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About the Reference Group

The Academy of Government's Reference Group on In/Equalities met five times over the course of 2015-2016.

Its participants were people working on different aspects of inequality from a range of institutional positions, including voluntary and business organizations, central and local government and the university.  They met in full-day sessions to share experience and develop new thinking.  The discussion was designed to be bounded but experimental, high-level, but low-key.

The idea of 'reference' points to the way participants come to refer to each other's practice and experience in developing their own.  It has echoes of the scholarly reference, and the way that creates authority for certain kinds of information and ideas.  But as the group becomes established, and as its members draw on its discussions in their workplace and other activities, it becomes a point of reference for others, too.

The Group was convened by Richard Freeman at the Academy of Government, advised by Oliver Escobar (AoG), Steven Griggs (De Montfort University) and John Sturrock (Core). The Reference Group was funded from the ESRC’s Impact Acceleration Account at the University of Edinburgh.

Reports of Meetings

Participant Biographies


For information about the reference group please contact:

Professor Richard Freeman
Academy of Government
School of Social and Political Science
University of Edinburgh
21 George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 650 4680