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Seebohm Rowntree Re-considered – Festival of Ideas

June 9, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Seebohm Rowntree was a major figure locally, nationally and internationally, known through his pioneering work on poverty, as well as other areas of social action and concern. Join Jonathan Bradshaw and Bill Sheils of the University of York as they examine the context of Rowntree’s work in the early 20th century and consider its importance and relevance in today’s world.

Find out about Rowntree’s work on the measurement and analysis of poverty, and the ways in which his work has informed later understandings of the problem down to the present. Next, learn about the broader ethical context of his work on poverty and on other topics, such as industrial relations. Does this approach still have relevance today? Come along and join in the discussion.

About the speakers

Jonathan Bradshaw is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of York. He was founding Director of the Social Policy Research Unit and served two terms as Head of Department. His research has focused on social security policy, living standards, comparative social policy, child poverty and child well-being. He is currently the UK Coordinator for the EU Social Policy Network.

Jonathan is a Trustee of the Child Poverty Action Group and Chair of their Social Policy Committee. He was appointed CBE in 2005 for services to child poverty and elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2010.

Professor Emeritus Bill Sheils is a former Head of the History Department at the University of York and has written widely on the history of York. In the 1970s he worked on the surviving papers of Seebohm Rowntree for a BBC documentary, sparking his interest in his work and has lectured on Seebohm Rowntree in both his York and national context.


June 9, 2018
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


York Festival of Ideas
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Lakehouse, Ron Cooke Hub, Heslington East Campus, University of York, York YO10 5DD
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