Professor Peter Dwyer

BSc (Hons) (Bradford), PGCTLHE (Open), PhD (Leeds)

  • Professor of Social Policy

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Profile

Areas of expertise

  • Social citizenship 
  • Welfare conditionality 
  • Social inclusion/exclusion, membership
  • International migration and welfare 
  • Forced labour and migration 
  • Qualitative methods

Academic biography

I moved York in July 2013 having previously held senior posts at Nottingham Trent University and the universities of Leeds and Salford. My research interests come together around two main themes. First, a critical engagement with the notion of social citizenship, especially in relation to welfare rights and responsibilities and social inclusion/exclusion and second, the impact of international migration on welfare states and migrants' rights. I currently lead a major five year ESRC funded project on welfare conditionality which brings together teams of researchers working in six English and Scottish Universities i.e. University of York, University of Salford, University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, Heriot-Watt University and the University of Glasgow. Central to this work is a desire to inform policy and practice through the establishment of an original and comprehensive evidence base on the efficacy and ethicality of conditionality across a range of social policy fields and diverse groups of welfare service users. I am also currently working on an EC funded project a project exploring Roma inclusion in 9 EU Member States.

Professional activities

  • Member of the Forced Labour Monitoring Group (2012- ongoing)
  • Member of the project advisory group for ESRC study on ‘Undocumented Migrants, Ethnic Enclaves and Networks: Opportunities, traps or class-based constructs’ (2011-13)
  • Co-editor of the Social Policy Association journal Social Policy and Society (2005-2011)
  • Member of the project advisory group for Joseph Rowntree Foundation study on ‘Building Shared Visions of Housing Futures in Bradford’ (2008-2010) 
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Social Policy Association (2005-2011) 
  • Member of Leeds City Council New Migrant Task Group (2007-2010)
  • Member of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust’s steering group for their project on destitution and asylum seekers (2006-7)
  • Expert research evaluator for the Federal Science Policy Office, Belgium (2006)
  • Editorial board member of Journal of Social Policy (2006-2011)
  • Member of the European Science Foundation network on ‘Older migrants in Europe’ (2002-2004). 
  • Member of the Understanding Welfare Series Advisory Board (2006-ongoing)

Research and PhD supervision

Current projects

  • 2013-18 ‘Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, support and behaviour change’. A large, collaborative ESRC-funded project. Welfare Conditionality website.
  • 2013-2115 ‘Roma MATRIX’. A European Commission funded project see: Roma MATRIX website.

Recently completed projects

  • 2011-2013 ‘Roma SOURCE’. A European Commission funded project see: http://www.romasource.eu/
  • 2010-12 ‘Precarious lives: asylum seekers and refugees’ experiences of forced labour’. An ESRC funded project in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Leeds see: http://precariouslives.org.uk/ 
  • 2011 ‘Immigration Policy and Forced Labour: Status Matters?’. A Joseph Rowtntree Foundation funded project see: Forced Labour and UK Immigration Policy, JRF.
  • 2009-2010 ’The support priorities of multiply excluded homeless people and their compatibility with support agency agendas’ An ESRC funded project in collaboration with Colleagues at Nottingham Trent University see: Project outputs on ESRC website.

PhD supervision

Supervision interests:

  • Social citizenship: conditionality, social inclusion/exclusion, membership
  • International migration and welfare, including: asylum seekers and refugees, international retirement migration, labour migration
  • Multiple exclusion homelessness
  • Forced labour and migration 
  • Roma and social inclusion/exclusion
  • Welfare reform and the governance of welfare states 
  • Qualitative research, including: abductive approaches, participatory methods and user involvement, socio-legal methods, large scale qualitative/comparative research, qualitative longitudinal methods

Current supervision:

2016-ongoing Linzi Duncan: PhD by research, full-time ongoing. Thesis title: EU Citizenship and Models of Welfare Capitalism (TBC), funded by an ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre Network Studentship. Joint Supervision with Dr Owen Parker, University of Sheffield.

