‘More United than Divided’ – Partnerships for Social Justice

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Inequalities are often created and kept in place by multiple systems that reinforce poverty, discrimination and social exclusion. People from excluded groups experience numerous layers of inequality that affect almost every area of their lives at the same time. This workshop will explore whether equity networks currently working separately in specific fields such as education, health, employment and transport, or with specific excluded populations, could achieve more by coming together and pooling their resources and efforts. We will explore key issues such as:

  • Can challenges such as poverty, racism, health inequalities and mobility inclusion be addressed holistically rather than through fragmented approaches and, if so, how?
  • Can collaboration across diverse equity networks inform a focus on particular populations or places?
  • Can different networks involving activists, researchers, policymakers and public service practitioners increase their impact and the resources available to them by working together?
  • Can collaboration lead to shared definitions and consistent approaches in areas where these are missing?

*If possible, please bring with you a device which can connect to the internet (iPads/Tablets are ideal)*

Event programme

9.30 – 10.00 Registration, Tea & Coffee

10.00 – 10.15 Welcome and Introduction, Professor Adam Crawford (Director, Leeds Social Sciences Institute), Dr Ghazala Mir (Leeds Institute of Health Sciences)

10.15 – 11.05 Opening Presentations

  • Leeds Poverty Truth Commission & Dr Daniel Edmiston (School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds) – Using Research to drive holistic change

11.00 – 11.55 The Power of Networks – current activity and future potential –Speakers will give an overview of the work their network is doing currently, how they have fostered collaboration, their ideas about what they would want a ‘Network of Networks’ to achieve and how it might work in practice.

11.55 – 12.15 Refreshment Break

12.15 – 13.00 The Power of Networks – continued.

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Action Planning Groups, Chair: Professor Gary Dymski (Leeds University Business School).

To discuss:

  • Promoting Action – Identifying priority areas for joint work: areas that can be promoted via members and adopted as common themes
  • Increasing Resources – for work on inequalities: what funds are available and how can we access them?
  • Supporting Partnerships – how can joint working between and within networks be sustained and mutually beneficial to all partners?

15.30-16.00 Recommendations and Feedback – Professor Gary Dymski (Leeds University Business School)

16.00 Next Steps & Close


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