West Coast Poverty Center (WCPC) Seminar
"The Relational Poverty Network: Developing a Global Network of Researchers to Expand Poverty Research Discussions"
Vicky Lawson and Sarah Elwood Department of Geography, University of Washington
Monday, November 18th Parrington Hall Commons, Room 308 12:30-1:30 p.m. Q & A until 2:00 p.m.Abstract: This presentation will introduce the Relational Poverty Network (RPN), funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted on the UW Campus. The RPN aims to enliven and expand poverty research by bringing together scholars, students, activists and policy-makers from diverse theoretical and methodological traditions, disciplines and countries into new conversations. This collaborative research network advances a relational approach to poverty: theorizing poverty as produced and addressed by economic, political and cultural relationships between social groups. This open and evolving network of poverty scholars is connected by members’ commitment to:
- Focusing on new objects of study (such as middle class attitudes towards poverty, cross-class alliances, spaces of encounter)
- building collaborative research across national contexts and disciplines
- building resources for meaningful comparison across quantitative and qualitative studies
- fostering open conversations across different views of poverty