21-23 May 2013, Middlesex University, London
The climate of economic and political strife across Europe makes the need for fairness in society more pressing than ever. But is our society fair? Middlesex University brought together its top thinkers, researchers and academics from across disciplines – joined by a range of external keynote speakers – to shine a light on the issue.
Will Hutton, John Redwood MP, and Bianca Jagger were amongst the high-profile speakers and were joined by luminaries from Middlesex including leading human rights expert Professor William Schabas, artist Professor Sonia Boyce, and natural hazard expert Professor Edmund Penning-Rowsell.
This cross-cutting conference looked at the notion of what is fair in society, and how it impacts individuals, businesses and countries. Fairness in politics, our human rights, how fairness affects creative industries, heath care and the environment were amongst the topics on the agenda.
Watch our videos to hear what our featured speakers had to say about fairness.
- Professor Edmund Penning-Rowsell
‘There’s nothing fair about tornadoes’: social justice and flood risk
- Professor Stephen Syrett
City growth in an age of austerity: for the many or the few?
- Professor Sonia Boyce
Positive moves/token gestures
- Professor Jon Bird
Art as a commodity – it was ever thus
- Dr Phil Durkin and Professor Alan Durant
'Fair': What's in a word?
- Baroness Sharp of Guildford
Fairness in the Coalition, a Lib Dem perspective
- Will Hutton
Capitalism needs fairness at its heart
You can find the full agenda for the conference, here.