Our publications are listed below in date order. On the left they are grouped into categories for easy reference.

Support, coercion and resistance: social policy in the age of austerity: our PhD symposium 8-9 March 2017

March 20, 2017     Leave a Comment

Our project PhD students presented their research over two days at an event in York. Listed below are the presentations with links to the students’ slides.

Can you ‘make’ families change their behaviour?
Emily Ball, University of Sheffield

Disabled person and welfare claimant: mutual identity or dichotomy of difference?
Joanne Brown, University of Glasgow

Exploring the impact of welfare conditionality on Roma migrants in the UK
Liviu Dinu, University of Salford

‘Faithness’ and the position of faith based organisations in Scottish homelessness systems
Fiona Jackson, Heriot-Watt University

‘Problem’ women in the context of poverty, crime and intensive interventions
Larissa Povey, Sheffield Hallam University

Consumerism, empowerment and resistance: understanding migrant responses to homelessness
Regina Serpa, Heriot-Watt University

And our keynote presentation:

Social class, urban marginality and narratives on the ethics of UK welfare sanctions
Professor John Flint, University of Sheffield


Rewriting the contract: reflections on the ethics of welfare conditionality

February 14, 2017     Leave a Comment

Rotterdam City Council invited Welfare Conditionality Project Director Professor Peter Dwyer to speak at a national event about welfare conditionality in the Netherlands and more particularly ‘Tegenprestatie’. Roughly translated into English this refers to the ‘civic contribution’ that Dutch people are required to make when in receipt of social assistance benefits. View his presentation to ‘De zin en onzin van de Rotterdamse Tegenprestatie’, Rotterdam, January 18th 2017

Exploring the experiences of welfare users at the margins of the UK labour market

February 14, 2017     Leave a Comment

Research team member Katy Jones, from the University of Salford, made a presentation on service users who are ‘just about managing’ in the labour market. This group includes those working variable hours, part-time, and self-employed. The presentation was made to the ‘Developing future agendas in welfare to work research’ conference, University of Leeds, 27 January 2017. View the presentation

Conference presentation: social housing

December 12, 2016     Leave a Comment

Research team member Beth Watts from Heriot-Watt University presented our findings on social housing at HQN’s ‘Unconditional Support or Tough Love?’ event in Birmingham recently. Her presentation posed a number of questions for debate:

  • Are we seeing increased levels of conditionality in the social housing sphere? How is this manifesting?
  • To what extent is intensifying conditionality intended to bring about behavioural change on the part of tenants?
  • What are the prime motivating factors lying behind any such behavioural change agenda?

View the slides

Decision making and mandatory reconsideration: Social Security Advisory Committee

August 31, 2016     Leave a Comment

Our project gave evidence in March 2016 to the SSAC’s consultation on the important issue of decision making and mandatory reconsideration in the welfare benefits system, which has now reported. A number of respondents in our study who had been sanctioned and took action to initiate mandatory reconsideration or appeal found the process complex, time-consuming, lengthy and costly. Because of these factors the majority did not pursue a mandatory reconsideration or appeal.

Read our evidence to the SSAC consultation

Read the SSAC report

First wave research findings

May 12, 2016     Leave a Comment

Today we launch the first wave findings from our ongoing study. Below is the overview, summarising our key first wave findings on the effects and ethics of welfare conditionality. It draws on data from interviews with 52 policy stakeholders, 27 focus groups conducted with practitioners, and 480 ‘wave a’ qualitative longitudinal interviews with with nine groups of welfare service users in England and Scotland.


Below are nine first wave findings papers covering each of our study’s policy areas in more detail.

First wave findings: anti-social behaviour

First wave findings: disabled people

First wave findings: homelessness

First wave findings: jobseekers

First wave findings: lone parents

First wave findings: migrants

First wave findings: offenders

First wave findings: social tenants

First wave findings: Universal Credit

Update June 2016: our first wave Scotland findings

Overview: social security in Scotland

Further context and background on the study areas is available in our context and briefing papers.

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