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Stylised image of the Romani flag
by Nidhi Trehan Andrew Ryder and Marius Taba  |  12th November 2020

Launching 'Romani Communities and Transformative Change', Andrew Ryder, Marius Taba and Nidhi Trehan call for a renewed hope for a Social Europe offered by the post-COVID-19 economic stimulus with the needs of marginalised communities at its centre.…Read more

Sign saying 'No cuts'
by Donna Baines and Ian Cunningham  |  9th November 2020

Launching their new book ‘Working in the Context of Austerity: Challenges and Struggles’, Donna Baines and Ian Cunningham call for a major rethink of social and employment policies that can provide alternatives to austerity and protect against its damaging impacts.…Read more

Faded people on a sofa
by John Clarke  |  6th November 2020

John Clarke, author of 'Critical Dialogues', reminds us that the inequality in society means that people’s perspective of home can vary hugely, and explores the disruption the pandemic has had on our sense of place. …Read more

Graffiti saying 'Shut down capitalism'
by Tom Vickers  |  27th October 2020

Launching the paperback of 'Borders, Migration and Class in an Age of Crisis', Tom Vickers charts UK COVID-19 policy as evidence of capitalist exploitation of migrant workers and vulnerable groups, but sees the potential for a positive mobilisation of society and new alliances.…Read more

A series of activists drawn by Celeste Byers
by Paul Chaney  |  21st October 2020

Presenting the first four titles in the Civil Society and Social Change book series, Paul Chaney outlines the potential of civil society to bring about social change through civic participation and civil engagement. …Read more

Neon sign saying 'All change please'
by Mary O'Hara  |  12th October 2020

'The Shame Game: Overturning the Toxic Poverty Narrative' by Mary O'Hara is now available as an audiobook. In this afterword to the book, Mary shows how COVID-19 has laid bare huge inequality and disparities in wealth.…Read more

Street of the word 'Poetry'
by Stuart Rees  |  21st September 2020

Stuart Rees, author of 'Cruelty or Humanity', discusses how poetry can contribute to research and how, via visions of justice, could change the world.…Read more

Italian houses
by Chiara Saraceno David Benassi and Enrica Morlicchio  |  11th September 2020

Chiara Saraceno, David Benassi and Enrica Morlicchio, authors of 'Poverty in Italy', discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on poverty and inequality in the country.…Read more

Taxi
by Tracey Herrington Poverty2Solutions  |  28th August 2020

Policy and decision makers all too often have little or no comprehension of the precarious nature of the lives of those in low-income, disadvantaged and left-behind communities. Tracey Herrington looks at how the Dole Animators project helped the voices of those directly affected by welfare reforms to be heard.…Read more

Protest with 'Defund the police, invest in community' projected on the wall
by Ian Cummins  |  17th August 2020

Ian Cummins, author of the forthcoming 'Welfare and Punishment', examines the recent calls to defund the police from a mental health perspective, and looks at why we need to develop models of mental health services that limit police involvement as far as possible.…Read more