The aim of the September 2012 conference was to take stock of – and identify gaps in – existing knowledge and debates across institutional, thematic and geographic barriers. The major themes explored at the conference included:

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Macro-economic policy

Strengths and weaknesses of current macro-economic policies and alternatives

Unemployment and labour issues

Unemployment and job creation, including dynamics of the informal sector and labour regulations


Education and inequality – exploring challenges and sharing models that work from conception to career

Legal frameworks

The role of the law in addressing poverty and inequality

Entrepreneurship and livelihood strategies

Challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship and creating sustainable livelihoods

Social protection and welfare

The role of social welfare in mitigating the effects of poverty and inequality

The family

The impact of poverty on families and households

Public space, safety and violence

Spatial inequality, public space and safety

Land & agriculture

Using the land, with particular focus on new models of agriculture, land reform and food security

Towns and cities

Urban planning and services

Environment and resources

Exploring sustainable approaches to water, energy and service delivery

Health issues

Health, health care services and disease burdens