Katherine joined CRSP in 2001. Katherine’s interests are in qualitative research in the area of welfare policy, disadvantaged groups and low income with a particular interest in the perspectives of people themselves. This has included DWP policy evaluations of NDDP and LHA and qualitative research on ageing looking at the needs and experiences of older people. Her recent work has drawn on CRSP’s Minimum Income Standards (MIS) research to look at the additional or different needs and costs that some people face (people with sensory impairment, people living in shared accommodation, or with parents), and the experiences of those whose income falls below the MIS level (families with children, people who are visually impaired).
Katherine led a series of studies (2014-18) for Thomas Pocklington Trust exploring the additional costs of visual impairment for different age groups and what this means for everyday life. She is currently managing a qualitative longitudinal study funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looking at the experiences of families with dependent children who are living on a low income (below the MIS level) and how their needs and circumstances change over time. She also led two projects looking at MIS and how it might vary for households with different living arrangements (people living in shared accommodation and young adults living with their parents). Katherine’s research looking at the needs and experiences of older people included managing the Resources in Later Life project for Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Living on a Low Income in Later Life project for Age UK.
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- Hill, K. and Hirsch, D. (2019) Family sharing - A minimum income standard for people in their 20s living with parents. Loughborough: Centre for Research in Social Policy
- Hill, K. and Davis, A. (2018) Making Ends Meet Below the MIS families experiences over time. Loughborough: Centre for Research in Social Policy.
- Hill, K., Shepherd, C. and Hirsch, D. (2018) Experiences of Living with Visual Impairment matching income with needs Loughborough: Centre for Research in Social Policy.
- Roberts, S., Stafford, B. and Hill, K. (2017) Diluting Substantive Equality: Why the UK Government Doesn’t Know if its Welfare Reforms Promote Equality, in Fee, D. and Kober-Smith, A. (2017) Inequalities in the UK: New Discourses, Evolutions and Actions. Bingley, Emerald Publishing Ltd.
- Hill, K., Horsley, N., Hirsch, D. and Padley, M. (2017) Sight Loss and Minimum Income Standards: the additional costs of severity and age. Loughborough: Centre for Research in Social Policy.
- Hirsch, D. and Hill, K. (2016) The additional cost of disability: a new measure and its application to sensory impairment. Disability and Society, Volume 31, Issue 7.
- Hill, K., Davis, A., Hirsch, D. and Marshall, L. (2016) Falling Short: the experiences of families living below the Minimum Income Standard. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
- Hill, K., Davis, A., Hirsch, D., Padley, M. and Smith, N. (2015) Disability and minimum living standards: The additional costs of living for people who are sight impaired and people who are Deaf. Loughborough: Centre for Research in Social Policy.