The inaugural 2015 UBC Lind Initiative, hosted by the Liu Institute for Global Issues, examines the far-reaching effects of inequality. A speaker series led by economist Joseph Stiglitz and featuring Jill Abramson, Teju Cole, Jeffrey Sachs and Elizabeth May was held in the Fall Term of 2015, while a series of essays, analysis and feature stories ran concurrently on

Along with the series, Taylor Owen led a seminar class exploring the topic of inequality through the work of Stiglitz and the other guests. The seminar was by application, and was made up of 27 interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate students. Over the term, they prepared six explainers on topics relevant to the inequality debate, ranging from lessons learned from South Africa’s Marikana massacre to the link between inequality and climate change.  These were presented to Joseph Stiglitz on his final visit to campus and are presented below.

In the series


Inequality Explained: Everything you need to know about the TPP’s arbitration provision

Here are the pros and cons of the mechanism within the Trans-Pacific Partnership for solving disputes between investors and foreign governments.


Inequality Explained: The trouble with pharmaceutical patents

Can policy change lead to more equitable access to life-saving medicines?  


Inequality Explained: The hidden gaps in Canada’s education system

While Canada’s education system ranks high among OECD countries, socioeconomic inequality factors in at all levels. This is why it matters.


Inequality Explained: Lessons from South Africa’s Marikana massacre

When tension grows between people and profit, communities must learn how to extract, manage and share resources in a just way.

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