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News in brief - January 2014

Posted on 1 February 2014

Launch of major ESRC project and introducing a new ESRC seminar series

SPSW is home to a major research project on conditional welfare support

Professor Peter Dwyer is leading an ESRC large grant research project to investigate the effectiveness and ethicality of conditional welfare. The project, 'Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change', is a five-year international and interdisciplinary focal point for social science research on the linking of welfare benefits and services to 'responsible' behaviour.

The launch event, held on 11 December 2013 at the University of York, brought together leading experts on both sides of the debate around welfare conditionality. Chaired by Alan Deacon (Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Leeds), the panel comprised Professor Lawrence Mead (New York University), Dr Chris Grover (University of Lancaster), Professor Sigrid Betzelt (Berlin School of Economics and Law) and Professor Hartley Dean (London School of Economics and Political Science).

Child maintenance seminar series

Dr Christine Skinner, Senior Lecturer in the Department, is the principal investigator chairing a series of six international seminars on child maintenance as part of an ESRC Seminar Series project (ESRC Award: ES/L000792/1).

The first seminar looks at comparative legal frameworks and public attitudes to child maintenance and will be taking place on 27 and 28 March 2014 in London. Attendance at the seminars is free, but must by pre-booked online.

  • Futher details about the seminar series

Recent activities

Dr Carolyn Snell organised a conference called 'Urban environments in the post crash city' through the Centre for Urban Research (CURB) in December.

Dr Martin Webber presented two papers at the NIHR School for Social Care Research workshop on mental health research on 5 December 2014.

Publications updates

Lunt, N., Smith, R. D., Mannion, R., Green, S.T., Exworthy, M., Hanefeld, J., Horsfall, D., Machin, L. and King, H. (2014) 'Implications for the NHS of inward and outward medical tourism: a policy and economic analysis using literature review and mixed-methods approaches', Health Services and Delivery Research, 2(2). DOI: 10.3310/hsdr02020. Available online via NIHR.

Lunt, N. (2014) 'Panacea, problem or perish: social policy language in New Zealand', in Daniel Béland and Klaus Petersen (eds) Analyzing Social Policy Concepts and Languages, Bristol: Policy Press.

Lunt, N. and Horsfall, D. (2014) 'How medical value travel impacts upon national health systems' in Encyclopedia of Health Economics (1st Edition) (Editor in Chief Culyer, A.), Elsevier.

Lunt, N. and Jin, K.N. (2013) Developments in medical tourism, China Health Review, 4, 4, 12-19.

Webber, M. (2014) From ethnography to randomised controlled trial: An innovative approach to developing complex social interventions, Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 11 (1-2), 173-182.

Wenham, A. (2013) 'Teenage Pregnancy and Parenthood: Implications for Policy and Practice'. In Curran, S., Harrison, R., and Makinnon, D. (eds.) Working with Young People, The Open University, Sage Publications.

Stanton, N and Wenham, A. (2013) '‘Fallen women’ and ‘Artful Dodgers’ - societal stereotypes of young people in the nineteenth century and beyond'. In Cowell, A., Gilchrist, R., Jeffs, T., Spence, J., Stanton, N., Walker, J., and Wylie, T. (eds.) Reappraisals: Essays in the history of youth and community work, Lyme Regis: Russell House.

Tozer, R., Atkin, K., and Wenham, A. (Early View: 2013) ‘My Brother likes Meeting New People, but Don’t ask Him any Direct Questions’: involving adults with autism plus learning disability in a qualitative research project, British Journal of Learning Disabilities. (DOI: 10.1111/bld.12073)

Tozer, R., Atkin, K., and Wenham, A. (Early View: 2013) Continuity, commitment and context: adult siblings of people with autism plus learning disability. Health & Social Care in the Community. (DOI: 10.1111/hsc.12034)

Macpherson, H., Tilbrook, H., Richmond, S., Atkin, K., Ballard, K., Bland, M., Eldred, J., Essex, H., Hopton, A., Lansdown, H., Muhammad, U., Parrot, S., Torgerson, D., Wenham, A., Woodman, J., and Watt, I. (2013) Alexander Technique Lessons, Acupuncture Sessions or usual care for patients with chronic neck pain (ATLAS): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial, Trials, 14, 209.