Since joining CRSP in 2001 my research has focussed predominantly on qualitative projects. Most of my research has been in the area of welfare policy, disadvantaged groups and low income with a particular interest in the perspectives of people themselves. 

I have worked on DWP policy evaluations, and led qualitative studies looking at the needs and experiences of older people including projects for Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Age UK.  My more recent work has drawn on our Minimum Income Standards (MIS) research to look at the additional needs and costs that some people face, and the experiences of those whose income falls below the MIS level. This includes a series of studies for Thomas Pocklington Trust exploring the additional costs of visual impairment for different age groups and what this means for everyday life, a JRF funded qualitative longitudinal study following families living on a low income over six years, and projects with housing association tenants and young people moving on from supported housing. I have also led several studies looking at the needs and costs of households living in different situations to the ‘main MIS’ households, such as people who live in shared occupancy housing, and families where young adults live with their parents.  I am also part of the team using the MIS methodology to develop a Minimum Digital Living Standard for families with children.

Recent publications