I am a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University and Co-editor of the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice (with Dr Gill Main, University of Leeds). My primary research interests are the conceptualisation, measurement and analysis of poverty, social security, and the capability approach. I am the author of more than 20 journal articles, book chapters and research reports.
I have recently completed a Nuffield Foundation-funded project about in-work poverty in the UK. The aims of the project were to provide a robust analysis of the nature of in-work poverty, the events which explain why people enter and exit in-work poverty, and the contribution which policy can and does make to alleviating poverty amongst working households. The research comprised quantitative analysis of the Family Resources Survey/Households Below Average Income and Understanding Society surveys. Further information about the project can be found here. The final report has now been published from this project – you can access this here.
I have also recently completed a British Academy-funded project examining the role of the EC-IMF-ECB ‘Troika’ in decisions to retrench and reform social security in Ireland during the period of its bailout between 2010 and 2013. The project consisted of in-depth interviews with senior civil servants and staff at civil society organisations who were involved in meetings with the Troika during this period. You can read the findings from this research here.
In 2015, I was awarded the Best Paper Prize at the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security conference in Hong Kong, China. The paper, ‘The coupling of disadvantages: material poverty and multiple deprivation in Europe before and after the Great Recession’, was published in the European Journal of Social Security in early 2016. You can read more about the award here or access the paper here. A short summary of the key findings was published in The Conversation.
My research has been mentioned in The Guardian, The Independent, Huffington Post and the Boston Globe, as well as in numerous local and regional newspapers.
You can access my research through my Publications page, where I provide links to Open Access versions of my papers, wherever possible.
4.9.17 – Later this month, I will be presenting findings from my research on in-work poverty at the Labour Party conference in Brighton, alongside Shadow Employment Minister Margaret Greenwood MP, and the Guardian’s Abi Wilkinson. To coincide with this event, I’ve written a short feature for The House magazine. You can read this here.
17.7.17 – A recent application for funding I submitted with colleagues from the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Exeter to the GW4 Alliance has been accepted. The project, which is led by Dr Rana Jawad (Bath), will examine social protection in a global perspective. The aim of the project is to support joint work between our four Universities, to conduct new research in this area, and to prepare joint applications for funding from the UK Global Challenges Research Fund. I’ll add more details in due course.
7.7.17 – I recently gave evidence to the Equality, Local Government and Communities committee at the National Assembly of Wales as part of their Inquiry into Poverty in Wales. This evidence drew on my research on in-work poverty in the UK, and expanded upon my written submission to the committee, which you can access here.
15.4.17 – Last month, I delivered a talk at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). You can find the slides for this talk here.