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Addressing poverty, minimum income provision, & active inclusion in Europe

Combating Poverty in Europe (COPE)

Thursday, 17 April 2014 from 09:30 to 16:00 (BST)

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How are issues of poverty, minimum income provision, and active inclusion addressed in Europe?

The Poverty Alliance and The University of Edinburgh's COPE project are holding a one day seminar exploring anti-poverty policies and minimum income provision in Europe. The purpose of this free event is to present research findings from a range of Scottish based European research projects focusing on anti-poverty and minimum income provision. Presenters at the event will discuss their research into the different approaches adopted for the delivery of social security, welfare support, benefits and employment programmes in a range of European countries. 

It is open to both academic and non-academic audiences and may also be of interest to policy makers and politicians. There will be opportunities to discuss and network with researchers, activists, and anti-poverty organisations.  





Registration (Tea and Coffee)



Opening introduction by Chair, Professor Adrian Sinfield



Minimum Income Protection and Active Inclusion in Europe

Dr Daniel Clegg, COPE, University of Edinburgh



What can Scotland Learn from Europe about tackling Poverty?

Peter Kelly, The Poverty Alliance and Tom MacInnes, New Policy Institute



International perspectives on Poverty: Key findings from Poverty in Scotland 2014

Prof Gill Scott, Glasgow Caledonian University






The Local Governance of Social Cohesion: Multi-Level, Multi-Dimensional and Multi-Stakeholder Integration

Vanesa Fuertes, LOCALISE, Edinburgh Napier University



Minimum income systems in Europe: findings from the European Minimum Income Network project

Fintan Farrell, EAPN



Tea and Coffee



Europe’s Role in Tackling Poverty: Political Panel 

David Coburn, UKIP

Siobhan Mathers, Scottish Liberal Democrats

Asim Khan, Scottish Labour Party

Stephen Gethins, SNP

Iain McGill, Scottish Conservatives.

Chas Booth, Scottish Green Party



Conclusions and close


Registration for this event is required as spaces are limited. 

It is advisable to travel to this event by public transport as parking options are limited. Although pay and display parking is available on George Square this is charged at £2 per hour with a maximum stay of only 4 hours. 

Waverley Station is the nearest train station and approximately a 20 minute walk from George Square. There are numerous buses and taxis from the train station to CMB. For further details about travelling to the Chrystal Macmillan Building at the University of Edinburgh please use:

To discuss a dietary or access requirement or for further information regarding this event please email

Do you have questions about Addressing poverty, minimum income provision, & active inclusion in Europe? Contact Combating Poverty in Europe (COPE)

When & Where

Seminar Room 1
Chrystal Macmillan Building, University of Edinburgh
15a George Square
9LD Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Thursday, 17 April 2014 from 09:30 to 16:00 (BST)

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Combating Poverty in Europe (COPE)

Combating Poverty in Europe (COPE) is a three year (Jan 2012-Jan 2015) research project that focuses on the design and provision of minimum income provision and anti-poverty policies in Europe. This includes questioning how European, national and local institutions shape the co-production of active inclusion and how beneficiaries participate in these policies. Co-financed by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Programme, COPE unites experienced researchers and stakeholders from Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, Sweden and Norway to compare the different approaches to minimum income provision in these countries. The UK team are based in the Social Policy department within the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.

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