An Idea of Equality for Troubled Times

Hosted by the International Inequalities Institute

Online public event


Professor Joseph Fishkin

Professor Joseph Fishkin

Professor Marc Fleurbaey

Professor Marc Fleurbaey

Dr Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington

Dr Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington


Dr Paolo Brunori

Dr Paolo Brunori

The lingering pandemic crisis and the growing awareness that we are already facing the climate crisis require a rethinking of the objectives and instruments of political action. In this public event three speakers will discuss the idea of equality that societies should pursue in the difficult times ahead.

This event launches III's new research theme Opportunity Mobility and Intergenerational Transmission of Inequality.

Meet our speakers and chair

Joseph Fishkin (@joeyfishkin) is Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, where he teaches and writes about employment discrimination law, election law, constitutional law, education law, fair housing law, poverty and inequality, and distributive justice.

Marc Fleurbaey (@MFleurbaey) is Professor at Paris School of Economics, Research Director for the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and Associate Professor at Ecole normale supérieure, Paris. His research focuses on welfare economics, social choice theory, well-being, public economics, and climate policy.

Jennifer Sheehy Skeffington (@jsskeffington) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at LSE, researching the interface between psychology and society. One stream of research examines how socioeconomic status and inequality shape basic decision-making processes. Another reveals the psychological underpinnings of ideology, and what this means for intergroup conflict and political polarisation.

Paolo Brunori (@paolebru) has been an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute at LSE since July 2021. His research focuses on inequalities, in particular, the type of inequality that people tend to perceive as unfair. In the last decade, Paolo has done his best to try to answer an apparently simple question: can we measure inequality of opportunity? There are many theoretical and empirical challenges to find an answer and his research is still in progress.

More about this event

The International Inequalities Institute (@LSEInequalities) at LSE brings together experts from many of the School's 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.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEInequalities

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Featured image (used in source code with watermark added): Photo by Kajetan Sumila on Unsplash.

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