Invitation to an Expert Webinar: Unsustainable Inequalities: social justice and the environment
Join us next week for an online public event hosted by
the International Inequalities Institute
Thursday 8 October 2020, 5:00pm to 6:00pm BST
Speaker: Dr Lucas Chancel (World Inequality Lab, Paris School of Economics) Discussant: Dr Alina Averchenkova (Distinguished Policy Fellow, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE) Chair: Professor Francisco H. G. Ferreira (Amartya Sen Professor of Inequality Studies and III Director)
Can we fight poverty and inequality while protecting the environment? The challenges are obvious. To rise out of poverty is to consume more resources, almost by definition. And many measures to combat pollution lead to job losses and higher prices that mainly hurt the poor. In his new book Unsustainable Inequalities, economist and co-director of the World Inequality Lab in Paris, Lucas Chancel confronts these difficulties head-on, arguing that the goals of social justice and a greener world can be compatible, but that progress requires substantial changes in public policy.
Chancel argues that we need to break down the walls between traditional social policy and environmental protection, to make sure that the benefits of these policies are directed across society, all the while ensuring better coordination between central government and local authorities on the front lines of deprivation and contamination.
The International Inequalities Institute (@LSEInequalities) at LSE brings together experts from many LSE departments and centres to lead cutting-edge research focused on understanding why inequalities are escalating in numerous arenas across the world, and to develop critical tools to address these challenges.