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From buying stuff to eating meat to wasting water, there is growing evidence that countries with a bigger gap between rich and poor do more harm to the planet and its climate.

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This has never happened before. No UK political party has seen such a large and such a rapid rise in support as Labour saw in May 2017.

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The Equality Effect is almost magical. In more equal countries, human beings are generally happier and healthier, there is less crime, more creativity and higher educational attainment.

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Improvements in mortality in England were seen for a generation before the year 2011. They now appear to have ended.

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People in different countries make different choices. In Norway they chose to deal with the financial crash of 2008 in such a way that the population did not suffer unduly and life expectancy there has risen by a year since 2011.

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Every so often a social statistic is released that confirms something extraordinary has occurred, something so strange that it cannot continue, suggesting that the trend has to change again soon.

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Politics in Britain and in many other countries would be better if politicians concentrated on the things which are most important to people.

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Review of ‘Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy, by Philippe van Parijs and Yannick Vanderborght’

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We think of cities as having existing for millennia, but only a few cities are that old and they were almost all extremely small.

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Geography is the subject that shows you how everything is connected to everything else.

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There has been a rapid deterioration in self-reported health in recent years

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Excess deaths in 2015 may be linked to failures in health and social care

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Since at least the early 1900s almost all affluent nations in the world have continually experienced improvements in human longevity.

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I am always surprised that more people in the UK do not know that we now have the greatest economic inequality of any large country in Europe

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If high and growing inequality is benefitting fewer and fewer people in the UK and the USA we should be glad that more people now recognise this

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Equality in Europe, the landscape, battle and war, public lecture by Danny Dorling, St Cross College, Oxford, January 24th.

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On January 20th 2017 the BBC announced the first fall in the numbers of people moving home in the last five years. The reason was the growing housing crisis.

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It’s remarkable how little research is available comparing the success of different countries’ immigration policies.

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In mid-December the Land Registry revealed its latest data on housing prices. These showed that average prices had fallen in five London boroughs in October, up from three in September and just one borough in August.

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In 1968 Ursula Le Guin wrote the Wizard of Earthsea for me. I knew it, as I am sure thousands of other children also knew.

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Brexit voting patterns appear to divide along the lines of age (above all else), then by social attitudes, and then by education

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The old myth about the ability and variability of potential in children is a comforting myth

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This paper presents a human cartographic approach to the analysis of the impact of austerity and the economic crisis across Europe’s regions.

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The Left are busy looking back instead of devising laws to address inequalities.

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Public Lecture given by Danny Dorling at the University of Swansea, December 12th 2016.

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The outcome of the French presidential election, in which the Republican Francois Fillon, Front National’s Marine Le Pen, and the Socialist Party will be vying for position in April 2017, could have wide reaching implications for public health in Europe.

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In October 2016, at her party’s annual conference, the Prime Minister (Teresa May) set out a vision for a more inclusive Britain

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Melissa Benn, Danny Dorling, Kayleigh Garthwaite and Owen Jones, Speaking on the future of Social Justice, at the Bristol Festival of Ideas and Policy Press Evening, University of Bristol, December 5th.

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Margaret Thatcher’s government sowed the seeds of today’s housing crisis when it abandoned rent regulation in the private sector.

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What does the world look like when you map it using data about people? See the world anew — a connected, ever-changing and fascinating place in which we all belong. You’ll never look at a map the same way again.

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The Annual Political Studies Association Lecture given by Danny Dorling in The British Library, London, November 28th. Introduced by Carolyn Quinn

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Danny Dorling’s Review of Ecotopia 2121: A Vision for Our Future Green Utopia – in 100 Cities, by Alan Marshall

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You need to agree that we have failed, because if we are incapable of recognising that we have failed, what hope is there for this country?

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Keynote speech by Danny Dorling: Placeshapers conference :Building Homes and Lives, Trade Union Congress Centre, London, November 16th.

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Innovation in Education Lecture by Danny Dorling given in Committee Room 10, House of Commons, London, November 15th.

