Professor Matt Padley

BSocSc (Hons) MA (Econ) MPhil

  • Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy
  • Professor of Practice

I joined CRSP in 2009 and since this time I have led research relating to living standards, poverty and social exclusion in the UK and abroad, focusing on public conceptions and understanding of living standards, and how these can be used within public policy.

Much of this research has centred around the application and development of Minimum Income Standard (MIS) approach, and I currently lead the quantitative elements of this ongoing work, oversee the management and application of MIS data and play a central role in liaison with users and stakeholders. I lead research on living standards in London and also lead the MIS Global Network, founded in 2018 to support MIS work across the globe, establish links with researchers in other countries and develop new collaborative projects. I deliver training in the MIS approach and its application internationally and have worked with colleagues on MIS projects in Portugal, South AfricaMexicoSingapore and Thailand. I have a particular interest in exploring the application of the MIS approach in the global South.

I have pioneered work on Retirement Living Standards, building on the established MIS programme, that has been adopted across the UK pensions industry, providing an evidence base for savers thinking about and planning their retirements.

As an experienced qualitative and quantitative researcher, I have also worked on a wide range of other projects including national policy evaluations, secondary data analysis of large UK surveys and in-depth qualitative research with low-income households and individuals. I have advised and consulted for a wide range of organisations, including Birmingham City Council, the Money and Pensions Service, Oxfam and Unite the Union. My principal research interests are in understanding the patterns, causes and consequences of social disadvantage, particularly with regard to income, and my research has included work on living standards and income adequacy, housing affordabilitypoverty measurement and international conceptions of living standards.

Recent publications