Richard Wilkinson

Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology
University of Nottingham
United Kingdom


Richard Wilkinson is Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham. He has played a formative role in international research on the social determinants of health and on the societal effects of income inequality.  His books and papers have drawn attention to the tendency for societies with bigger income differences between rich and poor to have a higher prevalence of a wide range of health and social problems.

Prof. Wilkinson is the author, with Kate Pickett, of The Spirit Level: Why more equal societies almost always do better.  This best seller is now available in 24 languages and won the 2011 UK Political Studies Association Publication of the Year Award. A documentary film inspired by it, The Divide, was released in April 2016. Following on from The Spirit Level, Richard became a co-founder of the Equality Trust (with support from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust). He has given many hundreds of conference addresses and media interviews round the world, including at WHO, the EU, OECD and the World Bank