The Big Poverty Picture

Welcome to the part of Project Twist-It where experts in the field of poverty help explain some of the big issues at play and how this relates to perceptions of poverty.

Throughout the course of the project we'll upload video, audio, Q & As or content of another kind that adds to our understanding of the structural causes of poverty, explores key trends, assesses the impact of rhetoric and policy, and analyses the alternatives. 

Poverty in Britain & America:

Some Important Things to Know 

Project Twist-It is first and foremost about stories, but facts, figures and context really matter too. So, here are some snapshot summaries that you might find informative.

POVERTY IN THE UK

14 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE UK LIVE IN POVERTY

8 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY ARE IN FAMILIES WHERE AT LEAST ONE PERSON IS IN WORK

POVERTY IN THE US

40.6 MILLION PEOPLE FELL BELOW THE POVERTY LINE IN THE US IN 2016

THAT'S 12.7% OF THE POPULATION

Our experts

Kate Walz : Vice President of Advocacy, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

Kate Walz: Vice President of Advocacy, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

Mark Blyth : Professor of International Political Economy at Brown.

Mark Blyth: Professor of International Political Economy at Brown.

Karen Dolan , Fellow at the  Institute for Policy Studies  in Washington DC.

Karen Dolan, Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC.

Danny Dorling , Professor of Geography, University of Oxford

Danny Dorling, Professor of Geography, University of Oxford

Rebecca Vallas , Vice President, Poverty to Prosperity Programme, Center for American Progress, Washington DC

Rebecca Vallas, Vice President, Poverty to Prosperity Programme, Center for American Progress, Washington DC

Sarah Anderson , Co-Editor, Inequality.Org and a director at the Institute for Policy Studies, Washington DC

Sarah Anderson, Co-Editor, Inequality.Org and a director at the Institute for Policy Studies, Washington DC

 
Tim Molina , Political Director, Courage Campaign, California

Tim Molina, Political Director, Courage Campaign, California