COVID-19, Inequalities, and the Future of Work

Hosted by the International Inequalities Institute

Online public lecture


Aveek Bhattacharya

Chief Economist, Social Market Foundation

Yvette Cooper MP

Member of Parliament for Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford, and Knottingley

Professor Kirsten Sehnbruch

Distinguished Policy Fellow International Inequalities Institute


Professor Neil Lee

Professor of Economic Geography, LSE; III Associate

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to rapid changes in labour markets across the world. Some workers have used digital technology to work from home. But for many workers, particularly the low-paid, this has been impossible. Meanwhile, job losses have been worst the least well off. Because of this, there are concerns that the pandemic has exacerbated inequality. What does COVID-19 mean for the future of work? Will it speed up employment polarisation? Or be a leveller, with low wage workers benefiting from greater use of technology? This event will interrogate the questions.

Aveek Bhattacharya (@aveek18) is Chief Economist at the Social Market Foundation. He holds a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) is the Member of Parliament for Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford, and Knottingley. She was Chair of the Fabian Commission of Work and Technology. 

Kirsten Sehnbruch (@KirstenSehn) is a British Academy Global Professor and a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute at LSE.

Neil Lee (@ndrlee) is Professor of Economic Geography at LSE and an associate of the International Inequalities Institute.

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.


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