Breaking Down Barriers: Increasing inclusion across society
The People, Place and Policy (PPP) Annual Conference will take place on Wednesday 6 July 2022. In its 9th year, the conference will be hosted in Sheffield by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University.
The conference brings together researchers, policy makers and practitioners for a one-day event that showcases emerging research related to contemporary debates within all aspects of social policy. This includes a focus on a wide range of social concerns, including – economic development and labour markets, poverty, the welfare state, the voluntary and community sector, social exclusion, housing, sustainability, transport, health and social care, energy and environment.
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Societies are increasingly divided and existing inequalities are becoming ever greater, with more and more people at risk of being left behind. People across all life stages are experiencing exclusion from society: from the 4.3 million children in the UK currently living in poverty (a third of all children) to those aged 65 and over who make up 79% of those who do not access the internet and are therefore at risk of exclusion from an increasingly digital world. The Covid-19 pandemic has only served to further exacerbate these issues.
Research and practice continue to examine issues of exclusion and propose ways to address them; helping to promote more inclusive societies. This may be through giving a voice to marginalised and disadvantaged communities shut out from access to safe housing or providing evidence to underpin the potential to deliver more inclusive economies. It can also include the co-designing research that places the user at the heart of the process or research that supports just transitions to net zero.