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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Ewan Robertson

Ewan Robertson
Ewan Robertson
Social Policy School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh Scotland, UK
Research Interests
United Kingdom, European Union, Social and Public Policy, Labour Market Policy, Economic Security, In-Work Benefits, Non-Standard Employment, Welfare Reform, Welfare States

PhD Title

The Provision of Economic Security for Wage Earners? Accounting for the Adoption of In-Work Benefits in European Countries



I am an ESRC-funded doctoral researcher in the field of social policy at the University of Edinburgh. 

My research examines the implementation of in-work benefits in European labour markets, and the causal mechanisms driving this reform trend. 

I am broadly interested in changing labour market structures in EU / OECD countries; how such processes impact welfare systems and the economic risks faced by working age individuals; and current policy trends interacting with, facilitating and mitigating individual labour market risks. 

I also have a professional background in journalism and communications, and experience of policy research, digital marketing, event organisation, project management, and community teaching and volunteering.


Academic Funding Awards 

Economic and Social Research Council +3 Award (funding award for PhD in Social Policy, University of Edinburgh, 2017 - 2020)

Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursary (tuition fee bursary for MSc in Policy Studies, University of Edinburgh, 2015 – 2017)

University of Aberdeen College of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Funding Award (tuition fee award for MLitt Latin American Studies, 2009 – 2010)


Academic Prizes 

MSc Policy Studies Prize for Best Performance (awarded for best academic performance in the MSc Policy Studies, class of 2017, University of Edinburgh)

Caithness Prize in History  (awarded for achieving the highest grade in the examinations for history honours, class of 2009, University of Aberdeen)


Academic Studies 

MSc Policy Studies, 2017, University of Edinburgh (Distinction)

MLitt Latin American Studies, 2010, University of Aberdeen (Distinction)  

MA History & International Relations, 2009, University of Aberdeen (1st Class Honours)