III events bring some of the world's biggest academic names to the LSE to explore the challenge on global inequality.

Upcoming III Events 2017

Joan Costa-i-Font

Inequalities Seminar: Health and Income Inequality Aversion: results from a UK survey experiment

Tues, 25th April, 12.30-1.45pm, TW2 9.05

Speaker: Dr Joan Costa-i-Font (LSE Social Policy and European Institute)

More details coming soon.

Lutz Sager

Climate Change, Inequality and Social Policy seminar

Would income redistribution result in higher aggregate emissions?

Thurs 27th April 2017, 12.00-13.30

Speaker: Lutz Sager (Grantham Research Institute)

Register here to attend.

Lisa Mckenzie

Inequalities Seminar: Post-Industrialisation in the East Midlands: ethnographic narratives from the communities that were thrown under the Brexit bus

Tuesday 2nd May, TW2 9.05, 12.30-1.45pm

Speaker: Dr Lisa Mckenzie (LSE Sociology)

Following a 4 month ethnographic study in the mining towns of the East Midlands funded by the International Inequalities Institute, Lisa Mckenzie will for the first time introduce the narratives and the images of those that since ‘Brexit’ have been described  as the ‘left behind’. This rhetoric of ‘the stupid’ ‘the ignorant’ and the ‘racist’ when speaking about in particular ‘the white working class’ has sharpened since the June 2016 European Referendum, when large parts of the de-industrialised north and midlands voted to ‘leave’. This seminar will use the voices, images and the landscape of the de-industrialised midlands to tell the narrative not of the ‘left behind’ but of a proud people, that were thrown under the Brexit bus.   


Inequalities Seminar: Intersecting inequalities and the Sustainable Development Goals: insights from Brazil

Tuesday 9th May, TW2 9.05, 12.30-1.45pm

Speaker: Professor Naila Kabeer (LSE Gender Institute and Department of International Development)

This paper uses national data from Brazil to explore how groups at the intersection of race, class, gender and spatial inequalities fared in relation to indicators of poverty, labor market engagement and well-being that have been highlighted by the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.  The analysis covers the period 2004 to 2013 when income inequality was declining in Brazil.  It therefore allows us to investigate how socially marginalized groups in the country  experienced this overall decline in inequality and to explore some of the explanations as to why and how. 

Max Koch

Climate Change, Inequality and Social Policy seminar

Postgrowth and Wellbeing

Thurs 25th May 2017

Speakers: Prof Max Koch (Lund University) and Dr Milena Buchs (University of Leeds)

Register here to attend.


Eva Colorni memorial lecture: A Village, a Country and the Discipline: economic development in Palanpur over seven decades.

7th June, 6.30-8pm, Old Theatre

Co-hosted by the LSE III and Gender Institute

Speaker: Professor Nicholas Stern (IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at LSE and President of the British Academy)

Discussant: Professor Amartya Sen (Thomas W Lamont Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University)

Chair: Professor Naila Kabeer (Professor of Gender and Development at the LSE Gender Institute and at the Department of International Development)

Nicholas Stern reflects on insights offered from seven decades of research in Palanpur, an Indian village, for understanding the subject of economic development and prospects for India.

The event will be ticketed.


III Annual Conference 2017:  Challenging Inequalities, Developing a Global Response

14th June, 9.30-17.30, Sheikh Zayed Theatre

Confirmed speakers:

  • George Alagiah (BBC and Chair of jury for the inaugaral Action for Equity Award)
  • Lynn Freedman (Professor in Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center)
  • Baroness Ruth Lister of Burtersett
  • john a powell (University of Berkeley, author of Racing to Justice)
  • Mike Savage (LSE Sociology and III)
  • Faiza Shaheen (Director of the Centre for Labour and Social Studies)
  • Mvuyo Tom (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Fort Hare, South Africa)
  • Jane Waldfogel (Colombia University and LSE CASE)
  • Liz Sayce (Disability and Rights UK)

More speakers to be confirmed.

The annual conference of III and Atlantic Fellows programme for Social and Economic Equity will debate topics including social mobility, health, racial and ethnic inequalities.

The event will be ticketed.


Inequalities: changing the terms of the debate

14th June, 2017, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, 6.30-8pm

Confirmed speakers: Jee Kim (Atlantic Fellows programme) and Katy Wright (Head of Global External Affairs at Oxfam), Amartya Sen (Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, Harvard University)

More speakers to be confirmed.

Inequalities is a common, if often unstated, theme in the news. How the causes and consequences of inequalities are presented matters, so how do we change the current narratives?

The event will be ticketed.

Branko Milanovic

The Evolution of Global Inequalities: the impact on politics and the economy

5th July 2017, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, 6.30-8pm

Speaker: Professor Branko Milanovic

Chair: Professor Mike Savage

Branko Milanovic will discuss the recent evolution in global inequality and focus on the political implications of the important changes in the global distribution of income.

Branko Milanovic is Senior Scholar at the Luxembourg Income Study Center and Visiting Presidential Professor, Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Mike Savage is Martin White Professor and Co-Director of the LSE International Inequalities Institute. 

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.


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Lucas Chancel

Carbon and Inequality: from Measurement to Policy

Speaker: Dr Lucas Chancel, with respondent Dario Kenner

Thurs 1st Dec, 32 Lincolns Inn Fields, Room 1.04, 12.00-13.30

The seminar will present recent trends in economic inequality and individual carbon emissions at the international and national levels. It will also seek to identify the conditions under which carbon mitigation measures can be implemented with positive social impacts - and, conversely, discuss how economic inequality reduction policies can be performed with limited impacts on carbon emissions.

Podcast soon available

Nicola Lacey Booth

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 recordings avaialble here.

Ian Gough

Climate Change, Inequality and Social Policy

Speaker: Prof Ian Gough (CASE)

Thurs 3 Nov 2016

This seminar brought together the study of environmental pressures on the one hand and the social dimension of inequality on the other, with the aim of facilitating an interdisciplinary dialogue between the two and develop an agenda for research and policy development.

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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 initial distributions of income from which all other income inequalities follow.  But what drives workplace inequality levels and trends?

See slides (pdf)

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taxing the rich

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.

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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.

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: 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.


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). 


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.


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.


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.

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