Media & Events


Public events are great for discussing new ideas and the latest research.

Please contact me if you are interested in a free talk on Eliminating Poverty in Britain

or to discuss training on The Biology of Poverty.


Upcoming Events

March 2024 - Manchester

After meeting Andy Burnham, The Mayor of Greater Manchester at The Labour Party's Pathway to Power event last year, I am delighted to be heading to Manchester to speak to all the Chief Executives of Greater Manchester's Local Authorities about ways to tackle poverty in their communities. I will also be providing Andy Burnham's department with training on The Biology of Poverty. 

Image: Andy Burnham with journalist Andrew Marr

March 2024 - London

The Bank of England's Social Mobility Network has invited me to speak to them about my book and discuss ways that the Bank can support the most vulnerable in our society.

February 2024

Sacred Money - BBC Sounds Podcast

Taqwa Sadiq interviewing & Emily Dicks producing. It was a real pleasure to be involved! On Demand: Episodes 1 & 5

In this five-part series, Taqwa Sadiq explores whether Zakat, an Islamic tradition, can help solve the UK cost-of-living crisis. 

Her quest for answers takes us all over the globe and even back in time. From hallowed libraries in Cambridge and a mysterious stone in Turkey, to a flooded farm in Pakistan and modern activism in Chicago. Along the way, Taqwa meets young Muslims, doctors and influencers, aunties and uncles, a religious scholar, an ex-government official, and more. Their stories open up questions around identity and belonging, and explore what happens when ancient traditions are transported to new places and times.


February 2024

All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Poverty

Online Event

Discussing new ideas on how to end poverty in Britain and Q&A afterwards from MPs and members of the public.

It was a real honour to be involved.

February 2024

The Royal Geographical Society: Poverty in Britain

On Demand:

Join us for an insightful panel discussion at the Society where leading experts will be demystifying the state of poverty in Britain using their research, advocacy and policy experience. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A.

Meet Our Speakers

Helen Rowe is an award-winning social researcher, a writer and campaigner. Her expertise in the social housing sector includes leading campaigns on literacy and digital inclusion and as the co-founder of the Connected Housing Initiative, which worked to improve internet access for low-income residents. 

Dr Kitty Stewart is Associate Professor of Social Policy and Associate Director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics. Kitty’s recent research focuses primarily on the causes and consequences of child poverty.

Professor Vandana Desai is Professor in Human Geography at Royal Holloway. Vandana is a development geographer primarily interested in India & the poor, with specialisms in access to housing, challenging gender politics, inequality and social justice. 

Chaired by Martine Croxall, a presenter with BBC News Channel and a Fellow of the Society. 

Martine in full flow - "It is incredibly readable".

Left to Right

Dr Kitty Stewart, Professor Vananda Desai, Martine Croxall, Helen Rowe

February 2024

OFCOM - Social Mobility Network

The media has such an immense influence over our society that it was great to speak at OFCOM and discuss the narrative of the 'undeserving poor' in our country. Compassion is a far better and more productive alternative. Lots of engagement in the room and remotely.

October/November 2023

Local Community Groups

I have been out talking to local groups discussing poverty in Tower Hamlets. Currently, we have 70 food banks and some are on school premises. The need is immense, so engaging the local community is really important.


October 2023

The Financial Conduct Authority - Social Mobility Network

An incredibly well attended talk. The participants were really engaged and used their knowledge and expertise to create an in-depth discussion, particularly pertinent during this cost-of-living crisis.