Addressing Inequality: The First Step Beyond COVID-19 and towards Sustainability

December 9th will take place the REMARC Seminar: “Addressing Inequality: The First Step Beyond COVID-19 and towards Sustainability”.

The seminar speakers will be Nicholas A. Ashford (MIT Sloan School) e Ralph Hall (Virgina Tech) that will present their paper.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted billions of lives across the world and has revealed and worsened the social and economic inequalities that have emerged over the past several decades. As governments consider public health and economic strategies to respond to the crisis, it is critical they also address the weaknesses of their economic and social systems that inhibited their ability to respond comprehensively to the pandemic. These same weaknesses have also undermined efforts to advance equality and sustainability. The paper explores over 30 interventions across nine categories of change that hold the potential to address inequality, provide all citizens with access to essential goods and services, and advance progress towards sustainability. The paper compares and identifies the interventions that should be considered as an important foundational first step in moving beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and towards sustainability. In this regard, it provides a comprehensive set of strategies that could advance progress towards a component of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10 to reduce inequality within countries. However, the candidate interventions are also contrasted with all 17 SDGs to reveal potential problem areas/tradeoffs that may need careful attention.

Nicholas A. Ashford is Professor of Technology & Policy and Director of the Technology & Law Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches courses in Environmental Law, Policy, and EconomicsLaw, Technology, and Public Policy; and Technology, Globalization and Sustainable Development.  Dr. Ashford is a Faculty Associate of the Center for Socio-technical Research in the School of Engineering; the Institute for Work and Employment Research in the Sloan School of Management; and the Environmental Policy Group in the Urban Studies Department.

Ralph Hall is Undergraduate Programs Director and Associate Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP), Associate Director at the School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech.

The event will be online. Click here to join the meeting.

Or call in (audio only) +39 02 3056 4191, Italy, Milano

Phone Conference ID: 877 493 674#



Starting Time

14 CET

December 9, 2021

Ending Time

15.30 CET

December 9, 2021