Intergenerational unfairness in the spotlight

Published: 25 May 2018 at 09:13

Cambridge campus

Lord Willetts to deliver the next free imagine2027 talk at Anglia Ruskin University

Lord David Willetts will be speaking at Anglia Ruskin University’s Cambridge campus on Thursday, 31 May as part of the imagine2027 series.

The imagine2027 initiative, which started last year, asks speakers and audience members to imagine the kind of world they would like to live in in 2027.  The series of free public events is jointly organised by The Cambridge Commons and Anglia Ruskin University’s Labour History Research Unit.

Lord Willetts, who was Minister of State for Universities from 2010-2014 and Conservative MP for Havant, will be speaking about intergenerational unfairness. 

He is an important voice in the area of “intergenerational theft” and is the Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation think tank.  In 2010 he published the influential book The Pinch: How Babyboomers Took Their Children's Future -- and How They Can Give It Back

Professor Rohan McWilliam, Director of Anglia Ruskin’s Labour History Research Unit, said: 

“Many people will have read about the Intergenerational Commission report published by the Resolution Foundation earlier this month.  This is an important contribution to the future of social policy and we are delighted Lord Willetts is coming to Anglia Ruskin to discuss it.

“This event is the latest in the imagine2027 series, which is an ambitious attempt to envisage the kind of society we want to live in in 10 years’ time and to work out ways in which we might get there.”

Previous imagine2027 talks have featured the likes of George Monbiot, Danny Dorling, Guy Standing and Ann Pettifor.  Upcoming talks next month include campaigner and author Tamasin Cave on how to fix corporate lobbying (21 June) and Guardian journalist Zoe Williams on how to fix the media (28 June).  Further details are available at 

Lord Willetts’ talk will take place on 31 May in room LAB002 on Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus (6.30pm-8pm).  The event is open to the public and is free to attend, but places must be booked in advance here