My research examines the design and delivery of social security, labour market programmes, and anti-poverty initiatives for the working-age population in the UK. I have an interest in policy-making, public administration, place-based approaches, multi-level governance, devolution, and regional inequalities. I predominately use qualitative methodologies and specialise in collaborative and participatory research approaches. I am a member of the Research Training Centre's qualitative research team.
With Elke Heins, I co-convene the Social Policy Association's 'Employment and Social Security' Policy Group . Follow us on twitter: @SpaEmploySocSec
- PhD Social Policy, University of Edinburgh (ESRC CASE studentship)
- MSc by Research in Social Policy, University of Edinburgh (ESRC CASE studentship)
- MA Local and Regional Economic Development, Aberystwyth University (IGES award)
- BA Human Geography (First class honours) Aberystwyth University (UWA scholarship)
- Course organiser & lecturer: Qualitative Research: Principles and Practicalities for Social Policy (UG Hons)
- Teaching contributions: Policy in Action (PG), Politics of the Welfare State (UG), Social Inequality and the Life Course (UG), Labour Market Policy in Europe (UG)
- Personal Tutor: MSc Public Policy; MA(Hons) Government, Policy and Society
I am currently accepting applications for PhD students interested in UK welfare state, unemployment and poverty (UK), low-income/precarious work, employment support/welfare-to-work/Active Labour Market Policies, local anti-poverty initiatives, UK social security (design and implementation), third sector, multi-level policy-making (poverty, welfare state), Scottish policy-making, policy implementation (eg street-level bureaucracy in welfare services), participatory methods to address poverty.
- Luke Ray Campbell (with Dr Jackie Gulland, Social Work). 'Communities of Resistance?: The Impact of and Responses to Post-2010 Austerity on Lone Parent Families in North Edinburgh'
Journal articles and book chapters (selected)
(see Edinburgh Research Explorer for a detailed list)
Bennett, H., and Brunner, R. (2022) 'Political and ethical dilemmas in multi-agency participatory research: the role of the buffer zone'. Methodological Innovations Journal (Early online view) Open Access.
Bennett, H., and Brunner, R. (2022) ‘Nurturing the Buffer Zone: Conducting collaborative action research in contemporary contexts’ Qualitative Research, 22(1), 74–92. (Accepted, online view 2020)
Bennett, H., Escobar, O., Hill O’Connor, C., Plotnikova, E., & Steiner, A. (2022). Participation Requests: A Democratic Innovation to Unlock the Door of Public Services? Administration & Society, 54(4), 605–628. (Accepted, online view 2021)
Bennett, H., and Jones, K (2022) Getting in, being heard, and influencing change: The labours of policy engagement in employment and social security research Social Policy Review, 34. Chapter 3.
Clegg, D., Bennett, H., Heins, E., and Eichhorn, J (2021) Leaving the old broken model behind? An alternative approach to work and welfare. IPPR Progressive Review (early online view)
Heins, E., and Bennett, H. (2018) ‘Retrenchment, conditionality, and flexibility- UK labour market policies in the era of austerity’ in Theodoropoulou, S. (ed) 2018, 'Labour reforms in the era of pervasive austerity: European perspective.’ Policy Press.
Bennett, H. (2017) Re-examining British Welfare-to-Work Contracting using a Transaction Cost Perspective. Journal of Social Policy, Vol 46, 1, 129-148
Heins, E., and Bennett, H. (2016) "Best of both worlds’? A comparison of third sector providers in health care and welfare-to-work markets in Britain." Social Policy and Administration, Vol 50, 1, 39–58.
Bennett, H. (2016) "Anti-poverty activities in a liberal welfare model: Local levers and multi-level tensions in Glasgow, UK" in Johansson, H., and Panican, A. Eds. Combating Poverty in Local Welfare Systems- Active Inclusion Strategies in European Cities. Palgrave
Angelin, A., Bennett, H., and Zielenska, M. (2016) "Provisions of relevance for lone mothers, long-term unemployed and working poor in five countries- are provisions multidimensional and integrated?" in Halvorsen, R. and Hvinden, B. Combating Poverty in Europe: Active Inclusion in a Multi-level and Multi-Actor context. Edward Elgar.