Department of Social Policy and Social Work, Alcuin C Block

Published articles, journals and presentations 

The online learning team within the Department of Social Policy and Social Work have published a number of articles, journals and presentations about distance and online learning, details of which can be found below.

The staff team also regularly publish articles and make presentations about their own specific research themes. Work from the last 5 years is below. For further information please visit their staff profile pages.

Articles and chapters

Caraher, K. and Reuter, E. (forthcoming). Vulnerability of the ‘entrepreneurial self’: Analysing the interplay between labour markets and social policy. Social Policy and Society.

Brooks, S. (2016) Inducing food insecurity: financialisation and development in the post-2015 era, Third World Quarterly, 37, 5, 768-780

Brooks, S. (2016) Private finance and the post-2015 development agenda, Development Finance Agenda, 1, 3, 24-27.

Gabor, D. and Brooks, S. (2016) The digital revolution in financial inclusion: International development in the fintech era, New Political Economy, 1-14

Brooks, S. (2015) Philanthrocapitalism, 'pro-poor' agricultural biotechnology and development, in Morvaridi, B. (ed.) New Philanthrophy and Social Justice: Debating the conceptual and policy discourse. Policy Press: Bristol.

Brooks, S. and Roberts, E. (2015) 'Simultaneous immersion': How online postgraduate study contributes to the development of reflective practice among public service practicionersInteractive Learning Environments

Brooks, S. Enabling adaptation? Lessons from the new 'Green Revolution' in Malawi and Kenya, Climatic Change, 122, 1-2, 15-26. Available here.

Brooks, S. (2013) Biofortification: lessons from the Golden Rice project, Food Chain, 3(1), 77-88. Available here.

Krätli, S., Huelsebusch, C., Brooks, S., and Kaufmann, B. (2013), Pastoralism: a critical asset for food security under global climate change, Animal Frontiers, 3 (1), 42-50. Available here.

Lund, J. and Snell, C. (2014) Behave yourself! An investigation of the impact of tutor behaviours on the student experience of online distance-based learning, in Yuzer, T.V. and Eby, G. (eds), Handbook of Research on Emerging Priorities and Trends in Distance Education, PA, IGI Global

Brooks, S., D. Burges Watson, A. Draper, M. Goodman, H. Kvalvaag and W. Wills (2013) Chewing on Choice, in Abbots, E-J & Lavis, A (Eds.) Why We Eat, How We Eat: Contemporary Encounters Between Foods and Bodies, Farnham: Ashgate. Available here

Brooks, S. and Johnson-Beebout, S.E. (2012) Contestation as continuity? Biofortification research and the CGIAR. In Sumberg, J. and Thompson, J. (Eds.) Contested Agronomy: Agricultural Research in a Changing World. London: Routledge.

Reuter, E. (2012). Idées et politiques sociales contre l’exclusion en Grande-Bretagne et en France. [Social Ideas and Policies Against Exclusion in Great Britain and France In: S. Martens & J.P. Révauger, (eds.) Vers un modèle social européen?, [Towards a European Social Model?] Bordeaux: Presses Universitaires, pp. 285-303.

Brooks, S. (2011) ‘Living with Materiality or Confronting Asian Diversity? The Case of Iron-Biofortified Rice Research in the Philippines’, East Asian Science, Technology and Society (EASTS), 5 (2) 173-188. Available here

Brooks, S. (2011) ‘Is International Agricultural Research a Global Public Good? The Case of Rice Biofortification’, Journal of Peasant Studies, 38 (1) 67-80. Available here

Brooks, S. and Loevinsohn, M.E. (2011) Shaping Agricultural Innovation Systems Responsive to Food Insecurity and Climate Change, Natural Resources Forum, 5 (3) 185-200. Available here.

Roberts, E. and Lund, J. (2007) Exploring E-learning community in a global postgraduate programme, in Andrews, R. and Haythornthwaite, R., The SAGE Handbook of E-learning Research, Sage: London


White, S., Brooks, S., Gabor, D., Klein, E. and Mills, C. (2016) 'Psy-expertise, behavioural economics and the new politics of the personal in international development’. Co-convened panel at Development Studies Association (DSA) University of Oxford, UK. Link here
Gabor, D. and Brooks, S. (2016) 'The digital revolution in financial inclusion'. Presented at 4S/EAAST 2016: Society for Social Studies of Science/ European Association for the Study of Science & Technology. CCIB Barcelona. Link here
Gabor, D. and Brooks, S. (2016) “The digital revolution in financial(ised) inclusion” Presented at a national workshop 'Big and Open Data for Development' hosted by the Centre for Development Bioinformatics, University of Manchester, UK. Link here

Brooks, S. (2015) We are what we eat; we're all in trouble. Public discussion on the politics and economics of food consumption and production organized by the International Institute for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE), Bristol, 21 January 2015.

