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Multi-Disciplinary Evidence Review around Poverty

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The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is commissioning a multi-disciplinary evidence review to consider the evidence on the ways in which psychological, social and cultural factors affect decision making by individuals who experience poverty in the UK.

It should address the following main areas: Key psychological, social, cultural (‘human’) factors that affect the decisions of people living in poverty in the UK. For example, the potential influence of additional ‘cognitive burdens’, temporal discounting, reduced self-efficacy, framing of opportunities, also of social comparisons, identity and habit, to name but a few.

How do these factors play a part in causing, preventing and reducing poverty? How strong is the supporting evidence and how specific and/or applicable is it to the context of poverty in the UK? How far do the same factors apply to the whole population, and if some of them are specific to people in poverty, how and why? How these key influences affect the decisions of individuals living in poverty in areas such as family life; education; housing, neighbourhood; work, health and health care; the ways in which psychological, social and cultural factors at different life stages, ages and across generations may impact on individuals’ experience of poverty; the links between these factors in individual decision making, equality and diversity and the experience of poverty.

Effective or promising policies and interventions to address psychological, social and cultural factors in decision making that are potentially applicable in preventing or reducing poverty in the UK. The implications of the insights gained from the evidence, for policy and for others, including ways in which an anti-poverty strategy across the life-course could make use of these insights. Important gaps in the existing evidence and how they could be filled most effectively.

Deadline for proposals: 6 November

Budget available: £40,000

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If you are interested in bidding, please contact


Author: Michael Daw

When working for Manchester Met University, I'm responsible for facilitating strategic relationships with businesses and other external organisations. When doing Transition New Mills, I'm on the Steering Committee and facilitating the Energy Action Group.

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