At the 2018 edition of the AISSR Harvest Day Social Science researchers presented new insights and results on the themes: 1) Migration, 2) Education, and 3) Economic Justice.
Nicky Pouw delivered the keynote lecture on the theme of ‘Economic Justice’ during the AISSR Harvest Day 2018.
“In many contexts there is a muted demand for social and economic justice, which in itself is a sign of an ineffective social contract between state and citizens.” – Vivienne Taylor
Pouw first defined economic justice as a component of social justice. It is a set of moral principles for building economic institutions. The ultimate goal of which is to create economic opportunities for each person to create a sufficient material and relational foundation upon which to have a dignified, productive, and self-determined life.
Why should the AISSR study economic justice? One reason that Pouw names is because globally, we observe ‘contested and shrinking spaces’ for economic justice, coupled with rising inequality - which should be a concern for us all.
Pouw also explained more about her own research, on Social and Health Policies for Inclusive Growth (SHPIG). Breaking the Vicious Circle between Poverty and Ill-Health. Are cash transfers and social health protection policies in Ghana and Kenya mutually complementing?
You can watch the whole keynote lecture below: