Leeds Social Sciences Institute


Socially Inclusive Cities workshop @ Room 1.09, Business School (Maurice Keyworth), University of Leeds
Sep 5 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The second national workshop for the Socially Inclusive Cities will explore policy and practice strategies to support the inclusion of minority ethnic and religious groups in health, education, local government and police services.

It is hoped that there will be speakers from Public Health England, Development Education Centre, Touchstone, Arakan Rohingya Organisation UK, York Human Rights City and other relevant institutions.

The event will also present evidence from a global review of literature on this topic carried out by a research team at Leeds.

An expert panel drawn from organisations working closely with minority ethnic and religious groups will give feedback on the various strategies presented. Workshop participants will discuss underlying theories, methods and collaborations that inform these strategies and any research gaps that still need to be addressed.

Registration and further information

If you would like to attend please email Ghazala Mir with your name, organisation, job title and contact details.

Read the full programme.


Urban Justice from the grassroots: lessons from Leeds @ Conference Auditorium 1, University of Leeds
Sep 12 @ 4:45 pm – 6:30 pm


Urban Justice from the grassroots: lessons from Leeds will feature campaigners and community groups from Leeds working on the ground to achieve urban justice.

The event will focus on initiatives from the grassroots, run by and for citizens in Leeds to tackle the major problems that the city faces such as housing, food security or the well-being of refugees.

Despite Leeds being a growing city and a centre for financial services it has high rates of inequality between different types of groups of residents and neighbourhoods. Local authorities in the UK are increasingly struggling to deliver local services due to cuts imposed by the ongoing austerity programme. Leeds has rich history of innovative, diverse and compassionate grassroots initiatives and the aim of this session is to celebrate and showcase some of them and discuss how best work together to achieve a more just city.

This event is part of a larger conference hosted by the University of Leeds titled Rethinking Global Urban Justice between 11-13 September, which will bring more 600 academics from around the world to discuss issues of urban inequalities and justice. This is the annual gathering of the RC21 committee.


This session will feature campaigners from the following organisations (subject to changes):

  • Real Junk Food Project, started in Leeds but has now become a global network. They divert surplus edible food destined for waste and make it accessible for human consumption through ‘pay as you feel cafes’.
  • Leeds Tidal, works to support, coordinate and grow global activism in Leeds. It acts as a hub for networking, training and resources for campaigns on a diversity of in Leeds.
  • Chapeltown co-housing project (TBC), is an initiative to build 33 households by and for residents of the Chapeltown neighbourhood of Leeds.
  • Two other groups/campaigns to be confirmed on housing and refugees/migrants

The session will start with a brief introduction from the chair of the session explaining the aim and format and then followed by c.10 mins presentation from each of the organisations, in a roundtable format with questions discussion from the audience after.

This event is sponsored by the Leeds Social Sciences Institute.

Chaired by Dr Sara Gonzalez, School of Geography and Prof Paul Routledge, School of Geography, University of Leeds.


This session is free and open to the public. There will be a mix of RC21 conference participants and members of the Leeds public. If you are not already registered to participate in the RC21 conference please register here.


City research forum @ Open Data Institute (ODI) Leeds
Sep 19 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Cities Research Theme is establishing a City Research Forum between the University of Leeds and Leeds City Council. This Forum will include talks, discussions and networking with refreshments.

It is intended that the Forum will meet three times a year with this being the first meeting.

The Forum will aim to:

  • be a place to network to meet prospective project partners and establish project ideas
  • encourage joined up thinking at a city level across various projects and academic disciplines
  • lead to more and better quality research projects in the city
  • shape projects to make ready for future funding opportunities.

At the first meeting there will be introductory talks from the Council and University on their interests in city research, break-out table discussions and general networking with refreshments available.

The Forum will be of interest to:

  • University members working with the Council on city-related research projects
  • Council officials working on topics that research projects may be able to support
  • Potential and current partner organisations, including representatives from third sector, public and private organisations.

Numbers will be limited at this first meeting with a view to growing as the Forum develops. Registrations will be via Eventbrite (link to follow).


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