Thursday, May 27, 2021
With financial support from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ International Keynote Speakers Support Fund
We know a lot about what works to end homelessness and yet it remains a major global injustice, overwhelmingly affecting younger people, those living in poverty, and indigenous peoples. This presentation argues we should pay more attention to the pivotal role of people and relations in bringing about the changes required to end homelessness. Through a collection of personal stories and encounters, and reflecting on experiences of trying to influence homelessness policy and practice, the presentation makes three claims. First, we need to embrace diverse knowledges and abilities, including those of people with lived experience, elders and community leaders, local and national government, academics and even celebrities. Second, and perhaps most importantly, effective change is so often the result of networks and relations between these different peoples. Third, whilst people and relations are part of the solution, we are also often a major barrier to policy and practice change. People and relations are key to ending homelessness.
With support from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences International Keynote Speaker Support Fund.
- Peter Mackie, Reader at Cardiff University in the School of Geography and Planning