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Professor discusses the new politics of inequality


Alex Nunn has hosted his professorial inaugural lecture as Professor of Politics and Political Economy at Leeds Beckett University, where he explored the new politics of inequality.

Prof Alex Nunn

The lecture saw Professor Nunn discuss the causes and implications of increased inequality in the UK and around the world.  He also looked at why the politicians and international organisations who presided over the increase in inequality are now so concerned about it. 

Alex Nunn is Professor of Politics and Political Economy at Leeds Beckett University.  He is a member of the Politics and Applied Global Ethics subject group and also founding Director of the Centre for Applied Social Research (CeASR).  CeASR is a university-wide and interdisciplinary research centre focused on achieving progressive social change through engaging researchers with important questions of policy and practice. 

Alex has a long track record of academic and applied policy-related research in particular, covering issues of social policy, social inequality, labour market governance and social mobility. As well as academic publications, Alex has more than 15 years’ experience of using his research to influence policy and practice in the UK, across Europe and further afield.  His research on labour market governance has led to several nationwide changes in social policy and the organisation and management of the UK Public Employment Service. 

His 2011 study for the Council of Europe on social mobility underpinned the establishment of integrated social policy guidelines to promote social cohesion and mobility which were subsequently unanimously agreed by all 47 member states.  Alex’s research has shaped the organisation of Public Employment Services across Europe, East Asia and he is now engaged, via the Inter-American Development Bank, in consultancy related to labour market policy across Latin America.

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