Skip Main Navigation
Page Content

Save This Event

Event Saved

Inaugural Richard Wilkinson Lecture: The Fear that Divides

UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences

Thursday, 7 December 2017 from 18:30 to 21:00 (GMT)

Ticket Information

Type End Quantity
Equality Trust guests   more info 6 Dec 2017 Free  
UCL FPHS students and staff   more info 6 Dec 2017 Free  
UCL FPHS alumni / general public   more info 6 Dec 2017 Free  

Who's Going

Loading your connections...

Share Inaugural Richard Wilkinson Lecture: The Fear that Divides

Event Details

Inaugural Richard Wilkinson Lecture: The Fear that Divides

Richard Wilkinson

Inequality is so damaging to social cohesion because it makes the vertical dimension of society  including the divisions of class and status  more important. As a result, we become more worried about social comparisons and how we are seen by others, and that preys directly on our sensitivities about our self-worth and affects our mental health. After discussing these issues, Richard will go on to criticise popular perceptions of the social hierarchy and how we might really move towards a classless society.

Biography

Richard Wilkinson
has played a formative role in international research on the social determinants of health and on the societal effects of income inequality. His books and papers have drawn attention to the tendency for societies with bigger income differences between rich and poor to have a higher prevalence of a wide range of health and social problems. Two of his books have been the subject of documentary films – one called The Great Leveller for the Equinox series broadcast in prime time in 1996 (to coincide with the publication of his Unhealthy Societies) and another, called The Divide (based on The Spirit Level) released in April 2016 and now available on Netflix.

Richard is now Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School, Honorary Professor at UCL and Visiting Professor at the University of York. He wrote The Spirit Level with Professor Kate Pickett, a best-seller published in 2009 and now available in 24 languages. It won the 2011 Political Studies Association Publication of the Year Award and the 2010 Bristol Festival of Ideas Prize. In 2013 Richard received Solidar’s Silver Rose Award and received Community Access Unlimited’s ‘Humanitarian of the Year’ Award.  The Irish Cancer Society awarded him the 2014 Charles Cully Memorial medal, and he was the 2017 medalist of The Australian Society for Medical Research. In the last few years he has given many hundreds of conference addresses and media interviews round the world, including at WHO, the EU, OECD and the World Bank. His TED talk, How Economic Inequality Harms Societies, has reached over 3 million people across different websites. He is a co-founder of The Equality Trust. A new book, also co-authored with Kate Pickett, will be published by Penguin in 2018.

Further information

Hosted at UCL, this lecture is a collaboration between the UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences and The Equality Trust. 

Do you have questions about Inaugural Richard Wilkinson Lecture: The Fear that Divides? Contact UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences

Save This Event

Event Saved

When & Where


UCL Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre
Roberts Building London,
Torrington Place
WC1E 7JE London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 7 December 2017 from 18:30 to 21:00 (GMT)


  Add to my calendar
Inaugural Richard Wilkinson Lecture: The Fear that Divides
Things to do in London Seminar Health

Interested in hosting your own event?

Join millions of people on Eventbrite.

Please log in or sign up

In order to purchase these tickets in installments, you'll need an Eventbrite account. Log in or sign up for a free account to continue.