I am a 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.
At present, I am working on a Nuffield Foundation-funded project about in-work poverty in the UK. The aims of the project are 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 comprises quantitative analysis of the Family Resources Survey/Households Below Average Income and Understanding Society surveys. Further information about the project can be found here.
I have 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.
In 2015, I was awarded the Best Paper Prize at the 2015 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.
You can access my research through my Publications page, where I provide links to Open Access versions of my papers. You can also find out more about my work on my Cardiff University page or my Google Scholar profile page, or by contacting me.