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Thursday, 4 October 2012, 2:15PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

What can we do that's positive?

Professor Danny Dorling

From introducing 20mph speed limits on residential streets in rich countries to make them quality streets, to celebrating and learning from the 5% fall that occurred in infant mortality worldwide last year, an enormous amount is being done to improve equality in health and wellbeing both locally and globally. Most of the good news we hardly notice because we focus so much on what is going wrong, on trying to limit the harm perpetuated by selfish and stupid elites. Celebrate the good news, raise alarm about the harm, but above all promote what we have learnt to be good and try not to forget how much has so recently been learnt on how to reduce inequalities in health, wealth and happiness.

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Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield, Danny Dorling was educated at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne in Geography, Mathematics and Statistics leading to a PhD in the Visualization of Spatial Social Structure (1991). He continued studying in Social Science at Newcastle as a Joseph Rowntree Foundation and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow before moving to the University of Bristol to teach Geography there, next being appointed to a Chair of Quantitative Human Geography at the University of Leeds.

Since 2003 he has been a Professor of Human Geography in the University of Sheffield. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Canterbury, NZ, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, UK. In 2003 Danny was appointed an Academician of the Academy of the Learned Societies in the Social Sciences.

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