Professor Danny Dorling Lecture

Geography, Health, Austerity and Europe – where next for the countries of the UK?

Danny Dorling photographImage by Christopher Thomond

On Wednesday 14th December, Professor Danny Dorling gave an insightful and thought provoking public talk on the Brexit result in the UK.

It was the economically most unequal EU state which has voted to leave the union. Danny Dorling, of Oxford University, discussed what inequality means in the UK and other countries, what are the implications for the whole of society (including the rich), and what can be done to make societies in the world more equal. He asked what taking back control might really mean, who really has control in the UK today and why some of them might wish you to think it was faceless bureaucrats in the EU or migrants coming to the country who somehow had the upper hand over most of what is decided here. Issues covered will include NHS health spending and provision, choices over taxation, education, housing and wealth. The lecture concluded with speculation over the near future of the four countries of the UK. Could Brexit be the Suez crisis of the current generation? If that is a possibility, is it better or worse?

Danny Dorling’s work concerns issues of housing, health, employment, education, inequality and poverty. His books include: So you think you know about Britain (2011); Fair Play (2011); The No-nonsense Guide to Equality, The Visualization of Social Spatial Structure (both 2012), The Population of the UK; Unequal Health, The 32 Stops and Population Ten Billion (all 2013); All That is Solid (2014); and Inequality and the 1% (2015). Much of his work is available open access -

Co-hosted by the Department of Geography and ARCH (A Regional Collaboration for Health), a unique partnership between Swansea University and ABMU and Hywel Dda University Health Boards. 

Professor Danny Dorling is a Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford University.