School for Business and Society
BA (Hons) in Social Policy, MSc in Research Methods, PhD in Social Policy.
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I joined the University of York in September 2014. Prior to that I was senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield and I’ve held visiting Professorships at the University of Toronto and Carleton University, Canada. I hold a BA (Hons) in Social Policy, MSc in Research Methods and PhD in Social Policy. I have published widely on business and public policy, corporate power, corporate welfare and economic crisis and welfare states.
I teach across a number of modules at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. My modules cover a range of issues, but two key questions are at their heart: why does inequality persist, and why do some governments appear to be so unwilling or unable to do anything about it? My aim is to arm students with the necessary tools - theoretical and empirical - to critique their own perceptions of who benefits from the welfare state, who (or what) shapes it and what are the effect of social policies (or a lack of social policies) on individuals and society more broadly. I encourage students to not only reflect upon the key problems and challenges that confront societies, but to come up with solutions to those problems. I currently convene Welfare States and the Economic Crisis and teach on The Policy Process.
My research interests centre on three key areas:
My current work includes a book on British Corporate Welfare and two further books on the impact of austerity politics on welfare states (with Zoe Irving).
Corporate Welfare Watch Database - which companies are receiving financial assistance from the Government
Farnsworth, K & Irving, Z. (eds.) (2015) Social Policy in Times of Austerity, Policy Press
Farnsworth, K. & Irving, Z. (eds.) Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy