Free Online Social Policy Festival 15-17 July, Welfare, Child Poverty and more

The Social Policy Association are holding a free online digital festival in July to replace their usual annual conference. They have issued an open invitation and you may be interested in the following sessions:


It's not widely known that Nicholas Parsons, the host of Radio 4's Just a Minute, who sadly died a few months ago, was an expert on social policy. Here is an example of his work from the 1980s, where he hosts a mock panel show, demonstrating who gets what from the welfare state. It stars the middle class Osbornes, the working class Ackroyds, Pandora (who opens the box) and, of course, Nicholas himself. There are also occasional guest appearances by Julian Le Grand, LSE Professor of Social Policy, who will be introducing the show and hosting a discussion on its relevance today.

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Alison Garnham has been Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) since September 2010. Prior to this she was the CEO of Daycare Trust and was previously, for nine years, the Director of Policy at One Parent Families (now Gingerbread). In her early career, she worked for nearly ten years as a welfare rights adviser in Citizens Advice Bureaux and for women's organisations and local voluntary sector organisations before, in 1989, joining CPAG (for the first time) where she co-authored a number of publications about the Child Support Act. She has subsequently written about childcare, lone parenthood and child poverty. Before joining One Parent Families she was Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of North London (now London Metropolitan University) where she has also been an Honorary Research Fellow. She was for nine years a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee. She is a school parent governor at her son's school.

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Gurminder Bhambra, Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies, University of Sussex

Gurminder K Bhambra is Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies in the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex.

Previously, she was Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick and also Guest Professor of Sociology and History at the Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Linnaeus University, Sweden (2016-18). In March 2017, she was Visiting Professor at EHESS, Paris; for the academic year 2014-15, she was Visiting Fellow in the Department of Sociology, Princeton University and Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. She has also held a Visiting Position at the Department of Sociology, University of Brasilia, Brazil and is affiliated with REMESO, Linköping University, Sweden.

Her first monograph, Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination (Palgrave, 2007), won the 2008 Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for best first book in sociology. While her research interests are primarily in the area of postcolonial and global historical sociology, she is also interested in the intersection of the social sciences more generally with recent work in postcolonial and decolonial studies. Her current project is on epistemological justice and reparations.

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