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ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Social Sciences


Inequality, equity, justice and economic growth Cluster

The global community and British society are beset with concerns about social and economic inequality, fairness and access to education and justice; economic growth is a necessary but not sufficient condition to address these concerns while ensuring the UK’s place in the global economy. Thus one purpose of the DTP is to promote research into social inequality (including health and education dimensions of inequality), social justice (and links with citizenship), criminal justice (and links with social justice) and international development, as well as the study of determinants for economic growth in the UK and for economic development more globally. This includes efforts in entrepreneurship. Cambridge’s position as a science hub with a cluster of tech-based start-up companies (as well as a developing landscape of social enterprises) places us in a good position to focus on the key dangers of a narrow focus on economic growth. 

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Students within this cluster are:

Surname First Name CRSID Department
Airas Isabel ivva2  Geography
Al Nasir Abdul Malik ama95 History
Breeden Caroline cb951 Education
Brown Eleanor eb631  Criminology
Brugulat Panés Anna ab2589 MRC Epidemiology Unit
Campo Tena Laura lc749   Criminology
Cook Heather hfc41 Criminology
Dickens Siobhan seo26  Education 
Dixon Sophie sgd39 Criminology
Dragos Simina sd756 Education
Dul Aleksandra amd217 History
Ellis Sophie sle43  Criminology
Farrell Sam sf595 Social Anthropology 
Felsberger Stefanie sf658 Gender Studies
Gambill Vendela vg350 Architecture
Gordon Ellen ecg45 Geography
Hansen Morten mh892 Education 
Harbach Emily eh495 Geography
Hayes Julia jh2061  Education 
Higgins Isabelle irth2 Sociology 
Hirst Lindsay lah84 Education
Hughes Sarah sah92 Geography
Jarman Ben bmhj2 Criminology
Kiely Edward emk31 Geography
Killen Elizabeth erk24 Education
Kliampa Anna ak2126 Education
Lattanzio Salvatore sl828  Economics 
Longhorn Jake jjl59 Criminology
Lucey Hannah hl513 Social Anthropology 
Marshall Hannah hjm50 Criminology
Mohandas Priti pdm41 Geography
Montjourides Patrick pm619  Education 
Mullin Juliette jem69 Criminology
Nash Fleur fn266 Geography
O'Shaughnessy Aideen aco39 Sociology 
Owusu Melz mo491 Sociology
Parpworth Catriona cp582 Geography
Pöehlmann Tim tp447  Social Anthropology 
Prayer Thomas tp392 Economics 
Shovel Miriam mes60 Criminology
Skinner Guy gs545 Criminology
Terki-Mignot Auriane adt41 History



The inaugural Social Science and Law Interdisciplinary Conference (SSLIC) on Inequality and the Rule of Law Jesus College, Cambridge, took place on 2-3 March 2018.

The aim of SSLIC is to explore the interface between law and the social sciences. We are interested in theoretical debates concerning the nature of law as a social practice and economic institution; methodological debates concerning the mapping and analysis of empirical legal phenomena; and policy debates concerning the role of the legal system in shaping more equitable and sustainable societies.  The focus of the inaugural SSLIC conference will be inequality and the rule of law in the global north and the rising powers, particularly China.  The conference will cover subjects including: developments in the rule of law in China; innovations in law and economics that could improve understanding of inequality; the role of technology in causing (or preventing) inequality; inequality and public policy in Britain, with particular reference to Brexit; and the impact of financial and political power differentials on elections.  SSLIC’s inaugural conference is supported by Cambridge University’s ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for the Social Sciences, the Cambridge Public Policy Strategic Research Initiative ( and the Cambridge Centre for Business Research  We are grateful for funding from the Intellectual Forum and Cambridge University China Centre at Jesus College, Cambridge.


Jacob Eisler (University of Cambridge)  Thinking like a lawyer in the midst of creative disruption

Samuli Sappinen (CUHK) Chinese legal development assistance: which rule of law? Whose pragmatism?

Ding Chen (University of Sheffield) Fintech in China: evolution, regulation and sustainability

Irit Samet (King’s College, London) Equity, finance, and the rule of law

Zoe Adams (University of Cambridge) Towards a realist law and economics

Ann Sofie Cloots (University of Cambridge) Company law: In search of a more data-driven and co-evolutionary model

Ewan McGaughey (King’s College, London) Will robots automate your job away? Full employment, basic income and economic democracy

Christopher Markou (University of Cambridge) Ubiquitous AI, smart cities and the right to privacy

James Davey (University of Southampton) Efficient breach and non-discrimination in the age of big data

Book launch: Sue Konzelmann, Marc Fovargue Davies (both Birkbeck, University of London) and Simon Deakin (University of Cambridge) Labour, finance and inequality: the insecurity cycle in British public policy; discussant, Graham Gudgin (University of Cambridge)

Panel on Electoral design: between personal freedom and political equality: Richard Briffault (Columbia University), Michael Kang (Emory University) and David Howarth (University of Cambridge)