Dr Faiza Shaheen
economist, writer, activist; director of CLASS (Centre for Labour and Social Studies); former head of inequality and sustainable development, Save the Children

Dr Faiza Shaheen is director of Class, joining in February 2016. Prior to this, Faiza was head of Inequality and Sustainable Development at Save the Children UK, where she led on the development of a new global campaign on inequalities in child outcomes, and senior researcher on economic inequality at the New Economics Foundation (NEF).

Faiza is an economist, writer, activist and commentator. She is the author of a range of materials and publications covering the most salient social and economic debates of our times, including inequality, austerity, immigration, youth unemployment and social mobility. Faiza is a regular contributor to debates on popular news programmes including Newsnight and Channel 4 News, and has worked with Channel 4 and the BBC to develop documentaries on inequality.

Faiza was born and raised in East London where she attended local comprehensive schools. She has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St John’s College, Oxford University, and an MSc in Statistics and a PhD from the University of Manchester. Her PhD charted the changing geography of poverty between 1971 and 2001 in the UK, and modelled the economic, demographic and societal factors driving these trends.

Follow Faiza on Twitter: @faizashaheen


Sunday 23 October, 16.00 Pit Theatre
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