Professor Abigail Davis

BA (Hons), MSc (Research)

  • Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP)
  • Professor of Practice
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Abigail Davis is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP) where she has conducted research on poverty, social exclusion, lifestyles and living standards since 2000.  Abigail specialises in Budget Standards research and is the lead researcher applying and developing CRSP’s innovative Minimum Income Standard (MIS) methodology, and has worked on the programme since its inception in 2006.
Abigail also develops and delivers training in MIS methodology through international partnerships and is a UK expert on the EU Reference Budget platform.

Since joining CRSP in 1998 Abigail has worked on a range of quantitative and qualitative research, including national and local evaluations, a meta-analysis of US mandatory welfare-to-work programmes and an ESRC-funded study looking at inter-generational perceptions of risk.

Abigail leads the qualitative element of the UK Minimum Income Standards (MIS) Research and lectures on the methodology. She develops tailored training packages on developing budget standards using the MIS approach for researchers in other countries. Collaborations through the Global MIS Network include working with and providing support for research teams in Austria, France, Japan, Portugal, Ireland, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand and South Africa.

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