This workshop brings together equity networks working in areas related to inequalities, poverty, and social mobility & inclusion, exploring what could be achieved by uniting to explore key issues.
Inequalities are often created and kept in place by multiple systems that reinforce poverty, discrimination and social exclusion. People from excluded groups experience numerous layers of inequality that affect almost every area of their lives at the same time. This workshop will explore key issues such as:
- Can challenges such as poverty, racism, health inequalities and mobility inclusion be addressed holistically rather than through fragmented approaches and, if so, how?
- Can collaboration across diverse equity networks inform a focus on particular populations or places?
- Can different networks involving activists, researchers, policymakers and public service practitioners increase their impact and the resources available to them by working together?
- Can collaboration lead to shared definitions and consistent approaches in areas where these are missing?
9.30 - 10.00 Registration, Tea & Coffee
10.00 - 10.15 Welcome and Introduction, Professor Adam Crawford (Director, Leeds Social Sciences Institute), Dr Ghazala Mir (Leeds Institute of Health Sciences)
10.15 - 11.05 Opening Presentations
- Leeds Poverty Truth Commission & Dr Daniel Edmiston (School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds) - Using Research to drive holistic change
11.00 - 11.55 The Power of Networks - current activity and future potential
Speakers will give an overview of the work their network is doing currently, how they have fostered collaboration, their ideas about what they would want a 'Network of Networks' to achieve and how it might work in practice.
- Health Inequalities Research Network - Charlotte Woodhead & Zoe Chui
- Leeds Equality Network - Caroline Bamford
- Muslim Engagement and Development - Shahab Adris
- Equal North - Sarah Salway
11.55 - 12.15 Refreshment Break
12.15 - 13.00 The Power of Networks - continued.
- International Inequalities Institute, LSE - Dr Luna Glucksberg
- Socially Inclusive Cities Network - Dr Ghazala Mir
- INTALInC (International Network for Transport and Accessibility in Low Income Countries) - Professor Karen Lucas
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Action Planning Groups, Chair: Professor Gary Dymski (Leeds University Business School)
- Promoting Action - Identifying priority areas for joint work: areas that can be promoted via members and adopted as common themes
- Increasing Resources - for work on inequalities: what funds are available and how can we access them?
- Supporting Partnerships - how can joint working between and within networks be sustained and mutually beneficial to all partners?
15.30-16.00 Recommendations and Feedback - Professor Gary Dymski (Leeds University Business School)
16.00 Next Steps & Close
*If possible, please bring with you a device which can connect to the internet (iPads/Tablets are ideal)*