The Return of Inequality

Hosted by the International Inequalities Institute and Department of Sociology

Online public event


Professor Mike Savage

Professor Mike Savage

Professor Gurminder K Bhambra

Professor Gurminder K Bhambra


Professor Patrick Le Galès

Professor Patrick Le Galès



Dr Alpa Shah

Dr Alpa Shah

In his new book, The Return of Inequality, which he will discuss at this event, sociologist Mike Savage explains inequality’s profound deleterious effects on the shape of societies.

Meet our speakers and chair

Mike Savage (@MikeSav47032563) joined LSE in 2012 and is now Martin White Professor of Sociology. Between 2015 and 2020, he was Director of LSE’s International Inequalities Institute, which hosts the Atlantic Fellows programme, the largest global programme in the world devoted to challenging inequalities.

Gurminder K Bhambra (@GKBhambra) is Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies in the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, and a Fellow of the British Academy (2020). She was previously Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. She is author of Connected Sociologies and Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination and co-editor of Decolonising the University

Patrick Le Galès is CNRS Research Professor of Sociology and Politics at Sciences Po in Paris, Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics, and founding Dean of Sciences Po Urban School. His research deals with the governance and the political economy of metropolis in different parts of the world, on mobility inequalities and class, the reconfiguration of the state and  political authority. 

Alpa Shah (@alpashah001) is Associate Professor of Anthropology at LSE and leads the International Inequalities Institute research theme on Global Economies of Care.

More about this event

The International Inequalities Institute (@LSEInequalities) at LSE brings together experts from many LSE departments and centres to lead cutting-edge research focused on understanding why inequalities are escalating in numerous arenas across the world, and to develop critical tools to address these challenges.

The Department of Sociology (@LSEsociology) seek to produce sociology that is public-facing, fully engaged with London as a global city, and with major contemporary debates in the intersection between economy, politics and society – with issues such as financialisation, inequality, migration, urban ecology, and climate change.

You can order the book, The Return of Inequality (UK delivery only) from our official LSE Events independent book shop, Pages of Hackney.

This event forms part of LSE’s Shaping the Post-COVID World initiative, a series of debates about the direction the world could and should be taking after the crisis.

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