The year ahead: to-do lists for 2019

Time to get to work: Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity and the academics and staff of LSE’s International Inequalities Institute tell us what’s on their to-do list for 2019, from papers and conferences to new collaborations and fresh perspectives on inequality and ways to solve it.


In 2019, I am excited about two projects I am currently working on: 1) the project “Pulling away? A social analysis of economic ‘elites’ in the UK”, funded by a Sutton Trust grant, and 2) my work on the project “Can public consensus identify a ‘riches line’: a pilot study” for the Trust for London. 

For the former, I draw on the stimulating work in this field being done by scholars at the International Inequalities Institute and the Department of Sociology, including Nell Beecham, Sam Friedman, Luna Glucksberg, Timothy Monteath, Aaron Reeves, Mike Savage, Emma Taylor and Charis Thompson. If you are researching economic elites in the UK, please get in touch so I can learn about your work.

For the latter, I draw much inspiration from Ingrid Robeyns’ work on limitarianism, as well as Tania Burchardt and Rod Hick’s paper “Inequality, Advantage and the Capability Approach”
Katharina Hecht

I will be working on health metrics (disability-adjusted life years, or DALYs, and others) and how they deal with – and ignore – gender inequality. 
Sudhir Anand

I’m looking forward to grappling with the connection between value-driven leadership, social change and equity; and how we understand, approach and practice leadership as individuals and as a programme.
Rana Zincir-Celal

Lots of things to do with spatial inequalities in the UK. This includes supporting my colleagues working on our urban resilience project to understand the nature of inequalities in our case study areas, working on the impact of the uneven geography of cuts to welfare provision, and investigating the dynamics behind the geography of the UK’s “knowledge economy”. 
Mark Fransham

Trying to finish my book Icons of Inequality.
Mike Savage 

Develop a community currency as a start to experimenting with new ways of organising economic activities in my daily life. 
Pedro Telles

Self-care, and taking more time to write and publish what I think and know and am curious about.
Ebru Ilhan

I am very much looking forward to an international conference organised by IMISCOE, an academic network that brings together a fantastically diverse group of scholars from Europe and beyond working on international migration (and what has been described as “the refugee crisis”) from a myriad of disciplinary perspectives.
Suzanne Wessendorf

Finish a paper looking at how revealing inequalities can sometimes affect poverty. The paper uses the publication of the school league tables in the UK (a process that revealed inequalities in a particular way) to explore how this has altered the geographical concentration of poverty.
Aaron Reeves

I am planning to finish two research projects: the one I am already working on, which is on the social impacts of remittances, and my MSc dissertation project.
Craig Dube

Finalising my research and documenting findings for sharing in 2019, and looking for opportunities to present locally and globally.
Frederick Ouko Alucheli

A series of blog posts on inequality.
Anjali Sarker

Applying to a PhD programme, and hopefully getting in! It starts with developing a decent proposal.
Rose Longhurst

Start studying the role of elites in shaping and reproducing inequalities in developing countries, and I am also looking forward to developing a network of Atlantic Fellows working on health inequalities in Latin America.
Patricio Espinoza Lucero

I’m looking forward to the next phase of my research on the financial influence of elite philanthropists, and will be fleshing out my data to explore what exactly is “plutocratic” about large-scale philanthropy, and how influence is being exerted. I hope to use this work to continue shifting the conversation away from whether the work of individual philanthropists is “good” or “bad”, towards an understanding of large-scale philanthropy as an ecosystem, comprising people, institutions and money, and what this means for its role in challenging inequalities.
Louise Russell-Prywata

Be a father, publish something, develop my individual project including getting mentorship and funding for it (ideas are already in place), and look for a job in policy development. Hopefully, I will still be relevant to my home country, Uganda.
Louis Oyaro

I’m excited about a paper I’m working on, titled “Earning Rent with Your Talent”. In it, I argue that talent today is what inherited land was to feudal societies; an unchallenged source of symbolic and economic rewards. Whereas God sanctified the aristocracy’s wealth, contemporary privilege is legitimated by meritocracy. I show how inequality is produced by the ways in which talent is defined, institutionalised, and sustained by the moral deservingness we attribute to the accomplishments of talents. Consequently, today’s inequalities are as striking as ever, yet harder to challenge than ever before.
Jonathan Mijs

First, launch a pilot of OpenFn’s data integration platform for the Ministry of Health in a large East African country. They’re making an exciting push to digitise various health services and want to ensure that the different systems they plan to use will fit together seamlessly.

Second, narrow down my MSc research topic. I’m interested in the disproportionate negative impacts of ICTs on the poor, thanks to the advertising model and the relative increase in the price of “offline” experiences. In the coming year I hope to contribute in a small but meaningful way to the knowledge base in this particular problem space, potentially by focusing on different socioeconomic status groups’ experiences with advertising online.
Taylor Downs

Be kind.
Beverley Skeggs


Our AFSEE and III contributors to this section of The Year Ahead:

Professor Sudhir Anand, Centennial Professor, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Social Policy

Nicola Jane Browne, 2018-19 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity @nicolajbrowne

Taylor Downs, 2018-19 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity @taylordowns2000

Craig Dube, 2018-19 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity @kwaDube365

Patricio Espinoza Lucero, 2017-18 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity @changespatricio

Dr Mark Fransham, research officer, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Social Policy @markfransham

Dr Katharina Hecht, research officer, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Social Policy @katharina_hecht

Dr Ebru Ilhan, programme manager, Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity, London School of Economics and Social Policy @ebruilhn

Rose Longhurst, 2017-18 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity, @roselonghurst

Dr Jonathan Mijs, assistant professorial research fellow, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Social Policy @JonathanMijs

Fredrick Ouko Alucheli, 2017-18 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity @FredrickOuko1

Louis Oyaro, 2017-18 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity @Yaro_Lo

Dr Aaron Reeves, associate professorial research fellow in poverty and inequalit, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Social Policy, and associate professor in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford @aaronsreeves

Louise Russell-Prywata, 2017-19 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity @_LouiseRP

Anjali Sarker, 2018-19 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity @anjalisarker

Professor Mike Savage, director of the International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Social Policy @MikeSav47032563

Professor Beverley Skeggs, academic director of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Social Policy @bevskeggs

Pedro Telles, 2018-19 Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity @pedrotelles

Dr Susanne Wessendorf, assistant professorial research fellow, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Social Policy

Rana Zincir-Celal
, deputy director, Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Social Policy @ranacelal