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

The Contradictions of Capital

The Piketty Opportunity

Speakers: Patricia Hudson (Emeritus Professor Cardiff University), Avner Offer (Chichele Professor of Economic History, All Souls College, Oxford Univ), Keith Tribe (Independent Scholar)

Discussants: Prof Torben Iversen (Harvard University, Centenial Professor LSE) and Dr Tasha Fairfield (LSE International Development)

Chair: Prof Mike Savage (LSE III)

Thurs 26th Jan, Hong Kong Theatre, 6.30-8pm

This event marks the publication of The Contradictions of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, a volume of essays that builds upon the renewed interest in wealth and inequality stimulated by the work of Thomas Piketty. It brings together an international team of leading economic historians and economists to provide a comprehensive overview of global developments in the theory, practice, and policy of inequality, and its place in the modern world order.

The book adds to Piketty's rich work on developed economies by covering Latin America, Africa, India, and Japan, providing a global perspective upon a global phenomenon. It marks an important step in the process of developing Piketty's analytical framework and empirical material, overcoming its limitations and helping to cement a lasting place for inequality in the agenda of growth theory.

Editors and authors Patricia Hudson, Avner Offer and Keith Tribe will join with associates of the International Inequalities Institute to discuss the analysis of inequality in an international context.

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Regional Inequality and Preferences for Market-Promoting Land Law Reform: Kenya Pilot Study

Speaker: Prof Catherine Boone (LSE Depts of Government and International Development)

Tues 31st Jan, TW2 9.05, 12.30-1.45pm

Leveraging the results of an III-supported pilot project on land law reform in Kenya since 2013, this  project seeks to understand the effects of spatial (regional) inequalities on political struggles over the commodification of land in African countries. Less than 10% of all agricultural and pastoral land in sub-Saharan African countries is held under private title. How do we understand relations of property and production on the remaining 90%, and what political dynamics surround the current push by many national governments and international actors to register and title “all land” within the next decade or two? We frame the problem of land law reform as one of redistributive politics in territorially-fragmented polities and develop an analytic strategy that draws upon research on the politics of social entitlements in developed and developing countries.

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Workshop: Design and 'the Social': Mapping new Approaches to Inequality in Design

Tuesday 7 February, TW2 9.05, 13.30-18.30

Welcome by Prof Mike Savage
Chairs: Dr Liz Moor and Prof Angela McRobbie
Co-hosted by the III, the British Sociological Association and Theatrum Mundi

This event looks to map out the contemporary social science research and thinking into design in order to explore how designers operate as social theorists, actors and activists. It aims to engage with the current and politically pressing debate on social inequality while negotiating the specificities of design as a profession that is both creative and commercial.

Call for Papers (Deadline 15 January 2017)
We invite contributions from academics at all career stages and across a range of disciplines exploring the following questions: 

  • In what ways do designers operate on and engage with ‘the social’?
  • What kinds of concepts emerge in relation to (social) inequalities when we look at different design processes?
  • How can engaging with design practices broaden the discussion of inequality?

For more information and how to apply, see here.

N.B. This is event is open to applicants only and limited to 25 participants.

LSE Works

The Relationship between Inequality and Poverty: mechanisms and policy options

Speakers: Dr Eleni Karagiannaki (LSE) and Dr Abigail McKnight (LSE)

Wednesday 8th Feb 2017, Hong Kong Theatre, 6.30-8pm

Hosted by LSE Works: CASE

This lecture examines the empirical relationship between economic inequality and poverty across countries and over time, paying attention to different measurement issues. It then considers a range of potential mechanisms driving this relationship and explores policy options. 

LSE Works is a series of public lectures, that will showcase some of the latest research by LSE's academic departments and research centres. In each session, LSE academics will present key research findings, demonstrating where appropriate the implications of their studies for public policy. A list of all the LSE Works lectures can be viewed at LSE Works.

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Older peoples' experiences of dignity and nutritional support during hospital stays 

Speaker: Dr Polly Vizard (LSE CASE)

Tues 21st Feb, TW2 9.05, 12.30-1.45pm

Concern about older people's experiences of healthcare has moved up the political and public policy agendas in the wake of the Independent and Public Inquiries into Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. However, quantitative analysis of the available patient experience data remains limited and the statistical evidence base on inequalities even more so. In this talk, Dr Polly Vizard will present findings from a new study that provides in-depth nationally representative quantitative evidence on older people’s experiences of poor and inconsistent standards of treatment with dignity and respect, and support with eating, during hospital stays using the Adult Inpatient Survey. The study highlights how older age interacts with gender and disability as a driver of inpatient experience, considers the role of socio-economic disadvantage, and makes specific recommendations on how to build inequalities analysis into national frameworks for healthcare monitoring, inspection and regulation.


