P1060858I 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 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 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.


17.7.17 – An application for funding from the GW4 Alliance for a project on social protection in a global perspective (led by Dr Rana Jawad, University of Bath) has been accepted. This project will support joint working between the Universities of Cardiff, Bath, Bristol and Exeter on this topic. A key aim of the project is to prepare funding applications under 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.