Join us for the launch of The Knot – an Essay Collection on the Interconnectedness of Poverty, Trauma and Multiple Disadvantage

Update: The collection has now been published on our website in advance of this webinar.

Revolving Doors Agency, with the kind support of Lankelly Chase, have compiled a collection of eight essays that explore how poverty, trauma and structural disadvantage create and perpetuate multiple disadvantage. These essays have been written by contributors both across and beyond academia and the collection aims to support conversation and debate as to how we, as service providers, policymakers, researchers and people with lived experience, can better respond to the knots of poverty, trauma and multiple disadvantage.

As part of this webinar to launch the collection you will get to hear from our contributors, as well as people with lived experience, about lenses and frameworks for unpacking and better responding to the complex interconnections between poverty, trauma and multiple disadvantage. Through break out sessions this webinar will also provide space to reflect on and discuss how these frameworks can support us, as service providers, policymakers, researchers and people with lived experience, to better respond to these interconnections. We will ask you to select your preference of the two breakout sessions as part of the registration process. We will honour your preference wherever possible, but reserve the right to assign you to the other session should there be a significant imbalance in numbers between the sessions.

If you have any questions about the collection please drop our Research Manager, Dr. Philip Mullen ( an email. We are planning to publish the collection itself a few weeks ahead of the webinar launch, in early February, so that there is the opportunity to read the papers before the webinar launch. The link to the collection will be shared, alongside the Zoom link for this webinar, with everyone who is registered to attend on Eventbrite and on our Twitter page @RevDoors.

We are pleased to confirm that the contributors to the collection are as follows:

Dr. Deborah Morris and Elanor Webb (St Andrews Healthcare) – Understanding multiple inequalities, poverty and trauma needs through a gendered lens: the case for inclusive gendered approaches to trauma informed care

Professor Antonia Bifulco (Middlesex University) – Child trauma as a source of lifetime inequality – the impacts on mental health and violent behaviour

Dr. Sarah Anderson (Edinburgh Napier University) – Trauma-informed or trauma-inducing? The criminal justice system as an active player in the perpetration of trauma

Professor James Nazroo (University of Manchester) – The central role of racism in shaping the life experiences of ethnic minority people in the UK

Miranda Keast (Fulfilling Lives) – Towards a human rights approach to multiple disadvantage

Dr. Michael Smith (NHS Scotland) and Dr. Katy Hetherington (Public Health Scotland) – Adversity and injustice: reframing and claiming our responsibilities.

Professor Tracy Shildrick (University of Newcastle) – Where next for poverty and inequality in the UK?

Dr. Diana Johns (University of Melbourne), Jaime de Loma-Osorio Ricon and Dr. Eric Dommers (Banksia Gardens) – A continuum of harm: how systemic interactions can multiply and entrench complex disadvantage