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 (in Press)
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)
Bennett, H., Escobar O, Hill O’Connor C, Plotnikova E, Steiner A. (2021) Participation Requests: A Democratic Innovation to Unlock the Door of Public Services? Administration & Society. (Early online view)
Bennett, H., and Brunner, R. (2020) ‘Nurturing the Buffer Zone: Conducting collaborative action research in contemporary contexts’ Qualitative Research Journal (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.