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.

Education, Social Sciences & Law
Performance, Visual Arts & Communications
Medicine & Healthcare

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.

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

Inequalities Research Network Workshop Series 2018-19 - 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.

  1. 7th November, 2018 - Methodological Innovations and Challenges in Researching Inequalities
  2. 5th December, 2018 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Researching Inequality: Barriers and Opportunities
  3. 6th March, 2019 - Generating “Impact” through Inequalities Research: Success, Failures and Lessons
  4. 8th May, 2019 - Practicalities of Researching Inequality: Logistics of Fieldwork, Challenges, Data Quality, Comparative and International issues, etc. 

*all sessions run 12.00-13.30

For more information, please contact Daniel Edmiston (D.Edmiston@leeds.ac.uk).


'More United than Divided - Partnerships for Social Justice'

Thursday 25 April, 2019


Inequalities are often created and kept in place by multiple systems that reinforce poverty, discrimination and social exclusion. People from excluded groups experience numerous layers of inequality that affect almost every area of their lives at the same time. This workshop will explore whether equity networks currently working separately in specific fields such as education, health, employment and transport, or with specific excluded populations, could achieve more by coming together and pooling their resources and efforts. We will explore key issues such as:

  • Can challenges such as poverty, racism, health inequalities and mobility inclusion be addressed holistically rather than through fragmented approaches and, if so, how?
  • Can collaboration across diverse equity networks inform a focus on particular populations or places?
  • Can different networks involving activists, researchers, policymakers and public service practitioners increase their impact and the resources available to them by working together?
  • Can collaboration lead to shared definitions and consistent approaches in areas where these are missing?

View the full programme and register for your place here.

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