Poverty, Marginalisation and Links to Gambling and Other Harms

22 February 2024, 2.00 PM - 22 February 2024, 4.30 PM

Room 4.04, Beacon House, University of Bristol, BS8 1SE

Tickets for this event are free to book and are available through Ticket Tailor

This University of Bristol event for GW4 academics is co-hosted by the Bristol Poverty Institute’s (BPI) Livelihoods and Debt Research Cluster and the Bristol Hub for Gambling Harms Research. We invite academics at all career stages and from any relevant discipline from any of the four GW4 universities to join us for a couple of hours of thought-provoking discussion on the links between poverty, marginalisation, gambling-related harms and other harms including illicit livelihoods, addiction, and criminal behaviours.

The aim of this event is to expose researchers to complementary research interests and expertise around the interconnected topics of poverty, marginalisation, gambling harms and other harms across the GW4 institutions and to identify potential spaces for synergy and collaboration in the future. We’re not only encouraging attendance from those whose work is already applied or relevant to these interconnected subjects, but also researchers whose work does not currently have any explicit link but could potentially be of relevance (even if it is a couple of steps removed – other colleagues may be able to bridge that gap).

Our fantastic panel of speakers bring together cross-disciplinary expertise and perspectives. We are delighted to be joined by:

  • Sara Davies, Research Co-Director, Senior Research Fellow and Qualitative Lead in the Personal Finance Research Centre and Co-Lead of BPI’s Livelihoods and Debt Research Cluster, University of Bristol.
  • Sara will speak about gambling and debt, and how this can intersect with dimensions of poverty.
  • Jamie Evans, Senior Research Associate in the Personal Finance Research Centre, University of Bristol
  • Jamie will speak about gambling in areas of deprivation and the potential role of financial services firms in tackling the financial harms of gambling.
  • Philip will talk about gambling expenditure and its links to financial harm.
  • Guy Hawker, Gambling Service Manager, Addiction Recover Agency (ARA)
  • Guy will speak about gambling and homelessness.
  • Chaz Singh, Community Engagement Lead, Addiction Recover Agency (ARA)
  • Chaz will speak about gambling within marginalised communities.
  • Joey Toogood, PhD Researcher, University of Cardiff
  • Joey will speak on the early stages of a PhD project on men’s experiences of gambling harms. 

The event will be chaired by Professor Sharon Collard from the University of Bristol. Professor Collard is the Director of the Personal Finance Research Centre, Co-Director of the Bristol Hub for Gambling Harms Research, and Member of the Bristol Poverty Institute Advisory Board. She is therefore perfectly positioned to provide an introduction to the key themes, issues and topics at the intersection of gambling harms, debt, and poverty.

The draft programme of activities is:

14:00-14:15 Registration and refreshments

14:15-15:00 Introduction and speaker presentations

15:00-15:50 Room introductions and discussion

15:50-16:00 Closing remarks

16:00-16:30 Networking

Please note that this event is only for academics from the GW4 universities (Bristol, Bath, Cardiff, or Exeter). This in-person event at the University of Bristol is open to all GW4 academics at any career stage (including PhD researchers).

If you have any other queries, please contact bristol-poverty-institute@bristol.ac.uk or gambling-harms@bristol.ac.uk.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please be aware that the organisers plan to take photographs during the event, which we will share online (including our Twitter/X feeds, websites and/or blogs). If you are uncomfortable with this, please notify a member of the team on the day and we will endeavour to try and avoid including you in any photographs. Due to the nature of the event we cannot guarantee you won’t be in any images, but we will try and avoid taking photos where you are clearly visible.

The Bristol Poverty Institute (BPI) is a Research Institute at the University of Bristol dedicated to multi-disciplinary research on the causes, effects, and measurement of poverty around the world to inform effective policy and practice. The BPI works in partnership with a wide range of organisations across the globe, from local community groups to national governments, united by the common goal of SDG1: To reduce poverty in all its forms everywhere. 

The Bristol Hub for Gambling Harms Research is a community of academics and hub for cutting-edge research relating to gambling harms. The Hub has strong links with lived experience and prevention/treatment experts and has international reach. Our ambition is to help prevent and reduce gambling harms by raising awareness of gambling harms among individuals, communities and organisations; strengthening consumer protection against gambling harms in physical and online environments; and enhancing support and treatment in ways that reflect the complex and interconnected nature of gambling harms.


Room 4.04, Beacon House, University of Bristol, BS8 1SE, BS8 1SE


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Tickets for this event are free to book and are available through Ticket Tailor

Poverty, Marginalisation and Links to Gambling and Other Harms. Joint Event with the Bristol Poverty Institute

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