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New Leeds Beckett research group focuses on global inequalities


The University has a lot of expertise within the area of global inequalities, with an ever-increasing profile in light of the establishment of a new research group co-led by Dr Joseph Ibrahim.

Dr Ibrahim, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, was recently appointed as Joint Programme Lead alongside Dr Sophia Price to the Global Inequalities research group, which sits under the Centre for Applied Social Research.

This research group is truly interdisciplinary, focusing on economic, political and social inequality in different national and international contexts.

One of Joseph’s current research project’s – Left Wing Movements and Political Parties in the 21st Century focuses on the emergence of social movements and political mobilisations from around the world with a particular emphasis on left-wing social movements and political parties.

This project will culminate in a two-volume edited book that seeks to take stock of where the Left is today considering themes such as the state of leftist trade union activism. The collection will be part of a book series called Routledge Studies in Radical History and Politics, co-authored with Dr John Roberts from Brunel University. This upcoming publication will build on the success of his most recent piece of published literature ‘Entitled Bourdieu and Social Movements: Ideological Struggles in the British Anti-Capitalist Movement’ which explored the dynamics of conflict and consensus between political groups and the development of the anti-capitalist movement in Britain.

Dr Ibrahim explained: “My book focuses particularly on the British anti-capitalist protests that occurred at the turn of the century: from the first carnival against capitalism that brought the city of London to a standstill in June 1999, through to the emergence of the Occupy Movement that swept the globe between September 2011- February 2012.

This publication is unique in its aims as it sets out to explain not just why political groups emerge and what they are arguing against, but why they compete and come into conflict with each other when they have the same political objectives. To this end, I aimed to offer a fresh perspective from established social movement theories that largely concentrate on movements versus elites.”

Enquiries from scholars whose research interests align with the objectives of the group are encouraged to contact either Dr Sophia Price or Dr Joseph Ibrahim.

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