Dr Kevin Caraher

BA (Surrey), MA (Durham), PhD (Durham)

  • Lecturer
  • Programme Director - Online MA in Social and Public Policy
  • Chair of the Board of Examiners
  • Exams Officer (Social Policy and Applied Social Science)

 

Profile

Areas of expertise

  • Labour market vulnerability, self-employment and social policy
  • Pensions policy in East and Southeast Asia
  • The policy process
  • Comparative and international social policy

Academic Biography

My current research interests are focused on two particular themes:

1) Vulnerability and social policy reform with particular reference to self-employment and labour market policies. I am interested in the interaction between a particular conceptualisation of vulnerability and the impact on notions of citizenship and self in a range of economic settings.

2) Pensions reform and the continued role of individual savings accounts in the form of provident funds in post-colonial/developing nation states. 

I teach a variety of modules including Comparative Social Policy; Globalization and Social Policy and Policy Analysis and Process, Labour Markets, Citizenship and Welfare I have previously worked in the Departments of Sociology and Social Policy at the Universities of Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne. I hold an MA and a PhD in Comparative social policy (University of Durham) with the latter exploring the interface between globalisation and domestic institutional reform in Malaysia.

Professional activities

  • Member of trhe UK Social Policy Association
  • Former Editorial Board member of the journal Social Policy and Society
  • Former co-editor Government, Policy and Management: A Reader 

Research and PhD Supervision

Current research project

Research interests

  • Conceptualising the relationship between vulnerability and social policy with a particular focus on self-employment and labour market policies in an international context.
  • Historical institutionalism and old age incomes in post-colonial and developing economies.
  • Pensions policy, social security and social protection

PhD supervision

Supervision interests: Vulnerability and labour market policy; Comparative social policy; Pensions policy in East and Southeast Asia; Historical institutionalism/path dependency; Public policy analysis.

Supervision:

Min Chul Hwang (completed 2015) ‘The Effectiveness of Settlement Service-delivery System for Immigrant Wives’ Integration in South Korea’.

SueHyun Noh (MPhil): ‘The Influence of General and Special Private High Schools on Civic Education: Focusing on Students’ Attitude to Social Security Policies’

Publications

Recent publications and conference papers

Caraher, K. and Reuter, E. (2017) ‘Vulnerability of the ‘entrepreneurial self’: Analysing the interplay between labour markets and social policy’, Social Policy and Society, forthcoming July 2017

Caraher, K. and Reuter, E. (2016) ‘Self-employment in the United Kingdom: Vulnerability of the ‘entrepreneurial self’, Paper presented at the meeting of the Research Network on Welfare and Labour Market Policies, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden

Caraher, K. and Snell, C. (eds) (2015) Government, Policy and Management: A Reader vol 4. SPSW Publishing, York.

Caraher, K. and Reuter, E. (2015) ‘Work, vulnerability and social policy: Towards an analysis of Ecuadorian social policies since 2007’, Presentation at the ESPAnet 2015 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, UK.

Caraher, K. and Snell, C. (eds) (2014) Government, Public Policy and Management: A Reader vol 3. SPSW Publishing, York.

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.

Caraher, K. and Snell, C. (eds) (2012) Government, Public Policy and Management: A Reader vol 2. SPSW Publishing, York.

Caraher, K. and Snell, C. (eds) (2010) Government, Public Policy and Management: A Reader vol 1. SPSW Publishing, York.

Caraher, K. (2003) 'Malaysia: Approaches to Income Security in Old Age', Social Policy and Society, 2 (4): 295-304.

 

Dr Kevin Caraher

Contact details

Dr Kevin Caraher
Lecturer in Social Policy

kevin.caraher@york.ac.uk

Skype: kevin.caraher