Leeds Social Sciences Institute

Inequalities Research Network

Welcome to the Inequalities Research Network.

The network aims to provide a focal point for raising awareness of the collective work being undertaken at the University of Leeds.

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At least 20 research centres / groups across campus conduct research on inequalities. This includes but is not limited to social exclusion, health and wellbeing, and environmental justice.

Delegates from an inequalities research collaboration workshop that LSSI hosted on Thursday, 18 June 2015 identified eight key inequality themes in which they worked

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HealthThey also supported the idea of establishing a cross disciplinary inequalities network to complement and build on the existing centres / groups.

The network will:

  • Enable information exchange to help members identify common interests and priorities
  • Communicate major issues / challenges identified by external stakeholders which cross disciplinary research can play a role in addressing

It is led by a collaborative steering group: Dr Ghazala Mir (Medicine and Health), Professor Gary Dymski (LUBS), Susan Kilminster (Medicine and Health), Professor Karen Lucas (Transport), Dr Caroline Mullen (Transport), Professor Sarah Irwin (Sociology and Social Policy), Shahab Adris (MEND), Tom Chigbo (Citizens UK), Dr Sahil Warsi (Medicine and Health), Alex Watson (LCC) and Dr Karen Vinall-Collier (Medicine and Health), and Sinead D’Silva (Education). Please contact any member for further information about the Network.

People can also find out more by subscribing to the Network's JISCMail e-list.

Inequalities research lunchtime café The Finkelstein Lecture Series on Equality and Social Justice, Professor Tom Shakespeare

Thursday 9 November 2017, 4-6pm

Co-hosted with the Centre for Disabilities Studies, the first lecture will be delivered by University of East Anglia’s Professor of Disability Research, Tom Shakespeare. With research interests in disability studies, medical sociology and the social and ethical aspects of genetics, Professor Shakespeare has been highly influential in contributing towards the disabled people’s movement in the UK and internationally. Having previously been a member of Arts Council England and worked for the World Health Organisation, Professor Shakespeare has had longstanding involvement in improving public understanding of disability, as well as the policies, institutions and practices that shape its experience. 

The title of Professor Shakespeare’s lecture is: “Levers of success; understanding the achievements of African people with disabilities”

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Inequalities Research Network Workshop Series 2017-18- Researching Inequalities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Various Dates

This workshop series will explore diverse disciplinary and methodological approaches to researching inequalities, to inform and to enable new conversations and connections. All are welcome to come to one, some or (ideally) all the sessions as we hope to build ongoing conversations with presenters and participants. The series runs (more or less) fortnightly through term time. It is interspersed with the Sociology and Social Policy seminar series http://www.sociology.leeds.ac.uk/events/, and run in partnership with SSP.

The sessions will be in 12.21/12.25 Social Studies Building from 1-2pm.

  1. Labour market and organisational restructuring: inequalities, interventions - 25th Oct 2017
  2. Conceptualising in/equality: perspectives on theory, interdisciplinarity and method - 8th Nov 2017
  3. Inequalities in Labour Markets – international and comparative research - 29th Nov 2017
  4. Life course dynamics, health inequalities and accumulations of dis/advantage - 13th Dec 2017
  5. Education, interventions and the reproduction of inequalities  - 31st Jan 2018
  6. Home, dispossession and international migration - 14th Feb 2018
  7. Health, well being, marginalisation and intervention - 28th Feb 2018
  8. Measuring inequalities - 18th April 2018

All welcome

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Inequalities research lunchtime café

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Meenakshi Sarkar, researcher at the Leeds University Business School, will discuss her research on occupational segregation and equal opportunities, considering how inequality of access to education and knowledge creates a divide in labour markets.

Gill Crawshaw, Development Worker at PSI Network and Forum Central, will talk about third sector involvement in health and social care strategy, focusing on a current project on accessibility of local businesses for disabled people.

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Inequalities research lunchtime café

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Emma Tomalin, Professor of Religion and Public Life, will discuss her work on religion and public life and health.

Gary Dymski, Professor of Applied Economics, will present his research on racial and ethnic discrimination and redlining in credit markets, which led to the US subprime crisis, and his work since arriving in Leeds in 2012 with local-government and third-sector organizations.

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Inequalities research lunchtime café

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Caroline Dyer, Professor of Education and International Development, will discuss her work on inequalities in education in low income country contexts, focusing on how differing forms of education interface with livelihoods, particularly among mobile populations such as migrant labourers and pastoralists.

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Tackling Inequalities: linking voices for social justice

Monday, 7 November 2016

One-day conference that will showcase research that has helped to reduce inequalities.

The event 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.

Read here for further information and to access the post-event report.

Inequalities research lunchtime café

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Shahab Adris will launch the Inequalities Research Café with a brief discussion of his work with MEND and issues of understanding how Islamophobia manifests itself in the socioeconomic and political landscape of Britain.

Find out more about the lunchtime café series.

Inequalities Research Workshop

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The Leeds Inequalities Research Network will hold a workshop to develop research proposals that address current inequality challenges.

The event will particularly welcome research ideas, problems, or questions that have been suggested by policymakers, practitioners, voluntary sector groups or service users.

The event – which aims to bring together researchers and non-academic partners – will be between 9.30am-12.30pm (Charles Thackrah Building). Register here.

Inequalities Research Workshop

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The Leeds Inequalities Research Network will hold a workshop to develop research proposals that address current inequality challenges.

The event will particularly welcome research ideas, problems, or questions that have been suggested by policymakers, practitioners, voluntary sector groups or service users.

The event – which aims to bring together researchers and non-academic partners – will be held between 10am-1.30pm in the Charles Thackrah building.

View the programme here

Read notes from the workshop here

Inequalities Research Workshop

Monday, 4 April 2016

The Leeds Inequalities Research Network held a workshop to develop research proposals that addresed current inequality challenges.

The event particularly welcomed research ideas, problems, or questions that had been suggested by policymakers, practitioners, voluntary sector groups or service users.

The event – which brought together researchers and non-academic partners – was held between 12.30-3.15pm (Fairbairn House Main Building, Upper Chapel LR (1.04a)).

Click here for further details about emerging themes

Read the programme here.

Read notes from the workshop here

Inequalities Research Workshop

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

The workshop discussed how to take the Network's work forward as well as the time frame for its activities.

It explained the outcomes of its previous workshops and provided an overview of activities that have been developed under three headings (links and projects; governance of the Network; and concepts and methods). It then went on to explore ways in which to develop each area.

H2020 inequalities work programme

Thursday, 8 October 2015

The workshop focused on the specific call 'An empirically informed European theory of justice and fairness', which has a theoretical and empirical component. It explored what the Network could offer in terms of expertise, experience, relevant networks and international collaborations along with research questions that could be mobilised in developing a proposal responding to the call.

Ben Williams, EU Team, Funding Development (RIS) presented an overview of the works programme and then participants were asked to discuss three areas in relation to its key dimensions.

Summaries from each of these discussions have been prepared:

Inequalities Research Workshop

Thursday, 18 June 2015

There was general agreement and support for the establishment of an inequalities network at the initial Inequalities research collaboration workshop.

The aims of the workshop, which included an overview of inequalities research being held across the University and the research funding landscape, were outlined during the event.

Reports have also been prepared from the workshop by the four presenters:

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