2015-ongoing Kyunghwan Kim: University of York: PhD by research, full-time ongoing. Thesis title: Immigrants’ Social Rights in East Asia Framing immigrant in politics of Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. Joint supervision with Prof. John Hudson.

2014-ongoing Helen Stinson: University of York: PhD by research, full-time ongoing. Thesis title: Coping with conditionality? An exploration of the impact of welfare conditionality on vulnerable people, funded by an ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre Collaborative Studentship with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Joint Supervision with Dr K. Brown.

2014-ongoing Inga Reichelt: Thesis title: Imagining Work: Disabled Young People, Narratives on the Boundaries of Work and Welfare, funded by an ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre Network Studentship. Joint Supervision with Prof. Alan Roulestone University of Leeds.

In my previous institutions I have supervised seven PhD students to successful completion and I would welcome applications in any of my areas of interest/expertise as outlined.

Recent publications

Books

Lewis, H., Dwyer, P., Hodkinson, S. and Waite, L. (2015) Precarious lives: forced labour, exploitation and asylum, Bristol, The Policy Press.

Dwyer, P. (2010) Understanding Social Citizenship: Issues for Policy and Practice [2nd edition], Bristol, Policy Press.

Dwyer, P. (2004) Understanding Social Citizenship: Issues for Policy and Practice, Bristol, Policy Press.

Ackers, L. and Dwyer, P. (2002) Senior citizenship? Retirement, mobility and welfare in the European Union, Bristol, Policy Press.

Dwyer, P. (2000) Welfare Rights and Responsibilities: Contesting Social Citizenship, Bristol, Policy Press.

Edited books

Dwyer, P. and Shaw, S. (2013) [eds.] An Introduction to Social Policy, London, Sage.

Refereed journal articles

Dwyer, P, Bowpitt, G., Sundin, E. and Weinstein. M. (2015) ‘Rights, responsibilities and refusals: homelessness policy and the exclusion of single homeless people with complex needs’, Critical Social Policy, 35 (1) : 3-23

Lewis, H., Dwyer, P., Hodkinson, S. and Waite, L.  (2014) ‘Hyper-precarious lives: Migrants, work and forced labour in the Global North’, Progress in Human Geography, available via OnlineFirst

Dwyer, P. and Wright, S. (2014) ‘Universal credit, ubiquitous conditionality and its implications for social citizenship’, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 22(1) :27-36.

Bowpitt, G., Dwyer, P., Sundin, E. and Weinstein, M. (2014) ‘Places of sanctuary for ‘the undeserving’? Homeless people’s day centres and the problem of conditionality’, British Journal of Social Work, 44(5) :1251-1267.

Bowpitt, G., Dwyer, P., Sundin, E. and Weinstein M. (2013) 'Places of sanctuary for 'the undeserving'? Homeless people's day centres and the problem of conditionality', British Journal of Social Work. Advanced electronic access: Available online via Oxford Journals.

Cook, J., Dwyer, P. and Waite, L. (2012) 'Accession 8 migration and the proactive and defensive engagement of social citizenship', Journal of Social Policy, 41(2): 329-347.

Dwyer, P. and Hardill, I. (2011) 'Promoting social inclusion? The impact of village services on the lives of older people living in rural England', Ageing and Society, 31(2): 234-264.

Dwyer, P. and Somerville, P. (2011) [eds] 'Themed section: exploring multiple exclusion homelessness', Social Policy and Society, 10(4): 495-593. I took the lead role in managing and delivering this themed section which includes the next two articles.

Dwyer P. and Somerville, P. (2011) 'Introduction', Social Policy and Society, 10(4): 495-500.

Bowpitt, G., Dwyer, P., Sundin, E. and Weinstein. M. (2011) 'Comparing men's and women's experiences of multiple exclusion homelessness', Social Policy and Society, 10(4) :537-546.

Hardill, I. and Dwyer, P. (2011) 'Delivering village services in the mixed economy of welfare: Perspectives from the voluntary and community sector in Rural England', Journal of Social Policy, 40(1) :157-172.

