Professor Abigail Davis

BA (Hons), MSc (Research)

Pronouns: She/her
  • Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP)
  • Professor of Practice

Professor Abigail Davis is Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP) at Loughborough University in the UK, where she conducts world leading research on living standards, leading the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) research and specialising in the development and application of the MIS methodology. She has overall responsibility for the Centre’s qualitative research, leads the MIS UK primary research and has develops and delivers training in MIS methodology through international partnerships with research teams in Austria, France, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa and Thailand. She is a UK expert on the EU Reference Budget platform and a member of the Global Living Wage Steering Group. 

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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