Promoting Economic Pluralism (PEP)


The School of Economic Science

11-13 Mandeville Place, London, W1U 3AJ

London, England, GB, W1U 3AJ

This event is about the impact of austerity in and on everyday life. How does austerity affect our personal relationships? How is it lived and felt on the ground? How does it effect people in different walks of life? What are the lasting impacts?

Sarah Marie Hall will talk about her two-year ethnographci study with families and communities in ‘Argleton’, Greater Manchester, UK and the understanding of ethnography that has come from that.

Rev Paul Nicolson will draw on his extensive experience of working with communities and individuals affected by austerity.


Sarah Marie Hall is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester. Her research sits in the broad field of geographical feminist political economy: understanding how everyday socio-economic processes are shaped by gender relations, lived experience and social difference. Her recent book published by Palgrave Macmillan is “Everyday Life in Austerity: Family, Friends and Intimate Relations”

Rev Paul Nicolson founded the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K) in response to the poll tax in 1997. He raised the funds in 1968 to commission the Family Budget Unit to research the minimum income standards used by UNISON and London Citizens to persuade Ken Livingston, Mayor of London, to launch the living wage for London in 2004. Z2K now serves up to 2000 Londoners a year who are tangled in the benefit system and related debts. In 2012 he founded Taxpayers Against Poverty (TAP) as a campaigning organisation focusing on the impact on the unemployed of capped and cut benefits, which are also required to pay rent and council tax since 2013, and committed to working for an adequate income and an affordable home for every UK citizen. He was given “The Best Non-academic Award” by the Social Policy Association in 2015.

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