In the latest essay on "What is Inequality?," Simon Reid-Henry begins by asking, “Where is inequality?” In doing so, he argues that separating out analysis of “within-country” inequality and inequality between nations obscures how they shape and reinforce each other. Reid-Henry suggests that the framing deep poverty as a problem of “international development,” rather than of one of global inequality, limits our analyses and finding prospective solutions.
Simon Reid-Henry is Reader in Geography at Queen Mary, University of London and a Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo. In 2009 he was the founding director of the Centre for the Study of Global Security and Development. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Leverhulme Prize in Geography and was most recently a Leverhulme Fellow (2015-16) on a project examining the history of competing traditions of global justice. He is currently completing a major work on the relationship between liberalism, capitalism, and democracy since the 1970s. His previous books include The Cuban Cure: Reason and Resistance in Global Science (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and The Political Origins of Inequality: Why a More Equal World is Better for Us All (University of Chicago Press, 2016), and a political biography titled Fidel & Che: A Revolutionary Friendship (Bloomsbury, 2011). His research interests span political philosophy and the history of ideas, political economy, and the international politics of the Cold War and post–Cold War era.