Keynote Speakers

Professor Mike Savage

Professor Savage is the Martin White Professor, and former Head of Department of Sociology at LSE between 2013 and 2016. He has a long standing interests in analyzing social stratification and inequality and has probably been the most influential figure in the revival of the sociology of social class in recent decades in Europe. Professor Savage is also co-Director of the LSE’s International Inequalities Institute, where he is initial Academic Director of the Atlantic Fellows programme, the largest global programme in the world devoted to challenging inequalities.

In recent years professor Savage has also been a leading figure in debates around methods and the uses of big data in sociology for instance with the two co-authored articles The Coming Crisis of Empirical Sociology (2007) After the crisis? Big Data and the methodological challenges of empirical sociology (2014), and perhaps most famously as a leading figure in the BBC’s Great British Class Survey, which has been the most popular piece of digital sociology ever (with 9 million hits on the BBC’s ‘class calculator’).

Savage will give a lacture on: ”Escalating inequality & global geo-politics”. The lecture will be held the 8th of August.


Professor Guy Standing

Guy Standing is a Professorial Research Associate and former Professor of Development Studies at SOAS University of London and co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN). He has a doctorate in economics from the University of Cambridge. He has written and edited books on labour economics, labour market policy, unemployment, labour market flexibility, structural adjustment policies, and social protection policy.

In 2009 Professor Standing was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK. In 2014 he received an honorary doctorate from the European College of Economics and Management, Bulgaria, and was invited to join the International Advisory Group of Northeastern University's Center for International Affairs and World Cultures.

His most recent books are Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen (London, Penguin, 2017), The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers Thrive and Work Does Not Pay (London, Biteback, 2016), Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India, with Sarath Davala, Renana Jhabvala and Soumya Kapoor Mehta (London and New Delhi, Bloomsbury Academic, 2015), A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens (London and New York, Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) and The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (London and New York, Bloomsbury Academic, 2011).

Standing will give a lecture on: "Responding to Rentier Capitalism: The Precariat in the Commons" The lecture will be the held 9th of August


Dr. Prerna Singh

Dr. Singh is the Mahatma Gandhi Associate Professor of Politics and International Studies, Department of Political Science, Watson Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, Brown University. She is also co-convenor of the Brown-Harvard-MIT Joint Seminar in South Asian Politics.

Her resent book, How Solidarity Works for Welfare: Subnationalism and Social Development in India (2015, Cambridge University Press) is a comparative historical analysis of the very different evolution of social policy and welfare systems across states in India, and the critical role that a sense of social solidarity and political community has played therein. The book was awarded the Woodrow Wilson prize by the American Political Science Association for the best book published in politics and international relations in the last year, and the Barrington Moore prize for the best book published in comparative historical sociology in the last year by the American Sociological Association.

Her article Subnationalism and Social Development: A Comparative Analysis of Indian State (2015) was awarded the Leubbert prize for the best article published in Comparative Politics in the last two years; the Mary Parker Follett prize for the best article published in Politics and History in the last year, both by the American Political Science Association, and the best article prize in the Sociology of Development by the American Sociological Association.

Singh will give a lecture on: ”Nationalism and Welfare”. The lecture will be held the 10th of August