BoB Curated Playlists

Poverty and Inequality: UK Insights
By Dr Lee Gregory, University of Nottingham

Fighting the Cost of Living Crisis (BBC News 24, 2023)


Debates around poverty and inequality have played a central role in the history of industrialisation, the development of capitalism and contemporary society. The existence of poverty and inequality, and the efforts to address them, continues to capture the attention of the public, politicians, the media and academic researchers. In recent years, we have seen some shifting of this debate as a result of the pandemic as well as the cost-of-living crisis.

This playlist focuses on debates around poverty and inequality from the 2010 financial crisis up to the cost-of-living crisis in 2022/23. Some of the programmes included here examine poverty within the context of employment and the welfare state; others illustrate the language often used to describe people in poverty and its impact on how welfare policies are perceived by the public. The playlist will help students to develop a critical understanding of the widespread challenges which are impacting the ability to survive in contemporary UK society and the various debates about how to best respond to these challenges.


By Dr Lee Gregory, University of Nottingham


  • Sociology
  • Social Policy


Poverty, Inequality, Welfare State, Cost-of-Living

Access Playlist