Research in the World public lecture: ‘From both sides now': reflections on poverty research and politics

The Honorary President of the Child Poverty Action Group, Baroness Ruth Lister, will give a unique insight into poverty research in the UK at a free public lecture at the University on 15 March, as part of our Research in the World lecture series.

Baroness Lister CBE, who is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University and a Labour peer, will talk about how research is, and is not, used in the political and policy process.

Poverty remains a scar on the face of Britain, despite decades of increasingly sophisticated research into its incidence and impact.

Drawing on her experience as both researcher and research user, Baroness Lister will reflect on the changing nature of poverty research, policy and politics and the relationship between them.

Baroness Lister served on the Commission on Social Justice, the Opsahl Commission into the Future of Northern Ireland, the Commission on Poverty, Participation and Power, the Fabian Commission on Life Chances and Child Poverty and the National Equality Panel.

She is a founding Academician of the Academy for Learned Societies for the Social Sciences and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2009. She received a lifetime achievement award from the Social Policy Association in 2010.

Baroness Lister has published widely around poverty and social exclusion, welfare state reform, gender and citizenship. Her books include Citizenship: Feminist Perspectives (2nd ed. Palgrave, 2003); Poverty (Polity Press, 2004); Gendering Citizenship in Western Europe (with F. Williams and others, The Policy Press, 2007) and Understanding Theories and Concepts in Social Policy (The Policy Press, 2010).

The lecture starts at 6.15pm in Lecture Theatre 8 West 2.1 on the Claverton Campus.

Free tickets are available from Gail Gillespie, Events & Ceremonies Office, on 01225 383659 or email:

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