Challenge Poverty Lecture 2018 – Professor Kate Pickett The Need for a Wellbeing Economy in Scotland: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Wellbeing


The Poverty Alliance and the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit are holding their first joint Challenge Poverty annual lecture on the 1st of October. We are delighted to announce that Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of York, will deliver this lecture. Professor Pickett is co-author (with Richard Wilkinson) of the best-selling The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better, published in 2009. The Spirit Level has been translated into more than 20 languages and helped to significantly influence debates about the impact of inequality. Professor Pickett is also the co-founder of the Equality Trust, which has sought to disseminate the ideas at the core of The Spirit Level.

Her most recent publication (also written with Richard Wilkinson) is the Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everybody’s Wellbeing. It builds on the case made in The Spirit Level, highlighting how inequality impacts at an individual level. This lecture, part of Challenge Poverty Week 2018, will consider the need for an economy that supports individual wellbeing, rather than that damages it.

The lecture is an opportunity to hear the arguments for a more equal society from one of the key thinkers in this important area of public policy.

The lecture is open to all and free to attend.