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People, Place and Policy Conference 2021

Event details:

Due to the cancellation of the PPP conference this year, the 6th annual PPP conference will now take place on Wednesday 7th July 2021. If you were due to present at the conference this year, we will be in touch with you in the Autumn to discuss your potential contribution to the 2021 conference.

At the conference in 2021 we look forward to welcoming academics and practitioners to explore contemporary social and spatial inequalities across a broad range of public policy domains. Inequality has been a central feature of scholarship in public policy inquiry, framed within wider social and economic relations. This conference will provide a forum for the debate across key areas of social policy.

The special theme for the 2021 conference remains Division and Unity and we are delighted that Mia Gray from the University of Cambridge will still be delivering the opening keynote for the conference.

There is recognition of the deepening inequalities and divisions characterising many communities across the UK, many of which will be magnified due to the challenges that COVID and its aftermath will continue to present. Within this challenging context, there is a vital role for studies which shine a light on narratives of unity and hope. Academics, practitioners, and activists all have a role to play, whether it is in pursuing inclusive growth, where economic benefits are shared equitably, reinvigorating grassroots mobilisation, or supporting civic action in relation to energy and environmental issues. We also note the divisions caused by the UK’s current housing crisis; the impacts of welfare reform on homelessness; competing visions for the future role of civil society; and the contribution of voluntary and community organisations to public policy goals.

We will update this page with further announcements in due course, including programme and booking information. In the meantime, please do save the date! We look forward to welcoming you to Sheffield in 2021.


Event start date: 7th Jul 2021
Event closing date: 7th Jul 2021


Location: Sheffield Hallam University


£ 50.00

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