Conceptualising and Measuring Poverty: Methods for the 21st Century

ISSP Summer School

University College Cork 09:00 :: 18th June 2012

18th to 22nd June 2012

The Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century, the School of Applied Social Studies, and the Department of Food Business & Development, University College Cork, will host a week long Summer School in June 2012 on the theme of conceptualising and measuring poverty.

The key objectives of the Summer School will be to:
• Critically analyse current poverty concepts and frameworks utilised within Ireland and Europe
• Demonstrate the potential uses of existing datasets on poverty, including EU-SILC,Household Budget Survey and Census of Population, with hands-on experience of working with the datasets
• Explore the variety of poverty measurement methodologies and the turn towards more participatory and community-centred approaches to poverty measurement and approaches
• Examine the multidimensionality of poverty as it becomes manifest in specific issues and groups in the population.

Who should attend:
Postgraduate students and academics, researchers, staff of statutory and voluntary bodies, community activists, and all those with an interest in evaluating and engaging with research in the area of poverty and social inclusion.

There is no registration fee for the summer school. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.
Please register your interest at by Friday May 18th 2012 Please note that student bursaries to the value of €300 are available to cover travel costs

Schedule & programme content:
Monday 18th
Opening of the summer school: overview of the week, discussion of summer school goals and learning objectives

Opening address
Deputy Joan Burton, T.D., Minister for Social Protection.

Keynote address
Economics, Social Policy, and Moral Sentiments
Prof. Bill Jordan, University of Plymouth.

Fighting Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe
Ms. Isabelle Engsted-Maquet, Deputy Head of Unit, Social Analysis, European Commission -
DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
Taking the social quality approach to poverty indicators
Prof. Dr. Peter Herrmann, Senior Advisor, Social Quality Foundation.

Tuesday 19th
Devising poverty indicators using micro-census data
Mr. Trutz Haase, Independent Social and Economic Research Consultant.

Housing and poverty: deriving indicators from data sources
Mr. Joe Finnerty and Dr. Cathal O'Connell, University College Cork, Ireland.

Using CSO poverty data sources
Mr. Eoin McCuirc, Senior Statistician, Central Statistics Office.

Wednesday 20th
Use of administrative data sources for poverty research: the construction of poverty profiles from rent assessment records
Prof. Des McCafferty, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

Child Poverty Indicators
Speaker tba

Constructing minimum income standards
Prof. Noel Smith, School of Applied Social Sciences, University Campus Suffolk.

Approach to Enhancing Knowledge Exchange With Stakeholders
Dr. Stephen Sinclair, Glasgow Caledonian University.

Identifying NGO research needs: Interactive session with NGO participants.

Thursday 21st
CSO perspective on EU-SILC
Ms. Pamela Lafferty, Lead Statistician EU-SILC, Central Statistics Office.

Northern Ireland EU-SILC
Prof. Mike Tomlinson, Queen’s University Belfast.

Financial inclusion: conducting research with low income households
Dr. Sharon Collard, Bristol University.
Spatial mapping of poverty data
Ms. Helen Bradley and Dr. Denis Linehan, University College Cork, Ireland.

Poverty indicators and older people: using the Household Budget Survey
Dr. Eleanor Bantry White and Dr. Huan Yu, University College Cork, Ireland.

Friday 22nd
Linking policy and practice: the uses of poverty research
Mr. Fintan Farrell, European Anti-Poverty Network.

Future directions for NAPS
Dr. Jim Walsh, Social Inclusion Division, Dept. of Social Protection.

Mid-day: Discussion of Learning Outcomes.
Close of Summer School

All Welcome

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