Emer. Prof. Richard Wilkinson

Emer. Prof. Richard Wilkinson

British social epidemiologist

Richard played a formative role in changing the world agenda of research on the social determinants of health and on the societal effects of income inequality.

With Kate Pickett he co-wrote the award-winning 2009 book, The Spirit Level, which argued that people in more equal societies lived longer, had better mental health, and had better chances for a good education regardless of their background. They went on to found The Equality Trust, which is working to build a social movement for change.

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Added 27 May 2013

Emer. Prof. Richard Wilkinson

The Spirit Level: Next steps

Ill-health, mental illness, violence, drug abuse - all these things are worse in more unequal societies. And they're not just worse for the very poor - they're worse for everybody, except possibly the superrich. There's a general social dysfunction related to inequality, and our politicians are just ignoring it.

Added 01 June 2010
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Emer. Prof. Richard Wilkinson, Prof. Kate Pickett

The Levelling Spirit: Why more equal societies almost always do better

Revealing the results of hard-hitting study and new book on the social effects of inequality and the profound implications for communities.

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