PhD / MPhil supervisors

Dr Kate Baxter

People who fund their own social care (self-funders). Older people and personal budgets/direct payments.

Bryony Beresford

Children, young people and young adults with disabilities (including autistic spectrum conditions and learning disabilities), long-term and/or life-limiting conditions. Applied research on service/organisational, practice or policy issues related to the health and social care of these groups and their families. In addition, interest in health and social care workforce and issues of stress, burnout and well-being. Mixed methods expertise including quantitative evaluations of interventions and service models; measurement and scale development; qualitative research (including facilitating participation of 'hard to reach'/disabled children in research, researching sensitive topics); and systematic reviews.

Mark Bevan

The private rented sector; housing in rural areas; community involvement and urban regeneration; second homes and mobile homes community involvement and urban regeneration.

Yvonne Birks

Quality and safety within health and social care. User/patient involvement in quality and safety initiatives. Disclosure of adverse events and error in health and social care settings. Assessment of individual and organisation risk.

Joanne Bretherton

Homelessness; women's homelessness; housing inequality, poverty and precarity; housing and domestic abuse; European and Asia Pacific comparative research, with particular interests in Japan.

Kate Brown Vulnerable and ‘troublesome’ young people; social control and regulatory welfare; the concept of vulnerability; child sexual exploitation; the sex industry; qualitative research methods with ‘hard to reach’ groups
Sally Brooks

Institutions of international aid and development; food and agriculture policies and programmes in developing countries; international and national agricultural R&D/innovation systems and policy processes; governance of agricultural biotechnologies in developing countries; food security, social protection and climate change; environmental policy processes in the global south, sociology of science policy; policy process analysis; 'philanthrocapitalism' and development.

Kevin Caraher

Comparative social policy; Political economy of welfare; Pensions policy in East and Southeast Asia; Historical institutionalism/path dependency; Public policy analysis.

Sabrina Chai Political economy of welfare; Organisation, management and delivery of housing and elderly care; Public management reform; Interests in comparative and international social policy in China and East Asia.
Professor Peter Dwyer

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.

Professor Nick Ellison

Social citizenship and social rights in developed welfare systems; Forms of citizen participation; Social media and (local) governance; Labour market and pensions policies in developed welfare systems; The impact of global economic pressures on welfare states.

Kevin Farnsworth

Global, international and comparative social policy; corporate power and influence on social policy; political economy of welfare states; corporate welfare; corporate involvement in social policy; privatization and outsourcing; social policy, competitiveness and economic growth; The economics of social policy; corporate social responsibility; economic crisis and welfare states

Naomi Finch

Comparative social policy; quantitative methodology; family policy; social security; work/family life balance; the gender division of labour; time use; employment over the life course; pensioner poverty; child and female poverty; family change and fertility.

Sharon Grace

Criminal justice policy and practice; Drug policy and practice; Women drug users; Women offenders with complex needs/vulnerabilities (including drug use); victimisation, victim policy and practice; qualitative (sensitive) interviewing, particularly with vulnerable groups; evaluations.

Mark Hardy

Mental health, work with offenders, judgements and decision making in practice, risk, social theory and social work,approaches to developing the knowledge base for practice.

Chris Holden

Globalisation and social policy, corporate influence on policy, political economy of welfare, welfare impacts of the global financial crisis.

Daniel Horsfall

The shift from welfare states to competition states; the use of qualitative, quantitative, and fuzzy-set methods for use in comparative analysis; comparative and international social policy; global health
patient mobility; the role of housing markets in entrenching the competition state.

John Hudson

The social (policy) implications of information and communication technologies (ICTs); the (social) policy making process; and comparative social policy/the comparative political economy of welfare.

 Zoe Irving
Global, international and comparative political economy of welfare states; social policy in small states and small island states; economic crisis, austerity and its impact on welfare states and social policy; social policy implications of changes in work and employment; gender and employment.
Gernot Klantschnig
Drug policy and drug trade, particularly in developing countries, in Africa, China and globally; criminal markets, transnational organised crime, crime and the state, policing; pharmaceutical markets and their regulation; theories of norm diffusion, ideas and policy transfer.
Neil Lunt Organisation, management and delivery of health and social care; medical travel; welfare policy; migration, transnationalism and social policy; public management reform; practitioner research. Interests in comparative research including Korea and East Asia.
Charlie Lloyd Illicit drugs and criminal justice research including:
  • Prison, probation and police responses to drug use and drug users
  • Stigmatisation of people who use drugs
  • Recovery from dependent drug use
  • Drug consumption rooms
Lisa O'Malley

Criminal justice issues including youth justice and policing; mixed economy of welfare and especially the role of the voluntary sector and NGOs; systematic review methods and scoping studies; general qualitative methods and the use of case studies.

Nicholas Pleace

Surveillance and taxonomy in social policy, homelessness, socioeconomic exclusion and worklessness, housing and care, supporting people and low intensity support, social policy and e-government and social housing management.

Enrico Reuter

Social exclusion, poverty and vulnerability; public service and welfare reform; politics of social policy; British, French and German public policy and politics; European social policy; comparative social and public policy; qualitative methods

Deborah Quilgars

Homelessness (particularly amongst young people); housing, support and care issues; home ownership, risk and safety nets.

Antonios Roumpakis

Comparative welfare states and political economy of welfare; Pension policy analysis; Labour mobility and rights; Familistic welfare regimes; Especially welcome interests in: comparative historical analysis; governance of pension funds; power approaches to welfare and comparative pension policy in Latin America, East Asia and China.

Julie Rugg

Private rented sector; housing benefit; young people and housing pathways; cemetery history, cemetery policy and policy relating to funerals and welfare.

Roy Sainsbury

Social security; employment; sickness and disability, or any combination. Current research includes work on government welfare to work programmes and on mental health and employment.

Christine Skinner

Comparative family policy and child support policies; child poverty and child well-being; separated families and relevant policies in public and private law; symbolic meanings of money;  comparative childcare and early education policy; work-life balance; the coordination of childcare and working life and how families manage time, space and place; Child Labour.

Carolyn Snell

Sustainable development, environmental issues in developing countries, public participation, environmental policy, the links between poverty and the environment, the relationship between science and policy, transport policy, sustainable schools, local government, fuel and water povetry.

Martin Webber

Social intervention development and evaluation; mental health social work; mental health services; evaluation methodologies comprising either qualitative or quantitative methods or both.

Aniela Wenham

Qualitative Longitudinal Methods; Children and Youth Policy; Poverty and Social Exclusion; Youth Transitions; Vulnerable Groups of Young People; Teenage Pregnancy and Parenthood; Gender and Sexuality.

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