Ruth Lister

  • Professor Ruth Lister appointed Honorary President of Child Poverty Action Group

    December 8, 2010
    press release

    Child Poverty Action Group has today at its Annual General Meeting announced the appointment of Professor Ruth Lister as the Honorary President of the Group.

    Following the death of Professor Peter Townsend in 2009, the position of President has remained unfilled until today partly as a matter of respect.

    Professor Ruth Lister is a former Director of Child Poverty Action Group, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University and will soon be introduced to the House of Lords.

    The Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

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  • Ruth Lister (Hon President)


    Ruth Lister CBE is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University and a Labour peer. She is a former Director of the Child Poverty Action Group and is now its Honorary President.

  • What should be done next?

    Issue 136 (Summer 2010)

    Child poverty is not a discrete social problem that can be eradicated without tackling wider inequalities of income and wealth. As the recent National Equality Panel report demonstrates, earnings, income and wealth are all distributed highly unequally, thereby undermining the goal of ‘equality of opportunity’ for children espoused by the main political parties. Social class interacts with other social divisions such as gender, ethnicity and disability to shape the contours of poverty and inequality. Ruth Lister argues that a multi-pronged (gendered) strategy is required, which explicitly aims to create a more equal society within which all children can flourish.