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People, Place and Policy 2019: Social and Spatial Inequalities

Event details:


A One Day Conference

Date: 3rd July, 2019

Venue: Sheffield Hallam University

Organised by: People, Place and Policy Journal

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Conference theme: Autonomy

Autonomy is central to the production, reproduction and reduction of social and spatial inequalities. More specifically, who is able to – or compelled to – act and decide ‘for themselves’ and who is not is critical to understanding inequality.  The question of autonomy is also at the heart of contemporary challenges faced by people, places and policy-makers. The word seeps across disparate debates from the individualising focus of many public policy interventions, to the future of work and transport, the governance of cities, and of course in the rhetoric used in debates about the UK’s relationship with the European Union. Autonomy is associated with discourses of freedom, for instance in desire for devolved resources to cities and regions, or for community self-governance; but also of control (‘it is your responsibility to find work’; ‘autonomous robots will take your jobs’).

For the fifth PPP Social and Spatial Inequalities Conference we will  therefore interrogate our understanding of autonomy and its interaction with social and spatial inequalities.  The programme includes a variety of session formats including panel sessions, paper presentations, interactive debates and walking tours.

Delegate fees

The event is part funded by the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University, allowing us to keep conference fees lower than for many other events. An early bird fee of £40 will be available to speakers and delegates who register before 7th June 2019. All delegates and presenters registering after this date will be asked to pay the full conference fee of £50 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, including postgraduate students. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for a bursary when submitting an abstract.

About People, Place and Policy

People, Place and Policy (PPP) is an open access journal that provides a forum for debate about how policy shapes the risks, opportunities and constraints that face people and places in contemporary society. Its aim is to foster dialogue between academics engaged in researching societal challenges and the policy-makers or practitioners charged with responding to these challenges. All volumes can be viewed online at:


Event start date: 3rd Jul 2019
Event closing date: 3rd Jul 2019


Location: Sheffield Hallam University

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