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by Sam Wren-Lewis  |  7th April 2020

Trust was heavily eroded during the long period of austerity that followed the global financial crisis and we cannot afford to make the same mistake again. Sam Wren-Lewis, author 'The Happiness Problem', explains why trust is so important in times of uncertainty.…Read more

by Alison Shaw  |  3rd April 2020

Alison Shaw, Chief Executive of Bristol University Press and Policy Press, considers the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and how we can move beyond the catastrophe to improve lives and change societies for the better. …Read more

by Jonathan Wistow  |  30th March 2020

How we as societies respond to the challenges and opportunities arising from the global crisis of coronavirus could lead to fundamental changes in the social contracts across these societies. Jonathan Wistow shows how this is an opportunity to reassess the kind of deal we have with the state and other interests and influences. …Read more

by Billie JD Porter  |  27th March 2020

Billie JD Porter, a writer, filmmaker and broadcast journalist, features in Mary O’Hara’s new book, 'The Shame Game: Overturning the Toxic Poverty Narrative', out now. In this interview she looks at why we need to start talking about poverty and speaks to young people about how we can change the poverty narrative.…Read more

sign in protest saying 'No more austerity'
by Mo Stewart  |  2nd March 2020

In the Influences and Consequences report, which is the conclusion of the ten-year Preventable Harm Project published by the Centre for Welfare Reform, Mo Stewart shows how US companies and right-wing ideology guaranteed the creation of the preventable harm of the UK disabled community who are unfit to work.…Read more

An empty school hallway
by Mary O'Hara  |  27th February 2020

Mary O'Hara writes about her experience of failing the 11+ to show the importance of encouraging people to believe they are not destined for failure.…Read more

by Kerry Hudson  |  21st February 2020

Author Kerry Hudson features in Mary O’Hara’s new book, 'The Shame Game: Overturning the Toxic Poverty Narrative' which is out next week. In this interview, originally published on Project Twist-It, she talks about why she writes about poverty and why telling stories matters…Read more

by Jane Millar and Peter Whiteford  |  14th February 2020

Jane Millar and Peter Whiteford look at how benefits systems can create unjust debts. This article is based on their recent paper in The Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, winner of the 2019 Best Paper Prize of the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS).…Read more

Back of a jacket saying 'No longer lost'
by Danny Dorling  |  13th February 2020

In 'The Shame Game: Overturning the Toxic Poverty Narrative', out later this month, Mary O’Hara shows why the ‘shame game’ being played out against poorer people in the US and the UK is so destructive and effective. Danny Dorling explains why this new book is so important - and how you can change things - in his foreword.…Read more

Two men walking past each other
by Jennifer Lawlor, Jennifer Neal, Zachary Neal, Kathryn McAlindon and Kristen Mills  |  11th February 2020

Kristen Mills, Jennifer Lawlor, Jennifer Neal, Zachary Neal, and Kathryn McAlindon explore how educators and policy makers conceptualise research in order to illuminate points of alignment and misalignment as well as future directions for bridging policy and practice. Their article 'What is research? Educators’ conceptions and alignment with United States federal policies', published in Evidence & Policy, has been awarded the 2019 Carol Weiss Prize.…Read more