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Understanding Inequalities - What causes social inequality?

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Virtual Event


Wed 25 November 2020

Explore new thinking on the drivers of social inequality and how intersecting disadvantages shape lives

About this Event

Chair: Professor Cristina Iannelli (University of Edinburgh)

Speakers: Professor Mike Savage (London School of Economics), Professor Emer Smyth (Economic and Social Research Institute), Dr Francesca Fiori (University of St Andrews) and Dr Ivan Privalko (Economic and Social Research Institute).

Understanding what causes inequality is all the more important in a world in which access to learning and employment has been reshaped by the pandemic restrictions. This webinar presents new thinking on the drivers of social inequality and shows how focusing on only one aspect of inequality such as social class gives an incomplete view of the intersecting disadvantages shaping the lives of individuals, families and communities.

The webinar will include short presentations on the need to update the concept of class, the importance of analysing the influence of multiple family background factors and experiences, as well the impact of school experiences on children’s outcomes.


Further information about the research: Understanding Inequalities (UI) is a project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC Grant Reference ES/P009301/1), which aims to explore the causes and consequences of inequalities in Scottish society and beyond.

Visit the project website for more information and follow us on Twitter for news and updates on research findings.

Contact us: For queries about the webinar or our research contact us via email


Imgae credit: Photo by Uta Scholl on Unsplash

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