Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit (SPIRU)

The Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit (SPIRU) is an interdisciplinary research group based at Glasgow Caledonian University working in partnership with the Poverty Alliance and other stakeholders to investigate and develop effective responses to poverty and inequality in Scotland and beyond.

We are committed to advancing GCU’s mission to promote the Common Good and the University’s research aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which prioritise eradicating poverty and resolve to leave no one behind.

SPIRU contributes to these ambitions through applied research, policy analysis and engaging with policy makers, campaign groups and community stakeholders. Our success in making a difference was reflected in our Research Impact Case Study, which was rated world class (4*) in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. As a result, the impact of our research was ranked in the top 10 in Social Policy in the UK.

We are proud to be hosting the first National Conference on Local Action to Tackle Child Poverty on 11 September 2019 and the 2019 Challenge Poverty Week lecture at GCU in October. These two forthcoming events are among the many upcoming events we are involved in.