Prof. Danny Dorling

"For the first time ever, a grandmother in her eighties can expect to enjoy higher living standards than someone in their twenties who is in work". Writing for the New Statesman earlier this term Danny Dorling presents ideas around the age / housing / wealth-inequality crisis in Britain.

In an era of growing spatial and social disparities between different groups in society, Geographers have an important role in understanding and explaining why some people in some places get more than others. New Halford Mackinder Chair in Geography, Danny Dorling, brings us insights from 25 years of research into the geographies of social inequalities. He brings fresh perspectives on the disparities faced by youth, among others, in Britain today. In his recent piece in New Statesman, Danny suggests that the young, especially the poorest young, are discriminated in ways that will make them substantially worse off than their parents. Richer, older people have opportunities to make money out of younger people and exploiting rising living costs, by (for example) renting out homes that used to be bought directly by these young people but are now out of reach.

In September 2013, Danny Dorling took up the post of Halford Mackinder Chair in Geography. He is returning home, as he went to various schools in Oxford before travelling up to university in Newcastle upon Tyne. He has worked in Newcastle, Bristol, Leeds, Sheffield and New Zealand. With a group of colleagues he helped create the website which shows who has most and least in the world.

Danny is a prolific writer, with regular pieces for the likes of The Guardian newspaper and New Statesman. Much of Danny's work is available open access (see His work concerns issues of housing, health, employment, education and poverty. His recent books include co-authored texts The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the Way We Live, and Bankrupt Britain: An Atlas of Social Change, and in 2013 Unequal Health, The 32 Stops, and Population Ten Billion.

This term he is finishing off work on the housing/wealth-inequality crisis in Britain and has come up with some suggestions about how we might better fit into the housing we already have. He is current carrying out embedded participant observation research trying to find a home in Oxford that fits a family, Alison and three children. This new work will be published by February when he'll also be giving his inaugural lecture - on Monday February 3rd - when he'll be suggesting which parts of the Oxford green belt it would be best to build over if he still hasn't found a home!

If you want to hear more about Danny Dorling's research around Geography, Inequality and Oxford, on February 3rd please register for his Inaugural Lecture by contacting