BA (Surrey), MA (Durham), PhD (Durham)
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.
Supervision interests: Vulnerability and labour market policy; Comparative social policy; Pensions policy in East and Southeast Asia; Historical institutionalism/path dependency; Public policy analysis.
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’
Caraher, K. and Reuter, E. (2019 forthcoming). ‘Mind the gaps: Universal Credit and self-employment in the United Kingdom’. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice.
Caraher, K. and Reuter, E. (2017) ‘Vulnerability of the ‘entrepreneurial self’: Analysing the interplay between labour markets and social policy’, Social Policy and Society
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
Lecturer in Social Policy