John HillsProfessor John Hills
Professor of Social Policy, Department of Social Policy
Chair of Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
More info: CASE website
Contact:,  020 7955 7419







Mike SavageProfessor Mike Savage
Martin White Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
More info: Staff page
Contact:, 020 7955 6578 








Aaron Reeves

Dr Aaron Reeves
Associate Professorial Research Fellow in Poverty and Inequality

Contact: 020 7955 6304
Office: Tower 1, 8.01F

Aaron Reeves' research is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of social, economic, and cultural inequality across countries. He is a sociologist with interests in public health, culture, and political economy; examining inequality through a number of different lenses and using a variety of methods. To date, his work has broadly been in three areas: 1) the political economy of health, 2) the political and cultural consequences of the mass media, and 3) the cultural politics of class.

His research on the political economy of health has used natural experiments to understand whether poverty reduction policies affect health and alter health inequalities. Relatedly, he has published on the influence of the Great Recession and austerity policies on health in Europe and North America. His research on the media has begun tracing the economic, social, and political factors linked with attitudes toward people in poverty and the welfare state, with a specific focus on how the media shapes these narratives. Finally, Aaron has used interview data, small-scale experiments, and large-scale surveys, to explore the cultural politics of class, examining how social inequalities are linked with economic inequalities.

Prior to joining the LSE III, Aaron was Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Oxford University – where he was also a research fellow at Nuffield college – and has worked briefly at the University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD (2013) in Applied Social & Economic Research with the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex.

PaulDr Paul Segal
Visting Fellow

Office: Tower 1, 8.01D

Paul Segal is a Visiting Fellow at the LSE III and Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Department of International Development, King's College London. He has written on global inequality and poverty, where he pioneered the use of the new top incomes data in analysing the global distribution of income. His latest work in this area uses these data to analyse the global top 1%. He has also written on the economics of resource revenues and their potential role in inequality and poverty reduction. He is currently working on the determinants of inequality and wages in Mexico since 1800, and on the political economy of income distribution in Argentina over the 20th century. For 2017 he is on a Leverhulme Research Fellowship working on new approaches to economic inequality.

Paul is a co-author and co-editor of CORE: Economics for a changing world, a new open-access online economics textbook. CORE is a new approach to teaching economics, based on recent developments in economics and other social sciences, that grounds economic interactions in society, institutions, and history. It places concerns about inequality at the heart of economics and will teach a new generation of students how central the distribution of income is to economics more generally.

Since completing his DPhil at Nuffield College, Oxford, Paul has been a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and Lecturer in Economics at the University of Sussex. Prior to his doctoral studies he was a Research Fellow at Harvard University working on global inequality, and a Consultant Economist at the United Nations Development Programme as part of the core team writing the Human Development Report 2002.


Luna Glucksberg

Dr Luna Glucksberg

Contact: 020 7955 4932,
Office: Tower 1, 8.01J

Luna Glucksberg is an urban anthropologist looking at socio-economic stratification in contemporary British society. Her current work focuses on the reproduction of wealth amongst elites in the UK, considering the roles of two key and so far under-researched actors: family offices and women.

Luna’s work attempts to understand how wealth is passed down the generations: the relationships and tensions between family values and financial viability, and issues around inheritance. She looks at the roles of the wealth sector, asset managers, private banks and fund managers but also at the family offices that specifically look after family dynamics as well as financial affairs. Within this context the role of elite women – highly educated, competent and driven – in producing and reproducing their families is a key concern in her work.

Prior to joining the LSE III, Luna gained her degree from UCL and PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London. She then joined the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) as a Research Associate at Goldsmiths, where she maintains a Fellowship. She sits on the Advisory Board for Transparency International (TI) UK and has contributed to both blogs and national newspaper articles on issues related to the elites.

David Hope picDr David Hope

Contact: 020 7955 1107.
Office:  Tower 1, 8.01J

David Hope is a political scientist who works on the comparative political economy of advanced democracies. His specific areas of interest include growth models, macroeconomic imbalances, inequality and redistribution, and electoral politics. David's current research agenda uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods to explore two prominent empirical phenomena in the field of inequality. The first phenomenon is the pervasive decline in labour's share of national income in advanced democracies since the 1980s. His work on this topic attempts to (i) unpack the part played by political-economic institutions and government policies in the decline; and (ii) estimate the effect of the decline on various aspects of political preferences. The second phenomenon is the persistence of differences in household income inequality across advanced democracies. His work on this topic aims to map out the complex set of interrelationships between the distribution of income, national growth models, varieties of capitalism and political systems. Prior to joining the LSE III, David gained his degree in Economics from UCL and his masters in Economics from the LSE. He recently completed his PhD in Political Science with the Department of Government at the LSE. During his academic studies, David also spent time working as a research officer on Wendy Carlin and David Soskice's Macroeconomics: Institutions, Instability and the Financial System (2015, OUP) and as Economics Editor for the Curriculum in Open-access Resources in Economics (CORE) project.

