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Linking poverty and jobs in cities

The overarching aim of this project is to evaluate the UK and international evidence to help to identify the most effective local level approaches which can help link poor households to jobs which enable them to move out of poverty. Underpinning this aim are the following research questions:

  • What are the most efficient and effective local level approaches to connecting people out of work to jobs?
  • What are the most efficient and effective local level approaches to connecting people in work to better jobs?
  • What does this evidence mean for related policy in the UK and the roles of different actors at a local level?

The project will inform policy and practice on poverty reduction, identifying approaches which have worked elsewhere and assessing their potential transferability to UK cities.

The review will provide a rich evidence base on which city level policymakers can draw to inform their local approaches. It will cover a wide range of policy areas as well as a range of local actors. These policy areas include, but are not limited to, skills, public and private employment services, economic development, health, transport, innovation and business support services.

This project is being undertaken with two colleagues at Coventry University - Paul Sissons and Kevin Broughton.

Project Duration:

January 2014 - December 2014

IER Project Team:

Anne Green (Principal Investigator)
Duncan Adam
Maria de-Hoyos
Chris Warhurst
Sally-Anne Barnes

Project Team Partners:

Kevin Broughton, Coventry University

Paul Sissons, Coventry University

Project Sponsor:

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation