Why try to understand poverty as lived experience?

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As part of our conversations about Angus Reid Institute’s (ARI) research into poverty in Canada, I asked ARI Executive Director, Shachi Kurl a few questions about the work. This important research allows us a better understanding of the ways living with poverty shapes our experience and level of participation in community.

In this 4-part video series the first question I asked was about the choice to try to understand this issue from a more human experience perspective. Here’s what she had to say.

What are your thoughts on the importance of this research lens, especially with a topic as simultaneously personal and communal as poverty?