BWPI Poverty Blog – Welcome!

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Welcome to the Brooks World Poverty Institute blog!

This is a new project that will be providing news, comment and research on all things related to poverty. It provides a forum in which to disseminate research produced at the BWPI, the University of Manchester and elsewhere, and to comment on events related to poverty as they happen. You are invited to send your comments and to contribute new postings on any topic related to poverty in the UK, developing world or indeed anywhere in the world.

Why Manchester?

Manchester has traditionally been a centre for the creation of ideas and knowledge that have profoundly influenced global patterns of poverty and well-being. As the world’s first industrial city, Manchester contributed to processes that have ultimately led to greatly improved levels of human well-being, although in their early period these processes were associated with horrific deprivation and exploitation – as evidenced by Engels’ path-breaking studies of poverty in working-class Manchester.

In the post-war period, the University gained a global reputation for research on social and economic change in developing countries, crowned by Sir Arthur Lewis’s Nobel Prize for research on development economics, and by the work of scholars such as Peter Worsley, Max Gluckmann and Teodor Shanin.

In more recent times the University has extended its reputation for policy relevant research through the work of its Chronic Poverty Research Centre, Global Poverty Research Group , the Brooks World Poverty Institute itself and research by academics in the School of Environment and Development and the School of Social Sciences. The University thus has a strong existing base to build on – with additional resources, new staff and cutting edge ideas it is now in a position to become a global centre creating ‘useful knowledge’ to accelerate the elimination of poverty.

Please use this blog as an arena in which to find out about and engage in discussion on recent research and events. We want your comments!

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