Cook, J., Dwyer, P. and Waite, L. (2011) 'Good relations among neighbours and workmates? The everyday encounters of Accession 8 migrants and established communities in Urban England', Population, Space and Place, 17(6): 727-741.

Cook, J., Dwyer, P. and Waite, L. (2011) 'The experiences of Accession 8 migrants in England: Motivations, work and agency', International Migration, 49(2): 54-79.

Dwyer, P. and Ellison, N. (2009) 'We nicked stuff from all over the place': Policy transfer or muddling through?, Policy and Politics, 37(3) :389-407.

Dwyer, P. and Brown, D. (2008) 'Accommodating 'others'? Housing dispersed, forced migrants in the UK', Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 30(3): 203-218.

Dwyer, P. and Papadimitriou, D. (2006) 'The social security rights of older international migrants in the European Union', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 32(8): 1301-1319.

Dwyer, P. (2005) 'Governance, forced migration and welfare', Social Policy and Administration, 39(6): 622-639.

Dwyer, P. and Brown, D. (2005) 'Meeting basic needs? The survival strategies of forced migrants', Social Policy and Society, 4(4): 369-381.

Dwyer, P. (2004) 'Creeping conditionality in the UK: from welfare rights to conditional entitlements', Canadian Journal of Sociology, 29(2): 265-287.

Ackers, H. L. and Dwyer, P. (2004) 'Fixed law, fluid lives: the citizenship status of post-retirement migrants in the European Union', Ageing and Society, 24(3): 451-475.

Dwyer, P. (2002) 'Making sense of social citizenship: some user views on welfare rights and responsibilities', Critical Social Policy, 22 (2): 273-299.

Dwyer, P. (2001) 'Retired EU migrants: healthcare rights and European social citizenship', Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 23(3): 311-327.

Dwyer, P. (2000) 'Movements to some purpose? An exploration of international retirement migration in the European Union', Education and Ageing, 15(3): 353-377.

Heron, E. and Dwyer, P. (1999)'Doing the right thing:' Labour's attempt to forge a new welfare deal between the individual and the state,' Social Policy and Administration, 33(1): 91-104.

Heron, E. and Dwyer, P. (1999) 'Faire ce qu'il faut: La tentative du parti travailliste de mettre sur pied un nouveau contrat social entre l'individu et l'etat', Belgian Review of Social Security, September, 41(3): 617-632. (Translated version of above article).

Dwyer, P. (1998) 'Conditional citizens? Welfare rights and responsibilities in the late 1990's,' Critical Social Policy, 18(4): 519-543.

Chapters in edited collections

Scullion, S., Lewis, H., Dwyer, P. and Waite L. (2014) ‘Exploring the link between forced labor and immigration status in the United Kingdom’ pp.149-158 in K. K. Hoang and R. Salazar Parreñas [eds] Human Trafficking Reconsidered: Rethinking the Problem, Envisioning New Solutions, New York, IDEBATE Press.

Dwyer, P. (2013) 'Social Justice', chapter 2 in Dwyer, P. and Shaw, S. [eds] (2013) Approaching Social Policy: a Thematic Introduction, London, Sage. (In press, forthcoming March 2013).

Dwyer, P. and Shaw, S. (2013) 'Introduction', in Dwyer, P. and Shaw, S. [eds] (2013) op cit.

Lister, R. and Dwyer, P. (2012) 'Citizenship and access to welfare', chapter 30 in Alcock, P. May, M. and Wright, S. (2012) [eds] [4th edition] The Student's Companion to Social Policy, Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell/SPA.

Dwyer, P. and Ellison, N. (2009) 'Work and welfare: the rights and responsibilities of unemployment in the UK' :53-66 in Giugni, M. [ed] (2009) The Politics of Unemployment in Europe: Policy Responses and Collective Action, London, Ashgate.

Dwyer, P. (2008) 'The conditional welfare state', :199-218 in Powell, M. [ed.] Modernising the Welfare State: the Blair Legacy, Bristol, Policy Press.

