Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Work, welfare, and poverty 

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Researchers interested in work, welfare, and poverty contribute to major UK and international policy and academic debates regarding group inequalities in access to and returns from employment; policies as vehicles for addressing poverty and social exclusion, and reinforcing active citizenship; and renewed debates around the quality of work and its contribution to wellbeing.  Also of interest are the gendered and other group divisions of paid and unpaid work, and the trade-offs between domestic caring, paid employment, and family outcomes.



Recent publications


Dickson, M. et al. 2013 .100 Questions: identifying research priorities for poverty prevention and reduction. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 21(3), pp. 189-205.

Blanden, J., Gregg, P. and Macmillan, L., 2013.Intergenerational persistence in income and social class : The impact of increased inequality. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A - Statistics in Society, 176 (2), pp. 541-563.

Maroukis, T. , 2013. Economic crisis and migrants' employment: a view from Greece in comparative perspective. Policy Studies, 34 (2), pp. 221-237.

Skinner, T. , 2013. Women’s perceptions of how their dyslexia impacts on their mothering. Disability and Society, 28 (1), pp. 81-95.

Bauld, L., Templeton, L., Silver, K., McKell, J., Novak, C. and Hay, G., 2013. Pathways back to work for problem alcohol users. Policy Studies, 34 (3), pp. 360-376.

Woodthorpe, K. , Rumble, H. and Valentine, C., 2013. Putting ‘the grave’ into social policy : state support for funerals in contemporary UK society. Journal of Social Policy, 42 (3), pp. 605-622.

Arestis, P., Charles, A. and Fontana, G., 2013.Financialization, the great recession, and the stratification of the US labor market. Feminist Economics, 19 (3), pp. 152-180.

Cooke, L. P. , Erola, J., Evertsson, M., Gahler, M., Harkonen, J., Hewitt, B., Jalovaara, M., Kan, M.-Y., Lyngstad, T. H., Mencarini, L., Mignot, J.-F., Mortelmans, D., Poortman, A.-R., Schmitt, C. and Trappe, H., 2013. Labor and love: Wives' employment and divorce risk in its socio-political context. Social Politics, n/a, n/a.

Cressey, P. , Exton, R. and Totterdill, P., 2013. Workplace social dialogue as a form of ‘productive reflection’. International Journal of Action Research, 9 (2), pp. 209-245.

Deneulin, S. , 2013. Ethics and development: An introduction from the perspective of the capability approach. Geography Compass, 7 (3), pp. 217-227.

Dickson, M. , 2013. The causal effect of education on wages revisited. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 75(4), pp. 477-498.

Fernández Salgado, M. , Figari, F., Sutherland, H. and Tumino, A., 2013. Forthcoming. Welfare compensation for unemployment in the Great Recession. Review of Income and Wealth

Foster, L. and Woodthorpe, K., 2013.What cost the price of a good send off? The challenges for British state funeral policy. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 21 (1), pp. 77-89.

Mellor, J., Ingram, N., Abrahams, J. and Beedell, P., 2013. Forthcoming.Class matters in the interview setting? Positionality, situatedness and class. British Educational Research Journal

Valentine, C. , Woodthorpe, K. and Easthope, L., 2013. Opportunities and barriers to forming a professional identity: communities of practice within UK funeral directing. Mortality , 18 (4), pp. 358-375.

Valentine, C. and Woodthorpe, K., 2013. Forthcoming.From the cradle to the grave : funeral welfare from an international perspective. Social Policy & Administration 

Brown, G. K. , 2012. Trade, employment and horizontal inequalities in new order Indonesia. European Journal of Development Research, 24 (5), pp. 735-752.

Buscha, F. and Dickson, M., 2012. The raising of the school leaving age: returns in later life. Economics Letters, 117 (2), pp. 389-393.

Dinerstein, A. C. and Deneulin, S., 2012. Hope movements: naming mobilization in a post-development world. Development and Change, 43 (2), pp. 585-602.

Dixon, J. , 2012. Mentally disordered offenders' views of 'their' risk assessment and management plans: perceptions of health risks. Health Risk & Society , 14 (7-8), pp. 667-680

Gregg, P. , Macmillan, L. and Nasim, B., 2012. The impact of fathers' job loss during the recession of the 1980s on their children's educational attainment and labour market outcomes. Fiscal Studies , 33 (2), pp. 237-264.

Jawad, R. , 2012. Thinking about religious welfare and rethinking social policy in the British context. Social Policy and Society, 11 (4), pp. 613-624.

