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Today’s Hard Social Questions Demand Hard Thought
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Hard Questions about the World We Live in

We live in a fast-changing world. Technology has brought about the rise of global corporations, instant communications, split-second trading and self-driving vehicles. But are we any closer to achieving just societies?

  • Globalisation has led to widespread migration and rising levels of inequality – so what is the proper role of states, local government, markets, charities, and individuals?
  • The financial crises of 2007/8 have revealed the inadequacy of conventional economic theory, especially the notion that markets are predictable and self-correcting – so how should business leaders and politicians think differently about economics?
  • Human Rights enshrined in international law are ignored or threatened when no longer underpinned by a coherent, transcendent moral framework. – So what then does ‘human dignity’ mean, at the start and end of life, in the workplace, for political and religious liberty?

Hard questions demand hard thought: fresh critical thinking is needed to respond to contemporary challenges – the right ideas can ensure that opportunities are seized; whereas following the wrong ideas may lead to the wasting of money and energies.


How the Las Casas Institute is Responding

The Las Casas Institute for Social Justice was established in 2008 to promote much-needed thinking on difficult questions, drawing especially on the rich tradition of Catholic social thought and practice.

The Institute offers leadership in the social sciences through research, publications, conferences and seminars, and the diffusion of ideas via the worldwide web. It seeks as much as possible to involve practitioners including politicians of different political persuasions, leaders in business and the charity sector, as well as academics and the general public.

The Institute is now seeking significant funding for a four-year plan to:

  • Conduct research into
    • Human Dignity
    • Economics as a Moral Science
    • Migration
    • Poverty
  • Bring together and support otherwise isolated academics and practitioners.
  • Disseminate the fruits of our research and of wider Catholic Social Teaching, engaging with policy-makers, business and community leaders, teachers and students.


How You Can Help

Could you join the growing group of donors who support the work of the Institute?

  • We urgently need donors who can help fund the overall work of the Institute.
    You would help to fund our annual programme of events and our developing outreach to schools, as well as other core activities.
  • We are currently seeking funding in particular for the ‘Economics as a Moral Science’ research programme, which is working to develop a new economic science based not on mathematical abstracts but on the understanding that human beings drive economies through their moral choices.