were applied, potentially leaving people facing economic hardship and driving them to use food banks. The paper tests this hypothesis by linking data from the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network with records on sanctioning rates across 259 local authorities in the UK. 

Download paper

 
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Applications for funding from the III Research Innovation Fund are now open

The III is pleased to announced that applications for funding from the III Research Innovation Fund Round Three (academic year 2017-2018) are now open. The Management Committee of the III will consider grant applications up to a maximum of £10,000 to support research and research-related activities related to any aspect of inequality, using research approaches appropriate to the applicant's disciplinary background. Grants are aimed for members of the academic staff of the LSE who are on a salary band 7 or above and whose continuous employment demonstrates a substantial long-term commitment to the School, and who would be employed for the duration of the grant.

Closing date for applications is 31 March 2017.

Further information can be found here, and in the application form.

 
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Apply for an Atlantic Visiting fellowship and fund your dream team of inequalities researchers

The Atlantic Visiting Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for teams of senior academics and practitioners to undertake a fully-funded period of intensive research at the LSE International Inequalities Institute. For more information and how to apply, see here.

 
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Professor Frank Cowell appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Economic Inequality

The III is delighted to announce that Professor Frank Cowell has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Economic Inequality.  The journal provides a forum for analysis and measurement of economic and social inequalities, using theoretical and empirical approaches. Among the topics considered are: differences within and between countries, and globally; inequalities of outcome and of opportunity, poverty, and mobility; univariate and multivariate approaches; differences between socioeconomic groups; the factor distribution of income; related statistical and data issues, and policy analysis.

 
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New Working Paper by Sudhir Anand and Paul Segal

This paper presents the first in-depth analysis of the changing composition of the global income rich and the rising representation of developing countries at the top of the global distribution. We construct global distributions of income between 1988 and 2012 based on both household surveys and the new top incomes data derived from tax records, which better capture the rich who are typically excluded from household surveys. We find that the representation of developing countries in the global top 1% declined until about 2002, but that since 2005 it has risen significantly. This coincides with a decline in global inequality since 2005, according to a range of measures. We compare our estimates of the country-composition and income levels of the global rich with a number of other sources – including Credit Suisse’s estimates of global wealth, the Forbes World Billionaires List, attendees of the World Economic Forum, and estimates of top executives’ salaries. To varying degrees, all show a rise in the representation of the developing world in the ranks of the global elite.

Download paper (pdf) 

 
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Tribute to Tony Atkinson by Frank Cowell and Stephen Jenkins

Professors Frank Cowell and Stephen Jenkins pay tribute Professor Tony Atkinson, a great economist and social scientist who laid the foundations of so much of the inequality analysis that is used in the present day. Read the full tribute here.

 
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LSE awarded £32 million by HEFCE

LSE has been awarded over £32 million through the Higher Education Funding Council for England's UK Research Partnership Investment fund (UKRPIF), which provides funding for capital projects that can attract significant investment from private partners. 

The HEFCE grant reflects the LSE’s success in attracting the Atlantic Philanthropies' funding for the Atlantic Fellows programme at the International Inequalities Institute.

The HEFCE funding will contribute to the development of the new Centre Buildings, which will house the International Inequalities Institute and the Atlantic Fellows programme. The new buildings will enable the Institute to expand its activities and work with other research centres and LSE departments to facilitate critical research on and innovative solutions to the challenge of inequalities.

See the full LSE press announcement here.

 
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Professor Nicola Lacey awarded a CBE for Services to Law, Justice and Gender Politics

The III is delighted to announce that Professor Nicola Lacey, School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy, and member of the III Management Committee, has been awarded a CBE for Services to Law, Justice and Gender Politics.

From 1998 to 2010 she held a Chair in Criminal Law and Legal Theory at LSE. She returned to LSE in 2013 after spending three years as Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, and Professor of Criminal Law and Legal Theory at the University of Oxford.

She is an Honorary Fellow of New College Oxford and of University College Oxford; a Fellow of the British Academy; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the British Museum. In 2011 she was awarded the Hans Sigrist Prize by the University of Bern for outstanding scholarship on the function of the rule of law in late modern societies.

