London Met Lab: The Poverty and Deprivation Challenge
We want to work with our communities to support people into employment, reduce within-work poverty and improve London’s chronic problems around housing and homelessness.
London is a vibrant and exciting city but we face challenges. Our population is growing, our working patterns are changing, and poverty – linked to housing costs, low pay and debt – is rising.
The very rich and the very poor live side-by-side, and the inequality gap is widening every day. The current poverty rate in the UK is 22% and in London this is even higher at 28%. This is especially visible in our local borough of Islington, where 40% of children live in relative poverty, despite its popular image of prosperity and affluence. We want to work with our communities to support people into employment, reduce within-work poverty and improve London’s chronic problems around housing and homelessness.
Research and projects
How can we respond to the challenges of homelessness?
A recent conference at London Met explored the causes and consequences of homelessness, and how it has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Exclusion and belonging in super diverse contexts
London Met staff discuss varied themes including experiences of diversity in North London, social exclusion, symbolic boundaries and 'indifference towards difference.'
The impact of Covid on student parents
Research by London Met academics Jane Lewis, Heather Allison, Patrick Mulrenan and Helen Redd explores the additional pressures the pandemic is having on students with children.
Hungry London: why are more people using food banks?
London Met's 2020 Newsweek has a focus on the rise of foodbank use in the capital.
The shocking normalisation of child homelessness
Recent history has seen things that previously provoked outrage become disturbingly 'normal' says Patrick Mulrenan.
What happens to undocumented migrants in a pandemic?
Maja Myhre, Lecturer in Health and Social Care and PhD candidate in Health Policy, reflects on the policy actions that have left so many unprotected.
COVID is escalating homelessness - here's what we can do
London Met's Jane Lewis and Patrick Mulrenenan write about the worsening homelessness crisis for the Independent, and the action we take.
London Met launches Centre for Life Writing and Oral History
The panel identified some of the obstacles still facing black writers and researchers, among them lack of access to funding and experience in applying for grants.
Tackling student homelessness
While government policies have made university education more accessible to groups that were previously excluded, those same groups are also most likely to experience homelessness.
Is the age of ownership over?
The capital faces a paradox in its housing market: one in fifty properties are rented on Airbnb, while one in fifty Londoners are homeless.
Social Work Academic Mentor to deliver course on positive father involvement
Kevin Brazant's seminar will reflect a narrative literature review of UK and US studies in social work practice and parenting interventions.
Between a rock and a hard place
Patrick Mulrenan and Jane Lewis use tectonics to explore the nature of gentrification.
London Metropolitan University trains Lewisham residents to boost employment in the area
London Met staff work with Lewisham Homes each year to equip members of the community with skills to improve their employability and to give them a voice in improving housing services.
Expert comment: Homeless deaths nine times higher in deprived areas
Patrick Mulrenan, a Housing and Community Development expert at London Met, comments on the recent news that homeless deaths are nine times higher in deprived areas.
Expert to highlight the hidden problem of financial abuse
Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs will be presenting her research at Durham University and at Cardiff to raise awareness of financial abuse.
Students and the community
The Hungry London debate
More than 150 people attended the online debate on the urgent topic of food poverty, made all the worse by the Covid-19 pandemic. Here is what our Journalism BA students had to say.
London Met helps students enter Higher Education during COVID-19
The Widening Participation and Outreach team at London Met have organised a series of engaging online activities to help young people progress into higher education.
London Met donates £14k of food to vulnerable Islington residents
The food, which would normally have been sold in London Met’s canteens and catering outlets, will be distributed to vulnerable people and organisations in need by Islington Council.
Poverty and deprivation: meet our Challenge Champions
Introducing the staff who are championing the Poverty and Deprivation Challenge.
Find volunteering opportunities
Current students can use the careers website to find community volunteering initiatives.
Reach out to discuss partnering with us to tackle the challenges facing our city and communities. Please include the name of your organisation, explain the challenges you face and any thoughts you have about how we can work together.