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Data Impact 2024: Poverty in Data

In a period where the cost of living has risen dramatically and levels of those falling into poverty and deprivation are high, data-enhanced research can help us understand people’s situations and offer positive options for policy and other change.

Rarely before have the data been so supportive in providing a clear picture of the situation and in enabling researchers, policymakers and more to develop, assess and advocate for practical solutions. And yet there is more work to be done, both in terms of advocating for the needs of those who are struggling and discovering where gaps in the data may still exist.

We invite researchers from all sectors who work in this area to join us for the UK Data Service 2024 impact event Poverty in Data to share, discuss and identify possible next steps in data and in collaboration. The event will take place across three days:

Tuesday 23 April, 10:00-15:00, in-person

Early Career Researchers Workshop in central Manchester with a keynote from Professor Donald Hirsch.

Wednesday 24 April, 11:00-12:00, online

Perspectives on Poverty – various speakers including campaigners, researchers and those with lived experience of poverty.

Thursday 25 April, 11:00-12:30, online

Poverty in Data: Research, policy and next steps – Presentations by a panel of experts in using data to understand and alleviate poverty plus Q&A and discussion.

Who is it for?

Anyone working or researching in the broad area of poverty, cost-of-living, deprivation, homelessness and related areas. Whether you work in academia, the charity sector or elsewhere, you are welcome to join us. The workshop on 23 April will be focused on Early Careers Researchers working in these fields.

How much will it cost?

All events are free to attend. Numbers will be limited for the Early Career Researchers Workshop.

How do I register?

You can register on our website.

Who is taking part?

Christina Adane – poverty campaigner and activist, named as one of the BBC’s 100 most influential women in the world at the age of 16.

Donald Hirsch – Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University, previously Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy.

Deborah Price – Co-Director of the UK Data Service and Professor of Gerontology at the University of Manchester

Helen Barnard – Director of Policy, Research and Impact at The Trussell Trust

Ed Davies – Policy Director at The Centre for Social Justice

Lalitha Try – Economist at Resolution Foundation

Peter Matejic – Chief Analyst at The Joseph Roundtree Foundation

Ben Brindle – Researcher at the University of Oxford’s Migration Observatory

Bozena Wielgoszewska – Research Fellow at the Social Research Institute, University College London

Christian Reynolds – Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London

Rachel Oldroyd – Lecturer in Geographic Data Science at the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy in the School of Geography