III events bring some of the world's biggest academic names to the LSE to explore the challenge on global inequality.

Upcoming III Events 2017

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Representing Poverty and Inequality: the legacy of Charles Booth

Hosted by the International Inequalities Institute and LSE Literary Festival

Speakers: Joseph Bullman, Prof Mary Morgan (LSE), Sarah Wise (University of California's London Study Center, City University)

Chair: Prof Nicola Lacey (LSE)

Sat 25 February, Wolfson Theatre, NAB, 5-6.30pm

In the wake of the Centenary of the death of Charles Booth, whose poverty maps and surveys started a quiet revolution in the methodology of the social sciences, a group of writers will reflect on what we can learn from Booth’s work today in terms of the techniques available to write about, analyse and make present to the reader the realities of poverty and inequality.  Booth’s maps can still teach us much, but many late Victorian classifications strike us today as highly moralistic, even disrespectful.  Do classifications inevitably distort social reality, or are they an indispensable means to understanding and representing it? Can fictional writing or media such as documentaries achieve more, or different things, from social scientific or historical studies?

Michele Lamont

Inequalities Seminar: Addressing recognition gaps: destigmatization processes and the making of inequality

Speaker: Professor Michèle Lamont (Harvard University) 

Tues 7th March, TW2 9.05, 12.30-1.45pm

This talk will bring together three lines of research focused on destigmatization processes (as they pertain to African Americans, people with HIV-AIDs, and the obese); cultural processes feeding into inequality; and recognition gaps experienced by white working-class men in the United States and France, and stigmatized groups in Brazil, Israel, and the United States. From these studies, Michèle Lamont proposes an agenda for the empirical analysis of recognition, which she views as an essential but largely missing dimension to the study of inequality.

Michèle Lamont is Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. She has been named winner of the 2017 Erasmus Prize, which recognizes individual or group contributions to European culture, society, or social science.

As we expect this event to be busy, attendance is conditional upon registration. Please register by sending an e-mail to

Michele Lamont

Getting Respect: responding to stigma and discrimination in the United States, Brazil and Israel

Speaker: Prof Michèle Lamont (Harvard University)

Chair: Prof Mike Savage

Wed 8th Mar, Old Theatre, 6.30-8pm

This lecture will address the issues in Michèle Lamont's latest book, which contributes to the study of everyday racism and stigma management, the quest for recognition, and the comparative study of inequality and processes of cultural change.

Michèle Lamont is Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. She has been named winner of the 2017 Erasmus Prize, which recognizes individual or group contributions to European culture, society, or social science.


Climate Change, Inequality and Social Policy seminar

Time, carbon and social policy

Thurs 9th Mar 2017

Speaker: Prof Angela Druckman (Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), University of Surrey)

Lutz Sager

Climate Change, Inequality and Social Policy seminar

Would income redistribution result in higher aggregate emissions?

Thurs 27th April 2017

Speaker: Lutz Sager (Grantham Researc

Max Koch

Climate Change, Inequality and Social Policy seminar

Postgrowth and Wellbeing

Thurs 25th May 2017

Speakers: Prof Max Koch (Lund University) and Dr Milena Buchs (University of Leeds)


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Lucas Chancel

Carbon and Inequality: from Measurement to Policy

Speaker: Dr Lucas Chancel, with respondent Dario Kenner

Thurs 1st Dec, 32 Lincolns Inn Fields, Room 1.04, 12.00-13.30

The seminar will present recent trends in economic inequality and individual carbon emissions at the international and national levels. It will also seek to identify the conditions under which carbon mitigation measures can be implemented with positive social impacts - and, conversely, discuss how economic inequality reduction policies can be performed with limited impacts on carbon emissions.

Podcast soon available

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Charles Booth Centenary Lectures 

Thursday November 3rd

Speakers: Mary Morgan  (LSE Economic History Dept), Alan Manning (LSE Economics Dept), Stephen Machin (LSE Centre for Economic Performance), Fran Tonkiss (LSE Sociology Dept), Suzi Hall (LSE Cities), Anne Power (LSE Social Policy Dept), Emily Grundy (LSE Social Policy Dept), Tim Newburn (Social Policy Dept) and John Hills (LSE International Inequalities Institute and Social Policy Dept)

This event, which coincided with the LSE Research Festival 2016, was part of a wider LSE celebration of pioneering social scientist Charles Booth, who died in 1916, and whose original survey into life and labour in London is held in the LSE Library.

