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Champions of equality to speak at BPS annual conference 

08 April 2019

Two well-known champions of justice and equality will explore how inequality affects all of society at the British Psychological Society annual conference.

Bestselling authors Professor Kate Pickett and Professor Richard Wilkinson will look at questions like whether better social mobility is the key to society’s wellbeing; whether we are happier when we feel more equal and if inequality breeds discontent.

They will draw on their research to address these questions and show that inequality isn’t just affecting the poor – it’s an issue for all of society.

Following on from their success in 2009 with ‘The Spirit Level’, their follow-up book, ‘The Inner Level’, looks at more personal, individual effects of inequality; how people feel the social effects of the gap between rich and poor. 

In the ‘The Inner Level’ they deal with a society that has experienced 10 years of austerity, widening gaps between rich and poor, less social mobility and an increase in mental health problems. 

They argue that social anxiety and stress impact not only on people’s day-to-day emotions but also on how we relate to each other, our ability to build workable communities, and the health and wellbeing of entire populations. 

Professor Pickett is currently Professor of Epidemiology & Deputy Director of the Centre for Future Health at the University of York and Richard Wilkinson is Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham.    

They will present their keynote at our annual conference in Harrogate on the 1st of May.

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