What are inequalities? Why do they matter? What could be done about them? Accompany Alice on her exploratory tour to better understand the shape, origins, and consequences of the complex phenomenon of inequality.
Want to know more? We invite you to join the conversation! Write to us with questions about inequality, or if you would like Alice to further explore some aspects you are particularly interested in.
The British Royals- Wealth, Power and Inequality
In this episode, Alice speaks with Dr. Laura Clancy, lecturer in Media and Inequality at the University of Lancaster.
Laura researches the British #royalty and their relationship with/representation in the media. They talk about wealth, the importance of Royals in society today, the difficulties of researching anything related due to the secrecy and guarded image they keep, and recent cracks in this image with the Harry/Meghan conversation with Ophra and the accusation of racism.
Migrants, Expatriates, Mobility & Perceptions
In this episode, Alice speaks with Dr. Sarah Kunz, Research Fellow at Bristol University who focuses on the politics of Migration categories, particularly elite mobility.
They speak about the meaning of terms like migrant and expat, the privileges and prejudices associated with one or the other, and how their meaning changed over time, also about the way citizenship and belonging are used or discarded in people’s identity and how this all links to international inequalities.
The politics of care
The episode in #Spanish with English subtitles.
In this episode of #Inequalities, Alice speaks with the sociologist Dr. Makieze Medina Ortiz, who is an expert in Childcare and Human Rights policies. They talk about the unequal division of care work in the households, and the missing engagement of the state to compensate and equalize this burden.
Inequality in Finland
In this episode, Alice speaks with Dr. Hanna Kuusela, Academic Research fellow at Tampere University in Finland and cultural studies scholar working on issues of wealth.
They talk about the particularity of Finland, and of researching inequalities in the allegedly most equal country/example in the world.
Violence, Youth and Education
In this episode,i Alice speaks with Cirenia Chavez, a doctor in development studies from the University of Cambridge, and has been a consultant for different UN agencies including UNDP, Unicef, etc. Cirenia’s research focuses on the relation between violence, youth, and education. They talk about Cirenia’s study with imprisoned young male offenders in Ciudad Juarez, and some of the factors that drive them towards becoming offenders or not.
We dedicate this episode to the memory of Giulio Regeni, Cirenia’s and Alice friend and co-PhD student at Cambridge, who was killed in Egypt in 2016.
You can find out more about Dr Cirenia Chavez here:
Ethical challenges in the time of Covid19
In this episode, Alice speaks with Mira Krozer, a cultural anthropologist, who is an Integrity Advisor at Governance and Integrity in the Netherlands. They speak about the ethical questions faced by the medical staff and care sector during the pandemic, who decides what are morally right ways to act, and how an archive of testimonies can help inform and create accountability towards our dealing with the crises, on the individual and societal levels.
Reconciliation, Peace-building, and Forgiveness.
I had today with Jakob Silas Lund, stay-at-home-dad, writer, a consultant for a wide range of international development organizations (particularly UN women and other UN entities), and award-winning reconciliation activist. This conversation is about the issues of Reconciliation/ Peace-building, Forgiveness, and retributive justice, on a personal and global level.
Enjoy this reflexive and personal conversation!
Financial Market Central Banks, and Inequality.
In this episode, Alice speaks with Dr. Dr. Jens Van T’Klooster, a specialist in Monetary Policy and Financial Markets who is a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven and the University of Amsterdam. Alice and Jens speak about the role of central banks in dealing with crises, and how the conventional wisdom of what monetary policy is able (and allowed) to do has suddenly been turned on its head since the onset of the pandemic. Jens explains how central banks effectively create (and should do so) money out of thin air to pay for the pandemic related costs in the EU/US, while those of other regions of the world are more restrained in their policy space still, unfairly – and how this all relates to inequality.
The costs of Inequality
In this episode, Alice speaks with Dr Diego Sanchez-Ancochea, Director of the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford about his new book “The costs of inequality in Latin America: lessons and warnings for the rest of the world”.
Inequality and caste in India (and beyond)
In this episode, Alice speaks with Dr. Ujithra Ponniah who is a Wealth Inequality and Elite Studies Fellow at the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS) at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, about inequalities in India, the importance and meaning of caste (in and beyond India) and social protests.
Extreme Wealth and Inequality in London
In this episode, Alice speaks with Prof. Rowland Atkinson from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. Rowland is an expert in the urban concentration of wealth, and what it does to the social fabric of the City.
