Our publications are listed below in date order. On the left they are grouped into categories for easy reference.
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
Our Director, Professor Peter Dwyer, addressed a meeting at the Huddersfield Mission on 1 March 2017. Read his presentation slides.
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
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
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?
This report follows the event hosted by Glasgow Homelessness Network and Crisis, with the support of our Economic and Social Research Council-funded Welfare Conditionality project, at the Adelphi Centre, Glasgow, on Tuesday 25 October 2016.
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.
Our Glasgow event to present our first wave findings took place on 9 June 2016.
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.
Update June 2016: our first wave Scotland findings
Further context and background on the study areas is available in our context and briefing papers.
Below are our latest context briefing papers, giving relevant updates on some of our research policy areas. See also our original set of briefing papers from September 2014. These context papers offer background to our first wave findings, available in the Publications section from 12 May 2016.