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
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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