Results from EU austerity research to be revealed in LiverpoolTuesday 6 September 2016
Results from a major EU project seeking to combat the effects of austerity will be revealed at Liverpool Hope University next week.
Liverpool Hope is one of only two UK universities to take part in this part of a €2.7 million EU RE-InVEST project, which since May 2015 has been gathering evidence from across Europe about the true impact of austerity on people’s everyday lives.
Researchers from Liverpool Hope formed a collaborative research group with people suffering from ongoing mental health issues to discuss the impact that austerity has on their lives.
The free public event on Monday 12th September (5pm-6.30pm) will include testimonials and an exhibition of photos taken by Liverpool residents as they explore their experience of mental health issues and the sources of hope and help available.
There will also be an opportunity to talk to service users and researchers about their work. A team from Ireland will also present their research into homelessness and austerity.
Other universities and NGOs in the project are researching the impact of austerity on single parents, migrants and homelessness, to name a few. The different projects will bring all of their findings together to inform and promote the development of a Europe-wide social investment strategy.
Dr Joe Greener, Lecturer in Social Policy, and who has worked on the project, said: “While we are separating ourselves from Europe in law, we are still feeling the shared effects of austerity which began in 2008, and we will do for a long time. It is vital that the UK government still plans its social policy in the context of Europe.
“Austerity has been deeply damaging for mental health in the UK. Current services are increasingly about getting people back to work and forcing people to take individual responsibility for their own mental health. That needs to change, and we should be looking to other countries and comparing it to our approach. We still have common issues that are best served by Europe-wide social investment strategy. We hope that by presenting this research will give people a voice and show the human faces behind the figures.”