British Academy medal for Professor Shildrick

Tracy Shildrick, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, has been awarded a British Academy prize for her collaborative writing on poverty in Britain.


The Peter Townsend Policy Press Prize was awarded to Professor Shildrick and her co-authors Professor Robert MacDonald (Teesside University), Professor Colin Webster (Leeds Metropolitan University), and Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite (Durham University) for Poverty and insecurity: life in low-pay, no-pay Britain, published in 2012.

Professor Shildrick spoke to Laurie Taylor of BBC Radio 4's 'Thinking Allowed' earlier this month about her research, which was conducted in Teesside, and focuses on the men and women who've fallen out of old working class communities and must now cope with drastically reduced opportunities for standard employment.

Listen again (16 mins, 35 secs in)

The Prize, supported by The Policy Press, was established in honour of Professor Peter Townsend, one of the most distinguised researchers in the areas of poverty and inequality, health inequality, disability, and older people.

Pictures shows, l-r: Professor Colin Webster, Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite, Alison Shaw (Policy Press), Professor Rob MacDonald and Tracy Shildrick.

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