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Why you can't get anything right if you don't get equality right

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Richard Wilkinson will discuss the health and social effects of the large income differences between rich and poor in societies.

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Most people, including politicians, have a very naïve view of inequality and assume that it only matters if it creates absolute poverty or is regarded as extremely unfair. Closer to the truth however is that it adds to feelings of superiority and inferiority, makes status and class divisions more important, and has damaging consequences for a wide range of outcomes including physical and mental health, social cohesion, levels of violence, trust, drug abuse, social mobility and child wellbeing.

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Richard 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 Channel 4 Equinox series broadcast in prime time in 1996 and another, called The Divide, released April 2016.

Richard is now Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School, Honorary Professor at University College London and Visiting Professor at the University of York. He wrote The Spirit Level with Kate Pickett, a best seller 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. He co-founded The Equality Trust (with support from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust). In 2013 Richard received Solidar’s Silver Rose Award and received Community Access Unlimited’s ‘Humanitarian of the Year’ Award. In 2014 the Irish Cancer Society awarded him the Charles Cully Memorial medal.

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