Dwyer, P. (2004) 'Agency, dependency, and welfare: beyond issues of claim and contribution' in H. Dean [ed] The Ethics of Welfare: Human Rights, Dependency and Responsibility, pp. 135-154, Bristol, Policy Press.

Research reports/short journal articles/other published works

Brown, P, Dwyer, P. and Scullion, S. (2013) 'The Limits of Inclusion? Exploring the views of Roma and non Roma in six European Union Member States', Final Research Report for the Roma SOURCE Project available online [PDF]. 

Dwyer, P., Bowpitt, G., Sundin, E. and Weinstein. M. (2012) 'The support priorities of multiply excluded homeless people and their compatibility with support agency agendas', Extended research report available online via ESRC

Dwyer, P., Bowpitt, G., Sundin, E. and Weinstein. M. (2012) 'The support priorities of multiply excluded homeless people and their compatibility with support agency agendas', Key findings summary available online.

Lewis, H., Dwyer, P., Scullion, L. and Waite, L. (2012) 'From restrictions to the cap: trends in UK migration policy', Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 20(1): 87-91.

Dwyer, P., Lewis, H., Scullion, L. and Waite. L. (2011) Immigration Policy and Forced Labour: Status Matters?, York Report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, available online [PDF].

Bowpitt, G., Dwyer, P., Sundin, E. and Weinstein. M. (2012) 'The support priorities of multiply excluded homeless people and their compatibility with support agency agendas – new research into multiple exclusion homelessness', Housing Care and Support, 14(1): 31-32.

Bowpitt, G. and Dwyer, P. (2011) 'Almost like your friends': day centres and multiple exclusion homelessness, Nottingham Trent University, HOME Study Report.

Dwyer, P. (2009) Integration? The perceptions and experiences of refugees in Yorkshire and the Humber, Leeds, Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership. Research report available online [PDF].

Dwyer, P. and Hardill, I. (2008) Older people and village services: exploring the impact on community based services in rural England, London, Age Concern. Research report available online

Hardill, I. and Dwyer, P. (2008) 'The impact of community based services for older people in rural England', Regions, 272(1): 27- 9.

Cook, J., Dwyer, P. and Waite, L. (2008) New Migrant Communities in Leeds, Leeds, Leeds City Council.

Cook, J., Dwyer, P. and Waite, L. (2008) 'The Impacts of New A8 Migration in Leeds', The Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Review, 18(2): 8-11.

Dwyer, P. (2006) 'Asylum?', Research Matters, April-October 2006, :13-18.

Dwyer, P. (2005) 'Meeting basic needs? Exploring the welfare strategies of forced migrants', Benefits, 13(2): 124-125.

Dwyer, P. (2005) 'Meeting basic needs? The welfare of dispersed forced migrants in Leeds', The Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Review, 15(1): 21- 23.

Dwyer, P. (2000) 'British Muslims, welfare citizenship and conditionality: some empirical findings', paper 2 in Islamic Values, Human Agency and Social Policies, RAPP Research Working Papers, 'Race' and Public Policy Research Unit, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds.

Professor Dwyer - Photograph by Dom Ennis

Contact details

Prof. Peter Dwyer
Professor of Social Policy
Department of Social Policy and Social Work
University of York
Room: A/C/110

Tel: 01904 321229

http://bit.ly/welcond

Book cover: Introduction to Social Policy

Dwyer, P. and Shaw, S. (2013) [eds.] An Introduction to Social Policy, London, Sage.

 

Book cover: Understanding Social Citizenship: Issues for Policy and Practice

Dwyer, P. (2010) Understanding Social Citizenship: Issues for Policy and Practice [2nd edition], Bristol, Policy Press.

 

Book cover: Senior citizenship? Retirement, mobility and welfare in the European Union

Ackers, L. and Dwyer, P. (2002) Senior citizenship? Retirement, mobility and welfare in the European Union, Bristol, Policy Press.

 

Book cover: Welfare Rights and Responsibilities: Contesting Social Citizenship

Dwyer, P. (2000) Welfare Rights and Responsibilities: Contesting Social Citizenship, Bristol, Policy Press.