Institute for Social Renewal

Annual Review 2016

Julia Unwin, 2016 Annual Lecture

For the 2016 annual lecture on Social Renewal, Newcastle University welcomed Julia Unwin, Chair of the Independent Inquiry on the Future of Civil Society and former CEO of Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Poverty is frequently seen either as an indicator of individual weakness, or as an inevitable by-product of dysfunctional – and unjust – structural systems. The importance of geography and place in causing and solving poverty is often overlooked.

In this lecture Julia Unwin explored the geography of poverty and the difference places can make, and described the challenges for public policy if it is to be truly place-based.

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