In this conversation, you will learn about what extreme wealth has done to London, the changes it brings socially, politically, and physically (in terms of urban structure).
Climate, Inequality, and Sustainable finance
In this episode, Alice speaks with Aranxa Sanchez. She works at the Mexican Ministry of finance- Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público- where she is the Encargada de Finanzas Sostenibles. They speak about environmental inequality, the impact of climate change, and how sustainable finance can help to mitigate the related problems.
How to fight Inequality
In this episode, Alice speaks with Ben Phillips the author of How to Fight Inequality (And Why this Fight needs you).
Ben Phillips advises the UN, governments and civil society organisations. He was Launch Director of the Fight Inequality Alliance, and Campaigns and Policy Director for Oxfam and ActionAid International. He has lived and worked in four continents and a dozen cities. He has led programmes and campaigns teams in Save the Children, the Children’s Society, the Global Call to Action Against Poverty and the Global Campaign for Educationd. He began his development work at the grassroots, as a teacher and ANC activist living in Mamelodi township, South Africa, in 1994, just after the end of apartheid.
The Social Unrest and Inequalities in Chile
In this episode, Alice interviews Dr. Javier Gonzalez, who is Director of SUMMA (Laboratory for Education, Research and Innovation for Latin American and the Caribbean); he s also an affiliated lecturer at Cambridge Uni and researcher at COES (Uni Chile). They talk about the relationship between inequalities and the social unrest in Chile, how institutions influence the distribution, and the country’s recent move to change the Constitution, and what this could mean for its education system.
Tax Havens, Offshore Finance and International Inequality
In this episode, Alice speaks with Dr. Andrea Binder, who is a Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute, and an expert in offshore finance. They talk about the relationship between tax planning and banking, the role of the state, who or what actually IS the state, and how all this interlinks with elites, and ultimately, international inequality.
Inequality, Power, and Elites in Central America.
In this episode, Alice speaks with Dr. Francisco Robles, professor at the School of Communication and the Institute of Social Research at the University of Costa Rica. Francisco specializes in the investigation of elites. We talk about the particularities of studying inequality in Costa Rica and Central America, and the danger and difficulties of doing elite research in the region.
You can find the podcast hosted by Dr. Francisco Robles here:
And here some of the resources suggested:
The Impact of Public Finance on Inequality
In episode 19 Alice speaks with Carlos Brown, an expert in fiscal justice and public finance. He is the co-director of the Urban South Institute, a think-and-do-tank for environmental and governance issues in the Global South.
Food Inequality in Different Social Classes.
Dr Paloma Villagómez is a postdoc at the Social Research Institute of Mexicos national university UNAM. She specializes in food inequality and she talks with Alice about food processing and eating habits and practices by different social classes, and the prejudices related to (un)healthy diets.
The Multidimensionality of inequalities.
In this episode, Alice speaks with Dr. Raymundo Campos-Vazquez, economist, professor at the Colegio de México currently on academic leave at the Central Bank.
They talk about the multidimensionality of inequality, perceptions of inequality, and discrimination on the labor market related to obesity.
Elections, politics, and criminal organizations in Mexico.
In this episode, Alice is with Dr. Amalia Pulido, assistant professor at the Political Studies Department of the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE).
Amalia is an expert in political violence and its relation with political parties. They talk about the upcoming elections, how criminal capture of candidates fosters inequality, murders of politicians, and the importance of accountability in the election process.
In this episode, Alice speaks with Raul Bravo Aduna, the (former) journalist and (now) editor of the resort Economy and Society at Nexos Magazine (arguably the most important editorial in Mexico).
They talk about the role of publishing intelligible information about inequality for society, and what its impact could be. It’s a pessimistic chat with a hopeful tone.
In this episode, Alice meets Dr. Rosario Aparicio, a researcher at the Seminar for Labor and Inequality at El Colegio de México. They talk about the difficulties that indigenous women confront in the labor market, and in Mexico in general, the Zapatista revolution of 1994, and the current feminist movement and demonstrations going on these days.
The conversation is in Spanish with English subtitles!
Rich Russians and wealth creation.
In this interview, Alice speaks with Dr. Elisabeth Schimpfössl, a sociologist specialized elites and Russia at Aston University (UK). They talked about Elisabeth Schimpfössl ‘s book ‘Rich Russians’, and how the dramatic changes in Russia since the 1990s conditioned wealth creation and concentration, and where the (in)famous oligarchs are now.
