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The latest episode of the Louder Than Words Podcast shines a light on inequality. What happens to people who end up at the wrong end of an unequal society and how do we help them?

Professor Jules Pretty and Martha Dixon will look at research taking the long view and find out how history can help us break cycles of poverty and deprivation. They will also look at simple solutions which seek to narrow the gap.

They will be joined by:

  • Professor Pam Cox, Head of the Department of Sociology at Essex. She contrasts the experiences of young people now emerging from the criminal justice system with those in similar positions in the past. She also raises questions about social justice and inequality in other areas.
  • Professor Lucy Noakes, from the Department of History at Essex. She talks about how the Second World War exposed inequalities and contrasts it with attitudes and political solutions emerging in the aftermath of COVID-19. How do we build back better, if we don’t really understand the past?
  • Dr Alexandra Cox, from the Department of Sociology at Essex, talks about her research on how children are criminalised and how inequality is so ingrained within the youth justice system.
  • Tom Brown, from the Green Light Trust in Suffolk, discusses its work with people who are marginalised and the trust's efforts to deal with inequality by providing access to nature and green space.
  • Stephen Whitehead, from the Centre for Justice Innovation, talks about research on racial inequality with the University of Essex and highlights how young people need to be steered away from the criminal justice system to improve their life chances

The Louder Than Words Podcast

Professor Jules Pretty and journalist Martha Dixon have created the Louder than Words podcast to encourage difficult discussions, to offer a platform to people making a difference and to explain how you can take action on issues you care about.

This is the first podcast series from the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement and was developed with CommsConsult.

The Louder Than Words Podcast shows how research delivers solutions to global problems, how we can improve people’s lives and how we can inspire people to take action now. Each episode of Louder Than Words will look at a key global issue and give you a chance to hear from leading researchers, policy makers, thinkers and campaigners plus those directly affected by the issue.

The first season looks at climate change, migration, mental health, inequality and nature as therapy. Join us and subscribe to upcoming podcasts.