Find out who's who at the III


John Hills

Professor 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
Office: Tower 1, 8.01H

Mike Savage

Professor Mike Savage

Martin White Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
Contact:, 020 7955 6578
Office: Tower 1, 8.01G 

Research Director

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Professor David Soskice

Professor of Political Science and Economics
Department of Government
Office: Tower 1, 8.01I


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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.


Dr 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.

Tom Kemeny

Dr Tom Kemeny
Visiting Fellow


Dr Tom Kemeny is a Visiting Fellow at the LSE III and Lecturer in Human Geography within Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton. 

Tom studies comparative economic development in cities. Current projects explore such topics as the economic implications of living and working in immigrant-diverse cities; the role of local social networks in generating economic dynamism; and how international trade is reshaping work. Cutting across these topics, he is interested in policy efforts to stimulate development. In 2015, his book, The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles, was published by Stanford University Press. His work on local social networks won the 2016 Urban Land Institute Prize for the best paper published in the Journal of Economic Geography.

Beyond his academic research, Tom has advised governments and NGOs on issues of regional and international development, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the World Bank.

Tom joined the University of Southampton as a Lecturer in Human Geography in 2014. He is also a Special Sworn Status Researcher at the United States Census Bureau’s Center for Economic Studies. Prior to his appointment at Southampton, he was a Senior Fellow in Economic Geography at the London School of Economics, as well as a Research Assistant Professor in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his PhD in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).


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

Dr 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.

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Liza 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.

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Billie 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 Celal

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).

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Verity 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.

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Dr Clive Nwonka

Course Tutor, Atlantic Fellows programme

He completed his PhD in Film Studies at Brunel University, which sought to improve understandings of the relationship between political ideology and film texts, and the broader concept of film as social practice. This considered the affect on social realism by New Labours social and cultural policy through questions of narrative, textual meaning and representation. His research is situated at the intersections of contemporary realism and film policy, with particular interests in black British film, international cinemas and American Independent film. This is framed around the representation of socio-political issues in contemporary cinema, exploring the linearity between decontextualized representations with the macro changes in the political sphere – how national cinemas appropriate and counter political hegemony. This interest primarily concerns the discourses that frame textual meaning, representations of race, class and socio-political inequality and how film incorporates and visualises the frameworks of mainstream, political ideology. These areas are underpinned by a mixed resource of film studies, politics, sociology and cultural studies, situating textual readings within co temporary socio-political debates.

He spent two years as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant on the AHRC Community Filmmaking and Cultural Diversity project led by Professor Sarita Malik within the Media and Communications department at Brunel University and has previously lectured at Brunel, Birbeck and University of Greenwich.


Neil Johnson

Knowledge Exchange and Impact (KEI) & Communications Officer, 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.


Katie Boulton

Programme Coordinator, Atlantic Fellows programme

Prior to joining the LSE, Katie worked for the fellowship program at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. She holds a Bachelors degree in Theology from Durham University, and a Masters degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University.

Management Committee

Laura Bear

Professor Laura Bear 

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

Nick Couldry

Professor Nick Couldry

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

Frank Cowell

Professor Frank Cowell

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

Professor John Hills (see above)


Professor Gareth Jones

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

Insa Koch

Dr Insa Koch

Assistant Professor in Law and Anthropology
Department of Law
More info: Department Staff page
Contact:, 020 7849 4992

Nicola Lacey

Professor Nicola Lacey

School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy
Department of Law
More info: Staff page
Contact:, 020 3486 2966

Diane Perrons

Professor Diane Perrons

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

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Dr Alpa Shah

Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
More info: LSE Anthropology Staff page
Contact:, 020 7955 7488

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Professor Beverley Skeggs

Incoming Academic Director of the Atlantic Fellows programme
Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London
More info: Goldsmiths University Staff page

Dr Aaron Reeves (see above)

Professor Mike Savage (see above)

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Professor David Soskice

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

Advisory Board (External Board Members)

Nicola Brewer

Dame Nicola Brewer is Vice-Provost (International) at UCL, responsible for UCL’s Global Engagement Strategy: London’s Global University working with partners to achieve fair solutions to global challenges. Before joining UCL in May 2014, Nicola was a senior diplomat at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Nicola became the first Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in March 2007, a role she held until May 2009.

Wendy Carlin

Professor Wendy Carlin is Professor of Economics at University College London (UCL) and Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Her research focuses on macroeconomics, institutions and economic performance, and the economics of transition. She is a member of the Expert Advisory Panel of the UK's Office for Budget Responsibility. 

