Date of release: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Professor Ozlem OnaranThe link between inequality and the worldwide economic crisis of 2008 to 2012 is the subject of an inaugural lecture by a University of Greenwich economist next month.

Ozlem Onaran, Professor of Workforce and Economic Development at the university’s Business School, is giving her talk, The Great Recession and Wage Led Recovery, on Wednesday 4 December. She will be looking at how the rise in inequality of income contributed to the crisis, and will suggest how ‘alternative’ wage and labour market policies could begin a global economic recovery.

The author of more than 60 articles in books and journals including the Cambridge Journal of Economics, World Development and the European Journal of Industrial Relations, Professor Onaran held positions at the universities of Middlesex and Westminster, Vienna University of Economics and Business, and Istanbal Technical University, prior to joining Greenwich in 2012.

A project she led for the United Nations/International Labour Office, which was recently reported on in the Financial Times, also explored the potential for a wage-led global recovery as a way out of recession.

Earlier this year Professor Onaran organised a high-profile international conference at Greenwich, which highlighted the declining share of wages in national income, the reasons for these trends and their consequences.

The event, hosted by the university’s Work & Employment Research Unit, is free to attend and takes place at the Greenwich Campus, Room QA180, from 5pm, with a drinks reception to follow. To attend, RSVP with full name and email address to

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