Stagnation Generation: exploring intergenerational fairness

Hosted by Resolution Foundation, the International Inequalities Institute and LSE Literary Festival

Speakers: Rachael Farrington (Brunel University), Georgia Gould (Labour councillor and Cabinet member in the London Borough of Camden), John Hills (LSE) and Omar Khan (Runnymede Trust)

Chair: David Willets (Resolution Foundation, King's College London)

Wed 22 Feb, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, NAB, 5-6.30pm

Are today's young people getting a bum deal? Young people have experienced the biggest pay squeeze in the aftermath of the financial crisis, seen their dreams of home ownership drift out of sight and witnessed a welfare state in retreat. Are these short term effects or do they run deeper, and how can policy make a difference? The Resolution Foundation, convenors of the Intergenerational Commission, partner with the International Inequalities Institute to debate this pressing issue.

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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

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

Speaker: Prof Michele Lamont

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

This lecture will address the issues in Michele 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.


Other Upcoming Inequalities Events at LSE

You may also be interested in these events related to inequality taking place across the LSE:

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Pressing for change: 25 years seeking trans equality

Speaker: Prof Stephen Whittle

Chair: Dr Hakan Seckinelgin (LSE Dept Social Policy)

Tues 10th Jan, Hong Kong Theatre, 6.30-7.30pm

Come and hear trans activist and professor of equalities law Professor Stephen Whittle talk about trans equality in the UK: what’s worked, what hasn’t and what is still to be done. Stephen’s talk will be followed by a Q&A. The event will be chaired by Dr Hakan Seckinelgin, Department of Social Policy, and co-hosted by LSE Library and Spectrum. 

Confronting gender inequality event

Confronting Gender Inequality in Uncertain Times

Co-hosted by the Gender Institute and LSE Law

Speakers: Dr Hannah Hamad, Maria Miller (MP), Professor Diane Perrons and Justine Thornton (QC)

Chair: Professor Tony Travers

Wed 11 Jan, Old Theatre, 6.30-8pm, followed by a Reception

Since the publication of the LSE Gender Institute’s Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power in the Autumn of 2015, we have seen a range of policy initiatives in the economic, political, legal and media realms.  But the climate in which policy is being formulated and implemented has also been transformed – in already obvious but also less calculable ways – by the outcome of last summer’s referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU and the formation of a new government. 

In this event, a distinguished panel of speakers drawn from each of the spheres tackled by the Commission will assess the likely impact of developments since our report. What is the outlook for the Commission’s proposals and for gender equality in a post-Brexit world in which the prospects of increased public spending are uncertain; resort to the European Court of Justice is in question; and social cleavages have been thrown into sharp relief?

More information about the work of the Commission can be found here.

LSE Works

The Relationship between Inequality and Poverty: mechanisms and policy options

Speakers: Dr Eleni Karagiannaki (LSE) and Dr Abigail McKnight (LSE)

Wednesday 8th Feb 2017, Hong Kong Theatre, 6.30-8pm

Hosted by LSE Works: CASE

This lecture examines the empirical relationship between economic inequality and poverty across countries and over time, paying attention to different measurement issues. It then considers a range of potential mechanisms driving this relationship and explores policy options. 

LSE Works is a series of public lectures, that will showcase some of the latest research by LSE's academic departments and research centres. In each session, LSE academics will present key research findings, demonstrating where appropriate the implications of their studies for public policy. A list of all the LSE Works lectures can be viewed at LSE Works.


Climate Change, Inequality and Social Policy seminar series

The following seminars form part of a new interdisciplinary seminar series titled "Climate Change, Inequality and Social Policy" starting in autumn 2016. It is jointly hosted by the International Inequalities Institute, the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and CASE (Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion).

The overlap between environmental pressures and degradation on the one hand and the 'social dimension' of inequality and human wellbeing on the other hand is of immense importance but under-researched. There is a yawning gap to be filled by a coherent, exciting and interdisciplinary research agenda. This series of seminars will explore and develop that agenda.

The seminars will be focused in two ways: on global warming and climate change rather than a wider range of environmental problems, and on the UK and other rich countries - the 'welfare states' of the OECD, roughly the same as the Kyoto Annex II countries.

These events are free and open to all. For further information contact:

Andrew Haines

Third seminar

Thurs 16th Feb 2017, 12.00-13.30

The Health Co-benefits of the low carbon economy

Speaker: Prof Sir Andy Haines (London School of Medicine and Tropical Hygiene)

Can the co-benefits of climate action help to deliver social equity?

Speaker: Dr Alison Smith (Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford)

Can local carbon reduction programmes work in disadvantaged areas?

Speaker: Dr Ruth Mayne (Oxfam GB and Environmental Change Institute, Unviersity of Oxford)

Register here


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

Would income redistribution result in higher aggregate emissions?

Thurs 27th April 2017

Speaker: Lutz Sager (Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE)

Max Koch

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)

See video recording

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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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