Jawad, R. , 2012. Serving the public or delivering public services? Religion and social welfare in the new British social policy landscape. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice , 20 (1), pp. 55-68.

Lim, H.-J. and Skinner, T., 2012.Culture and motherhood : findings from a qualitative study of East Asian mothers living in Britain. Families, Relationships and Societies, 1 (3), pp. 327-343.

Smith, O. and Skinner, T., 2012. Observing court responses to victims of rape and sexual assault. Feminist Criminology, 7 (4), pp. 298-326.

Charles, A. , 2011. Fairness and wages in Mexico's maquiladora industry: an empirical analysis of labor demand and the gender wage gap. Review of Social Economy , 69 (1), pp. 1-28.

Charles, A. , Fontana, G. and Srivastava, A., 2011. India, China and the East Asian Miracle: a human capital development path to high growth rates and declining inequalities. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society , 4 (1), pp. 29-48.

Charles, A. and Fontana, G., 2011. A critical assessment of the financialisation process and its impact on the US labour force during the great recession. International Journal of Public Policy , 7 (1/2/3), pp. 97-111.

Dickson, M. and Harmon, C., 2011.Economic returns to education: what we know, what we don’t know, and where we are going — some brief pointers. Economics of Education Review, 30 (6), pp. 1118-1122.

Dickson, M. and Smith, S., 2011. What determines the return to education: an extra year or a hurdle cleared? Economics of Education Review, 30 (6), pp. 1167-1176.

Harkness, S. and Evans, M., 2011. The employment effects of recession on couples in the UK: women's and household employment prospects and partners’ job loss. Journal of Social Policy , 40 (4), pp. 675-693.

Millar, J. , 2011. Tax credits: a close-up view. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 19 (1), pp. 39-50.

Millar, J. , 2011. Desperately seeking security: UK family policy, lone mothers and paid work. Family Matters, 87, pp. 27-36.

Ridge, T. and Millar, J., 2011.Following families: working lone-mother families and their children. Social Policy & Administration, 45 (1), pp. 85-97.

Ridge, T. , 2011. The everyday costs of poverty in childhood: a review of qualitative research exploring the lives and experiences of low-income children in the UK. Children & Society , 25 (1), pp. 73-84.

Room, G. , 2011. Social mobility and complexity theory: towards a critique of the sociological mainstream. Policy Studies, 32 (2), pp. 109-126.

Skinner, T. , 2011. Dyslexia, mothering and work: intersecting identities, reframing, ‘drowning’ and resistance. Disability and Society, 26 (2), pp. 125-137.

Book Sections

Dinerstein, A. C. , 2013. From corporatist to autonomous: unemployed workers' organisations and the re-making of labour subjectivity in Argentina. In : Howell, J., ed. Non-governmental public action and social justice. Basingstoke, U. K.: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 36-59. (Non-Governmental Public Action)

Farr, M. , 2013. Citizens and the co-creation of public service innovations. In: Osborne, S. P. and Brown, L., eds. Handbook of Innovation in Public Services. Cheltenham, U. K.: Edward Elgar, pp. 445-458.

Harkness, S. , 2013. Women's employment and household income inequality. In: Gornick, J. and Jantii, M., eds. Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries. Stanford, CA.: Stanford University Press, pp. 207-233.

Harkness, S. , 2013. Women, families and the 'great recession' in the UK. In: Ramia, G., Farnsworth, K. andIrving, Z., eds. Social Policy Review 25. Bristol: Policy Press. (Socail Policy Review)

Gal, J. and Jawad, R., 2013. The Middle East. In: Greve, B., ed. International handbook of the welfare state.Abingdon: Routledge. (Routledge International Handbooks)

Maroukis, T. and Triandafyllidou, A., 2013. Irregular migrant domestic workers in Europe: Major socioeconomic challenges. In: Triandafyllidou, A., ed. Irregular Migrant Domestic Workers in Europe: Who Cares? Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 209-232. (Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations Series)

Harkness, S. , 2012. The future for low-income families and social cohesion. In: The Future of Families to 2030. Paris, France: OECD, pp. 57-117.

Bradley, H. and Ingram, N., 2012.Banking on the future: choices, aspirations and economic hardship in working-class student experience. In: Atkinson, W., Roberts, S. and Savage, M., eds. Class Inequality in Austerity Britain: Power, Difference and Suffering. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 51-69.

Papadopoulos, T. and Roumpakis, A., 2012.The Greek welfare state in the age of austerity: anti-social policy and the politico-economic crisis. In: Kilkey, M., Ramia, G. and Farnsworth, K., eds. Social Policy Review 24: analysis and debate in social policy, 2012. Bristol, U. K.: Policy Press, pp. 205-230.

