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BPS updates, Poverty

From poverty to flourishing

Links to updates on the BPS ‘From Poverty to Flourishing’ campaign

09 October 2020

The campaign

The BPS 'From Poverty to Flourishing' campaign aims to put psychological evidence at the heart of action to tackle poverty and improve outcomes for children, families and communities. At The Psychologist, we've been reporting on updates to the campaign.

In December 2019, our journalist Ella Rhodes reported on this new priority, voted for at the Senate, which was initially intended to run just for the year 2020. The priority has now been extended into 2021.

In February 2020, Ella provided a short round-up of the news in this area, following a shocking report which found that a child becomes homeless every eight minutes in Britain. 

In our October 2020 issue, Ella caught up with members of the Expert Reference Group for a long read article on the ways that psychological theory, research, or practice either is, or should be, helping people move from poverty to flourishing.

In January 2021, Ella reported on a new briefing paper on supporting children and families from the campaign's Expert Reference Group.

More on poverty

'It's hard to be poor, harder than we thought' – Emma Young digests some of the research 

'Living wages are crucial now more than ever' – Ishbel McWha-Hermann and Rosalind Searle rethink poverty in the light of Covid-19

'We can come out of it poorer, but better' – Kim Stephenson and Pradnya Surana on the importance of reframing our relationship with money in pandemic times

Unframed lives – Bruno De Oliveira on using art and research as a community dialogue to reflect on lived experience of homelessness

Fair's fair? – What should psychologists understand about austerity, and ways to broaden the role of psychologists in order to combat its effects? Insights from 'Make My City Fair' in Birmingham

Remember you can find more content by typing in 'poverty', 'inequality' and more in the search box.

Our summer edition, 2021

We need your help. For our 2021 summer edition, we plan to mimic our combined July/August 2020 issue to produce a meaty and diverse print reading experience, a souvenir of a time, and a genuine collaborative and creative effort. This time the theme will be 'From poverty to flourishing'. 

We need to hear your ideas for topics and authors, coming at that theme with evidence-based perspectives from all corners of the discipline. Contributions can be a mix of the professional and personal, and we're also open to artistic input (illustration, photos, creative writing and more). 

Please get in touch on [email protected]