 
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Professor Sir Tony Atkinson (1944-2017)

The International Inequalities Institute is deeply saddened by Professor Tony Atkinson's death on New Year's Day. Professor Atkinson played a crucial role in the establishment of the III and continued to support our work. More importantly, he will be remembered as the economist worldwide who did the most through his illustrious career to ensure that inequality was given the attention that it deserves, making numerous theoretical and empirical breakthroughs in doing so.

You can listen to Professor Atkinson's public lecture on his most recent book 'Inequality: What can be done?', which was also the III's very first event, here. You can also download his working paper based on this lecture here.

See the STICERD 'wall of remembrance' for personal tributes to Tony Atkinson.

 
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MSc graduate Michael George awarded the first Atkinson Prize

The International Inequalities Institute has established the Atkinson Prize for best overall performance in the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science.  The prize is named for Prof Tony Atkinson, LSE Centennial Professor, former Professor of Economics and Chair of LSE STICERD, who sadly passed away on New Year's Day. We were deeply honoured that he agreed to let his name be used for the prize. 

The first Atkinson prize has been awarded to Michael George who graduated in December 2017, who also shared the Hobhouse Memorial Prize for the best dissertation in the Sociology Department.

 
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Atlantic Fellowships - apply now

Applications for the new Atlantic Fellows programme for Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute, based at LSE, have now opened. The programme is inviting applications from experienced activists, academics, policy makers and practitioners to explore the causes of inequalities wherever they are found and to challenge them with innovative, multi-disciplinary approaches.

The application forms are now available on the Atlantic Fellows programme page on the LSE website. You can apply for the Atlantic Residential Fellowship, where you will undertake the MSc in Inequalities and Social Sciences, the Atlantic Non-Residential Fellowship, which will involve a 12-18 month programme of week-long workshops and project work, or the Atlantic Visiting Fellowships, designed to fully support teams of three to four senior academics and practitioners to conduct intensive research projects.

Applications close for the Visiting Fellowships on the 23rd January 2016, and for the Residential and Non-Residential Fellowships on 31st January. For more information about each track, and to download the application forms, please visit the Atlantic Fellows programme webpage. If you have any questions please email afp@lse.ac.uk.

 
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Vacancy - Academic Director role for the Atlantic Fellows programme

We are looking to appoint the new Academic Director to lead the Atlantic Fellows programme. This is an outstanding opportunity for a senior public figure or academic to lead what is expected to become the world leading Fellowship programme devoted to tackling inequalities. 

The Atlantic Fellows programme will host 600 Fellows over the next 20 years, starting in summer 2017. These Atlantic Fellows will all be committed to addressing inequalities, with a particular concern to share experiences from different parts of the world, especially the global south. The Academic Director will work closely with the Deputy Director, allowing the Academic Director to lead on the strategic vision, networking, research and engagement activities which will be vital for the success of the Atlantic Fellow's programme. We anticipate this post will appeal to either a senior academic with a leading research profile and a public presence on inequality issues or to public figures, professionals and campaigners with a proven record of activism and leadership who have the capacity to direct this Fellowship Programme at LSE.

More information can be found on the Atlantic Fellows programme page. 

 
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Winner of the Popular Prize / LSE Research Festival 2016

Celestin Okoroji, associated with the III through the Leverhulme Trust Programme, was awarded the Popular Prize at the LSE Research Festival 2016 for his poster 'The Nadir of British Life: social representations of the unemployed'. The prize was voted for by Research Festival attendees and presented by Professor Mary Morgan. Celestin is currently conducting doctoral research into the relationship between the UK social representation of unemployed benefit claimants and its impact on their social identity and ability to find work.

 
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Winners of the Booth Prize / LSE Research Festival 2016

This year's Research Festival was themed on poverty and inequality, to commemorate the centenary death of pioneering social scientist Charles Booth. Judged by Professor Nicola Lacey and Christopher Stephen, great-grandson of Charles Booth, the winners of the Booth Prize were BSc/BA students Tatiana Pazem, Sofia Lesur Kastelein, Sally Park, Robert Clark and Xinyang Li. Their headlined abstract was titled "Hipsters and Spikes: mapping gentrification and defensive architecture in Tower Hamlets". The judges felt that this work touched closely on both themes and methods featured in Charles Booth's pioneering work, combining state of the art mapping techniques with qualitative research to enhance our understanding of how inequality is produced in urban contexts.

