Barriers of Poverty & Inequality

Barriers of Poverty & Inequality

Barriers of Poverty and Inequality is a six month study funded by the Big Lottery’s ‘Investing in Ideas’ programme and its aim is to shine a light on barriers that might be perpetuating the experience of poverty for ethnic minorities in Edinburgh. The research is based on work conducted by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation which tells us that some ethnic minorities are disproportionately and consistently experiencing economic poverty.

Ultimately this will benefit the people affected by poverty. It will provide insights into the personal experiences of stigma, and help bring about informed solutions and tailored services. This study is conducted with a view of addressing gaps in policy. The results will be forwarded to project partners as well as published by ELREC.

Previous research by Joseph Rowntree Foundation indicates that there are three ethnic minority groups whose experience of poverty is outstanding and disproportionate; Pakistani, Bangladeshi and African, and we are looking for participants who have heritage from these areas. We recognise that poverty is complex, multi-faceted and dynamic, and that it has relative as well as absolute dimensions. If you or someone you know is experiencing these issues or has been affected by these issues then we would like to hear from you. We encourage participation from individuals of any age, gender or religion whose heritage is of the ethnic groups outline above.

Please click here for the project’s final report.

Contact Information

If you would like to participate, or you know someone who would want to participate, or simply want to ask more about the research, please get in touch with a member of the research group by sending an email to Please include the following details in your response; address, ethnicity, age and gender, information of any disability, and your contact email address or phone number.

We look forward to hearing from you!