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Comprehensive schools have improved our lives. The evidence that they are better for our children and for all of us is overwhelming.

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Housing is fundamentally a debate about
 social goods and social evils – TAP blog 6, 11 November 2016

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On education the left need to recognise public disquiet over our current system of allocation to state schools by area and hence by housing price.

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Economically, the financial crash of 2008 set UK society on a course that led to the 2016 EU referendum.

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Since 2010 council tax benefit has been cut all across the UK, and rent, gas and electricity costs have gone up. A quarter of British households, mostly with children, can no longer pay for rent, fuel and food and manage to save at least £10 a month.

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An annual public lecture given by Danny Dorling generalizing from Oxford’s current housing dilemmas for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Sustainable Urban Development Programme

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How much of you is you and how much of you is a product of your geography? Have a look at these maps. Areas are coloured red and dark red if many people are poor in those places. And they are coloured green, and especially dark green, if very few people are poor.

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Invited Student Lecture given by Danny Dorling at Ruskin College, Oxford, October 19th, 2016, Introduced by Parveen Alam.

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A thirty minute talk for lower sixth form students studying A levels by Danny Dorling of the University of Oxford, School of Geography & Environment

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A talk for sixth form students at many schools studying A level Geography in Manchester by Danny Dorling of the University of Oxford

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Danny Dorling talking on – Epidemiology: abandoning the social: How deaths in England and Wales rose in a year by 5%, in Scotland by 9%, but epidemiologists were too busy with the genome to notice the bills of mortality,

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Danny Dorling: Talking about Brexit on BBC Newsnight 29th September 2016, starting in Tewksbury:

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In 1983 your chance of owning your own home was over 70 per cent for people aged between 29 and 49. In 2012 the lucky group who had a 70 per cent or more chance of owning their homes were aged 58 to 85.

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It is no coincidence that Thomas More set Utopia on an island. He was a teenager when the Americas were discovered, a time when the world learned that more was possible than we knew.

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Self-reported health had been progressively declining year on year since 2010. In the years before 2010 up to 70% of the population were somewhat, mostly, or completely satisfied with their health and there was no downwards or upwards trend.

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A talk given at the Edinburgh Book Festival on August 29th, 2016.

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What are the implications of Brexit for the housing crisis in the UK? Danny Dorling offers some answers at Urbed’s 4×4 event, held in Manchester on July 13th 2016.

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Two lectures for the summer. First Some ideas about protecting the earth’s environment and its people:
A talk given as part of the Summer Minds lectures at St Davids in Wales on August 3rd 2016.

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Oxfordshire could be so different and was so different not very long ago. In the novel Larkrise to Candleford, the story of a very different Oxfordshire is told

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The vote to leave the European Union is a moment of both crisis and opportunity. Now the need to build a progressive alliance has become urgent.

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Across the UK self-reported health has been progressively declining year on year since 2010 with the fastest falls to the worse recorded levels having been confirmed by official data released in March 2016, but not yet reported until now.

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The rise in mortality in 2015 was shocking. In England and Wales (alone) the rise of mortality of 9% in the year to July 2015 was, as far as can be known from published statistics, the largest proportional increase in mortality rates in a year recorded since 1940.

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If we start by considering what is most important to people in their lives, then we end up advocating a very different politics and set of priorities to that which is usually presented.

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Blame austerity not immigration for the inequality underlying Brexit. The underlying reason for worsening health and declining living standards in Britain is not immigration but ever growing economic inequality and the public spending cuts that have accompanied austerity.

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In Amsterdam in 1699, a house sold for 28,100 guilders. This was a very fine house. Its equivalent would be found in Kensington today.

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Brexit has its roots in the British Empire. So how do we explain it to the young? The EU referendum was the last throes of Empire working its way out of our systems.

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Immigration, The EU Referendum, and the real reasons why our schools are so often full, our housing is so expensive and our health service is underfunded as compared to the rest of Europe.

