IRiS Roundtable series – Opportunity or challenge for addressing inequality?


When: 4th June 2015 (13:00-16:00)           Where: Muirhead Tower, 714/5

Many industrialised societies are becoming increasingly diverse and unequal. However, the relationship between these two phenomena is to date under-examined. In the second IRiS Key Concepts roundtable, we have invited internationally renowned academics with long-standing expertise and interests in inequality to consider a range of questions.  These include:

  • How has inequality changed with the emergence of superdiversity?
  • Does a superdiversity lens help us to address or conceal structural inequality and power relations in contemporary society?
  • What new forms of social mobility and stratification are emerging in the context of superdiversity?

Speakers will each briefly outline their thoughts on the issues/questions we have raised to begin a conversation about the opportunities and challenges that superdiversity brings for understanding and addressing inequality.  Short presentations will contemplate conceptual and theoretical rather than empirical dimensions and will be followed by open discussions.

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We are delighted to announce that the following academics have agreed to participate:

Dr Vikki Boliver
Senior Lecturer in Sociology / Social Policy
School of Applied Social Sciences
Durham University

Professor Gill Crozier
Professor of Education, FRSA
University of Roehampton, London

Professor Ben Rogaly
Professor of Human Geography
Head of Geography Department
University of Sussex

Dr Paul Watt
Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies
Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies
Birkbeck, University of London

Registration is free but necessary as we plan to keep numbers relatively low and will be providing lunch and refreshments.

Register at the following link:

Please contact Ann Bolstridge, IRiS Manager at for further information.