School of Social and Political Science

Ewan Robertson

Job Title

PhD student


I am a doctoral researcher in the field of social policy at the University of Edinburgh.

My thesis compares the development of policies to support low wage earners and regulate low wage employment in the United Kingdom and France from the 1990s to the present, and the different dynamics which have driven policymaking in each setting.

As part of this doctoral project I spent six months as a Visiting PhD Student at the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics, Sciences Po Paris, September 2019 - February 2020. 

My research is informed by an interest in the changing economic and social structures of European and OECD countries, and how and why public policy addresses and regulates the resulting labour market risks and incentives experienced by working age people. 

I have a professional background in communications and policy analysis in economic development and regeneration, based at a number of non-governmental / third-sector organisations. 

I have also contributed to research on the use of data by urban regeneration policy-makers in Scotland, published in the journal Scottish Affairs. 

For more information about my academic and professional activities, you can visit my LinkedIn profile

Funding Awards 

Erasmus+ Grant  (award to support my stay as a Visiting PhD Student at the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics, SciencesPo Paris, September 2019 - February 2020). 

Grant Award to participate in the III PROMEBI Summer School, University of Oviedo, 3 - 7 September 2018.

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


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)


Findlay, A. Jackson, M., McInroy, N., Prentice, P., Robertson, E. & Sparks, L. (2018). Putting Towns on the Policy Map: Understanding Scottish Places (USP). Scottish Affairs, 27(3), 294-318.

Academic presentations

"Accounting for In-Work Benefit Reforms in the United Kingdom, 1990s – 2010s". Paper presented at the Council for European Studies Conference 2021 - Symposium on “Work and Welfare: Perspectives on Evolving & Emergent Income Support Policies for Low Income Workers”, 24th July 2021. 

Presentation to the Comparative Political Economy Seminar, University of Bergen, 16th November 2020. 

'Elites, Interests and Ideas: ‘Make Work Pay’ and the Politics of In-Work Benefit Expansion under New Labour 1997 - 2001'. Presentation for Social Policy Conference Symposium: ‘Pro-work, pro-business or pro-poor? Making sense of in-work benefits’. Durham University, 9th July 2019

'The Politics of Supplementing Wages'. Presentation at the III PROMEBI Summer School, University of Oviedo, 7 September 2018.

‘Accounting for the Implementation of In-Work Benefits’. Presentation at Comparing Apples with Pears early career academic workshop, 19 April 2018, MSSP & KU Leuven, Belgium.

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