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Understanding inequalities: new thinking for public policy

When May 25, 2016
from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where Trinity Hall, Cambridge
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Public Policy Strategic Research Initiative Seminar

Understanding Inequalities: new thinking for public policy

We are witnessing increasing divisions in society whereby health gains for some are not shared by others; where social mobility is falling; and where the pay gap between ordinary workers and corporate leaders has grown exponentially. Inequality is now a mainstream political issue. What does current research bring to our understanding of how inequality shapes our economy and society? What do the public think about inequality? Can research provide evidence of interventions to reduce inequalities?

 This one-day seminar provides an opportunity for cross-disciplinary conversations about research on inequality. We will learn about the different types of inequality and explore measures to guide policy makers from current academic research as well as explore connections between different approaches, methods and measures of inequality with a view to building future collaborations.


 We will have four sessions throughout the day with contributions from researchers under the following headings:

  • Public attitudes to inequality (YouGov polling; politics of inequality)
  • Legacies of inequality (history of inequality; how did societies view shifts towards greater equality or disparity)
  • Health and well-being (health inequalities)
  • Education and work (education and social mobility; precarious work)

Each chaired session will consist of academic presentations followed by practitioner response and panel discussion.

Contact: Dr Charlotte Sausman (

Organising committee: Dr Pedro Ramos Pinto, Dr Adam Coutts, Dr Charlotte Sausman

Advisory committee: Professor Theresa Marteau, Professor David Howarth, Professor Simon Deakin, Professor Simon Szreter

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History of Wealth Project

This project, co-funded by the Philomathia Foundation and the Isaac Newton Trust, investigates the broader significance of wealth an inheritance in 19th and early-20th century Britain.

This programme was launched by POLIS in October 2013, and aims to train future policy-makers to value and promote evidence-based policies that can most benefit society.