Inequality Talks

Inequality Talks series brings some of the leading academics to the University of Helsinki to discuss multilayered questions of intersecting inequalities. Watch their talks here (videos) and learn how they respond to some of the key questions concerning global inequality.

INEQ keynote by Elisabeth Schimpfössl: Russian oligarchs and Western sanctions

Senior Lecturer Elisabeth Schimpfössl (Aston University) discusses Western responses to Russia’s pending and then materialising invasion of Ukraine and what that tells us about elite power and relations. (March 22, 2022)

INEQ keynote by Meri Koivusalo: Globalization, in­equal­ity and health policy

Professor Meri Koivusalo (Tampere University) discusses health policy in relation to globalization and in particular, globalization as economic integration. (November 18, 2021)

INEQ keynote by Vanessa Andreotti and Sharon Stein: Deep­en­ing en­gage­ments with de­col­on­iz­a­tion: Les­sons from STEM

Pro­fessor Vanessa An­dreotti and As­sist­ant Pro­fessor Sharon Stein (University of Brit­ish Columbia) review a series of pedagogical frameworks that they have developed for inviting intellectually and relationally rigorous engagements with decolonization in today’s volatile, uncertain, and hyper-complex institutional contexts. (October 26, 2021)

INEQ & BIBU keynote by Mike Savage: The Return of Inequality

Professor Mike Savage (LSE) discusses his new book where he explains inequality’s profound deleterious effects on the shape of societies. He argues that severe inequality threatens to returns us to the past. (September 27, 2021)

INEQ Guest Talk: Wendy Bottero: A Sense of Inequality

Dr Wendy Bottero (University of Manchester) discusses a key argument from her recent book, which brings together a range of different literatures in order to better understand what provokes a sense of inequality (June 10, 2021).

Digital ex­clu­sion: Con­cep­tual and meth­od­o­lo­gical ap­proaches: Keynote by Professor Ellen Helsper

Online research workshop by INEQ and the 'DigiIN - Towards socially inclusive digital society' project. (June 3, 2021)

INEQ Guest Talk: Bo Rothstein: Why No Eco­nomic Demo­cracy in Sweden? A Coun­ter­fac­tual Ap­proach

Pro­fessor Bo Roth­stein (University of Gothen­burg) discusses why has economic democracy, in the form of employee-owned and/or governed companies, not been on the political agenda in Sweden. (May 11, 2021)

INEQ Guest Talk: Yılmaz Akyüz: In­equal­ity, Stag­na­tion, Fin­an­cial­iz­a­tion and the Global South

Dr Yıl­maz Akyüz (Former Director and Chief Economist, UNCTAD) discusses inequality as a macroeconomic problem. (April 22, 2021)

INEQ Guest Talk: Branko Milanovic: Capitalism, Alone

Professor Branko Milanovic (CUNY) discusses systemic inequalities in liberal capitalist societies with the special emphasis on the phenomenon of homoploutia. (April 12, 2021)

INEQ Guest Talk: Professor Gurminder K Bhambra: Em­pire, Na­tion, and the Con­struc­tion of the Brit­ish Wel­fare State

Professor Gurminder Bhambra (University of Sussex) discusses how the the British welfare state was significantly shaped by the empire that preceded it. (March 25, 2021)

INEQ Guest Talk: Tine Buffel: De­vel­op­ing age-friendly communities with older people as co-re­search­ers: An in­clus­iv­ity-ex­clus­iv­ity per­spect

Dr Tine Buffel (University of Manchester) discusses questions relating to neighbourhood and community life in later life, social inequality and exclusion, urban deprivation, and developing ‘age-friendly’ environments. (February 18, 2021)

Immigration, racism and nationalism: Keynote by Professor Shirley Anne Tate

Online research workshop organized by INEQ, ESSO - Social Psychologists studying Ethnic Relations at University of Helsinki, and CEREN - Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism. (November 30, 2020)

INEQ Guest Talk: Rense Nieuwen­huis: Family di­versity in the dual-earner model

As­so­ci­ate Pro­fessor Rense Nieuwen­huis (SOFI, Stock­holm University) discusses vertical and horizontal aspects of economic inequality from the perspective of income distribution in various household types. (November 26, 2020)

INEQ Guest Talk: Philip Howard: Lie Machines - How to save democracy from social media

Professor Philip Howard (University of Oxford) discusses his recent book 'Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives' (2020). (November 12, 2020)

Linguistic diversity, multilingualism and the welfare state: Keynotes by Jan Svennevig & Kristina Gustafsson

Research workshop organized by INEQ and Finnish research network on linguistic diversity and the welfare state - Satakieli. (October 30, 2020)

Professor Juho Saari - Post-Pandemic Social Inequality

Professor Juho Saari (TUNI) starts INEQ Research Seminar Fall 2020 with a topic "Post-Pandemic Social Inequality". After Saari, Professor Anu Kantola (UH) gives comments on the talk. (September 10, 2020)


"Eriarvoisuus, tutkimus ja politiikka" (Inequality, research and policymaking: panel discussion (in Finnish)) with the Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo and INEQ Affiliated Scholars Antti Kauppinen, Lauri Kokkinen and Sonja Kosunen (August 29, 2019)

Lecture by professor Göran Therborn In­creas­ing In­equal­ity: Para­dox, Puzzles, and Per­spect­ives

(March 26, 2019)