Brooks, S. and Mawdsley, E. (2015) 'Finance, financialisation and development'. Co-convened panel at Development Studies Association (DSA), University of Bath, UK

Caraher, K. and Reuter, E. (2015). Work, vulnerability and social policy: Towards an analysis of Ecuadorian social policies since 2007. Presentation at the European Network fo Social Policy Analysis Annual Conference, Odense.

Caraher, K. and Reuter, E. (2015). Work, vulnerability and social policy: Developing an actionable analytical framework. Paper presented at the Social Policy Association Annual Conference, Belfast.

Brooks, S. (2014) Is there a need for Golden Rice? Friends of John Innes Centre Seminar, Norwich Biosciences Institute, 29 January 2014.

Reuter, E. (2014). Politics of Public Service Reforms and their Legacy: The Role of Power, Coalitions and Ideas. Paper presented at the International Political Science Association World Congress, Montreal

Reuter, E. (2014). In or Out: Political Strategies of the radical left in France and Europe. Paper presented at the Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Manchester. Available here

Lund, J. and Roberts, E. (2014) Assessing online discussions: the good, the bad and the unintended consequences, Asynchronous teaching and learning: A practitioner workshop for distance learning providers at York, 1st July 2014, University of York, UK 

Allinson, J., Cornock, M. and Lund, J. (2014) Using tablets with distance learners, Poster presentation at the Higher York E-learning Conference, June 2014, University of York St John, UK

Brooks, S. (2013) Investing in Food security?  Philanthrocapitalism, biotechnology and development, SPRU Friday Seminar, Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, 15 November 2013

Brooks, S. (2013) Biofortification and the biopolitics of sustainable development, School of Oriental and African Studies Food Forum, University of London, 8 March 2013.

Brooks, S. (2013) “Private finance and the post 2015 development agenda”. Paper presented at Global Governance and the Politics of Aid Symposium. University of Bradford, UK.

Caraher, K. (2013) 'Past policies, current arrangements: the enduring influence of British colonial social policy in Malaysia and Hong Kong' in Izuhara, M. (ed) The Handbook on East Asian Social Policy, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.

Reuter, E. (2013). Analysing the ambivalences of social policy: Sociological perspectives on the social impact of welfare state interventions. Presentation at the British Sociological Association Annual Conference, London.

Brooks, S. (2012) ‘Agricultural biotechnology and development', paper presented at 4S/EAAST 2012: Society for Social Studies of Science/ European Association for the Study of Science & Technology. Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

Reuter, E. (2012). Les politiques sociales contre l’inégalité: Des limitations et contradictions de l’action publique. [Social policies against inequality: Limitations and contradictions of public action] Paper presented at the Sciences Po Paris Colloque ‘Les frontières des inégalités’, Paris.

Lund, J., and Roberts, E. (2012) Flexible study skills support for international distance learning students, Poster presnetation at the Learning and Teaching Conference, May 2011, University of York, UK

Brooks, S. (2011) ‘Shaping Agricultural Innovation Systems Responsive to Food Insecurity and Climate Change.’ Paper presented at Tropentag 2011:University of Bonn, Germany.

Reuter, E. (2011). Policy-making and social relations: Arguments for a sociological perspective on policy analysis. Presentation at the eMasters Conference, York.

Roberts, E. (2011) "The role of distance learning in civil service training", Keynote presentation at the Chinese Academy of Governance International Conference on Distance Education for Civil Servant Training, Beijing, 27-28th October 2011, Chinese Academy of Governance, Beijing, China

Walker, R. and Hall, K. (2011) Peer observation for distance learning e-tutors: Evaluation of a cross-programme trial scheme. ALT-C 2011thriving in a colder and more challenging climate, 6-8 September 2011, University of Leeds, UK

Lund, J. and Roberts, E. (2011) Cracking the code: Developing academic skills for non-traditional Masters students at a distance, Poster presentation at the Higher York E-learning Conference, June 2011, University of York, UK

Roberts, E. (2008) "Professional Skills for Government - the role of e-learning" Presentation at National School of Government / Public Management and Policy Association / University of York Joint Conference 2008, University of York, UK


The contributions from alumni collected together in these publications are Independent Study Projects completed at the end of their postgraduate programme and illustrate the depth and diversity of learning arising from the Department's Masters programmes in public policy and management.

Caraher, K. and Snell, C. Eds (2015) Government, Public Policy and Management; A Reader, Volume 4 ISP Reader Volume 4 (PDF  , 1,087kb)

Caraher, K. and Snell, C. Eds (2014) Government, Public Policy and Management; A Reader, Volume 3 ISP Reader Volume 3 (PDF  , 1,216kb)

Caraher, K. and Snell, C. Eds (2012) Government, Public Policy and Management; A Reader, Volume 2 ISP Reader Volume 2 (PDF  , 1,004kb)

Caraher, K. and Snell, C. Eds (2010) Government, Public Policy and Management; A Reader, Volume 1 ISP Reader Volume 1 (PDF  , 824kb)