 
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Working Paper 7: Gendering the elites: an ethnographic approach to elite women's lives and the re-production of inequality

This paper argues that the process by which accumulated capital is socialized and passed down the generations of the 'super-rich' is gendered in nature, heavily reliant on women, and currently under-researched. The author addresses this gap ethnographically, focusing on the gendered labour that women perform to sustain and reproduce the dynaist projects of elite families. In light of this data, elite London emerges as a social space structured around strong hierarchies not just of class but also gender. The paper concludes that it is essential to understand more about the interplay of these two structuring principles within elite spaces, focusing on the 'invisible' labour performed by elite women.

Download paper (pdf)

 
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III Working Paper 6: The measurement of health inequalities: does status matter?

This paper examines several status concepts to examine self-assessed health inequality using the sample of world countries contained in the World Health Survey.  The authors also perform correlation and regression analysis on the determinants of inequality estimates assuming an arbitrary cardinalisation.  The findings indicate major heterogeneity in health inequality estimates depending on the status approach, distributional-sensitivity parameter and measure adopted.  The authors find evidence that pure health inequalities vary with median health status alongside measures of government quality.

 
Sarah Voitchovsky

III Working Paper 5:  Top incomes and the gender divide

A new Working Paper by Tony Atkinson, Alessandra Casarico and Sarah Voitchovsky looks at the gender divide at the top of the income distribution in 8 countries with individual taxation.

 
International Inequalities Institute Annual Conference 2016

Watch:  International Inequalities Institute Annual Conference 2016

An international gathering of academics and policymakers to discuss inequality, our annual conference featured Thomas Piketty, Kimberlé Crenshaw (pictured), Kim Weeden, Facundo Alvardeo, Murray Leibbrandt, LSE MSc students and more on topics including intersectionality, income and wealth inequality, capital, and taxation.

Watch catch-up videos of the conference here

 
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Atlantic Fellows programme

We are delighted to launch the III's Atlantic Fellows programme, a 20-year programme funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies to support leaders tackling inequalities. This is an ambitious programme designed to build a global community of leaders dedicated to changing policy, practice and public dialogue around inequalities.

The Atlantic Fellows programme at the III is created with a grant of £64.4m from The Atlantic Philanthropies. This is the largest philanthropic donation in LSE’s history and will fund 600 Fellows over the next 20-years to study at the LSE and our partner institutions.

Find out more about the programme here

LSE Press Release: Atlantic Fellows programme

Click here for details of all Atlantic Fellows partnerships

 
Challenging Inequalities

Challenging Inequalities - Watch or Listen to the event now

This public debate at LSE following the International Inequalities Institute Annual Conference 2016 explored different approaches to challenging inequality across the globe with Craig Calhoun, Shami Chakrabarti, Duncan Green, and Phumeza Mlungwana. Watch now

 
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LSE Inequalities Publications Portal on the III website

The III connects research about inequality from across the LSE. Explore published research on inequality from leading academics in a range of subjects around the school. New publications added regularly: Search Publications now.

 
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2016 APPAM International Conference - Inequalities: Addressing the Growing Challenge for Policymakers Worldwide

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management 2016 conference was held at the III, an international conference of policy researchers and analysts from around the globe to share the latest research and knowledge on the pressing challenge on inequality.

 
 

Upcoming III Events

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Representing Poverty and Inequality: the legacy of Charles Booth

Hosted by the International Inequalities Institute and LSE Literary Festival

Speakers: Joseph Bullman, Prof Mary Morgan (LSE), Sarah Wise (University of California's London Study Center, City University)

Chair: Prof Nicola Lacey (LSE)

Sat 25 February, Wolfson Theatre, NAB, 5-6.30pm

In the wake of the Centenary of the death of Charles Booth, whose poverty maps and surveys started a quiet revolution in the methodology of the social sciences, a group of writers will reflect on what we can learn from Booth’s work today in terms of the techniques available to write about, analyse and make present to the reader the realities of poverty and inequality.  Booth’s maps can still teach us much, but many late Victorian classifications strike us today as highly moralistic, even disrespectful.  Do classifications inevitably distort social reality, or are they an indispensable means to understanding and representing it? Can fictional writing or media such as documentaries achieve more, or different things, from social scientific or historical studies?

