International Conference on Inequality and Sustainability
November 9-10, 2012
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
SLUM IN NEW DELHI, INDIA / FLICKR - SISTAK
Debates over equity – the fair distribution of resources, costs, and benefits – and a closely related topic, economic inequality, have arisen in the wake of the recent financial crisis.
If we are to build a prosperous society, does inequality do more to help or hinder the pursuit of that goal? As we simultaneously seek an equitable and just society, then what level of inequality is consistent with an equitable outcome?
The pursuit of a sustainable society raises further questions. Sustainability implies a normative goal of inter-generational equity, and some have argued that lessened inequality and increased equity may be preconditions for a successful transition onto a sustainable path. This conference, part of a major international SEI project, will look at equity and inequality through the lens of sustainability and, conversely, at sustainability from the point of view of equity and inequality.
The conference aims to bring together sustainability, equity, and inequality researchers to learn from one another about the current state of the art in their respective fields, and to think creatively about the intersections of these fields and the application of these important concepts to development policy debates.