A short podcast with Julia Unwin, ahead of our seminar on 'Inequality & Social Cohesion' on 28 March 2017

Published Date: 
Tuesday, 4 April 2017

On Tuesday 28 March 2017 we welcomed a cross-sector audience of senior academics, policymakers, NGO leaders, and media and student representatives for a seminar on 'Inequality & Social Cohesion', chaired by Julia Unwin, former Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The event was part of our 70th anniversary season of conferences, lectures and seminars. It looked at the extent and impacts of social and economic inequalities in 21st century Britain and the practical implications for shaping our social policy.

The aim was to explore whether social and economic inequalities negatively affect basic human qualities, such as our ability to trust one another and our willingness to show kindness, and whether you can have a socially cohesive society that is also fundamentally unequal? 

Julia opened the seminar by talking about what is meant by the contested term 'social cohesion' and its relationship to social insecurities, poverty and inequalities between places, communities and generations.

After this, the audience engaged in plenary discussions over dinner, before a feedback and question and answer session.

The event was held under the Chatham House Rule, to encourage open debate, but Julia spoke to our Principal, Ed Newell, shortly beforehand, about the key topics she planned to address.