Keynote Speakers

Erzsébet Bukodi

University of Oxford

Associate Professor in Quantitative Social Policy and Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, The Oxford Martin School. Currently she is Principle Investigator of a University of Oxford Fell Fund project on changing role of social origins in educational attainment in Europe from a historical and comparative perspective and a Nuffield Foundation project on social origins, cognitive ability and educational attainment from a birth cohort and life-course perspective.


Lynn Prince Cooke

University of Bath

Professor of Social Policy at University of Bath, Lynn Prince Cooke conducts comparative research on group differences in paid and unpaid work, and their impact on families. Her interests are in how labour market and social transfers structure economic inequalities among women and men, as well as between them. She is also interested in life course research, such as the impact of household divisions of labour on divorce risk.
She is a board member of the ISA Research Committee 19 on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy, and a research fellow of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. She is reviewer for international excellence initiatives and on the editorial boards of European Sociological Review, Gender & Society, and Journal of Marriage and Family. Prof Cooke is currently PI on a European Research Council Consolidator Grant  for the NEWFAMSTRAT project, exploring the ‘new’ shape of family-related gender stratification in Finland, Germany, and the UK.


John Goldthorpe

University of Oxford

British sociologist working at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford as well as being an emeritus Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.He works in the areas of social stratification, macrosociology, and recently cultural consumption. He has made important contributions to the practical application of sociological Rational Choice Theory. He was editor of Sociology 1970-1973.


Stephen Jenkins

London School of Economics, London

Professor of Economic and Social Policy at London School of Economics. He is also Honorary Professorial Fellow at MIAESR, University of Melbourne and Visiting Professor at ISER, University of Essex. He is Research Professor at German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin; Research Fellow at Center for Household, Income and Labour and Demographic Economics (CHILD), Turin and Research Fellow at Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), Bonn. He has substantive research interests in the analysis of the distribution of income and its redistribution through taxation, social security and the labour market. Recent research includes work on trends in inequality and poverty measurement; income mobility and poverty dynamics; labour supply and social security benefit receipt. He has research interests also in quantitative research methods for analysis of income distribution in particular, and applied microeconometrics in general, especially survival analysis.


Jacques Silber

Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv

Emeritus Professor of Economics at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He is a specialist of the measurement of income inequality and poverty as well as of the economics of discrimination and segregation in the labor market. He is the author of more than hundred scientific papers published in international academic journals and of several books, among which a Handbook on Income Inequality Measurement, The Measurement of Segregation and Discrimination in the Labor Force (with Yves Flückiger ), The Many Dimensions of Poverty and Quantitative Approaches to Multidimensional Poverty Measurement (with Nanak Kakwani). He was the founding Editor of the Journal of Economic Inequality (published by Springer) of which he was the Editor-in-Chief for seven years and is the Editor of a book series entitled Economic Studies in Inequality, Social Exclusion and Well-Being (Springer). He has also edited special issues of the Journal of Econometrics, Economica, World Development, the Review of Income and Wealth, Estudios Economicos and Research on Economic Inequality.


Ernesto Sirolli

Sirolli Institute, Sacramento

Founder of the Sirolli Institute, a non-profit organization and social enterprise since 1995 that teaches community leaders, Governments and Corporations how to manage Enterprise Facilitation Communities. He is an industry fellow at CSRM, University of Queensland and an adjunct professor of sustainable development at Curtin University. Dr. Sirolli received a Laurea di Dottore in Political Sciences from Rome University in 1976 and a Ph.D in Local Enterprise Facilitation from Murdoch University, Australia in 2004. Sirolli is the author of two books, Ripples from the Zambezi: Passion Entrepreneurship and the Rebirth of Local Economies, a bestseller that is used by economic development practitioners and students, and How to Start a Business and Ignite Your Life: A Simple Guide to Combining Business Wisdom with Passion, a book written for business and start-ups. In 2012, Sirolli was invited to give a TED Talk. His 17 minutes talk, “Shut Up and Listen,” has been translated in 31 languages and downloaded more than 2.5 million times.


Joseph Stiglitz

Columbia University, New York

Joseph E. Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is also the co-chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the OECD, and the Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute.  A recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979), he is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and a former member and chairman of the (US president’s) Council of Economic Advisers. In 2000, Stiglitz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, a think tank on international development based at Columbia University. He has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 2001 and received that university’s highest academic rank (university professor) in 2003. Based on academic citations, Stiglitz is the 4th most influential economist in the world today, and in 2011 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Known for his pioneering work on asymmetric information, Stiglitz’s work focuses on income distribution, asset risk management, corporate governance, and international trade. He is the author of numerous books, and several bestsellers. His most recent titles are The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe, Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity and The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them.