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Manipulating the market mechanism to promote frugality, prudence and deferred gratification without the perversion of profit

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Recording from the Telegraph Stage at the 2016 Hay Festival

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Is Economic Inequality Falling in the World? In this webinar Danny Dorling presents some of the most recent data made available through the World Top Incomes database and the statistical releases of the United Nations Development Programmes Human Development Reports. These suggest that there may be some tentative evidence that a tipping point could have […]

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Two Talks at ‘Also’ the Festival with Ideas – Warwickshire: http://www.also-festival.com/ideas/

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Danny Dorling speaking at the Hay Festival

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Carl Lee and Danny Dorling speaking at the Student Compass Venue, Hay Festival

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I want to ask you to play a little game with me. I want you to pretend you are being driven to Dalston Junction in London to look at one of the penthouse flats on the twelfth floor of a new development to decide if you are going to buy it

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…The clever Conservatives have to hope that the anti-Corbyn minority win. What they need is a Labour party that gains office once every ten or fifteen years but does not upset their project.

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Demographically, Britain has changed more in the last 15 years than the previous 50. Economically, the crash of 2008 has changed our society in ways we are still only just coming to recognize.

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A BETTER POLITICS: How government can make us happier
Talk and debate on a new book by Danny Dorling

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Using beautiful and unfamiliar maps drawn by his colleague Ben Hennig, and shown in colour for the first time, Danny Dorling, Professor of Geography at Oxford University, shows us how we are changing as a species.

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These are dangerous times. Ken Loach has argued that we should vote to remain in the EU because the alternative of a rise in far-right politics is so very dangerous. I, and many others agree

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Danny Dorling speaking on Fairness and the City – A Better Politics, University of Brighton’s Festival of Social Science Annual Lecture, Brighton, May 19th, 2016

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Keynote lecture at the Human Welfare Conference

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Danny speaking with Afshin Rattansi on Russia Today’s Going Underground

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Annual “Europe in Question” lecture, LSE

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So how do we explain it to the young? (by Sally Tomlinson and Danny Dorling)
The EU referendum is the last throes of Empire working its way out of our systems.

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Talk at the Frome Architecture Club

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Launch event with Richard Wilkinson and Rupa Huq MP

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Royal Geographical Society Monday night lecture with Mark Maslin and Danny Dorling

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Britain is still a society deeply divided by class. The same schools, established church and universities dominate public life, but under the façade of immobility, changes are afoot.

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The Panama Papers revealed what a few suspected for some time, but many people did not believe – that a large proportion of wealthy people were trying very hard to avoid paying much of their tax.

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BBC World Service World Business Report

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Happiness – Should the government promote it? Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, talks to Laurie Taylor about the necessity to inspire a better politics

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Carl Lee and Danny Dorling talk about geography, what it means to them and why it might be of interest to you: 3.30pm Saturday April 16th 2016. Free entry, Blackwell’s Bookshop, Sheffield University

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On 25 January 2015 the MSC Oscar, a Panamanian flagged ship laden with goods, set sail from the port of Dalian in China.

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Owen Hatherley and Danny Dorling at the Aye Write Book Festival

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The aim of this book is to inspire a better politics: one that will enable future generations to be happier.

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Violence was declining worldwide a hundred years ago. Back in 2016 you would not have thought it

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Twas day before budget day… March 15th 2016: A talk for civil servants an policy makers in the Cabinet Office and Treasury

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Danny in conversation with Andrew Bradstock

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The New Economics event at Garth Hill College, Bracknell

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I’m Danny Dorling – I am the one member of the London Fairness Commission not to live or work in London. My vision is that we should concentrate on what appears to be most unfair and tackle that unfairness.

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Danny Dorling in conversation with Stefan Stern

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People often think that a certain level of inequality is normal in our societies, says the social geographer Danny Dorling.

