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My research explores progression among low paid workers in the UK in the context of local labour markets. I plan to conduct analysis of panel data on the labour market trajectories of low paid workers, alongside information about the conditions of the local labour markets they live in, to find out to what extent the size, structure and density of the local labour market impacts on how well and how quickly workers are able to advance to better paid work. My project is supervised by Dr Paul Sissons and Professor Nigel Berkeley.
I have a BA in Sociology and Social Policy from the University of Stirling and an MA in International Social Transformation from the University of Leeds. Before starting this PhD I worked as an intern and programme assistant for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. I am interested in labour markets, especially issues affecting those at the lower end of the earnings distribution, and how these issues vary spatially across different types of labour markets, areas and regions. I am also interested in the link between low earnings and in-work poverty.
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