 
Michele Lamont

Inequalities Seminar: Addressing recognition gaps: destigmatization processes and the making of inequality

Speaker: Professor Michèle Lamont (Harvard University) 

Tues 7th March, TW2 9.05, 12.30-1.45pm

This talk will bring together three lines of research focused on destigmatization processes (as they pertain to African Americans, people with HIV-AIDs, and the obese); cultural processes feeding into inequality; and recognition gaps experienced by white working-class men in the United States and France, and stigmatized groups in Brazil, Israel, and the United States. From these studies, Michèle Lamont proposes an agenda for the empirical analysis of recognition, which she views as an essential but largely missing dimension to the study of inequality.

Michèle Lamont is Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. She has been named winner of the 2017 Erasmus Prize, which recognizes individual or group contributions to European culture, society, or social science.

As we expect this event to be busy, attendance is conditional upon registration. Please register by sending an e-mail to e.ryan@lse.ac.uk.

 
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Getting Respect: responding to stigma and discrimination in the United States, Brazil and Israel

Speaker: Prof Michele Lamont

Chair: Prof Mike Savage

Wed 8th Mar, Old Theatre, 6.30-8pm

This lecture will address the issues in Michele Lamont's latest book, which contributes to the study of everyday racism and stigma management, the quest for recognition, and the comparative study of inequality and processes of cultural change.

Michèle Lamont is Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. She has been named winner of the 2017 Erasmus Prize, which recognizes individual or group contributions to European culture, society, or social science.

 
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Inequalities Seminar: Regional Inequality and Preferences for Market-Promoting Land Law Reform: Kenya Pilot Study

Speaker: Professor Catherine Boone (LSE Departments of Government and International Development)

This seminar was based on a project that, leveraging the results of an III-supported pilot project on land law reform in Kenya since 2013, seeks to understand the effects of spatial (regional) inequalities on political struggles over the commodification of land in African countries. Catherine Boone frames the problem of land law reform as one of redistributive politics in territorially-fragmented polities and develops an analytic strategy that draws upon research on the politics of social entitlements in developed and developing countries.

Download podcast / listen here

 
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The Piketty Opportunity

Speakers: Patricia Hudson (Emeritus Professor Cardiff University), Avner Offer (Chichele Professor of Economic History, Oxford University) and Keith Tribe (Independent Scholar)

Discussants:  Professor Torben Iversen (Harvard University, Centenial Professor LSE) and Dr Tasha Fairfield (LSE International Development)

Chair:  Professor Mike Savage (Co-Director of the III, Martin White Professor of Sociology at LSE)

This event marked the publication of The Contradictions of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, a volume of essays that builds upon the renewed interest in wealth and inequality stimulated by the work of Thomas Piketty. Editors and authors Patricia Hudson, Avner Offer and Keith Tribe joined with associates of the International Inequalities Institute to discuss the analysis of inequality in an international context.

Download video / watch here

 
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Religious Intolerance and its Impact on Democracy

STICERD Amartya Sen Lecture

Speaker: Asma Jilani Jahangir

Discussant: Professor Amartya Sen (Harvard University)

Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt (LSE Human Rights Centre and Sociology Department)

Asma Jilani Jahangir is a Pakistani human rights lawyer and activist who co-founded and chaired the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Her talk focused on how government failure to address the questions of religious intolerance and free expression dilutes the principles of democracy, equality and justice, particularly for women and religious minorities. Religious intolerance gives rise to religious militancy, which further undermines democratic principles as national security measures come into play. In the process of combating religious tensions, the challenge today is to protect democratic principles and values rather than dilute them.

Download video / watch here

 
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Who are the Global Top 1%?

