Prof Brian Nolan for Oxford

Oxford announced today that Professor Brian Nolan will join the University in September as a Professor of Social Policy and Director of the new Employment, Equity and Growth Programme at INET Oxford.

Following the launch of a new programme to investigate UK incomes and economic inequality, Professor Brian Nolan has been appointed for the new Employment, Equity and Growth Programme at INET Oxford.

He will join the University in September as a Professor of Social Policy and Director of the new Employment and will also become a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College.  Prof. Nolan is an economist and one of the world’s leading experts on economic inequality.  He is currently research co-ordinator of the GINI project, funded by the European Commission, focusing on the economic, social and political impacts of growing inequality, and he joins from University College Dublin, where he is the Principal of the College of Human Sciences.

Commenting on the new programme, Professor Nolan said: “The Great Recession has put the spotlight on the so-called ‘squeezed middle’ but the reality is that the ‘squeeze’ started long before. The growth models of developed economies have driven a gap in living standards and wealth that is not sustainable in the long term.  Our research will aim to deepen our understanding into why this is happening and we will make recommendations for policy and institutional change designed to lead to a better, fairer growth model.”