End of project conference

A two day online conference from the Life on the Breadline project team as the culmination of three years of research into Christian responses to UK poverty in the context of austerity 

This conference took place online on 24th and 25th June 2021. To catch up on recordings from the conference sessions visit our conference resources page.

The conference will combine sessions with presentations and Q&A, and interactive workshops.  The anticipated audience for the conference is theology and social science academics, church leaders, and practitioners in church and poverty response settings.  The majority of sessions are aimed at all three audiences, and the target audience is noted alongside each session in the provisional conference programme below.

Sessions at the conference will include presentations from the Life on the Breadline project team – Chris Shannahan, Robert Beckford, Peter Scott and Stephanie Denning – on the research findings, plus interactive workshops on researching poverty, asset-based community development, and Black Church responses to austerity, and guest speakers Dr Naomi Maynard (Together Liverpool) and Professor Anthony Reddie (University of Oxford and University of South Africa).  At the conference we will also be launching the Anti-Poverty Charter which is being developed in consultation with research participants in the Life on the Breadline research.

Day 1 - 24th June 2021

Day 2 - 25th June 2021

Life on the Breadline is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.  It represents one of the first major fieldwork-based theological analyses of Christian action on UK poverty during the ‘age of austerity’.

Organised by the Life on the Breadline research team: Dr Chris Shannahan, Professor Robert Beckford, Professor Peter Scott, and Dr Stephanie Denning