The psychosocial side of poverty: opening up understandings and insights [paper]

Keetie Roelen (Institute of Development Studies)
Library, Seminar Room 2
Start time:
21 June, 2019 at 14:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

This panel focuses on the psychosocial side of poverty, seeking to present new research and stimulate debate about psychosocial causes and effects of poverty (including issues of shame, hope, aspirations) and how policies can engage with these.

Long abstract:

Greater understanding of the psychosocial side of poverty will be crucial for 'opening up development'. Reflections of lived experiences of poverty provide insight into complex realities that are context-specific but also share commonalities across places and spaces. The latter may hold especially true in times of austerity and widespread contraction of public services across the global North and South. Investigations into the psychosocial side of poverty give rise to questions such as: How does poverty affect psychological wellbeing, and lead to feelings of shame, reduced cognitive bandwidth, or withdrawal from social situations? How do psychosocial effects of poverty impede efforts to reduce poverty, both from individual and wider social perspectives? Can interventions that aim to improve psychosocial outcomes, such as hope or aspirations, play a role in poverty reduction? We - the Study Group on Multidimensional Poverty and Poverty Dynamics - welcome contributions that explore psychosocial dimensions of poverty from across low, middle and high-income countries. We aim for an interdisciplinary panel, and prioritise submissions that include new findings or insights and have not yet been published elsewhere. The panel will follow 'paper panel' format but seeks to encourage audience interaction. Presenters will be asked to engage the audience with their main question or findings at the start of their presentation. Options can include real-time polls, an energiser-type exercise or other (multi-media) interactions. Those submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to include ideas for such audience engagement (which can be discussed and explored with the panel convenor at the later stage).