Data Impact 2024: Poverty in Data - Early Career Researcher Workshop

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Early Careers Researcher Workshop


Tuesday 23rd April, 10:00 – 15:00


Friends’ Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS

Who is it for?

Anyone who is early in their career working or researching in the broad area of poverty, cost-of-living, deprivation, homelessness etc. We encourage applicants from all sectors including those in academia, working in charities, government and any other relevant areas.

How much will it cost?

The workshop is free! Lunch and refreshments will be provided, and there are a limited number of travel bursaries for those who wish to apply.

How do I register?

You can register here.

This workshop is part of our Poverty in Data impact event.

Outline of the day

10:00  Arrival and tea and coffee.

10:25  Welcome & introductions

10:30  Keynote speech and Q&A from Donald Hirsch, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University.

11:30  Roundtable discussion looking at various poverty-realted topics with a chance to share your experience and knowledge.

12:15  Lunch

13:15  A brief introduction to the UK Data Service and how we can support you

13:25 A panel of some of our previous Data Impact Fellows who will share some of their experiences before taking your questions.

14:10  Round table discussions focusing on ECR challenges /opportunities and impact.

14:55  Next steps and closing.

Keynote speaker – Prof Donald Hirsch

Donald has been analysing trends and policies related to poverty and low income for over four decades. In the 1980s he was a journalist, latterly on The Economist. In the 1990s, after a period at the OECD, he was an international policy consultant, and between 1998 and 2008 the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Poverty Adviser. He played a central role in establishing the Minimum Income Standard for the United Kingdom (MIS), joining Loughborough’s Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP) in 2008 to lead the MIS work. He was Director of the Centre from 2012 to 2022. Since retiring from Loughborough, he has been policy adviser to abrdn Financial Fairness Trust, which funds a range of research related to income, assets and spending.

He established the original basis for a UK-wide living wage, now paid by thousands of employers. His work has contributed to strategies to combat child poverty and fuel poverty. It provided an evidence base for a more generous legal aid means test, announced in 2022. It gives charities tools to prioritise financial aid for families in need.



What will you gain from it?

  • Opportunities to network & connect with other researchers working in related fields
  • Learn from researchers who are a bit further along the road about their experiences
    working in research (both academic and voluntary sector)
  • Time to think about the role of data in research and brainstorm ideas around
    embedding impact into your research
  • Learn more about the UK Data Service and its impact team, and how we can help raise
    your profile and promote your work