Annual Lectures


_6103180HCI’s Ninth Annual Lecture, 26th March 2019 ~ Thanks to Professor Kate Pickett from the University of York and the co-author of ‘The Spirit Level’ and ‘The Inner Level’, for delivering our 9th annual lecture. Her lecture was entitled ‘Creating a Wellbeing Society’.

Kate’s presentation can be downloaded here in pdf



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Abi Robson (Chair – BCHG), John Hume (CEO – People’s Health Trust), Karen Etheridge (Director – M-E-L Research), Amanda Tomlinson (CEO – BCHG), Sir Michael Marmot, Guy Daly (Chair – HCI), Cllr. Bob Sleigh (WMCA Portfolio Lead – Health and Wellbeing), Llewellyn Graham (CEO – Nehemiah UCHA)

HCI’s Eighth Annual Lecture, 7th February 2018 ~ Thanks to Professor Sir Michael G. Marmot MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRCP, FFPHM, FMedSci, FBA, Director of the Institute of Health Equity (UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health) for delivering our 8th annual lecture. His lecture was entitled ‘Tackling Health Inequalities in British Cities’.

Sir Michael’s presentation can be downloaded here in pdf


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DSC_5873.JPGHCI’s Seventh Annual Lecture, 9th March 2017 ~ Thanks to Professor Danny Dorling who delivered HCI’s seventh annual lecture on 9th March at Malmaison Hotel, Birmingham Mailbox. Professor Dorling, who is Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography and a Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford, gave a talk on ‘Building Better Cities’: especially in terms of confronting growing inequality and disadvantage. The benefits of living in a more equal society, with less angst over schools, housing and health, or neighbourhood of birth, was explored in Professor Dorling’s lecture. The slides for the lecture can be downloaded here: HCI ANNUAL LECTURE BUILDING BETTER CITIES SLIDES Professor Dorling is author of books on a wide range of topics, including inequality and injustice, people and places, population, housing and politics HCI’s ‘Human City Manifesto’ was also be launched on the evening.



julia3.JPGHCI’s Sixth Annual Lecture, 12th April 2016 ~ The lecture was given by Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The lecture was entitled ‘Building Social Capital in Cities’ and centred upon how the third sector, working alongside local government and communities, and help create opportunities and boost life chances in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the key cities of the UK. HCI’s ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ report was launched on the evening of the lecture.


david orr2.JPGHCI’s Fifth Annual Lecture, 18th March 2015 ~ This lecture was delivered by David Orr, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, a former President of CECODHAS-Housing Europe, the European Liaison Committee for Social Housing, and Chair of Homeless International. David’s lecture was entitled ‘The Future of Housing and Communities’, and sough to provide an overview of how the NHF and housing associations are working to provide more affordable housing at a difficult time for public funding while defending their communities at a time when austerity and welfare reform are biting. The lecture also encompassed the NHF’s approach to ‘owning our future’ – a strategy for housing associations to develop their role and independence in a challenging operating environment.



HCI’s Fourth Annual Lecture, 21st May 2014 ~ This lecture was given by Human Rights Campaigner and Director of the PT Trust, Peter Tatchell. Peter, a former Labour Party Parliamentary candidate, a writer and broadcaster, has campaigned for LGBT rights through the direct action group OutRage, which he co-founded. Peter’s lecture – ‘Equality Vs Austerity’ argued that advancing inequality and tackling poverty and disadvantage cannot be achieved if austerity policies are aimed at those at the bottom of the income ladder and people dependent upon benefits. The lecture also touched on inequalities still experienced by LGBT people. Peter’s lecture was accompanied by HCI’s ‘Rainbow Rising’ report, for which Peter wrote the Foreword, and which explored how current public policy impacts LGBT communities.


lynsey hanley1.jpgHCI’s Third Annual Lecture, 3rd July 2013 ~ Lynsey Hanley, born in Birmingham in 1976, gave HCI’s third annual lecture ‘Social Housing in an Age of Austerity’. Lynsey write for the Guardian, New Statesman and the Observer. She moved to London from Birmingham in 1994 to study politics and history at Queen Mary and Westfield College, London. Lynsey’s lecture drew on her acclaimed book about social housing, ‘Estates: An Intimate History’, which covered Lynsey’s childhood living on a working class council estate at Chelmsley Wood in Birmingham. Her lecture (lynsey-hanley-hci-slides) concluded that social tenants are ‘not all in this together’ but have been disproportionately affected by austerity.


HCI’s Second Annual Lecture, 4th April 2011 ~ Dr Ranjit Sondhi delivered a lecture about health inequalities relating to social class, ethnicity and gender. He is Chair of the Heart of Birmingham PCT (HoBPCT). Ranjit was a Founderanjit1r Director of the Asian Resource Centre, Birmingham, a Commissioner at the Judicial Appointments Commission, Deputy Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, Chairman of the Refugee Training, Employment and Education Forum, senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham, Westhill, a Governor of the BBC, a Trustee of the National Gallery, and Board Member of the Tenant Services Authority and a Civil Service Commissioner.