Poverty: Pathways, Challenges and Transitions

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Wednesday 23 November 2022, 1pm - 5pm GMT
Online only

This one-day virtual conference will send a strong message that - as the world emerges from the pandemic and deals with rising fuel bills and inflation - policymakers will have to focus on creating more opportunities; more sustainable jobs and pathways and managing transitions in the context of global and local challenges, including climate change, gender inequality, and extreme poverty. This is set against a backdrop of significant punitive socio-economic measures against under-represented social groups.

With a special focus on the “post pandemic era,” the conference aims to feature a wide range of the latest research on the impact of poverty on the pathways and transitions of working-class people, including the differential impacts of rising fuel bills, inflation and COVID-19 on workers, migration, race, disability and remittances, and gender gaps in the labour market.

The conference brings together working-class academics, practitioners, and researchers from across a range of educational and public sector settings. It is open to people identifying as working-class/being of working-class heritage and who are interested in themes of health and social care, sociology, criminology, psychology, community development, public health. We welcome anyone with lived experience of conference themes and wants to get more informed on issues related to social class and poverty.

KeyNote: Professor Diane Reay - University of Cambridge

Abstract deadline: 26th October 2022

We aim for contributions that can cover a range of themes, including but not limited to, redefining poverty, health inequalities, pathways of the working-class through services (education etc), families, leaving a legacy in neighbourhoods of deprivation, and envisioning a positive future for the working-class. 

To help make things inclusive, we will be holding our conference online from 1pm to 5pm (UK time). This will be a meeting of minds from across educational communities, fields, and domains. We welcome abstracts (of no more than 300 words) for contributions on four themes around Poverty:

  1. Working-Classness and Social Mobility
  2. Social (In)Justice
  3. Health Inequalities (current and/or long-standing issues)
  4. Other working-class issues not already listed, but which come under the conference title.

Attendees should aim to present for no more than 15 minutes. If you are unable to attend on the day, we will accept pre-recorded presentations. We welcome contributions from academic colleagues, students, and academic support services.

If you are interested in presenting for on a research project, campaign or service that you lead on, then please email craig.johnston@winchester.ac.uk, cc’ing in c.l.binns@bradford.ac.uk and Charlie.davis@nottingham.ac.uk with a 300-word abstract outlining what you would like to share and any technology requirements by October 26th 2022.

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