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Dr Faiza Shaheen is Director of the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS), joining in February 2016. Prior to this, Faiza was Head of Inequality and Sustainable Development at Save the Children UK, where she led on the development of a new global campaign on inequalities in child outcomes, and Senior Researcher on economic inequality at the New Economics Foundation (NEF).

Faiza is an economist, writer, activist and commentator. She is the author of a range of materials and publications covering the most salient social and economic debates of our times, including inequality, austerity, immigration, youth unemployment and social mobility.

Faiza was born and raised in East London. She has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St John’s College, Oxford University, and both an MSc in Research Methods & Statistics and a PhD from the University of Manchester. Her PhD charted the changing geography of poverty between 1971 and 2001 in the UK, and modelled the economic, demographic and societal factors driving these trends.

A recent profile in The Observer marked her as a rising star of 2017, quoting

“Oxford politicised me because I was always being called to account. ‘Why do Muslims have a chip on their shoulder, Faiza?’ I became known as the rude girl with attitude, which is hilarious because my friends in London said they liked me precisely because that’s what I wasn’t.

“I realised very young that nobody was going to open any doors for me. If you’re going to fight for justice you have to have weapons and I decided that education, economics and statistics were going to be mine.”

Shaheen’s father is from Fiji, her mother is Pakistani. “A concern about inequality and justice has always been a part of me. Whether it was the result of being called Paki in the playground or because while we were considered poor by British standards, when we visited family in Karachi we were seen as insanely rich.” click here.

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