Tackling inequality locally

Poverty and inequality don’t just affect the developing world. In every corner of the globe you will find people whose lives are adversely affected by unfairness or unequal treatment, whether they are deprived of education, opportunities, health, freedom or justice.

We’re leading the fight for a fairer world, by meeting the challenge of inequality head on. Bringing together brilliant academic minds across a wide range of disciplines, we’re applying our world-class expertise to unravelling the complex causes of unfairness and injustice.

Our research plays a crucial role in influencing and shaping government policies around the world. By doing so, we’re bringing about positive change for people whose lives are blighted by inequality.


Advancing gender equality at work

Britain has one of the worst records in Europe for gender equality at work. Despite making up 46% of the workforce, women earn on average 20% less than men. What’s more, just 23% of board positions in the UK are held by women.

We want to level the playing field. Our research is influencing vitally important employment policy on gender equality-related issues. Whether it’s pay, conditions, working time or work-life balance, our research aims to undo the damage done to people’s lives by gender inequality in the workplace.

Improving social mobility

Old-fashioned and deep-rooted ideas about social class are partly to blame for the rise in inequalities that the UK has seen in recent years. That’s the belief which underpins the Great British Class Survey, an enormous piece of research undertaken for the BBC by The University of Manchester in collaboration with the London School of Economics.

More than 360,000 people completed a survey on different dimensions of class, making it one of the largest ever studies of its kind. In addition, nearly seven million people have since used the BBC’s class calculator to identify their own class.

Work on the Great British Class Survey is ongoing. Data from the survey is enabling researchers to benefit from new insights into class that could help to increase social mobility in the years to come. 

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Reducing local poverty

The University of Manchester is located in one of the UK’s most deprived urban regions. This means we don’t need to look far to find out where it occurs and how it affects people’s lives.

Through our research, we’re exploring indicators of poverty, and shining a spotlight on the areas in most urgent need of investment. Through our Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit, we aim to understand how cities can achieve economic prosperity and reduce poverty and inequality.

Help us create a fairer world – and by doing so, change countless lives for the better.