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People, Place and Policy 2017: Tackling social and spatial resource inequalities

Event details:

A one day conference


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Address: Sheffield Hallam University, Heart of the Campus, Collegiate Crescent, Sheffield, S10 2BP

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Contact information

Contact Emma Smith: 0114 225 3073 /


Inequality in Western societies increasingly cuts across a range of geographic scales and there is a large body of research that seeks to frame this inequality within wider social and economic relations. However, to date this work has been less explicit in exploring the extent to which these inequalities are underpinned by and played out through uneven access to essential material resources such as housing, food, energy and water. Similarly, research into poverty and inequality has typically focussed on issues associated with material deprivation (inability to afford essential goods and services) rather than the wider political economy of the resources themselves.

At a time when resource inequalities are set to become more acute as a result of wider political, macroeconomic and environmental trends research into the different types of material resources – including how they interact at an individual, community, institutional and political level – is more important than ever. This conference will bring together people with an interest in social and economic inequality with those investigating different material resources to share research and generate new conversations about the relationships between material resources and wider socio-economic relations. Academics, researchers, students, policymakers and practitioners are invited to join us for a full day of keynotes, plenaries, presentations and workshops across the following themes:

  • Environmental sustainability at a local level
  • Foodbanks and food insecurity
  • Financialisation
  • Energy vulnerability
  • Housing inequality
  • Access to green space

Highlights on the day include:

  • A keynote address from Donald Hirsch from Loughborough University who will use his research on a minimum income standard to provide an essential frame for the parallel sessions that will follow.
  • A closing the plenary panel including Natalie Bennett from the Green Party, Graham Duxbury of Groundwork UK and Rachel Loopstra from University College London
  • A wide range of evidence-based presentations from established and emerging academics across a variety of fields and disciplines
  • The opportunity to engage with participants from national policy and practice stakeholders, including Natural England, Groundwork UK, Hubbub and the Trussell Trust

Delegate fees

The event is part funded by the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University. A fee of £30 will be payable by all delegates including presenters to cover the remaining running costs of the conference. Booking forms and details of how to make payments will be emailed to delegates after registering interest or submitting abstracts. A small number of bursaries will be available to cover the fee for attendees who do not have institutional support. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for a bursary when submitting an abstract.


Event start date: 22nd Jun 2017
Event closing date: 22nd Jun 2017


Location: Sheffield Hallam University


£ 30.00

For more information

Contact: Emma Smith