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Richard Wilkinson, Co-founder of ”The Equality Trust”, Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology, University of Nottingham Medical School, UK

Richard Wilkinson

Richard Wilkinson, is a British social epidemiologist, author and advocate. Richard has played a formative role in international research on the social determinants of health and on the societal effects of income inequality. He studied economic history at LSE before training in epidemiology. He is Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School, having retired in 2008. He is also Honorary Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London and Visiting Professor at University of York.

In 2009, Richard co-founded with Kate Pickett ”The Equality Trust”, which seeks to explain the benefits of a more equal society and campaigns for greater income equality. Richard co-wrote The Spirit Level with Kate Pickett which won the 2011 Political Studies Association Publication of the Year Award and the 2010 Bristol Festival of Ideas Prize. Richard was awarded a 2013 Silver Rose Award from Solidar for championing equality and the 2014 Charles Cully Memorial Medal by the Irish Cancer Society.

Two of his books have been the subject of documentary films – one called “The Great Leveller” for the Channel 4 TV Equinox series broadcast in prime time in 1996 (to coincide with the publication of his Unhealthy Societies) and another, called “The Divide” (based on The Spirit Level) released in April 2016 and now available on Netflix.

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