What causes social inequality? How intersecting disadvantages shape lives

Chair: Professor Cristina Iannelli (University of Edinburgh)

Speakers: Professor Mike Savage (London School of Economics), Professor Emer Smyth (Economic and Social Research Institute), Dr Francesca Fiori (University of St Andrews) and Dr Ivan Privalko (Economic and Social Research Institute).

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Understanding what causes inequality is all the more important in a world in which access to learning and employment has been reshaped by the pandemic restrictions. This webinar presents new thinking on the drivers of social inequality and shows how focusing on only one aspect of inequality such as social class gives an incomplete view of the intersecting disadvantages shaping the lives of individuals, families and communities.

The webinar will include short presentations on the need to update the concept of class, the importance of analysing the influence of multiple family background factors and experiences, as well the impact of school experiences on children’s outcomes.

Further information about the research: Understanding Inequalities (UI) is a project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC Grant Reference ES/P009301/1), which aims to explore the causes and consequences of inequalities in Scottish society and beyond. For more information, visit the project website, subscribe to our mailing list and follow us on Twitter: @U_Inequalities

Contact us: For queries about the webinar or our research contact understanding.inequalities@ed.ac.uk