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.
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:
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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.
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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.
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