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Poverty in the City



Date 17 November 2020 (Tuesday)
Time 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Prof. David Gordon

Professor of Social Justice, University of Bristol, UK

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Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York, London and Paris are amongst the richest cities in history. Compared with a hundred years ago they have excellent health, education, transport and emergency services and their populations are healthy and well educated - so why is there still a problem of poverty in these cities? Despite all the rebuilding and the vast economic changes over the past century the areas of the city where poor and rich people lived have often remain the same despite the fact that all the original inhabitants have died and been replaced by new residents - so why does the geography of poverty and wealth persist in cities for so long? The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), that causes COVID-19, is resulting in many dramatic changes to societies across the World - so what does the future hold for poverty in the city? This Cities & Governance seminar will discuss these and other important issues.



Biography of speaker


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Prof. David Gordon

Professor of Social Justice,

University of Bristol, UK

Prof. David Gordon is Professor of Social Justice, Director of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research and Director of the Bristol Poverty Institute at the University of Bristol, UK.  


Professor Gordon was a member of the UN Expert Group on Poverty Statistics and the EU Task Force on Material Deprivation. He has published many journal articles about poverty and inequality in Hong Kong and was the editor (with Dr Maggie Lau) of a recently published book on Poverty in a Rich Society: The Case of Hong Kong. Hong Kong, The Chinese University Press. 


Professor Gordon advised the United Nations Department for Economic & Social Affairs (UNDESA) on poverty and hunger issues amongst young people (aged 15 to 24) and is a member of the advisory board of the UNICEF Office of Research.  He worked with UNICEF on its first ever Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities and provided scientific advice and support to over 50 UNICEF country offices. In 2006 and 2007, he was given the tremendous honour of addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations about child and youth poverty.  He was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy for his work on poverty research.



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