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

I’ll be doing a 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 is 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. If interested, there’s an Eventbrite page …

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New Publication – ‘Work, welfare, and wellbeing: The impacts of welfare conditionality on people with mental health impairments in the UK’

A co-authored article with colleagues from the Welfare Conditionality project – Pete Dwyer, Lisa Scullion, Katy Jones, & Jenny McNeill – has been published in Social Policy & Administration. The article is open access so can be read without a university account. Abstract: The personal, economic, and social costs of mental ill health are increasingly acknowledged by many governments and international organisations. Simultaneously, in high‐income nations, the reach of welfare …

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