Professor Tracy Shildrick invited to speak and present research at upcoming events

Professor Shildrick has been invited to attend upcoming events both in the UK and abroad.

Professor Shildrick will be speaking at the second annual conference for The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) in London on 1 November. CLASS is a think tank established in 2012 to act as a centre for left debate and discussion. Originating in the labour movement, CLASS works with academics, experts and activists to advance alternative politics on some of the most pressing issues of today. Professor Shildrick will be presenting her research on poverty and low pay and will be speaking alongside of MPs, activists and journalists, including Owen Jones and Polly Toynbee.

Tracy is also attending the first Global Youth Policy Forum as an invited expert to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 28 – 30 October. This is the first event of its kind bringing together around 700 youth policy leaders and professionals to debate ways to improve policy and practice for young people. As an invited expert Professor Shildrick will be contributing her expertise to a range of policy debates around the current crisis facing young people and what can and should be done to improve public policies for young people. The Forum is co-convened by the United Nations Secretary General's Envoy on youth, UNDP, UNESCO and the Council of Europe.

Lastly, Professor Shildrick will be speaking at the Festival of Social Science Event, "Does 'Poverty Porn' Undermine the Welfare State?". She will be presenting her research on poverty and low pay which takes place on 6 November in Manchester.  The event is part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Sciences – a series of public events which seeks to raise the profile of social science research and explore how it can and does contribute to society. The event brings together social science researchers, policymakers, journalists, activists and the general public to discuss a pressing public issue: the relationship between welfare policy and media representations of poverty. In the context of on-going public debates about Channel 4’s ‘Benefits Street’ – the so-called ‘documentary’ series charting life on benefits – this event will raise questions about the impact of stigmatising media portrayals of poverty on government policy and public attitudes towards welfare.