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About the Project

In 2018 an estimated 14.2 million people were living in poverty in the UK, including more than 25% of children

What is the aim of the project?

To understand how austerity has affected Christian engagement with poverty in the UK and the theological motivations which underpin it.

Why is the project important?

This is the first evidence-led academic theological analysis of the impact that austerity has had on the Christian engagement with urban poverty.

Understanding how austerity has affected Christian engagement with UK poverty will generate significant impact within the academy, amongst faith groups, faith-based NGOs, and policymakers.  It will do this by facilitating the development of:

1.    Better informed government policy

2.    More effective faith-based activism

3.    Reductions in urban social exclusion and inequality

What is the project methodology?

– A series of original ethnographic case studies in Birmingham, London and Manchester that each focus on different aspects of poverty

– A wide-ranging survey of regional church leaders across UK Christian traditions

– Interviews with national church leaders from a range of Christian traditions

As well as being involved as a case study, Church Action Poverty is an official project partner.  Church Action on Poverty is a national ecumenical Christian social justice charity, committed to tackling poverty in the UK.  The charity works in partnership with churches and with people in poverty themselves to find solutions to poverty locally, nationally and globally.