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I am a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at Cardiff University. I convene the MSc Social and Public Policy, and contribute to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am also Co-Editor of the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice (with Dr Gill Main, University of Leeds).

My primary research interests are the conceptualisation, measurement and analysis of poverty; the capability approach; and social security. I hold a PhD from the London School of Economics and in 2015 I was awarded the Best Paper Prize at the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS) conference in Hong Kong, China. I am currently leading a Nuffield Foundation-funded project investigating the nature and scale of in-work poverty in the UK and the contribution made by policy to alleviating poverty amongst working families.

I have recently completed a project on in-work poverty in the UK, funded by the Nuffield Foundation. You can access the final report from this research here.

For further information about my research, please visit my personal website.


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Poverty and inequality
  • Social security
  • Comparative welfare state change

If you are interested in undertaking a PhD with me in these areas, feel free to get in touch (preferably with a 1 or 2 page proposal outlining your ideas).

Editorial Board memberships

  • Journal of Social Policy - Jan 2015 – present
  • Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy Oct 2012 – present

















Book sections



My primary research interests are:

  • the conceptualisation, measurement and analysis of poverty and deprivation;
  • the capability approach;
  • social security, and
  • comparative welfare state studies.


Principal Investigator, ‘‘The best route out of poverty? A study on in-work poverty and policy in the UK’, Nuffield Foundation, £47,459 (2016-2017).

Principal Investigator, ‘Getting the measure of poverty in the Philippines and Vietnam’, ESRC Impact Acceleration Account – Global Challenges Fund, £5,905 (2016).

Co-Applicant, ‘New Paradigms of Social Protection’, GW4 Alliance, £7,525 (2016).

Principal Investigator, ‘Retrenching Social Security in Ireland: The role of the IMF as a policy actor, 2010-2013’, British Academy Small Grants Scheme, £2,373 (2014-15).

Team Leader and Principal Investigator, Independent Review on the Commissioning and Provision of Social Services to Older People in the City & County of Swansea, City & County of Swansea, £25,629 (2014).

Principal Investigator, ‘The politics of UK Government welfare reform’, Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) [internal Cardiff University competition for funding for research assistance], £1,360 (2014).



I teach Social Policy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At present, I make contributions to:


SI0260 – Poverty and Social Security in the UK (Stage 2, Convenor)

SI0247 - International and Comparative Social and Public Policy (Stage 3)


- International and Comparative Social and Public Policy (M Level)


Anrhydeddau a dyfarniadau

Enillydd - Sefydliad Astudiaethau Rhyngwladol ar Nawdd Cymdeithasol (FISS) / Gwobr Papur Gorau Intersentia 2015. Teitl Papur: Cyplysu Anfanteision: Tlodi Materol ac Amddifadedd Lluosog yn Ewrop cyn ac ar ôl yr Argyfwng. [Dyfarnwyd gwobr am y papur gorau a gyflwynwyd yng nghynhadledd FISS 2015 yn Hong Kong, Tsieina].

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

Editorial Board member - Journal of Comparative and International Social Policy
Associated Editorial Board Member $acirc; Sociological Research Online

Fellow - Higher Education Academy

Member - Social Policy Association

Referee for Journal of Social Policy; Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy; Sociological Research Online; Social Indicators Research; Journal of Institutional Economics; Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education; International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy; Cahiers de la Recherche sur l$acirc; Education et les Savoirs