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Seeking Social Justice: Conference in DIT Feb. 13

Posted: 23 December, 2014

DIT Grangegorman Campus, February 13th 2015

Despite the rhetoric of ‘protecting the vulnerable’ six years of austerity budgets have significantly lowered living standards among the least well-off in Irish society, serving to increase demands for social care services at a time when cut-backs have restricted the capacity of agencies to respond. While economic indicators suggest ‘recovery,’ the nature of this recovery and the policies which underpin it appear to be inimical to social justice. In this context activism and policy advocacy are more important than ever.

The aim of this conference is to provide a space for practitioners working in social care, social work, community work or youth work to come together with academics, researchers and activists to share ideas and experiences in exploring issues related to activism and policy advocacy from a social justice perspective. The conference is a collaborative initiative of members of the social care programme teams in Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology Tallaght. The organisers are Karen Smith & Anne Marie Shier (DIT), Kevin Murphy (ITB) and Margaret Fingleton (ITT).

The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Kathleen Lynch, School of Social Justice, University College Dublin