LSSI Event: Tackling Inequalities: linking voices for social justice

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EFSS_2012_logo_RGBResearch that has helped to reduce inequalities will be showcased at a one-day conference being hosted by Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI) in the Great Hall, University of Leeds.

The event, which is being held as part of LSSI’s inderdisciplinary debate series, will also provide opportunities to discuss the role research can play in reducing inequality. It will have a particular focus on challenges such as ethnic and religious inequalities; mobility inclusion; welfare and mental health.

The conference is aimed at local, regional and national delegates and will build on work by the University’s Inequalities Research Network to develop partnerships with policymakers, practitioners, third sector organisations and service users. These partnerships are helping to identify current inequality challenges that interdisciplinary coproduced research could help address.

In addition to other nationally recognised speakers there will be contributions from University of Leeds academics Dr Ghazala Mir (Health Sciences), Professor Sarah Irwin (Sociology and Social Policy), Dr Susan Kilminster (Healthcare), Professor Karen Lucas (Transport) and Professor Gary Dymski (Economics).

The event is being hosted as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

Provisional programme

09:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome & IntroductionProfessor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

Dr Ghazala Mir

10:15 – 11:00 Opening keynote presentation, Chair: Professor Karen LucasProfessor Kate Pickett Setting out a broad framework of inequalities


11:00 – 13:00 Key challenges and opportunities, Chair: Professor Gary DymskiKeynote speakers:

  • Dr Ann Pettifor, Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME)
  • Kahina Rabahi, European Network Against Racism
  • Professor Peter Beresford, Chair in Citizen Participation at the University of Essex
  • Alex Watson, Head of Human Resources, Leeds City Council

Panel response from:

  • Alison Lowe, Chief Executive, Touchstone
  • Shenaz Banglawala, Muslim Engagement & Development (MEND)
  • Tom Chigbo, Chair, Citizens UK
  • Professor Caroline Dyer, Leeds University Centre for Global Development


13:00 – 13:45 LUNCH
13.45 – 15:30 Tackling inequality: how research can inform / influence this challenge10 minute introductory presentations:

  • Religion and ethnic identity, Dr Ghazala Mir / Shahab Idris, MEND
  • Transport, mobility and equality, Dr Caroline Mullen / Bryan Matthews, Centre for Disability Studies
  • Youth, education and pathways to education, Professor Sarah Irwin / Cuchulainn Sutton-Hamilton, Voluntary Action Leeds
  • Welfare, poverty, wellbeing, income and jobs, Professor Tracy Shildrick / Chris Hollins, Chair, Voluntary Action Leeds
  • Disability / mental health, Susan Kilminster / TBC


15-30 – 16:00 Feedback and recomendations, Sophia Kennedy
16:00 Next steps and close

Join in the discussion on Twitter at #TacklingInequalities16 and #ESRCFestival

Call for presentations/abstracts

Participants are invited to submit interactive, engaging abstracts for discussion during the breakout session. Submissions should be a 3-5minute presentation that shares relevant research or work to reduce inequalities and the impact of this work on social change.

All proposals should be submitted to Dr Ghazala Mir by Friday, 21 October.

Inequalities Research Network

The Inequalities Research Network aims to provide a focal point for the collective work being undertaken across diverse sectors to address social inequalities and increase social justice.

It enables information exchange to help members identify common interests and priorities and pool expertise. Previous events have helped supported collaboration to identify key current challenges that cross disciplinary research can play a role in addressing.

Registration for this event is now closed.