Aditiya Chakrabortty

Aditya Chakrabortty is senior economics commentator for The Guardian. An alumnus of St Hugh’s College, Oxford, he was previously a senior producer for Newsnight and the Ten O’Clock News, and an economics producer working with Evan Davis. He has also written for the Financial Times, The Telegraph, and The New Statesman. His work on the housing crisis in London with The Guardian team was shortlisted in the ‘Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils’ category for The Orwell Prize 2015.

Dame Linda

The Hon. Dame Linda Dobbs Following a successful career at the Bar, in October 2004, Dame Linda became the first non-white high court judge in the UK. At the Bar she was a member of, and chaired, a number of different committees, including the Race Relations, Equal Opportunities, Professional Conduct and Professional Standard Committees. In 2003 she became the Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association where she formed an equality and diversity sub-committee.

James Holston

James Holston is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also founding co-director of the Social Apps Lab and co-director of Global Metropolitan Studies.  He is a political anthropologist whose work focuses on the worldwide insurgence of democratic citizenships, especially urban citizenship and right-to-the-city movements.

Brian Nolan

Professor Brian Nolan is Director of INET’s Employment, Equity and Growth Programme and Professor of Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford. He was previously Principal of the College of Human Sciences and Professor of Public Policy at University College Dublin. His main areas of research are income inequality, poverty, and the economics of social policy.

Advisory Board (Internal Board Members)

Stephan chambers

Stephan Chambers took up the post of inaugural director of the Marshall Institute at LSE in May 2016. The Marshall Institute is committed to increasing the impact of private contributions to public benefit through teaching, research, and convening. He was the co-founder of the Skoll World Forum and chair of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Director of International Strategy at Oxford’s Saїd Business School, and Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College Oxford.

Stephen Machin

Prof Stephen Machin is Research Director, Centre for Economic Performance; Professor of Economics, University College London.

Linda Mulcahy

Professor Linda Mulcahy joined the Law Department at LSE in 2010. Having gained qualifications in law, sociology and the history of art and architecture, Linda’s work has a strong interdisciplinary flavour. Her research focuses on disputes and their resolution and she has studied the socio-legal dynamics of disputes in a number of contexts including the car distribution industry, NHS, divorce, public sector complaints systems and judicial review.

Naila Kabeer

Prof Naila Kabeer is currently Professor of Gender and Development at the Gender Institute, LSE.  Prior to this, she was Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at London University, and Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex to which she is still associated as an Emeritus Fellow. 

Associate Members

Our associate members are people across the LSE who are carrying out research into inequality. This network of academics facilitates multi-disciplinary collaboration.

Dr Fabien Accominotti
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology.
Research interests:  social status; status-based approaches to the study of inequality; cultural hierarchy and elite formation in the United States; winner-take-all inequality; social processes of valuation.

Professor Tim Allen
Professor in Development Anthropology, and Head of Department, Department of International Development
Research interests: complex emergencies; development aid and agencies; ethics of aid; ethnic conflict; forced migration; justice and security in fragile and conflict-affected regions; local conceptions of health and healing; neglected tropical diseases; role of the media in fragile and conflict-affected regions; the International Criminal Court.

Professor Laura Bear
Department of Anthropology
Research interests: anthropology of the economy; state; time; and urban ecology.

Professor Catherine Boone
LSE Departments of Government and International Development
Research Interests: the political economy of late development, especially of spatial and land inequalities in African and other developing countries.

Dr Tania Burchardt
Associate Professor, Department of Social Policy and Deputy Director, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion.
Research interests: inequality and poverty, disadvantage and elites, the capability approach, time use, disability, social care, social policy

Professor Cathy Campbell
Professor of Social Psychology and Head of Department
Research interests: Social inequalities, global public health, international development, social change, human rights, gender

Dr Joan Costa-Font
Associate Professor (Reader) of Political Economy, Department of Social Policy
Research interests: the origins of ‘health disadvantage’, behavioural motivations, health and social care systems accountability.

Professor Nick Couldry
Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory, Head of Department, Department of Media and Communications
Research interests: celebrity culture; media and journalism ethics; media audiences; media power; reality media; social theory; sociology of culture; voice and listening.

Professor Frank Cowell
CASE, Department of Economics, STICERD
Research interests: income distribution; inequality; poverty; shadow economy; tax evasion

Dr Dena Freeman
Department of Anthropology
Research interests: globalization, development and inequality, religion and socio-economic change, NGOs and social movements for global justice, democracy and global democracy.

Dr Sam Friedman
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: social class, the ‘class’ pay gap, experience of social mobility, elites, cultural capital. 

Professor Miriam Glucksmann
Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Essex University and Visiting Professor in Sociology, LSE
Research interests: divisions of labour; intersecting inequalities; restructuring of work and employment, including between paid and unpaid work; gendered work; the work of consumers.

