Poverty and ethnicity: a review of the evidence

Eric Sheptock, a homeless Black man who’s using Twitter, Facebook and other online social networks to educate people about poverty

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation are about to embark upon a major plan of work on ethnicity and poverty.  This review of the evidence summarises the current picture by focusing on:

  • the three main areas affecting experiences of poverty –education, work and unpaid caring;
  • how social networks and place shape experiences and opportunities;
  • inequality within ethnic minority groups

It identifies key gaps where greater understanding could support more effective action on poverty across different ethnicities. The research also included qualitative research with a number of communities to understand their day-to-day experiences.

There is considerable disadvantage in many areas of life for people from across many ethnicities. There are some common experiences within and between people in these groups but also important variations between groups that are often considered as similar and within every ethnic group. So what are the most influential factors and which issues need further investigation?

Eric Sheptock, a homeless Black man who’s using Twitter, Facebook and other online social networks to educate people about poverty

Poverty and ethnicity: A review of evidence. Helen Barnard and Claire Turner. 18 May 2011.

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Andre Tomlin

Andre Tomlin

André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He's worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service; an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol with his wife, dog and three little elflings.

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