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The People, Place and Policy Annual Conference

About the conference

The People, Place and Policy (PPP) Annual Conference will take place on Wednesday 21 June 2023. In its 10th year, the conference will be hosted in Sheffield by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University.

The conference brings together researchers, policy makers and practitioners for a one-day event that showcases emerging research related to contemporary debates within all aspects of social policy. This includes a focus on a wide range of social concerns, including – economic development and labour markets, poverty, the welfare state, the voluntary and community sector, social exclusion, housing, sustainability, transport, health and social care, energy and environment.

2023 Conference theme: justice during crisis

Whether the COVID-19 pandemic, the Climate Emergency or the spiralling cost of living, we are bombarded with messages of crisis. These unfolding events exist in a longer context of global inequality, national austerity and challenging discourses of identity. While marginalised populations – including disabled people, people of colour, those in precarious work and housing situations and others – have been struggling to communicate the emergencies they have faced for many years (e.g. Evans and Collard, 2022), the impact and reach of ‘crisis’ has broadened. This means more people can identify and are affected by crises, but also that ongoing crises for already marginalised groups are compounded.

There have also been powerful examples of responses to crises, including local community-led mutual aid groups (Rees et al., 2022), projects and campaigns for just transitions to combat climate change (Fell et al., 2022), and community-led housing (Arbell et al., 2022), among many others. Research and practice have vital roles in understanding both crises, their unequal impact on the most marginalised groups, and struggles for justice in response.

Keynote speaker

We are pleased that Prof. Lucie Middlemiss of the University of Leeds will be delivering the keynote address at the 2023 conference on the topic of ‘vulnerability to net zero’. Prof. Middlemiss is a Professor of Environment and Society, and her research focuses on sustainable consumption, energy poverty and participation in sustainable development.


The conference programme has now been announced. A final version will be published prior to the conference.

We also have a Google Site of the programme available which includes abstracts and biographies (where available) – this will be updated regularly as we get closer to the conference date.

Register for the conference

Delegate fees are £50 (or £30 for students). To book your place, please visit the conference booking page.

Key dates

  • Deadline to register
    20 June 2023
  • The 2023 Conference
    21 June 2023


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