What we do

The Poverty Alliance has extensive experience conducting research on poverty and inequality. Our expertise includes:

  • Activity focusing on drawing out the policy and practice implications of the lived experience of poverty
  • Supporting community and peer-led research
  • Carrying out qualitative research on issues of poverty
  • Work on issues related to beliefs and attitudes about poverty

We specialise in participatory research, creative methods, evaluations, and conducting systematic reviews. We work with a range of organisations and academic partners, and have previously delivered projects for commissioners and funders such as the Scottish Government, the Robertson Trust, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Poverty and Inequality Commission.


With our policy and communications team at the Poverty Alliance, we use our research evidence to influence sharing our research with politicians, policy makers and practitioners in Scotland and the UK. To see publications from our research projects please see here.

Work with us

At the Poverty Alliance, we are always keen to work with others to provide evidence through our research. We also offer our expertise and advice to other projects and organisations. For more information please contact our Research and Information Manager at

Research publications

Knowledge is Power (2019 – 2022)

Knowledge is Power is a programme from Scottish Community Development Centre and The Poverty Alliance to support community-led action research, jointly funded by Scottish Government and The National Lottery Community Fund. The three-year programme supported nine community organisations to develop their own evidence to influence change in their communities – and to take forward actions for improvement. … Read more

Research blog

PhD opportunity to explore poverty and mental health

April 28, 2022

The Poverty Alliance is delighted to be collaborating with Strathclyde Centre for Health Policy, Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, The UK Mental Health Foundation and New York University Silver School of Social Work on this PhD opportunity. Poverty and Mental Health The PhD at Strathclyde will examine the role that community based organisations can … Read more

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