People, Place and Policy Annual Conference
Justice during crisis
The People, Place and Policy (PPP) Annual Conference will take place on Wednesday 21 June 2023. In its 10th year, the conference will be hosted in Sheffield by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) 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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Whether the COVID-19 pandemic, the Climate Emergency or the spiralling cost of living, we are bombarded with messages of crisis. These unfolding events exist in a longer context of global inequality, national austerity and challenging discourses of identity. While marginalised populations – including disabled people, people of colour, those in precarious work and housing situations and others – have been struggling to communicate the emergencies they have faced for many years (e.g. Evans and Collard, 2022), the impact and reach of ‘crisis’ has broadened. This means more people can identify and are affected by crises, but also that ongoing crises for already marginalised groups are compounded.
There have also been powerful examples of responses to crises, including local community-led mutual aid groups (Rees et al., 2022), projects and campaigns for just transitions to combat climate change (Fell et al., 2022), and community-led housing (Arbell et al., 2022), among many others. Research and practice have vital roles in understanding both crises, their unequal impact on the most marginalised groups, and struggles for justice in response.
We are pleased that Prof. Lucie Middlemiss of the University of Leeds will be delivering the keynote address at the 2023 conference on the topic of ‘vulnerability to net zero’. Prof. Middlemiss is a Professor of Environment and Society, and her research focuses on sustainable consumption, energy poverty and participation in sustainable development.
Call for Abstracts
We invite submissions that speak directly to the 2023 conference theme but also welcome theoretical and empirical papers on broader contemporary issues of social, economic and spatial inequalities. These may focus on, but are by no means limited to, the following:
Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and should be submitted through the online submission form. The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday 17 February 2023.