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Gender Equality: The Pay Gap and Beyond

Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study, is hosting a timely debate to discuss the unfolding momentum on gender equality. New evidence using Understanding Society reveals the impact of part time working on pay, how parenthood shapes gender role attitudes towards employment, and the effects of divorce on gender differences in housing futures. There will also be a poster session enabling delegates to engage with researchers on specific topics.

Home, health and wellbeing: new research on the impact of insecurity in rented accommodation

This event will present new research on the links between housing, health and wellbeing. A huge increase in the number of people are now living in rented accommodation, so could the associated insecurities and stresses have a detrimental effect on their health and wellbeing? Researchers will present three new studies looking into the impact of housing situations on the lives of Generation Rent. A panel of leading experts and thinkers will discuss the findings and the implications for policy and practice.

Over 15 million people in Europe live in precarious housing and over a quarter of UK children are growing up in private rented accommodation. This event will discuss new research on life for the renting generation and how this impacts on their health and wellbeing. Experts will talk about what can be done to improve policies and practice, alongside new evidence that shines a bright light on the reality of renting.

More than a quarter of UK children are growing up in rented accommodation and that figure looks set to rise. Housing policies are in the spotlight. But what is it like to live as Generation Rent - what are the implications for health and wellbeing? New evidence from the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change shines a bright light on the realities of rented living and asks the experts to consider how policy and practice change could bring improvements to millions of lives.

Basic Income: Turning the Concept into Practice

As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, we take a look at ways to turn the basic income concept into a practical scheme.

The idea of a basic income is becoming increasingly popular both within and outside the UK. It is a policy with many variants which includes components that are relevant for both moderate and radical reforms.

This event aims to illustrate ways to turn the basic income concept into a practical scheme, with emphasis on a revenue-neutral implementation. Invited speakers will present recent research related to the estimated fiscal and distributional effects of the implementation of such schemes and the mechanisms that drive these results.

Examples of relevant research include Atkinson et al. (2017), Browne and Immervoll (2017) and Torry (2017).

The presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of a revenue-neutral basic income introduction.

Migration challenges in the UK at the dawn of Brexit - launch of the Centre for Migration Studies annual academic workshop

This event will address the changing composition and dynamics of migration, refugee flows, and integration in the UK, and discuss the human face of Brexit for immigrants in the UK as well as British emigrants abroad. The day will consist of three thematic panels focusing on the migration-integration nexus from different angles at the dawn of Brexit. The workshop will provide the space for participants to exchange views on contemporary challenges on migration before, during, and after the Brexit referendum. The event will conclude with an art exhibit and wine reception.

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