Deprivation Discourse Podcast

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This is a short video that highlights the 2 months I spent recording the podcast Deprivation Discourse. Deprivation Discourse is a result of the research I conducted about how people on online forums discuss poverty. The research I conducted was key to understanding discourse online about important and emotionally charged issues such as free school meals or pupil premium. 

However, for this research project to be representative of young people and people who otherwise would not have a platform, I decided to create a podcast with young people and professionals. The podcast is a fantastic collective of people from different backgrounds and understandings of what it is to be in poverty in the UK today. That includes food banks, professors, young people in school and many more amazing individuals with an insight on poverty. I hope through listening to the podcast, you can understand the academic and the personal view points of poverty and the impact we have with our language.

Elif True

Researcher , University of York

Since 2015, I have been passionate about ending poverty in the UK. I began my journey as a campaigner against poverty in my local area with Poverty Ends Now, a young person lead group ran by Children North East. Since then, I have represented the UK in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and other positions of influence with poverty as my main focus point. My Laidlaw Scholarship research project is all about the relationship between language, meaning and poverty. By understanding and changing unhelpful public discourse about poverty, we can start to shift power.


Go to the profile of Nikol Chen (she/her)
about 2 years ago

Thanks Elif, will definitely give your podcast a listen! Looks fab.

Go to the profile of Elif True
about 2 years ago

Thanks Nikol, I hope you enjoy the series and any feedback you have is so welcome!