Tuesday 17th January, 9.05, 12.30-1.45pm

Speaker: Dr Paul Segal (Senior Lecturer in Economics at Kings College London, Visiting Fellow at the III)

This seminar presented findings from the paper with the same title, representing the first in-depth analysis of the changing composition of the global rich and the rising representation of developing countries at the top of the global distribution. The authors construct global distributions of income between 1988 and 2012 based on both household surveys and the new top incomes data derived from tax records, in order to capture the rich who are typically excluded from household surveys. They find that the representation of developing countries in the global top 1% declined until about 2002, but that since 2005 it has risen significantly. This coincides with a salient decline in global inequality since 2005, according to a range of measures. The authors compare their estimates of the country-composition and income levels of the global rich with a number of other sources – including Credit Suisse’s estimates of global wealth, the Forbes World Billionaires List, attendees of the World Economic Forum, and estimates of top executives’ salaries. To varying degrees, all show a rise in the representation of the developing world in the ranks of the global elite.

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Robert Frank lecture

Success and Luck: good fortune and the myth of meritocracy

Wednesday 7th Dec 2016, 6.30-8pm

Speaker: Prof Robert H. Frank (Cornell University)
Discussants: Prof Nicola Lacey (LSE) and Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP
Chair: Prof John Hills (LSE)

How important is luck in economic success? As conservatives correctly observe, people who amass great fortunes are almost always talented and hard-working. But liberals are also correct to note that countless others have those same qualities yet never earn much. In recent years, social scientists have discovered that chance plays a much larger role in important life outcomes than most people imagine. In this talk about his new book, Success and Luck: good fortune and the myth of meritocracy, Robert Frank explored the surprising implications of those findings to show why the rich underestimate the importance of luck in success - and why that hurts everyone, even the wealthy.

Video recording available here.

 
Anthony Shorrocks

Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report 2016

Wed 23rd Nov

Speaker:  Anthony Shorrocks (Global Economic Perspectives; World Institute of Development Economics Research)
Discussants: Dr Abigail McKnight (LSE) and Deborah Hardoon (Oxfam)
Chair: Prof John Hills (LSE)

Drawing on Credit Suisse data, Oxfam created worldwide headlines this year with the claim that 62 people own the same as half the world. To mark the publication of the Global Wealth Report 2016, Anthony Shorrocks explained the basis of Credit Suisse data and summarised the current evidence on the level, distribution and trends of household wealth in all regions and countries of the world since 2000.

Video recording available here

 
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Charles Booth Centenary Lectures 

Thursday November 3rd

Speakers: Mary Morgan   (LSE Economic History Dept), Alan Manning (LSE Economics Dept), Stephen Machin (LSE Centre for Economic Performance), Fran Tonkiss (LSE Sociology Dept), Suzi Hall (LSE Cities), Anne Power (LSE Social Policy Dept), Emily Grundy (LSE Social Policy Dept), Tim Newburn (Social Policy Dept) and John Hills (LSE International Inequalities Institute and Social Policy Dept).

This event, which coincided with the LSE Research Festival 2016, was part of a wider LSE celebration of pioneering social scientist Charles Booth, who died in 1916, and whose original survey into life and labour in London is held in the LSE Library.

Booth's investigation of poverty in London provides a key example both of the creative development of social science and of the ways in which research may be used to have a positive impact on society. The event brought together a group of scholars from a range of disciplines to explore the substance of Booth's ideas as well as his broader legacy for the social sciences and for contemporary social analysis.

Video recording available here.

 
Ian Gough

Climate Change, Inequality and Social Policy

Speaker: Prof Ian Gough (CASE)

Thurs 3 Nov 2016

Download paper

Listen to podcast

 
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Inequalities seminar series

International Inequalities Institute / Sociology Department

The Organizational Production of Earnings Inequalities

Speaker: Prof Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (UMASS)

Tues 25th Oct

Organisations raise capital, hire, produce, sell and distribute surplus, generating the intial distributions of income from which all other income inequalities follow. But what drives workplace inequality levels and trends?

See slides (pdf) 

Download video recording

 
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Taxing the Rich: a history of fiscal fairness in the United States and Europe

Speaker: Prof David Stasavage

Chair: Prof David Soskice

In today's social climate of growing inequality, why are there not greater efforts to tax the rich? David Stasavage asks when and why countries tax their wealthiest citizens.

