Joseph Rowntree Foundation and LSE to investigate link between poverty and inequalities


The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has awarded LSE £565,000 for its International Inequalities Institute (III) for a three-year programme to investigate the links between poverty and inequalities. 

The partnership was announced by Chief Executive of the Foundation, LSE alumna Ms Julia Unwin CBE (MSc Social Policy & Administration 1991), at a LSE public lecture in November, in which III co-director Professor Mike Savage also launched his new book,Social Class in the 21st Century

The donation establishes a new early career fellowship within the III as well as a programme of research on the connections between inequality, diversity and poverty which will be led by the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE). This programme aims to review the relationships between inequalities of various kinds and poverty, such as the consequences of living in an unequal society for those in poverty, parental resources’ effect on social mobility, and how inequality risks poverty for different groups, such as by ethnicity, gender, disability, or migration status.

The funding will also ensure a programme of practitioner visitors to the III and a public engagement programme of events and publications to support the research. 

“The aim of JRF's partnership with the new Institute is to support activities focused on the consequences of different kinds of inequality for poverty, and the prospects of successful public action to reduce it, with the focus on the UK, in line with JRF's mission,” said Ms Julia Unwin CBE. “We want to improve understanding of the links between inequality and poverty, including between different groups in society. We hope this partnership will make an important contribution to public debate and understanding at a critical time for efforts to reduce poverty in the UK.” 

Professor John Hills, co-director of the III at LSE and director of CASE, said: “Inequality and the persistence of poverty in affluent societies are key issues of our time, but ones whose nature and inter-relationships have been changing and are contested. We hope that this new collaboration will help the development of understanding and policies to address the divide between rich and poor.”