Booth's investigation of poverty in London provides a key example both of the creative development of social science and of the ways in which research may be used to have a positive impact on society. The event brought together a group of scholars from a range of disciplines to explore the substance of Booth's ideas as well as his broader legacy for the social sciences and for contemporary social analysis.

Video recordings avaialble here.

Ian Gough

Climate Change, Inequality and Social Policy

Speaker: Prof Ian Gough (CASE)

Thurs 3 Nov 2016

This seminar brought together the study of environmental pressures on the one hand and the social dimension of inequality on the other, with the aim of facilitating an interdisciplinary dialogue between the two and develop an agenda for research and policy development.

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Inequalities seminar series 

International Inequalities Institute / Sociology Department

The Organizational Production of Earnings Inequalities

Speaker:  Prof Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (UMASS)

Tues 25th Oct

Organisations raise capital, hire, produce, sell, and distribute surplus, generating the initial distributions of income from which all other income inequalities follow.  But what drives workplace inequality levels and trends?

See slides (pdf)

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Taxing the Rich: a history of fiscal fairness in the United States and Europe

Speaker: Prof David Stasavage

Chair: Prof David Soskice

In today's social climate of growing inequality, why are there not greater efforts to tax the rich? David Stasavage asks when and why countries tax their wealthiest citizens.

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2016 APPAM International Conference - Inequalities: Addressing the Growing Challenge for Policymakers Worldwide

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management> 2016 conference was held at the III, an international conference of policy researchers and analysts from around the globe to share the latest research and knowledge on the pressing challenge on inequality.

Challenging Inequalities

Challenging Inequalities

This public debate at LSE following the International Inequalities Institute Annual Conference 2016 explored different approaches to challenging inequality across the globe with Craig Calhoun, Shami Chakrabarti, Duncan Green, and Phumeza Mlungwana.

International Inequalities Institute Annual Conference 2016

International Inequalities Institute Annual Conference 2016

An international gathering of academics and policymakers to discuss inequality, our annual conference featured Thomas Piketty, Kimberlé Crenshaw (pictured), Kim Weeden, Facundo Alvardeo, Murray Leibbrandt, LSE MSc students and more on topics including intersectionality, income and wealth inequality, capital, and taxation.

Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

MacArthur 'Genius' award winning ethnographer Matthew Desmond speaks about his investigation into the low-income rental market and eviction in privately owned housing, and argues it is a cause, not just a symptom, of poverty.

Ruth Levitas

Utopia in the Twenty-first Century

Five hundred years ago Thomas More’s Utopia was published, but what is its relevance today? Ruth Levitas argues that what is important about More is less the substance than the method: Utopia should be regarded not as a plan, but as a method of exploring potential futures. Part of LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2016.


Standing Out: Transgender Candidates Around the World

At this event transgender candidates from around the world shared their experience of running for office, and academics discussed how increased visibility increases acceptance.

Social Class in the 21st Century

Social Class in the 21st Century

Mike Savage and the team of sociologists responsible for the Great British Class Survey,  discussed their findings and proposed a new way of thinking about social class in Britain today, arguing that while the class war was over the new politics of class are only just beginning. This event also saw the launch of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Poverty and Inequalities Programme.

Jane Waldfogel

Too Many Children Left Behind

Jane Waldfogel of Columbia University explains her work as part of a team of social scientists who compared educational outcomes and their link to family socio-economic status across the English speaking world. Their striking findings include that much inequality is present before children start school. Joint event with CASE.


Elites and Urban Dynamics: New Perspectives Conference

A one-day seminar funded by the ESRC Alpha Territory project, in association with the LSE International Inequalities Institute, organised by Rowland Atkinson (University of Sheffield), Roger Burrows (Goldsmiths) and Mike Savage (LSE). 


The Great Divide with Joseph E. Stiglitz

Why has inequality increased in the Western world and what can we do about it? Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz suggests ways to counter this growing problem.


Inequality in the 21st Century Conference with Thomas Piketty

A day long conference with Thomas Piketty, Centennial Professor at the III whose Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been of global significance in shaping debates about inequality. This joint conference with the LSE Department of Sociology and the British Journal of Sociology was the official launch of the III.


Inequality: What can be done?

World leaders have come to recognise the importance of income inequality but the consensus remains that 'nothing can be done'. Professor Sir Tony Atkinson argues that present levels of inequality are not inevitable and that there are concrete measures to be taken to tackle inequality.

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