2015 Oxford Education Society Annual Lecture

23rd September 2015 : 18:30 - 19:30

Category: Oxford Education Society

Speaker: Danny Dorling, School of Geography and the Environment

Location: Simpkins Lee Lecture Theatre at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

‘Theories of potential and the creation of inequality in education’

Danny Dorling joined the School of Geography and the Environment in September 2013 to take up the Halford Mackinder Professorship in Geography. He was previously a professor of Geography at the University of Sheffield. He has also worked in Newcastle, Bristol, Leeds and New Zealand, went to university in Newcastle upon Tyne, and to school in Oxford.

Much of Danny’s work is available open access (see www.dannydorling.org). With a group of colleagues he helped create the website www.worldmapper.org which shows who has most and least in the world. His work concerns issues of housing, health, employment, education, wealth and poverty. His recent books include, co-authored texts The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the way we live and Bankrupt Britain: An atlas of social change.

Recent sole authored books include, Injustice: Why social inequalities persist in 2010; So you think you know about Britain and Fair Play, both in 2011; in 2012 The No-nonsense Guide to EqualityThe Visualization of Social Spatial Structure and The Population of the UKUnequal HealthThe 32 Stops and Population Ten Billion in 2013; and All That is Solid in 2014.

Before a career in academia Danny was employed as a play-worker in children’s play-schemes and in 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 Sciences, Honorary President of the Society of Cartographers and a patron of Roadpeace, the national charity for road crash victims.

This event is generously supported by the Oxford Review of Education.

The lecture will be followed by the customary drinks reception at the Department of Education.