Carmel, E. K. , Cerami, A. and Papadopoulos, T., 2011.Conclusion : what future for migration? In: Carmel, E. K., Cerami, A. and Papadopoulos, T., eds. Migration and Welfare in the 'New' Europe. Bristol, U. K.: Policy Press, pp. 245-258.

Deneulin, S. , 2011. Advancing human development: values, groups, power and conflict. In: Fitzgerald, V.,Heyer, J. and Thorp, R., eds. Overcoming the Persistence of Inequality and Poverty. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 127-148.

Farr, M. , 2011. Collaboration in public services : can service users and staff participate together? In: Barnes, M. and Cotterell, P., eds. Critical Perspectives on User Involvement. Bristol, U. K: The Policy Press, pp. 79-88.

Papadopoulos, T. and Roumpakis, A., 2011. Nordic social risk management and the challenge of EU regulation: labour market parity at risk. In: Sorsa, V.-P., ed. Rethinking Social Risk in the Nordics. Brussels, Belgium: Foundation of European Progressive Studies, pp. 199-224.


Gregg, P. , Cleal, P., Shephard, G., Milburn, A., Johnston, D., Attwood, T., Carrie, A. M., Guy, C., Williams, C.and Hamilton, D., 2013. Social mobility: the next steps. Other. London: Social Mobility & Child Poverty (SMCP) Commission.

Gregg, P. , Milburn, A., Shephard, G., Cleal, P., Attwood, T., Johnston, D., Hamilton, D., Carrie, A. M., Guy, C.and Williams, C., 2013. Higher Education: the Fair Access Challenge. Other. London: Social Mobility & Child Poverty (SMCP) Commission.

Gregg, P. , Milburn, A., Attwood, T., Cleal, P., Shephard, G., Hamilton, D., Carrie, A. M., Guy, C., Williams, C.and Johnston, D., 2013. Public attitudes towards social mobility and in-work poverty. Other. London: Social Mobility & Child Poverty (SMCP) Commission.

Gregg, P. , Milburn, A., Cleal, P., Shephard, G., Johnston, D., Attwood, T., Hamilton, D., Carrie, A. M., Guy, C.and Williams, C., 2013. Response to "Measuring Child Poverty: a consultation on better measures of child poverty". Other. London: Social Mobility & Child Poverty (SMCP) Commission.

Milburn, A., Shephard, G., Cleal, P., Johnston, D., Attwood, T., Gregg, P., Hamilton, D., Carrie, A. M., Guy, C.and Williams, C., 2013. Business and Social Mobility: a Manifesto for Change. Other. London: Social Mobility & Child Poverty (SMCP) 

Milburn, A., Shephard, G., Attwood, T., Carrie, A. M., Cleal, P., Gregg, P., Johnston, D., Guy, C., Hamilton, D.and Williams, C., 2013. State of the Nation 2013: social mobility and child poverty in Great Britain. Other. Social Mobility & Child Poverty (SMCP) Commission.

Gregg, P. and Machin, S., 2012. What a drag: The chilling impact of unemployment on real wages. Other. London: Resolution Foundation.

Gregg, P. , Hurrell, A. and Whittaker, M., 2012. Creditworthy : assessing the impact of tax credits in the last decade and considering what this means for Universal Credit. Other. Resolution Foundation.

Harkness, S. , Gregg, P. and MacMillan, L., 2012. Poverty: The Role of Institutions, Behaviours and Culture.Other. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Goto, R., Da Corta, L., Mascie-Taylor, N. and Devine, J., 2011. Quantitative & qualitative analysis of the changes in extreme poor households (March 2010 - March 2011). Other. Bangladesh: Shiree.

Britton, J., Gregg, P., Macmillan, L. and Mitchell, S., 2011. The early bird ... preventing young people from becoming a NEET statistic. Other. Bristol: Department of Economics and CMPO, University of Bristol.

Yeates, N., Haux, T., Jawad, R. and Kilkey, M., 2011. In Defence of Welfare: The Impacts of the Spending Review. Other. Social Policy Association.

Woodthorpe, K. , 2012. Affording a Funeral: Social Fund Funeral Payments. Other. Axa Sun Life Direct.

Komaromy, C. and Woodthorpe, K., 2011. Investigating mortuary services in hospital settings. Other. Unkown Publisher.

Woodthorpe, K. , Cox, S., Tyrell, B. and , S. L. D., 2011. The Trouble with Dying: the Sun Life Direct Cost of Dying Survey 2011. Other. Bristol: Axa Sun Life Direct.