How science can tackle inequality

Listen to our special inequalities, with Nick Petrić Howe and Kerri Smith.

In this episode:

00:38 The science of studying inequality

We discuss research in search of the root causes and symptoms of inequality, how they grow, and how a cross-disciplinary approach can be the key to tackling them.

Editors: Equity should be baked into randomized controlled trials

News feature: How COVID has deepened inequality – in six sharp graphs

Career function: The rise of inequality research: can cross-cutting disciplines help tackle injustice?

07:26 The randomized trials that help reduce poverty

For decades, researchers have conducted randomized trials to assess various strategies for rescuing people from poverty. Many of these trials focus on providing people with cash subsidies – we hear how these trials have progressed, efforts to improve them, and the difficulties of scaling them up.

News feature: These experiments could lift millions out of appalling poverty

21:23 Why breast cancer metastasizes differently on different types of days

A team of researchers has found that breast cancer tumors are more likely to metastasize while people are sleeping. By studying mice, the team suggests that hormone levels that fluctuate during the day play an important role, a finding that they hope will change how cancer is controlled and treated.

Research article: Diamantopoulou et al.

News and views: Cancer cells spread aggressively in sleep

28:46 The inequality of opportunity

A comment article in Nature states that one of the most pernicious types of inequality is inequality of opportunity – based on characteristics over which people have no control. We discuss some of the data behind this and what can be done about it.

Comments: Not all inequalities are equal

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