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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Wolfson Annual Guest Lecture: Professor Danny Dorling - 'Health inequalities and the 1%”.

19th November 2014, 12:30 to 14:30

The Wolfson Research Institute is delighted to welcome Professor Danny Dorling to deliver the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing's Annual Lecure 'Health Inequalities and the 1%' on Wednesday 19th November 2014. 

To book your place please use the attached link . Registration is essential. 

Timings (approx)

  • 12:45 - Lunch - D010 Ebsworth Building
  • 13:30 - Welcome & introduction - D003 Ebsworth Building
  • 13:35 - Inaugural lecture by Professor Danny Dorling
  • 14:30 - Questions & Answers
  • 15.00 - Close


"In Britain the best-off 1% take a very high share of national income – much more, for instance, than the annual cost of running the National Health Service. Before tax they consume about 15% of all income, or around 10% after paying income tax. In no other Western European country do a small group of people take such a large share of the cake. Even as the overall size of that cake shrank during the great recession, their share rose while that of the rest fell. What are the implications for everyone else in British society? In this talk the suggestion is made that the effects are not especially beneficial. This might partly explain why the UK has a relatively poor health record among EU member states. There are many possible reasons as to why living in a very economically unequal country might be bad for our health and many of these are listed. It is difficult to ascertain which might matter most. It is easier to suggest ways of remedying the situation."


Danny Dorling has lived all his life in England. To try to counter his myopic world view, in 2006, Danny started working with a group of researchers on a project to remap the world (
He has published with many colleagues more than a dozen books on issues related to social inequalities in Britain and several hundred journal papers. Much of this work is available open access and will be added to this website soon.
His work concerns issues of housing, health, employment, education and poverty. Danny was employed as a play-worker in children’s summer play-schemes. He learnt the ethos of pre-school education where the underlying rationale was that playing is learning for living. He tries not to forget this. He is an Academician of the Academy of the Learned Societies in the Social SciencesHonorary President of the Society of Cartographers and a patron ofRoadpeace, the national charity for road crash victims.

To book your place please use the attached link . Registration is essential.