Institute of Advanced Studies
Agency IAS Lecture: 'Brexit: The Result Of Rising Inequality, Not Rising Immigration'
Presented By Prof Danny Dorling (University of Oxford)
Date: 5 December 2017
Location: J1001 Edward Herbert Building
About this event
This IAS Lecture will be given by Professor Danny Dorling (University of Oxford) under the IAS theme of Migration.
Danny Dorling is currently Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford. He is also Adjunct Professor, University of Canterbury, NZ, and Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths University of London (Sociology), and University of Bristol (School of Social and Community Medicine). He is an Academician of the Academy of the Learned Societies in the Social Sciences, Honorary President of the Society of Cartographers, and a patron of Roadpeace, the national charity for road crash victims. He has published more than a dozen books on issues related to social inequalities. and several hundred journal papers on issues of housing, health, employment, education and poverty. He has generated over £7.5 million of research grant income.
“Immigration has been suggested as the reason for why a narrow majority of people in the UK voted for Brexit. The concept was used to stoke up fear in areas of low immigration. However immigration is not what sets the UK apart from other EU nations as unusual. The real reason for the Brexit vote was widespread and rising dissatisfaction with living standards as a result of rising inequalities. This talk concentrates on that and the first signs of a possible fall in economic inequality, ironically possibly partly as a consequence of the Brexit vote.”