AQMeN International Conference

26 – 27 October 2016

The John McIntyre Centre, Edinburgh

Welcome to the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) international conference 2016: Rediscovering inequalities: Exploring the interconnections between crime, education and urban segregation.

Conference aims:

The aim of this conference is to offer a forum for researchers, policy makers and practitioners to discuss and debate contemporary issues about the nature, causes and impact of inequalities which arise in a variety of interconnected policy contexts and consider positive solutions to tackling them.

Conference papers will consider 3 main themes (which are described in more detail below):

Rediscovering inequalities:

The primary focus of the conference will be ‘rediscovering inequalities’.  We aim to do this by moving away from narrow discussions about wealth and income and broadening the focus to conceptualise a wider range of causal processes and social contexts in which inequalities develop and flourish.

The conference title reflects the three primary areas of research undertaken by the AQMeN research centre; however, we are keen that the content of the conference reflects inequalities in its widest sense and across as broad a range of disciplinary areas as possible.

Inequalities can be concentrated and clustered in individuals and places. Therefore, the conference will focus on rediscovering the impact and outcomes of multiple forms of inequality at a range of levels – from citizens to communities, cities to continents.

It will aim to examine the profile of inequality across a range of protected equalities characteristics – including race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and faith – and to understand the consequences of different forms of inequality on the least powerful members of society taking account of health, wealth, poverty and a range of other vulnerabilities.

The discussion will also seek to tackle the problem of why some groups fare less well than others and to identify innovative and creative solutions, especially in an era of severe financial constraints on public sector finance.

Specifically, the conference will focus on an evidenced-based approach to understanding and addressing inequalities. We want to showcase new and emerging evidence around inequalities, examine the implications for policy reform in an era of austerity and identify future directions for policy and research.

This conference is aimed at:

  • Researchers (including PhD students) who are working in any disciplinary area, such as health, housing, environmental studies, justice and education, where there are clear examples of inequality; or who are developing methods for measuring, testing, evaluating or visualising inequality and its impact.
  • Policy-makers and practitioners who work in areas of service delivery or policy development, such as policing, health services, community planning, schools, travel and transport, where any form of inequality impacts directly on individuals or communities which comprise their key client groups.