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Professor Roy Sainsbury

BA (Hons) (Leeds); PhD (Edinburgh)

  •  Emeritus Professor

Visit Roy Sainsbury's profile on the York Research Database to see a full list of publications and browse her research related activities.


Areas of Expertise

  • Welfare reform and Universal Credit
  • Employment and disability
  • Comparative social policy

Social Policy Advisory Positions

  • Treasurer, Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS)
  • Member of the DWP Fit for Work Evaluation Expert Advisory Group
  • Member of the DWP Universal Credit Research Evaluation Advisory Group
  • Member of editorial board for the Journal of Social Security Law
  • Member of editorial board for the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

Academic biography

Professor Sainsbury has been researching welfare and benefits for over twenty years here at York and was instrumental in the development of ideas and policies surrounding the concept of Universal Credit. His current research is looking at three trials of support for sick and disabled people of working age. He worked in the School for Business and Society within the Social Policy Research Unit as a qualitative researcher for many years, becoming the lead of the Welfare and Employment Group and finally the Director of SPRU from 2014-2016.

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Professor Roy Sainsbury
Emeritus Professor
School for Business and Society