Upcoming workshop presentation: Mental health and punitive welfare conditionality

Tomorrow, Monday 1st June, at 1pm I’ll be presenting work in progress on a journal article, drawing on data from the Welfare Conditionality project to explore how punitive welfare conditionality is caustic to mental wellbeing. The presentation is part of the Urban Studies’ Monday Workshops at the University of Glasgow. Abstract: This workshop brings together the experiences of 144 people with mental health problems from the Welfare Conditionality project and …

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The Hypomanic-Depressive – This Weird Depression

After 19 years with near persistent mental illness, last month I was diagnosed as having bipolar II. A diagnosis the more I learn about the more I am discovering so many difficulties I’ve faced over the years are associated with it. The most gut-wrenching of which is the long time between illness onset and receiving a correct diagnosis. On average, it takes 10 years for someone to receive a bipolar …

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New Publication – ‘Punitive benefit sanctions, welfare conditionality, and the social abuse of unemployed people in Britain’

A co-authored article with colleagues from the Welfare Conditionality project – Sharon Wright and Del Roy Fletcher – has been published in Social Policy & Administration. The article is open access so can be read without a university account. Abstract: A defining feature of U.K. welfare reform since 2010 has been the concerted move towards greater compulsion and sanctioning, which has been interpreted by some social policy scholars as punitive and …

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Slides – Free and Open Source QDAS: You have nothing to lose but your licence fees!

Here are the slides from my seminar on why proprietary software is hindering innovation in qualitative analysis and using the design philosophy of PythiaQDA to illustrate the revolutionary potential of free software as an alternative. Basically, the seminar was an excuse for me to bring together some of my favourite topics – qualitative research, free software, Marxism, the horrors of NVivo, and my plans for PythiaQDA. The seminar is part …

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The Folds of Home: the experience of the Janus-faced home amongst formerly homeless young people in Scotland

After a long 5-year hiatus, I’m pleased to say I’m finally attending another Housing Studies Association conference. I’ll be presenting research on the experience of home amongst formerly homeless young people in Scotland, developing the metaphor of ‘the fold’ to show how large-scale societal processes were folded and compounded within the young people’s home-making practices. In particular, how being caught between the expansion of Scotland’s devolved rights-based housing system and …

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