Social Inclusion and Poverty Eradication

November 17–18, 2016

This conference is open to the public.

Social exclusion and poverty are interrelated in multiple and complex ways, depending on the context in which they occur. Poverty is not only about income or material deprivations, but also interferes with human development and full participation in society. Conversely, members of groups who suffer exclusionary treatment may be victims of economic discrimination and eventually fall into poverty, but not all members of socially excluded groups are poor. In brief, we need a better understanding of the complex multiple ways that social exclusion and poverty are interrelated and the consequences of those interconnections for contemporary societies.

This workshop will explore the ways in which social exclusion contributes to poverty, and how social inclusion in various spheres may reduce it. Particular attention will be paid to the policies that are currently in place to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals that aim to end poverty in all its forms and empower and promote the social, economic, and political inclusion of all. Participants will assess the contribution of social inclusion policies from affirmative action, inclusionary housing, and group rights to basic income and social protection floors. They will consider how to interrupt processes that isolate and discriminate against particular groups, and the extent to which ending exclusionary treatment or guaranteeing access of dishonored or stigmatized groups may prevent poverty.


Michèle Lamont

Center Director; Executive Committee; Steering Committee; Faculty Associate. Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies; Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies, Departments of Sociology and African and African American Studies, Harvard University.

Hilary Silver

Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies and Professor of Public Policy, Brown University.


Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP)

See also: Conferences, 2016