Paradox of poverty in the pursuit of a really useful Scottish geography

John H. McKendrick*

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This contribution to the Applied Geographies series describes how geographical skills and knowledge are being used in Scotland to support the work of those tackling poverty in central government, local government, the Third Sector, and community groups. Opportunity is abundant for geography to contribute to the ambitious goal of eradicating child poverty in Scotland by 2030, recently described as a ‘national mission’ by the First Minister. Geography should not be amoral: as there is a necessity for geographical analysis to inform anti-poverty activity, it is incumbent upon geographers with an interest in poverty and related issues to make impactful contributions beyond the Academy.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalScottish Geographical Journal
Early online date25 Jul 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Jul 2022


  • applied geography
  • poverty
  • geography of poverty
  • knowledge exchange


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