Dr Laura Valadez-Martinez
Lecturer in Social Policy
Laura joined the Department in 2018 as a Lecturer in Social Policy. Prior to this, she worked as a researcher at the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP) in Loughborough University since 2013 where she concentrated on poverty and living standards. She has also been an online tutor on childhood policies for the Inter-American Development Bank. Laura obtained the PhD in Social Policy at Oxford in 2012 where she studied the longitudinal effects of poverty on children. Before that, she studied the MA in Public Administration at Monterrey Tech in Mexico and the MSc in Public Policy in Latin America at Oxford.
Laura’s research includes poverty measurement, living standards, and early child poverty and well-being. She interested in the association between poverty measurements and living standards and in exploring conceptualisations of living standards across countries. Her work includes both quantitative and qualitative projects.
Laura is a Research Partner at the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP), working on the Minimum Income Standard project in Mexico.
Laura teaches the Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy module and the Crime and Welfare module.
- Valadez-Martinez, L., Padley, M., Torres Penagos, M. (2017). “A dignified standard of living in Mexico: Results of a pilot study of the Minimum Income Standard approach”. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-017-1780-4 Social Indicators Research.
- Hirsch, D. and Valadez, L. (2017). The Living Wage. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Agenda Publishing.
- Padley, M., Valadez, L., and Hirsch, D. (2017). Households Below a Minimum Income Standard: 2008/09 to 2014/15. Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
- Valadez, L. (2016). “Household Income Trajectories, PROGRESA-Oportunidades, and Child Well-being at Pre-school Age in Rural Mexico”. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. Vol. 17 No.4 pp. 516-539.
- Hirsch, D., Padley, M. and Valadez, L. (2016) A poverty indicator based on a minimum income standard. Loughborough: Centre for Research in Social Policy.
- Silva, F. and Valadez, L. (2015). “Sophie´s Choice: Attitudes on Welfare State Retrenchment in Bailed-Out Portugal”. European Societies. Vol. 17. No. 3. pp. 351 – 371.
- Hirsch, D. and Valadez, L. (2015). How much does the official measure of child poverty under-estimate its extent by failing to take account of childcare costs? Loughborough: Centre for Research in Social Policy.
- Padley, M., Valadez, L., and Hirsch, D. (2015). Households Below a Minimum Income Standard: 2008/09 to 2012/13. Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
- Hirsch, D. and Valadez, L. (2014) Wages, taxes and top-ups: The changing role of the state in helping working families ends meet. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
- Valadez, L. and Hirsch, D. (2014) Comparative analysis of Minimum Income Standards - Ireland and the United Kingdom. Loughborough: Centre for Research in Social Policy.
- Valadez, L. (2014). “Bridging the Gap: Conceptual and Empirical Dimensions of Child Wellbeing in Rural Mexico”. Social Indicators Research. Vol. 116. No. 2. pp. 567-591.
- Valadez, L. (2010). “Medium-term Effects of Household Poverty on Child Well-being: a Study in a Sub-sample of Pre-school Children in Rural Mexico”. Journal of International Development. Vol. 22. Issue 8. pp. 1141-1161.
- Villarreal, G., Bernal, P., Escobedo, J., López, E., Mata, B. and Valadez, L. (2009). “Rendimiento académico de alumnos de secundaria beneficiarios del Programa Oportunidades en comunidades rurales y semiurbanas de Chiapas y Nuevo León”. Región y Sociedad. Vol. XXI. No. 45. pp. 127-164.
- Valadez, L. (2008). “What are the Pathways through which Poverty is Perpetuated across Generations? Unlocking Possible Evidence for the Mexican Case”. Indian Journal of Human Development. Vol. 2. No. 2. pp. 303-323.
- Villarreal, G (coord), Bernal, P., Escobedo, J., López, E., Mata, B. and Valadez, L. (2007). “Diagnóstico educativo del Programa Oportunidades y su impacto en el abatimiento de desigualdades educativas en comunidades rurales y semi-urbanas en Nuevo León y Chiapas”. Reseñas de Investigación en Educación Básica. CONACYT/SEP.