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Keynote: British Academy and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) seminar on Growing Cities, Divided Cities

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When answering questions on “sink estates” in the House of Commons on 13th January the Prime Minister displayed a breath-taking degree of ignorance on housing that can only have been sustained by a growing arrogance.

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Public Lecture at the York Union

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Keynote by Danny Dorling and Kate Pickett

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Spare a thought for the 1% lowest earners in the UK. Read on if you care…

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Schools in Britain are among the worst in the world for ‘teaching to the test’ because of high levels of social inequality

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A Fifteen Minute Lecture with Danny Dorling

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Causal links with depleting mental health in the young, the increased use of anti-depressent drugs, and high rates of infant deaths than in similar affluent countries, sketching a narrative of the insidious potential social consequences for our society in a hundred years’ time.

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Two talks recorded at Southgate School 6th form, Cockfosters, London (December 8th) St Helen and St Katharine School, Abingdon (December 9th 2015)

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Having a large police force is a temporary feature. They have no longterm future and no lengthy history.

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Talk at Labour students, Queen Mary University

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King’s Chevening Distinguished Lecture

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Panel contribution, and answering questions with Michael Edwards, Kate Macintosh, Anna Minton, and Zoe Williams at the Festival of Ideas

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Contribution to Oxfordshire Community Foundation’s annual debate

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Danny discussion with Owen Jones

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Lecture at the Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester

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Talk at the Blackfriars Poverty in Britain Group

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Danny speaking at the Young Foundation, London

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Environmental Sustainability and Demographic Change Conference, The Martin School, Oxford University

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E. Kosmin, V. Coulter, and D. Dorling speaking at the University College Lecture theater, Oxford

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Audio recording from the event at Housman’s bookshop, London

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Royal Society of Arts and Commerce

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Future of Cities Seminar, Wharton Room, All Souls College

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How do we understand this new conservative rhetoric of equality and an assault on poverty when we place it against the reality of rising inequality and the expectation that tax credit cuts will put 200,000 more families in poverty?

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A view from the future

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Why Better Statistics are Needed

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Contribution the the BBC Radio 4 Analysis programme

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Public Lecture, School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham

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Economic inequality and our grandchildren’s future

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The Annual Arthur Lewis Lecture, University of Manchester

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Danny speaking as a special guest alongside Maggie Black, Peter Stalker and Danny Chivers

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Evidence is beginning to surface of the possible health effects of the rapid social polarisation that is taking place in the UK.

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Millions will be missing from the electoral role if constituency boundaries are redrawn this autumn

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CLASS Panel Discussion with Danny Dorling, Frances O’Grady and Owen Jones

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Danny speaking at London Review of Books Bookshop

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Talk at the Oxford Public Health Registrars Symposium

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Danny speaking at the Annual Policy and Politics Conference: Democracy, Inequality and Power

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Danny Dorling speaking at the Edinburgh Book festival

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Invited talk to Baillie Gifford Fund Managers

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Teenagers getting their results this week have little choice but to scramble for a university place and face the huge debt now involved

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The Cock and Bull Festival 2015 Summer Sunday Debate

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Welcome to West Asia!

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Plenary lecture by Danny Dorling and Bethan Thomas at the Census Applications Conference

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Expert panel discusses the relationship between London and the rest of the UK

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Danny speaking on Russia Today

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A short introduction to injustice

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Danny speaking at the Way with words Festival

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Talk at the Way with words Festival

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Classrooms are crumbling and inequality is getting worse, but the government’s priorities are more testing and free schools

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Annual Education Lecture, King’s College London

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In the five years since the first edition of Injustice there have been devastating increases in poverty, hunger and destitution in the UK.

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Recording from the Bristol Festival of Ideas

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Danny speaking at Wood Farm Primary School, Oxford

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Why Social Inequality still persists, Oxford Empathy Festival

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Looking back six generations is a ‘utopian trick’. And looking back at the last six generations suggests that capitalism might have been a transition.

