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Seminar Presentations

Each of our seminars hosts expert speakers discussing an aspect of severe and multiple disadvantage.

Our seminars are very interactive and always include discussions with plenty of opportunities to network and meet other researchers from a range of backgrounds.

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Seminar One - Profiling Severe and Multiple Disadvantage

With Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick, co-author of Hard Edges: Mapping Severe and Multiple Disadvantage across England, and Di McNeish, co-author of Women and Girls at risk: evidence across the life course.

The first seminar of the Revolving Doors/LankellyChase research network featured speakers Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick at Heriot-Watt University, and Di McNeish, Director of DMSS Consultancy. 

Suzanne introduced the findings and methodology of the pioneering study, Hard Edges: Mapping severe and multiple disadvantage in England, which showed there are at least 58,000 people facing severe and multiple disadvantage in England.

Di introduced ways to understand and describe the nature of severe and multiple disadvantage for women.  Di showed that women face specific issues, such as institutionalised sexism and domestic violence, and that a "gendered perspective is vital."

Further resources:

LankellyChase (2015) Hard Edges: Mapping severe and multiple disadvantage in England

LankellyChase (2014) Women and girls at risk: evidence across the life course


Seminar Two - Coproducing the evidence base

With Jon Adamson, CFE Research and Mike Seal, Newman University College.

The second seminar of our research network discussed how and why to use peer research as a methodology in building the evidence base around severe and multiple disadvantage. The presenters were Jon Adamson, CFE Research and Mike Seal, Newman University College

Jon Adamson discussed the involvement of peer researchers in the national evaluation of the Big Lottery Fund's Fulfilling Lives programme. His experience in running this project highlights key benefits, practical issues and training and development techniques. He was joined by Sandra Morgan, experienced peer researcher. 

Mike Seal introduced the theory behind peer research; and considered some of the challenges and critiques and how legitimate they are. He interspersed theory with real-life examples, and was joined by peer researcher and National Service User Forum member Cheryl Brooks. 

After the presentation, discussions among members covered issues ranging from how to pay peer researchers to what counts as a 'peer'. We have summarised the points from the discussion including a table addressing common objections to peer research. 

Further resources:

Read the Tweets from the day in our Storify.


Seminar Three: Place and Severe and Multiple Disadvantage

With Angela Donkin, Institute of Health Equity, UCL, and Eliza Buckley, IVAR.

With Angela Donkin, Institute of Health Equity, UCL, and Eliza Buckley, IVAR

Our seminar in March explored how the concepts of place, locality and geography can be applied to severe and multiple disadvantage research.  Researchers with expertise on health inequalities across England and place-based initiatives opened the seminar. 

Angela Donkin’s presentation highlighted the importance of place in determining outcomes for people. She introduced the model of social determinants of health to analyse this issue.

Eliza Buckley presented the findings of IVAR’s historical review of place-based funding approaches and how successful they have been. 

Further resources:

Read the Tweets from the day in our Storify.


Seminar Four: Emerging Evidence in Health.

With Andrea Williamson, Glasgow University and Nick Maguire, Southampton University.

How to reach, and how to help: Emerging evidence in health for people facing multiple disadvantage 

This seminar explored the evidence on who is most vulnerable, and how to help people facing multiple needs. 

Our fourth seminar featured two expert speakers who are leading studies in health and severe and multiple disadvantage. Dr Andrea Williamson is involved in a study examining whether missed appointments in healthcare indicate multiple vulnerabilities and unmet need. Dr Nick Maguire discussed his team's review of effective interventions and what has been proven to work for people facing multiple problems and social exclusion. 


Seminar Five: Unseen and unserved?

With Alex Bax, Pathways; and Sophie Melville, LGBT

The fifth seminar of our research network discussed research and practice relating to ‘hidden groups’ and multiple disadvantage. The two speakers were Alex Bax, Chief Executive of Pathway, and Sophie Melville, Policy and Research Co-ordinator of LGBT Foundation (Manchester).

Alex Bax presented on the relationship between migration and homelessness, and the severe and multiple disadvantage faced by the homeless. Alex concluded that migration has the ability to cause multiple and complex needs, but that the type of needs faced will depend on the individual.

Sophie Melville presented on LGBT Foundation’s new 19-month research project, which seeks to explore and understand what constitutes severe and multiple disadvantage for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people.

Discussions between members covered how service users and those with lived experience of severe and multiple disadvantage can best be involved with research projects, how revising the way in which we look at an individual’s hierarchy of needs may have a positive influence and on how as a network we can ensure a multidisciplinary approach, with space for collaborative discussions, is taken.