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Inequality in the UK




PLEASE NOTE, for a variety of reasons the date for this event has changed (from 14th March). All those who have registered will be notified of the change of date.

The Department of Sociology are delighted to welcome Akwugo Emejulu, Danny Dorling and Imogen Tyler to discuss Inequality in the UK.

  • What are the causes of inequality in the UK?
  • What are its effects?
  • What can we do about it now?

Inequalities in the UK are expanding. Since 1984 the richest 0.1% of the UK population has seen their share of the nation’s wealth double. The gender pay gap between younger women and men is widening. Minority ethnic groups have been hit hardest by austerity measures. The effects of economic inequality have become increasing publicly visible through homelessness, the NHS crisis and the expansion of food banks.

At the same time, protests and calls for change are becoming louder. #MeToo and the Women’s March have received widespread coverage. Demands to address institutional racism and the inequalities — made so obvious by the tragedy of Grenfell — are become more vocal. Even the IMF is calling for nations such as the UK to tax their rich more.

At this event an internationally renowned group of speakers will consider these questions, issues and contexts and talk about their research on the subject of inequality in the UK.


Akwugo Emejulu is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Her books include Minority Women and Austerity and Community Development as Micropolitics as well as  the forthcoming To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe Before entering academia, she worked in a variety of grassroots roles as a community organiser, a trade union organiser and a participatory action researcher in both the United States and in Britain.

Danny Dorling is Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford. He is the author/editor of many books including The Equality Effect, Do We Need Economic Inequality? and Inequality and the 1%. He is the co-creator of, a website which shows who has most and least in the world.

Imogen Tyler is Professor of Sociology at the University of Lancaster. She is the author of Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain and the co-editor of Immigrant Protest. Her current research on social stigma is supported by a Philip Leverhulme Prize. Her new book will be Stigma Machines.

Doors will open at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. The event will be followed by a small reception for all guests.

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When and where

6.30pm - 6.30pmThursday 17th May 2018

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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