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  • Date and time: Thursday 12 May 2022, 6.30pm to 7.45pm
  • Location: Online only
  • Audience: Open to alumni, staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Annual York Human Rights City Lecture

Organized through the Centre for Applied Human Rights in association with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Ruth Lister is a member of the House of Lords and the Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University. Formerly she was the Director of the Child Poverty Action Group and is a leading and longstanding campaigner against poverty.  In 2004 she published the first edition of Poverty - widely proclaimed as the definitive book of the time.

The second edition of her book published in December 2020 explores key concepts around poverty, in particular making links between poverty and human rights, agency and citizenship.  Poverty makes the case for reframing the politics of poverty as a claim for recognition and redistribution. The right to an adequate standard of living is one of the five priority rights chosen by the people of York, at the time of launching York as the UK’s first Human Rights City. We are delighted that Ruth Lister has agreed to give this lecture as York prepares for its own Poverty Truth Commission.



Stephen Pittam