The complex nature of poverty was the subject of discussion at a special event held at the University of Stirling. The event, bringing together researchers, policymakers and practitioners, marked the culmination of Challenge Poverty Week, which ran from 7 – 11 October.
Representatives from local government and other service providers, came together to hear insights from University of Stirling researchers, who discussed a number of factors which impact on those who are disadvantaged. Topics included the role of policing and neighbourhood security, the diversity of educational curricula, neighbourhood environmental quality and the relationship between poverty and psychological resilience.
Challenge Poverty Week is a programme of events organised to highlight the reality of poverty in Scotland, challenging stereotypes and exploring solutions that can offer individuals and families a pathway to a better future. The event was organised by the University of Stirling, in conjunction with Stirling Council, through the local Community Planning Partnership.
Commenting on the event, Dr Peter Matthews, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences who chaired the discussion, said:
“All too often, the experience and the causes of poverty are oversimplified. The research discussed at this event will help to challenge that narrative, helping policymakers and practitioners to understand the complex way in which poverty impacts lives, and to develop effective, sustainable solutions”
Key themes from the session are discussed in a post on the University’s public policy blog.