NEWS People, Place and Policy Conference

NEWS People, Place and Policy Conference

There is still time to register for this year’s People, Place and Policy (PPP) Conference, focusing on the theme of the relationship between inequalities and autonomy.  

The conference is being held in Sheffield (UK) on 3rd July, 2019 and the full programme can be viewed at the following link: https://extra.shu.ac.uk/ppp-online/event/people-place-and-policy-2019-social-and-spatial-inequalities/

Autonomy is central to the production, reproduction and reduction of social and spatial inequalities. More specifically, who is able to – or compelled to – act and decide ‘for themselves’ and who is not is critical to understanding inequality.  The question of autonomy is also at the heart of contemporary challenges faced by people, places and policy-makers. The word seeps across disparate debates from the individualising focus of many public policy interventions, to the future of work and transport, the governance of cities, and of course in the rhetoric used in debates about the UK’s relationship with the European Union. Autonomy is associated with discourses of freedom, for instance in desire for devolved resources to cities and regions, or for community self-governance; but also of control (‘it is your responsibility to find work’; ‘autonomous robots will take your jobs’).

For the fifth PPP Social and Spatial Inequalities Conference we will  therefore interrogate our understanding of autonomy and its interaction with social and spatial inequalities.  The programme includes a variety of session formats including panel sessions, paper presentations, interactive debates and walking tours.

Registration and further conference information can be found here: https://store.shu.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/social-sciences-humanities/ssh-conferences/ppp -social-and-spatial-inequalities-conference-2019