Welcome to the LSE International Inequalities Institute (the III)
Since our formation in 2015, the International Inequalities Institute has been at the centre of the global debate on the intense crisis of inequality. Our Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme (AFSEE), our MSc in Inequalities and Social Science, our doctoral programme and our outstanding events programme has established our presence at the heart of the LSE. We are now embarking on further growth and expansion: in 2020 we welcome Francisco Ferreira as the inaugural Amartya Sen Chair of Inequality Studies and as Director of the III, and Branko Milanovic as Centennial Professor. We are in the middle of recruiting four new Research Officers, and have moved to a new site in the LSE’s prestigious new Centre Buildings, and strengthening our international partnerships, especially in the global south. The AFSEE programme is now welcoming its third cohort and scaling up its impact work in collaboration with AFSEE. In these troubling times we are proud to have pushed forward our work with such energy and passion.
As part of this expansion we are now moving to a new phase in our research programme where we are shifting to focus our research energies on a few specific themes where we can make a major contribution to the analysis of inequality and also support new strategies for political mobilisation and impact. Make no mistake, we will continue to embrace overarching interests in all aspects of inequality, but this thematic approach will allow us to concentrate on pushing debates forward in key areas. Each theme will pursue cutting edge research to offer new insights, working closely with LSE scholars from across the School to provide an interdisciplinary perspective. Themes will also hold regular seminars, host events, developing academic partnerships and links to civil society, political and campaigning groups through our Atlantic Fellows so that we can become major crucible for debate and action.
I am leading a theme on Wealth, Elites and Tax Justice which allows me to bring together my long standing concern to relaunch the sociology of elites with economic analyses of wealth accumulation as a means of cross fertilising with political debates about tax justice and other pathways to ensuring a fair and sustainable distribution of wealth. III Research Director David Soskice will be building on his world leading expertise on skill development, democracy and segregation with a theme on Cities, Jobs and the Knowledge Economy. Our former AFSEE Academic Director, Beverley Skeggs, who remains affiliated with the III, will be leading a theme on Global Economies of Care – an issue where gender, racial and ethnic, and age inequalities can interlink in toxic ways. These themes are unpacked in the following pages: I encourage anyone with interests in these areas or ideas to share about how to develop them to make contact with us, and I look forward to welcoming many of you to our events and initiatives which will take them forward.