Slides (pdf)

 
APPAM

2016 APPAM International Conference - Inequalities: Addressing the Growing Challenge for Policymakers Worldwide

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management 2016 conference was held at the III, an international conference of policy researchers and analysts from around the globe to share the latest research and knowledge on the pressing challenge on inequality.

 
Challenging Inequalities

Challenging Inequalities

This public debate at LSE following the International Inequalities Institute Annual Conference 2016 explored different approaches to challenging inequality across the globe with Craig Calhoun, Shami Chakrabarti, Duncan Green, and Phumeza Mlungwana.

 
International Inequalities Institute Annual Conference 2016

International Inequalities Institute Annual Conference 2016

An international gathering of academics and policymakers to discuss inequality, our annual conference featured Thomas Piketty, Kimberlé Crenshaw (pictured), Kim Weeden, Facundo Alvardeo, Murray Leibbrandt, LSE MSc students and more on topics including intersectionality, income and wealth inequality, capital, and taxation.

 
Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

MacArthur 'Genius' award winning ethnographer Matthew Desmond speaks about his investigation into the low-income rental market and eviction in privately owned housing, and argues it is a cause, not just a symptom, of poverty.

 
Ruth Levitas

Utopia in the Twenty-first Century

Five hundred years ago Thomas More’s Utopia was published, but what is its relevance today? Ruth Levitas argues that what is important about More is less the substance than the method: Utopia should be regarded not as a plan, but as a method of exploring potential futures. Part of LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2016.

 
Standing-Out

Standing Out: Transgender Candidates Around the World

At this event transgender candidates from around the world shared their experience of running for office, and academics discussed how increased visibility increases acceptance.

 
Social Class in the 21st Century

Social Class in the 21st Century

Mike Savage and the team of sociologists responsible for the Great British Class Survey  discussed their findings and proposed a new way of thinking about social class in Britain today, arguing that while the class war was over the new politics of class are only just beginning. This event also saw the launch of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Poverty and Inequalities Programme.

 
Jane Waldfogel

Too Many Children Left Behind

Jane Waldfogel of Columbia University explains her work as part of a team of social scientists who compared educational outcomes and their link to family socio-economic status across the English speaking world. Their striking findings include that much inequality is present before children start school. Joint event with CASE.

 
Conference

Elites and Urban Dynamics: New Perspectives Conference

A one-day seminar funded by the ESRC Alpha Territory project, in association with the LSE International Inequalities Institute, organised by Rowland Atkinson (University of Sheffield), Roger Burrows (Goldsmiths) and Mike Savage (LSE). 

 
Stiglitz

The Great Divide with Joseph E. Stiglitz

Why has inequality increased in the Western world and what can we do about it? Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz suggests ways to counter this growing problem.

 
Piketty

Inequality in the 21st Century Conference with Thomas Piketty

A day long conference with Thomas Piketty, Centennial Professor at the III whose Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been of global significance in shaping debates about inequality. This joint conference with the LSE Department of Sociology and the British Journal of Sociology was the official launch of the III.

 
Atkinson

Inequality: What can be done?

World leaders have come to recognise the importance of income inequality but the consensus remains that 'nothing can be done'. Professor Sir Tony Atkinson argues that present levels of inequality are not inevitable and that there are concrete measures to be taken to tackle inequality.

 
Inter-disciplinary teaching associated with the III. 

MSc Inequalities and Social Science

As a result of dramatic economic and social changes over recent years, the study of inequality has rapidly developed as one of the most important areas of inter-disciplinary social scientific study.

This MSc offers a comprehensive and wide-ranging programme which includes expertise from leading academics across LSE. Find out more.

Leverhulme Trust Scholarships and Programme

The Leverhulme Trust has awarded LSE with 15 doctoral scholarships, five per year for the next three years, worth £1 million for students to undertake interdisciplinary research on 'the challenge of escalating inequalities'. Find out more.

Alongside the Scholarships, the III also runs the Leverhulme Trust Programme. The overarching aim of the programme is to increase our understanding of the mechanisms that link the economic dimensions of inequality with their social, cultural and political dimensions at the global level. Find out more.

 
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