Liza RyanLiza Ryan

Institute Manager
Contact 020 7955 7308 

Liza Ryan manages the International Inequalities Institute having previously co-ordinated the Europe - Russia - Ukraine Relations working group of the Dahrendorf Forum at LSE IDEAS. She graduated from University College London School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (SSEES) in "Russian and Soviet Studies" and completed her Masters in MSc "Economics of Rural Change" at Imperial College at Wye.



Billie Elmqvist-ThurenBillie Elmqvist Thuren
Institute Assistant
Contact: 020 7106 1108

Billie Elmqvist Thuren holds a BSc in International Relations from LSE and recently completed an MSc in Development Management at LSE, during which she carried out an external consultancy project for Transparency International, investigating the potential of income and asset disclosure of high-level politicians as an anti-corruption strategy in low-income countries. She is interested in how the interplay between international institutions and domestic political contexts shape inequalities, both within and between countries. 


Rana Zincir CelalRana-big

Deputy Director of the Atlantic Fellows programme
Contact: 020 7106 1138

Rana Zincir Celal is the Deputy Director of the Atlantic Fellows programme. Previously, as Senior Program Manager at Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, she worked with Columbia University faculty to design and implement collaborative programs in Turkey. In Cyprus, she was involved in establishing the Home for Cooperation, producing art exhibitions on contested histories, developing educational materials on enforced disappearance with The Elders and the International Center for Transitional Justice, and advocating for a gender perspective in the peace process. Between 2005 and 2009, she served as Vice-President of Programs for Chrest Foundation, leading its grantmaking in Turkey. She also launched programs on social justice philanthropy and cultural cooperation with the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey, Anadolu Kültür and the Christensen Fund.  Before relocating to Turkey in 2002, Rana was based with the Ford Foundation's Economic Development Program in New York as a Program Associate. Rana is currently a trustee of Greenpeace International, board member of Greenpeace Mediterranean, advisor to the European Cultural Foundation 'Connected Action for the Commons Program,' member of the Greek Turkish Forum and Anadolu Kültür’s Executive Committee.  She has also served on the European Cultural Foundation's Princess Margriet Award Jury and the Hrant Dink Foundation International Human Rights Award Committee. She holds degrees from Columbia University (BA, Political Science) and the London School of Economics (MSc, Development Studies). 


Verity smallVerity Treadwell
Executive Assistant to the Atlantic Fellows programme Director and the III Co-Directors
Contact: 020 7106 1136 

Prior to joining the III at LSE, Verity had worked in the charity sector in London and Scotland, completing an MSc in Childhood Studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2011.





Neil Johnson  Neil
Knowledge Exchange and Impact (KEI) & Communications Officer for the Atlantic Fellows programme
Contact: 020  7106 1109 


Neil Johnson coordinates the communications and knowledge exchange work for the Atlantic Fellows programme. Prior to joining the LSE, Neil worked for the Association of Commonwealth Universities. He has also worked for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK, Universities UK, and two MPs with higher education policy portfolios.



Management committee

Laura BearProfessor Laura Bear 
Department of Anthropology
More info: Staff page
Contact:, 020 7955 7409






Nick CouldryProfessor Nick Couldry
Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory
Department of Media and Communications
More info: LSE Experts page
Contact:, 020 7955 6243







Frank CowellProfessor Frank Cowell
Professor of Economics
Department of Economics, CASE, STICERD
More info: LSE Experts page
Contact:, 020 7955 7277







Professor John Hills - see above

Gareth JonesProfessor Gareth Jones
Professor of Urban Geography
Department of Geography and Environment
More info: LSE Experts page
Contact:, 020 7955 7610




Nicola Lacey 2Professor Nicola Lacey
School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy
Departments of Law and Social Policy, Gender Institute
More info: Staff page
Contact:, 020 3486 2966








Diane PerronsProfessor Diane Perrons
Professor of Economic Geography and Gender Studies
Director, Gender Institute
More info: Staff page
Contact:, 020 7955 7602







Dr Aaron Reeves  – see above

Professor Mike Savage – see above

David Soskice 2Professor David Soskice
Professor of Political Science and Economics
Department of Government
More info: Staff page
Contact:, 020 7852 3637