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Living with the cuts

Living with the cuts landscape

A one day conference co-organised by the University of East London will explore what life is like for people who are most affected by the UK budget cuts.

‘Living with the cuts: Policy, politics and everyday lives’ takes place at the British Museum on Friday 30 May and is being hosted by UEL along with its Centre for Narrative Research, NOVELLA (the ESRC-funded Narratives of Everyday Lives and Linked Approaches node of the National Centre for Research Methods), and specialist mental health organisation, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

Many people in the UK are now living with the impact of recession and public spending cuts in their daily lives and larger effects are still to come. Government and policy-makers predict that cuts will continue till the end of the decade, yet these measures’ usefulness and necessity are much debated.

This day conference brings together academics, policymakers, practitioners, and community researchers, to discuss the issues and levels of analysis that need to be taken into account when studying the cuts, and to explore the human effects and socio-political significance of living in recession. It will also reflect on UEL’s cutting-edge research into critical social justice issues such as living wages, food banks, living with HIV, parenting, mental health, and community resilience.

High profile speakers Anita Tiessen from UNICEF UK and the US philosopher Martha Nussbaum will be joined by researchers from UEL, the London School of Economics, the University of Sussex, and the New Economics Foundation think tank.

Further information can be found on the conference schedule.

Image: person looking in wallet

Professor Corinne Squire, co-director of the Centre for Narrative Research, comments: “We often hear that the recession is over. But for many, austerity has devastated daily life, and many cuts are only now starting to bite.  We wanted to provide a place to think through the situation at political, policy and grassroots levels – not just issue by issue, as often happens. We are delighted to host this important and exciting day of presentations, covering community group initiatives alongside national policy, psychosocial impacts as well as contemporary theories of class and austerity. We know that participants will take away vastly enriched understandings and potential for action from the day”.

Event details:

Living with the cuts: Policy, politics and everyday lives

Friday 30 May 2014, 9.30-17.30
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Conference fees: £25 – Students, unemployed and low-waged;  £50 – All other delegates

For more information and to book a place at the conference, please visit the online store


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This entry was posted on May 6, 2014 by in Politics, Business, Culture and Society, Social Sciences and tagged , .
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