Department of Geography :: University of Washington

Relational Poverty Network

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The Relational Poverty Network (RPN) innovates in poverty research as our members work together to create new ideas and approaches to understanding poverty and inequality.  The RPN aims to enliven and expand poverty research by bringing together scholars, students, activists and policy-makers from diverse theoretical and methodological traditions, disciplines and countries into new conversations.  This collaborative research network advances a relational approach to poverty: theorizing poverty as produced and addressed by economic, political and cultural relationships between social groups.  This open and evolving network of poverty scholars is connected by members’ commitment to:

  • Focusing on new objects of study (such as middle class attitudes towards poverty, cross-class alliances)
  • building collaborative research across countries and disciplines
  • building resources for meaningful comparison across quantitative and qualitative studies
  • fostering open conversations across different views of poverty


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