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VIRTUAL EVENT: Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities launch

29 September 2020, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

UCL Bloomsbury Campus

We are delighted to announce the formal launch of the Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities (CEPEO).

This event is free.

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Katie Rychliski, Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities

Join CEPEO Director, Professor Lindsey Macmillan, who will introduce our centre, highlighting what we are trying to achieve, and why this matters.

She will present new research for the Social Mobility Commission, showing differences in opportunities across England, and emphasising the importance of both education and the labour market in equalising opportunities.

We’re also very excited to be joined by Professor Robert D. Putnam, Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, for the first UK talk about his forthcoming book ‘The Upswing’, and a discussion with Lindsey about the challenges of delivering practical policy research to tackle unequal opportunities.


About the Speakers

Robert D. Putnam

Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard

Robert has received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama and has written fifteen books including ‘Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis’, a ground-breaking examination of the growing opportunity gap. 

His book 'The Upswing' is a brilliant analysis of economic, social, and political trends over the past century demonstrating how we have gone from an individualistic "I" society to a more communitarian "We" society and then back again - and how we can learn from that experience. 

Lindsey Macmillan

Professor of Economics and Director of CEPEO at UCL Institute of Education

Lindsey's research explores the role of early skills, education, and labour market experience in the transmission of incomes and work across generations, and how this affects access to opportunities across the life course.

She leads CEPEO research, has published widely on topics relating to educational inequalities and works closely with government and third sector organisations including the Department for Education and the Social Mobility Commission.

More about Lindsey Macmillan