Venue: Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan UniversityMon 9 September 2019

Contact: Janet Cullinan Email:

This event, run by the Academy for Social Justice and hosted by PERU features Ashwin Kumar, Professor of Social Policy at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The UK’s employment rate is at an historic high, but so is in-work poverty. Twenty years ago, the solution to poverty used to be thought of as getting people into work; today we have an epidemic of low-paid work with little chance of progression. In this free seminar Ashwin will look at the current relationship between the UK’s productivity and low-pay and explore the role of gender.

Ashwin has a wealth of experience in this field and is a respected commentator on social policy and appears regularly on TV and in print discussing productivity, poverty, working conditions for people on low wages, housing and household incomes.