Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Susan Harkness

Director of Studies MRes European Social Policy MRes Social Policy MRes Social Work MRes Sociology

3 East 3.33
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6846



  • PhD in Economics, University College London
  • MA in Development Economics, University of Sussex
  • BA in Economics, Queens’ College, Cambridge

Research interests

  • Women’s employment and earnings
  • Lone parent employment and well-being and welfare reform
  • Gender pay gap
  • Maternal pay
  • Child poverty
  • Unpaid work
  • Irregular work patterns and pay


Book Sections

Harkness, S., 2015. Second earner to primary breadwinner? Women’s wages and employment. In: Gavin, K. and D'arcy, C., eds. Securing a Pay Rise. London, U. K.: Resolution Foundation, pp. 79-84.

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. and Irving, Z., eds. Social Policy Review 25. Bristol: Policy Press. (Socail Policy Review)

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.

Evans, M. and Harkness, S., 2009. Employment, worklessness and unemployment. In: Uberoi, V., Coutts, A., McLean, I. and Halpern, D., eds. Options for a New Britain. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 72-87.

Evans, M. and Harkness, S., 2009. The Future of Employment Policy. In: McLean, I., Halpern, D., Uberoi, V. and Coutts, A., eds. Options for Britain II. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Harkness, S., 2008. The household division of labour: changes in families' allocation of paid and unpaid work. In: Scott, J., Dex, S. and Joshi, H., eds. Women and Employment. Edward Elgar, pp. 234-267.

Harkness, S., 2006. Social and Political Indicators of Human Well-being. In: McGillivray, M., ed. Human Well-Being: Concept and Measurement. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 88-112. (Studies in Development Economics and Policy)

Harkness, S., 2006. Lone parents cycling in and out of work and benefits. In: Staying on, stepping up. One Parent Families, pp. 8-10.

Harkness, S., 2003. The Household Division of Labour: Changes in Families' Allocation of Paid and Unpaid Work 1992-2002. In: Dickens, R., Gregg, P. and Wadsworth, J., eds. The Labour Market under Labour: State of Working Britain II. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 20.

Harkness, S. and Gregg, P., 2003. Welfare Reform and the Employment of Lone Parents. In: Dickens, R., Gregg, P. and Wadsworth, J., eds. The Labour Market Under New Labour: The State of Working Britain. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 18.


Harkness, S. E., 2016. The effect of motherhood and lone motherhood on the employment and earnings of british women:a lifecycle approach. European Sociological Review, 32 (6), pp. 850-863.

Harkness, S., 2015. The effect of employment on the mental health of lone mothers in the UK before and after New Labour’s welfare reforms. Social Indicators Research

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.

Evans, M. and Harkness, S., 2010. The impact of the tax and benefit system on second earners. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 18 (1), pp. 35-51.

Gregg, P., Harkness, S. and Smith, S., 2009. Welfare reform and lone parents in the UK. The Economic Journal, 119 (535), F38-F65.

Evans, M. and Harkness, S., 2008. Elderly people in Vietnam:Social protection, informal support and poverty. Benefits, 16 (3), pp. 245-253.

Evans, M. and Harkness, S., 2008. Social protection in Vietnam and obstacles to Progressivity. Asian Social Work and Policy Review, 2 (1), pp. 30-52.

Harkness, S. and Waldfogel, J., 2003. The family gap in pay:evidence from seven industrialized countries. Research in Labor Economics, 22, pp. 369-414.


Harkness, S., 2013. IPR Policy Brief - Lone mothers, work and depression. University of Bath.

Gregg, P. and Harkness, S., 2013. IPR Policy Brief - The 2013 Comprehensive Spending Review and the implications for making work pay and family poverty. University of Bath.

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

Harkness, S., 2010. The contribution of Women's Employment and Earnings to Household Income Inequality: A Cross-Country Analysis. Working Paper. Luxembourg: Luxembourg Income Survey Working Paper Series.

Evans, M. and Harkness, S., 2009. A review of the impact of the current UK tax and benefit system upon secondary household earners. Working Paper. Manchester: Equalities and Human Rights Commission, UK.

Gregg, P., Harkness, S. and Smith, S., 2009. Welfare reform: outcomes for lone mothers and their children. CMPO Bristol. (Research in Public Policy)

Gregg, P., Harkness, S. and Smith, S., 2007. Welfare Reform and Lone Parents in the UK. Working Paper. Bristol, U. K.: Research in Public Policy, CMPO.

Harkness, S., Gregg, P. and Macmillan, L., 2006. Welfare to work policies and child poverty: A review of issues relating to the labour market and economy. Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Evans, M. and Harkness, S., 2004. Lone parents cycling in and out of work and benefits. Research Report No 217. Working Paper. DWP Research Report.

Conference or Workshop Items

Harkness, S. E., 2012. Employment and depression: a study of single and partnered mothers in the UK. In: Population Association of America Annual Meeting 2012, 2012-05-03 - 2012-05-05.

Harkness, S. E., 2010. The contribution of women's employment and earnings to household income inequality: a cross-country analysis. In: Inequality and the Status of the Middle Classes: Lessons from the Luxembourg Income Study, 2010-06-28 - 2010-06-30.

Evans, M. and Harkness, S., 2009. The Effect of Recession in the UK on Family Employment. In: Association for Public Policy and Administration, 2009-11-05 - 2009-11-07.

Evans, M. and Harkness, S., 2008. The risk of ill-health and disability in Vietnam: how households and social protection programmes respond. In: Fifth International Social Security conference, 2008-06-13 - 2008-06-14.

Non-academic press

McCall, V., Shipman, A., Vignoles, A., Bell, D., Downing, G., Lowe, J., Bloor, K., Kitson, M., Driffield, N., King, R., Gander, S., Bohm, S. and Harkness, S., 2015. Spending Review 2015: the experts respond. The Conversation

Harkness, S., 2015. Why single mothers are more likely to get ill when they get older. The Conversation

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