Oxford Brookes Professor takes part in discussion on “urgent need” to tackle inequality

Wednesday, 07 December 2016

Action on inequality urgently needed

Professor Simonetta Manfredi joined a panel of experts in Oxford earlier this month (1 December) to discuss approaches to tackling inequality.

The event took place at the Oxford Martin School, a research and policy unit based at the University of Oxford, and was part of the Michaelmas Term Lecture Series.

Addressing the causes of inequalities and disadvantage, whether civil, political, social or economic must be urgently put at the top of the social and political agenda

Professor Simonetta Manfredi, Director of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research & Practice

A video from the event can be watched online.

Professor Manfredi, Director of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research & Practice and Acting Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange at Oxford Brookes, was one of five speakers on the day, alongside:

  • Professor Brian Nolan, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Inequality and Prosperity and Co-Director, INET Oxford (Chair)
  • Professor Stefan Dercon, Professor of Economic Policy, Blavatnik School of Government
  • Professor Sandy Fredman, Co-Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations
  • Professor John Goldthorpe, Emeritus Fellow, Nuffield College.

Each panellist drew on their own research and experience to put forward a response to the question of how to tackle inequality and its effects, before the event was opened up to a wider discussion, with questions from the audience.

As the lecture series noted, inequality lies at the root of many of the world’s intractable challenges. From gender inequality in healthcare, through economic inequality and the persistence of poverty, to the barriers to social mobility, its effects are felt deeply and differently all over the world.

Professor Manfredi concluded her opening statement by saying that “addressing the causes of inequalities and disadvantage, whether civil, political, social or economic must be urgently put at the top of the social and political agenda.”

Professor Manfredi’ s research has focused on women in leadership, work-life balance, and age discrimination and retirement policies. She has led a number of research projects funded by organisations such as the European Commission, the former Department of Trade and Industry, the European Social Fund, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Equality Challenge Unit.

Recent projects include a study into the exchange of board-level talent between business and academia, commissioned by the 30% Club Higher Education Working Group and co-sponsored by KPMG, and an investigation about the role of Executive Search Firms to increase diversity in senior appointments in Higher Education, sponsored by Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Further information on the Centre for Diversity Policy Research & Practice at Oxford Brookes is available online.