Our global, interconnected present is characterised by new constellations within various realms of knowledge—including culture, policy, economics and society. This calls for more diverse, critical and integrated scientific approaches entailing a re-thinking of relations across domains often approached separately, such as racism/xenophobia and climate change, or the emergence of new digital technologies and the exponential growth of knowledge systems at a global level. GRIP is designed for such re-thinking, both to give the programme greater impact and to provide a more comprehensive grasp of the diversity of scientific research within the field of inequality. Crucially, GRIP will approach research on, with and between the global North and South, thus dealing with inequality on the scale of the global.

GRIP is a global programme characterized by the vision “Making research on inequality count” and with the mission “Connecting global and critical research on inequality for a transformation of our world”. Its scientific objectives are:

  • to rearticulate and integrate recent developments in poverty research into a broader research framework around inequality;
  • to focus on the interactions between six dimensions of inequality (economic, social, political, cultural, environmental and knowledge-based);
  • to analyse how these interactions are created, reproduced, maintained and experienced in different urban contexts;
  • to address two interconnected yet distinct research modalities: understanding inequality and addressing inequality;
  • to produce actionable and relevant research contributing to societal impact and transformation in relation to inequality.