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Annual conference

PPP Conference 2024

People, Space and Belonging


12 June 2024 | Sheffield Hallam University

PPP Conference 2024

People, Space and Belonging


12 June 2024 | Sheffield Hallam University

About the conference

The People, Place and Policy (PPP) Annual Conference will take place on 12 June 2024. In its 11th year, the conference will be hosted in Sheffield by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University.

The conference brings together researchers, policy makers and practitioners for a one-day event that showcases emerging research related to contemporary debates within all aspects of social policy. This includes a focus on a wide range of social concerns, including – economic development and labour markets, poverty, the welfare state, the voluntary and community sector, social exclusion, housing, sustainability, transport, health and social care, energy and environment.

Keynote session

This year we will open the conference with a Keynote Panel Discussion on People, Space and Belonging, featuring speakers from research and practice.  

We are pleased to announce our panel members are:

  • Dr Eleanor Jupp, Reader in Social Policy at the University of Kent.
  • Dr Jeni Vine, Research and Development Manager at Belong – The Cohesion and Integration Network.

Conference format and abstracts

The conference format will comprise keynote speeches, audience Q&A and debate, as well as parallel chaired paper presentation sessions. For this year’s conference submissions have been categorised under three strands/themes:  

  • Access, equity and justice
  • Experiences of belonging, identity and citizenship
  • The governance of transformative change


Delegate fees are currently at the early bird rate of £50 until 12 April 2024, but following that date the rate goes to £75. Student fee is £30. Delegate fee includes lunch and refreshments during the day.

Bookings will close on the 11 June 2024 at 12pm.


This is an interactive programme – please note that each item is collapsible which will reveal paper details (abstract and biography information will be available nearer to the conference). A PDF version is also available.

Download programme (PDF, 937 KB)

  • Eleanor Jupp (University of Kent)
  • Jeni Vine (Belong – The Cohesion and Integration Network)

Paper 1: Spaces of equality: Exploring the role of universal healthcare for social trust and the support for redistribution
Tobias Schillings (University of Oxford)

Paper 2: Mesothelioma caused by asbestos in UK schools and hospitals: an ongoing public health risk


Bethany Taylor, Peter Allmark and Angela Tod (University of Sheffield)

Paper 3: Understanding the persistence of value problems in third sector delivery of health services: evidence from the implementation of ‘Green Social Prescribing’ in the English NHS
Chris Dayson and Cathy Harris (Sheffield Hallam University)

Paper 1: Wembley Park: Experiences of Community and Belonging
Sara Rodriguez (University of London)

Paper 2: Changing Places: Abandonment, Invasion and Community Development at a Regenerating/Degenerating London Council Estate

Paul Watt (London School of Economics)

Paper 3: The Dynamics of Belonging in UK Park Home Communities (Working paper)

Robert Amato Lastman (Kingston University London)


Paper 1: Falling behind on payments for household bills: Exploring temporal trends in the extent to which UK individuals have experienced this form of debt since 2009 and the characteristics of indebted individuals over time

Maya Middleton-Welch and Mark Green (University of Liverpool)

Paper 2: TBC

Paper 1: Exploring the impact of childcare provision on the opportunities for women garment workers and their families in Bangladesh

Gulfam Tasnim (The Open University)

Paper 2: The Scylla State. A gendered understanding of the experiences of marginalised women in the United Kingdom

Rebecca Hamer (Sheffield Hallam University)

Paper 1: Agents of dis(belonging)

Temidayo Eseonu (Lancaster University)

Paper 2: What hidden and hiding homelessness can tell us about people, space and belonging among homeless populations

Elisabeth Garratt (University of Sheffield)

Paper 3: Associational Life: how to understand social life in an individualised and informalized society

David Bomark (University of Strathclyde)

Convener: Peter Wells (Sheffield Hallam University)

Paper 1: Resilience and Inequality in the UK Housing System: The Scarring Effects of Post-2000 Economic Shocks on Housing Insecurity

Rhiannon Williams (University of Sheffield)

Paper 2: What Innovative Housing Models Can Be Developed to Address the Increasing Housing Difficulties Faced by Young People in the UK

Dean Ireland (Northumbria University)

Paper 3: Empty Homes and Sheffield

Yahya Aydin (University of Sheffield and Ankara Yildirim Beyazıt University) and Rowland Atkinson (University of Sheffield)

Paper 1: Agri-food decarbonisation pathways, just transitions and SMEs

Elpida Apostolopoulou and William Eadson (Sheffield Hallam University)

Paper 2: Active travel equity: shifting focus from distributive analysis to the recognition of marginalised mobility experiences

Mia Rafalowicz-Campbell (Sheffield Hallam University)

Paper 3: Title TBC

Aimee Ambrose (Sheffield Hallam University)

Paper 1: From Rhetoric to Policy: Tracing the Evolution of “Pride in Place” within the Levelling Up Agenda

Marc Le Chevallier (University of West London)

Paper 2: Who cares about the voluntary sector?

Oluwaferanmi Adeyemo, Peter Wells, Chris Damm, Elizabeth Sanderson (Sheffield Hallam University)

Details to be confirmed

The venue

The event will be held at: Charles Street Building, Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, S1 2LX. Transport options, parking and campus are available on the Sheffield Hallam University website.

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