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Social justice award for York authors
TWO York academics are to receive an international award recognising their work on social justice.
Professor Kate Pickett and Honorary Visiting Professor Richard Wilkinson, from the University of York’s Department of Health Sciences, will be presented with the SOLIDAR Silver Rose award by the European Parliament, in Brussels on October 16.
Prof Pickett, a Professor of Epidemiology, said: “We live in a world of growing inequality, which damages us all, and we are honoured to receive a Silver Rose Award, reflecting the growing recognition that inequality must be a central issue on political and policy agendas throughout the world.”
The award recognises their work to promote the need for better economic equality, especially through their book, The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better, which was published in 2009 based on 30 years of research.
In it, they argue that societies with more equal distribution of incomes have better health and fewer social problems, and are more cohesive than ones with a bigger gap between the rich and poor.
SOLIDAR is a European network of NGOs which works on social justice, and will give out five awards the event in Brussels.
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