UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Some more than others: Unfolding inequalities in a world in crisis

At the beginning of the pandemic, pop icon Madonna mused from the bath that COVID-19 “doesn’t care about how rich you are… where you live, how old you are”. But this does not appear to be the case. Rather, COVID-19 has followed established lines of disadvantage, disproportionately affecting those with less secure work, more crowded housing, and higher burdens of disease. This talk will explore the ways in which COVID-19 has amplified existing national and global inequalities and exposed new cleavages. It will investigate how policy responses address – or fail to address – the inequalities that are setting the course of the pandemic.

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About the speakers

Danny Dorling

Danny Dorling is one of Britain’s leading geographers and has had a major influence on our understanding of inequality and poverty. His work has revealed the multidimensional aspects to inequality beyond simple income measures, especially those in housing, health, employment and education, and pioneered new cartographic methods for understanding how these play out over space and society.

Damon Silvers

Damon Silvers is a leading voice of the US labour movement. He joined the AFL-CIO in 1997 and directed their successful legal efforts to restore pensions after the Executive Life collapse and severance owed to workers after the Enron and WorldCom collapses. 

William Spriggs

William Spriggs is a renowned labour economist specialising in employment issues and Professor at Howard University. As Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO, he chairs the Economic Policy Working Group for the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD and serves on the board of the National Bureau of Economic Research.