In this episode, Alice speaks with the economist Dr. Eva Arceo-Gómez, professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico. Eva is one of the foremost gender economics experts in Mexico. They talk about Eva’s research on the penalty of motherhood in the labor market, the persistent gender pay gap, the unequal distribution of unpaid work in the home, and what needs to be done to improve women’s situation and decrease gender inequalities.
The opportunities technologies hold for a better future.
In this episode, Alice speaks with Dr. Michal Kosinski from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior. Michal Kosinski’s research focuses on individual differences in behavior, preferences, and performance.
Alice and Michal speak bout the opportunities technologies hold for a better future, and how there is always a good and bad potential in all change.
Enjoy the conversation!
This is a conversation between Alice and Hugo Cerón-Anaya, an assistant professor in the sociology and anthropology department at Lehigh University in Bethlehem
They talked about his recent book Privilege at Play, which analyses the entanglement of Class, Race and Gender in the creation of privilege in Mexico, through an ethnographic study of Golf clubs. Hugo explains about the importance of studying privilege and what it meant to immerse himself into spaces of privilege as a researcher (without belonging to them himself).
The Covid-19 Crisis and Inequality in Mexico.
In this episode, Alice speaks with Dr. Juan Carlos Moreno-Brid, Professor of Economics at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). They talk about the necessity to the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis on inequality in Mexico and the Latin American region, and how, in order to get rid of physical distancing, we first need to reduce the social distance between those who have, and those who don’t have, resources like income, health care, and others.
Migrants, Racial Discrimination, and Inequality
In this episode, Alice speaks with Jean Beaman from the University of California Santa Barbara. They talk about Jean Beaman’s book “Citizen Outsider” which describes the experience of second-generation migrants from the Maghreb and racial discrimination in France, and how the situation is there compares to the US.
What does golf have to do with inequality?
In this episode, Alice speaks with Patrick Inglis, Professor at Grinnell College in Iowa. They talk about his recent book Narrow Fairways, which describes the points of connection between elites and the poor in India through studying the relationship of golfers with their caddies, and about the study of elites and inequalities in general.
In this episode, Alice meets Dr Máximo Jaramillo, a sociologist working at Fundar (civil society foundation for tax research) and the founder of Gatitos contra la desigualdad (kitties against inequality), a viral social media persona informing people about inequality with cat pictures). They chat about Máximo’s research on perceptions of poverty and inequality, and the influence that the myth of meritocracy has on these perceptions.
In this episode, Alice meets Luis Monroy-Gómez-Franco, who is a Ph.D. student in economics at CUNY Graduate Center, lecturer at The City College of New York, and external associate researcher at the Centro de Estudios Espinosa Yglesias (CEEY).
The topic of the conversation is social mobility, and how it functions as a link between big contemporary issues like poverty, inequalities, and the concentration of opportunities and how life trajectories are possible/likely in a given society, Mexico in our case, based on these.
You can find out more about Luis Monroy-Gómez-Franco here: https://sites.google.com/view/lmonroygomezfranco/home
Diego Castañeda Garza is an economic historian (currently finishing his PhD at the University of Lund) and prolific contributor to a range of media on questions of inequality, development, and economic history. Alice and Diego chatted about the impact of crises on inequality, and the challenges of historic analyses.
Dr. Roberto Vélez Grajales is currently the Director of the influential Mexican think tank Espinosa Yglesias Research Center (Centro de Estudios Espinosa Yglesias, CEEY). We met to converse about the unequal distribution of life chances in Mexico and what needs to be done to equalise both opportunities and outcomes.
Find out more about Roberto here:
Find out more about the Espinosa Yglesias Research Center here:
In this episode two, Alice speaks with Ricardo Fuentes Nieva, an economist and the Director of Oxfam Mexico. He has previously worked at UNDP and World Bank and is co-author of the influential report “An Economy For the 1%”.
The main topic of the conversation is about the importance of studying inequalities today.
Enjoy it and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions you want us to ask about inequalities.
In this first episode, Alice meets Dr. Katie Higgins who is an Urban Studies Foundation Research Fellow in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. They speak about wealth inequality and the influence of urban elites in Manchester.
Enjoy the video!