Professor Ian Gough
FAcSS FRSA Visiting Professor, CASE
Research interests: Climate change, inequality and social policy.

Professor Deborah James 
Department of Anthropology
Researcj omterests: ethnography of advice; aspiration and indebtedness; civil society, citizenship and the state; economic anthropology; ethnomusicology; land reform and property regimes; migration and ethnicity; South Africa; the UK. 

Dr Ellen J. Helsper
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Media and Communications Department
Research interests: Social and digital inequalities, new forms of inequality, and representations of inequality.

Dr Jonathan Hopkin
Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, Department of Government
Research interests: Political Parties and Elections; Redistribution and Inequality; Corruption; Decentralisation; Euro crisis; Politics of Britain, Italy and Spain.

Dr Armine Ishkanian
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Policy
Research interests: civil society and social transformation, NGOs and social movements against inequality and austerity, gender inequality and violence against women.

Professor Gareth Jones
Professor of Urban Geography, Department of Geography and Environment
Research interests: cities, gated communities, gentrification, identities, international urban policy, urbanism, violence, youth 

Professor Naila Kabeer
Professor of Gender and International Development at the Gender Institute
Research interests: gender, poverty, intersecting inequalities, labour markets and livelihoods and social protection.

Dr Insa Koch
Assistant Professor in Law and Anthropology
Research interests: class and inequality; the state; citizenship and democracy, punishment, Britain, council estates.

Professor Nicola Lacey
School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy, Department of Law
Research interests: criminal law; criminal justice; comparative and historical scholarship; legal and social theory; feminist analysis of law.

Dr Neil Lee
Director, MSc Local Economic Development
Research interests: Poverty, inequality and economic change in cities and regions

Professor Grace Lordon
Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), Department of Social Policy, LSE Health
Research interests: discrimination; gender; ethnicity; health inequalities; labour market inequalities

Dr Patrick McGovern
LSE Department of Sociolgy
Research interests: economic sociology, especially the sociology of work and labour markets, and international migration.

Dr Lisa Mckenzie
LSE Department of Sociolgy
Research interests: class, inequality, precariat, Bourdieu, ethnography

Dr Abigail McKnight
Associate Professorial Research Fellow, CASE
Research interests: income inequality, earnings inequality, mobility, labour market disadvantage, low pay, social mobility, household wealth and debt.

Dr Joana Naritomi
Assistant Professor, Department of International Development Research Associate at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and International Growth Centre, and CESifo Public Sector Economics Affiliate
Research interests: state capacity in developing countries, taxation, social insurance, crime 

Professor Diane Perrons
Professor of Economic Geography and Gender Studies, Director of the Gender Institute
Research interests: globalisation, gender and inequality; gender dimensions of increasing economic inequality; gender, inequality and power; crises, austerity and socially equitable recovery; economic transformation and social change; uneven regional development and inequality; gender work and care; migration and social reproduction.

Professor Anne Phillips
Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science
Research interests: Inequality from a political theory perspective, with a special focus on gender inequalities.

Dr Ricardo Santos
PhD researcher in Economics from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
Research interests: development economics, poverty, inequalities, education and labour markets, post-conflict development, institutional economics of development cooperation, business and markets as development actors. 

Dr Alpa Shah
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Research interests: Inequality and Poverty, Radical Social Movements, the State and Development, South Asia (India and Nepal), Caste, Class and Gender, Adivasis and Dalits, and Ethnographic Methods.

Dr Waltraud Schelkle
Associate Professor of Political Economy at the European Institute
Research interests: macroeconomic stability and inequality, financial markets in welfare states 

Dr Hyun Bang Shin
Associate Professor of Geography and Urban Studies
Research interests: Speculative urbanisation, the politics of gentrification and displacement, homeownership and asset inequalities.

Professor Fiona Steele
Professor in Statistics
Research interests: multilevel modelling and longitudinal data analysis, with applications in demography.

Dr Andrew Summers
Assistant Professor
Department of Law
Research interests: tax law and policy; taxation of wealth; tax avoidance; political theories of inequality.

Professor Michael Storper
Associate Professor of Economic Geography, Department of Geography and Environment
Research interests: cities and regions, economic development, economic geography, globalisation, technological change.

Dr Polly Vizard
Associate Professorial Research Fellow, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Research interests: inequality and poverty, the capability approach, rights-based approaches, social and public policy.

Dr Jamie Woodcock
LSE Fellow, Department of Management
Research interests: the labour process; sociology of work; digital labour; the gig economy; resistance; and videogames.

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