Bristol Poverty Institute presents... Poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals: From the Local to the Global

27 April 2021, 9.00 AM - 29 April 2021, 5.00 PM

Online conference - register for link

Bristol Poverty Institute presents

Poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals: From the Local to the Global

The Sixth Peter Townsend Memorial Conference
27-29 April 2021 (online)

The Bristol Poverty Institute (BPI) is delighted to officially launch our upcoming online conference on Poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals: From the Local to the Global.

We invite you to join us for this international, interdisciplinary, online conference which will feature a range of sessions across three days, including formal presentations, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities. We aim to attract a broad audience, representing the public, private, and civil sectors alongside academics from across the globe at all career stages from PhD researchers to world-renowned professors.

Please visit our conference website to register.

The conference is broadly framed around how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can help to reduce poverty. These goals provide a blueprint to help all countries around the world to work together to achieve a better and more sustainable future, free from the scourge of poverty. Our fantastic interdisciplinary programme for this conference is framed around the interconnected SDGs and we are honoured to have a wide range of speakers and participants from all over the world bringing different theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary approaches to the analysis and eradication of poverty.

Conference sessions

The conference is structured around six broad thematic sessions aligning with the Bristol Poverty Institute’s areas of research focus. Each session cuts across at least two of the SDGs and, in some cases, many more. The current programme is as follows:

1. Multidimensional Poverty (Tuesday 27 April, morning)
• Setting the scene: Poverty in 2021.
• Scientific Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Poverty Eradication Policies and Practices.

2. Child Health and Nutrition (Tuesday 27 April, afternoon)
• Inequalities and Child Health 1: Child Survival and Inequality in UK
• Inequalities and Child Health 2: Codesigning Local Interventions
• Early Child Development in Disadvantaged Environments – Developing Appropriate Interventions

3. Livelihoods and Debt (Wednesday 28 April, morning)
• Access to welfare benefits and advice and impacts on health in Bristol.
• Closing the digital divide – opportunities and challenges.

4. Food and Nutrition (Wednesday 28 April, afternoon)
• Food, Nutrition, Poverty and SDGs: Beyond Zero Hunger.

5. Policy (Thursday 29 April, morning)
• Impact on inequalities: partnering with charities and campaigning
• Universal Basic Incomes and Benefits.

6. Education (Thursday 29 April, afternoon)
• Critical Perspectives on Education and Poverty Reduction in a Global Context

We will then have a plenary closing session (Thursday 29 April, afternoon) on the concept of ‘Building Back Better’, reflecting on the themes and discussions which have emerged through the course of the conference and exploring future directions for poverty alleviation research, policy, and practice. For more information, including the full conference programme and details on speakers, please visit our website.

Conference fees

Please note: We have taken the decision to waive our conference fees. In lieu of a registration fee, we instead ask all attendees to please make a donation to a poverty / relevant cause of your choosing. This could include, for example, local food banks and/or community-based initiatives, as well as national and international NGOs, or campaigning organisations such as the WHO COVID-Solidarity Response Fund.

The recommended donation amounts are:
£25 Standard ticket
£10 Student ticket
£5 Low- and Middle-Income Country ticket

The conference is free to attend even if you cannot afford to make a donation to an anti-poverty organisation.

When making your donation please feel free to take a screenshot and tag us on Twitter via @bristolpoverty with the conference hashtag #BPIConference2021, as well as tagging the organisation you donated to. This is optional.

Contact information

If you have any queries, please contact the BPI team via

This conference is part of the University of Bristol Festival of International Research and Partnerships, a month-long celebration exhibiting, highlighting, and promoting international research collaborations, opportunities, and partnerships from across the University.

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