The gloriously brilliant and delightful Victoria Lawson and Sarah Elwood have launched the Relational Poverty Network! And they are already working toward the first public meeting.

The Relational Poverty Network welcomes abstracts for paper sessions during our public meeting taking place October 9-11, 2014 in Seattle, WA. The paper sessions will allow us an opportunity to discuss case studies, methodologies and theoretical engagements with doing relational poverty research. These paper sessions will enliven and expand poverty research by bringing scholars, students, activists and policy-makers from diverse theoretical and methodological traditions, disciplines and countries together into new conversations.  Papers will ideally reflect a relational approach to poverty: theorizing poverty as produced and addressed by economic, political and cultural relationships between social groups. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • social alliances in the face of vulnerability
  • new epistemologies of poverty knowledge
  • new actions in poverty research and policy
  • the political economic production of poverty
  • alternative poverty discourses
  • the construction of ‘poor others’ and ‘poor places’
  • non-expert ways of knowing poverty
  • Global South perspectives on poverty research
  • methodologies of relational poverty studies

To be considered for the Meeting, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to with the subject heading Public Meeting Abstract Submission by June 1st, 2014. Participants will be selected by the organizing committee and will be notified by July 1st. While we will do our best to accommodate all submissions, we cannot guarantee placement or room for all abstracts at the Meeting.

For more information about the public meeting, please visit our website at: