Canada Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast
28th March: 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Richard Wilkinson: The Inner Level
We are delighted to welcome this leading equality champion to Belfast. Richard Wilkinson is a social epidemiologist, author and advocate. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Nottingham, and also Honorary Professor at University College London. In 2009, Richard co-founded The Equality Trust. Richard was awarded a 2013 Silver Rose Award from Solidar for championing equality.
He is best known for his book with Kate Pickett, The Spirit Level, first published in 2009, which argues that societies with more equal distribution of incomes have better health, fewer social problems such as violence, drug abuse, teenage births, mental illness, obesity, and others, and are more cohesive than ones in which the gap between the rich and poor is greater. More recently, The Inner Level, their long-awaited follow up, looks at the more personal, individual effects of inequality and how the social effects of the gap between rich and poor impact on people.
In this talk he will detail the overwhelming evidence that material inequalities have powerful psychological effects and challenge the idea that humans are innately competitive and self-interested. Shedding light on many of the most urgent problems facing us today, he lays out the path towards a fairer society.
Supported by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.