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Talk with Mary O’Hara and Danny Dorling at the Hay Festival

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Class of 2015, joint Junior Common Rooms of Trinity, Corpus Christi, St Anne’s, Pembroke and Exeter colleges

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People on both the left and the right construct their stories, testaments and beliefs as to the way to behave.

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Utopias, Temporalities and Futures: Critical Considerations for Social Change Symposium

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After Dinner Speech, Halford Mackinder Geography Society at Christ Church College, Oxford

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Levellers’ Day Panel discussion

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Royal Town and Planning Institute Seminar

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Danny Dorling and Madsen Pirie discussing the green belt and housing

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Living in a highly unequal society for me means living in a socially dysfunctional society. I live in England.

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Danny speaking at the Swindon Literary Festival

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Ten research-intensive universities in the South of England will get more than £2,000 each year in quality-related research funding for every student at the institution

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Jenny Jones and Danny Dorling discussing

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Premature deaths of black Americans alter politics, shows study

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What Labour’s plans would mean for higher education

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The young and the old know all about renting – it’s those born in the Fifties who managed to cash in

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Danny speaking at the PPE course of My Life My Choice

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Danny speaking at the SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies

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Danny in conversation with David Runciman discussing Inequality and the 1%

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IMF forecasts show that Britain could join a tiny group of European countries that have shrunk the size of their states dramatically

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Panel discussion at the Festival of Debate

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They might think they are comfortably well-off. But middle-income Britons are poorer relative to the super-wealthy than their counterparts anywhere else in Europe

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Tariq Ali in conversation with Danny Dorling

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Danny speaking at the Free University of London, LSE Occupied

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Using newly available data from the Department for Work and Pensions, Danny Dorling, professor of Geography at the University of Oxford and Simon Szreter, professor of History and Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, have mapped child poverty by constituency across the UK.

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Video recording of a talk given at the networking event on the eve of the ESRC First Year Student Conference

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Audio recording of The People’s Parliament, House of Commons, London

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Danny speaking at a Green Party event

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Hele Skjervold, Afternposten’s London correspondent, explains inequalities in London to her Norwegian readers.

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The housing crisis is already out of control, and no one in politics wants to help

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Talk at Innovations in policy, design, funding and delivery, Affordable Housing Conference

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Several thousand people are expected to gather in London for a rally calling for more homes in the UK.

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The largest falls in the proportions of households that are neither wealthy or poor has been in outer boroughs of London.

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Faced with a £3bn repair bill, is the Palace of Westminster still the best place for MPs to meet?

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Paperback launch event at City Hall London

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Danny Dorling speaking on BBC inside out North East and Cumbria

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Student Society invited Lecture, SOAS

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Average house prices in the South East, and especially London, rose even faster during 2014 (January to December) than in the same period of 2013, says new research

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The average price of sold houses in England and Wales has more than doubled since 1995

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A home-owning majority in Britain was a one-generation blip. But if we are becoming a renting country again, we’ll need better regulation

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Can today’s British youth “have a life that isn’t simply working to get the money to pay the rent”?

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Danny speaking at Inequality and New Economics

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The latest admissions data show that the higher education sector is a safe haven in troubled times. With few other options available to school-leavers, universities have opened their doors to unprecedented numbers of young people from an unprecedentedly wide range of backgrounds.

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Danny in conversation with Paul Watt

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Brian Nolan, Danny Dorling and Fran Bennett speaking about inequality at the 21st Century Challenges Conference

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The interview was made in November 2014 and published on Long Term Economy in January 2015

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Keynote by Danny Dorling held at the Annual Geography Teacher Education Conference, Hawkwell House Hotel, Iffley, Oxford

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Danny speaking speaking at the Cardiff Anti-Bedroom Tax Group, Unite Building, Cardiff

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In conversation with Danny Dorling at the Oxford Inequality Series organised by the Oxford Hub

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Danny discussing with Ben Southwood of the Adam Smith Institute

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This is an extract from a paper published in Social Science and medicine

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Danny and the business minister Matt Hancock debate economic growth on BBC Newsnight

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