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Joseph Rowntree Foundation Poverty and Inequalities Programme

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Poverty and Inequalities Programme

Joseph Rowntree FoundationLSE is delighted to have been awarded £565,000 by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) for a three-year programme to investigate the links between poverty and inequalities.

The partnership was announced by LSE alumna Ms Julia Unwin CBE, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, at our Social Class in the 21st Century event (pictured).

Julia UnwinThe donation establishes a new early career fellowship within the III as well as a programme of research on the connections between inequality, diversity and poverty which will be led by LSE’s Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE).

The research aims to review the relationships between inequalities of various kinds and poverty. It will investigate areas such as the consequences of living in an unequal society for the lives of those in poverty; how people’s prospects of social mobility are affected if parental resources are unequally distributed between families; the links between poverty, inequality and geographical and neighbourhood segregation; how inequality affects risks of poverty for different groups, such as by ethnicity, gender, disability and migration status; and the political and attitudinal effects of inequality for support (or otherwise) for effective collective action against poverty.  

The funding will also ensure a programme of practitioner visitors to the III and a public engagement programme of events and publications to support the research.

Professor John Hills, co-director of the III and chair of CASE, said:

“Inequality and the persistence of poverty in affluent societies are key issues of our time, but ones whose nature and inter-relationships have been changing and are contested.

We hope that this new collaboration between the International Inequalities Institute and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on this Poverty and Inequalities programme will help the development of understanding and policies to address the divide between rich and poor.”

Ms Julia Unwin CBE said:

“The aim of JRF's partnership with the new Institute is to support activities focused on the consequences of different kinds of inequality for poverty, and the prospects of successful public action to reduce it, with the focus on the UK, in line with JRF's mission.

We want to improve understanding of the links between inequality and poverty, including between different groups in society. We hope this partnership will make an important contribution to public debate and understanding at a critical time for efforts to reduce poverty in the UK.”

In a public lecture on 8 February 2017, Dr Eleni Karagiannaki and Dr Abigail McKnight from LSE CASE presented their findings on the empirical relationship between economic inequality and poverty across countries and over time, paying attention to different measurement issues. They then considered a range of potential mechanisms driving this relationship and explored policy options. Podcast and slides available here

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