The Scottish Poverty Information Unit (SPIU) is an established applied research unit based in the School of Law and Social Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University. Formed in 1995, under the leadership of Emeritus Professor Gill Scott, founder and Director until 2007, it quickly attained a reputation as an authority on matters pertaining to poverty and social justice in Scotland.

Currently comprising four staff, and able to draw upon an extensive array of academic expertise across its host Department of Social Sciences, SPIU continues to develop and contribute to the key debates on poverty and related issues in Scotland.

SPIU is no ordinary university research unit; it has a strong social mission and a sense of purpose that gravitates toward collaborative activity and developing sustained partnerships in academia, government and the Third Sector.

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