Dr. Paul Sissons
Dr. Paul Sissons' research interests include labour markets, welfare reform, skills policy and local and regional economic development. His recent work has examined wage inequality in British cities, the links between economic and employment growth and poverty reduction, changing youth labour markets, the experiences of welfare reform for sickness benefit claimants and lone parents, and the relationship between employer demand for skills and low-wage work. This research has been supported by a range of funders including Central Government departments, local authorities, Third Sector organisations and grant funding organisations.
One of Dr. Sissons' key professional achievements is developing research insights which are policy relevant and communicating these to policy audiences. Examples include providing an invited response at the UK launch of the OECD Skills Strategy in 2012; presenting an expert paper on low-wage work to skills policymakers from Scotland; and, being an expert witness at a Scottish Government Inquiry into underemployment. His research has also been cited in a number of Government publications including the Black Review of Sickness Absence and Social Mobility: the next steps.
- Green, A., Lee, N., and Sissons, P. (2017) Growth Sectors: Data Analysis on Employment Change, Wages and Poverty. Public Cardiff: Policy Institute for Wales. Available from http://ppiw.org.uk/files/2017/02/Growth-Sectors.-Data-Analysis-on-Employment-Change-Wages-and-Poverty.pdf
- Lee, N., Sissons, P., and Jones, K. (2015) ‘The geography of wage inequality in British cities’. Regional Studies [in press]. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2015.1053859
- Houston, D., and Sissons, P. (2012) 'The changing geography of privately rented housing in England and Wales'. Urban Studies 49 (4), 795-819.
- Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Houston, D., Powell, R., and Sissons, P. (2009) 'A gendered theory of employment, unemployment, and sickness'. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 27 (6), 958-974.
- Sissons, P., and Barnes, H. (2013) 'Getting back to work? Claim trajectories and destinations of Employment Support Allowance claimants'. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice 21 (3), 233-246.
- Barnes, H., and Sissons, P. (2013) 'Redefining ‘fit for work’: welfare reform and the introduction of Employment Support Allowance in the UK'. In Disability benefits, welfare reform and employment policy. Ed. by Lindsey, C., and Houston, D. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 72-93
- Lee, N., Sissons, P., and Jones, K. (2013) Wage inequality and employment polarisation in British cities. Report published by The Work Foundation.
- Sissons, P. (2009) 'Welfare reform and recession: past labour market responses to job losses and the potential impact of Employment Support Allowance'. People, Place and Policy 3 (3), 171-182.
- Wright, J., and Sissons, P. (2012) The skills dilemma: Skills under-utilisation and low-wage work. Report published by The Work Foundation.
- Sissons, P., and Wainwright, D. (2013) 'Inequality and divergence'.in European Trade Unions Institute Benchmarking Working Europe ETUI. Ed. by Jagodzinski, R.57-78.
- Sissons, P. (2013) Low-wage workers. Report published by Skills Development Scotland.
- Sissons, P., Barnes, H., and Stevens, H. (2011) Routes onto Employment Support Allowance. Department for Work and Pensions Research Report 774.
- Jobs and Skills in the Leeds City Region: A Joseph Rowntree Foundation project in partnership with Leeds City Region on a programme of work focused on ‘More jobs, better jobs’ for the area.
- Harnessing growth sectors for poverty reduction: what works to reduce poverty through sustainable employment with opportunities for progression?
- Cities, growth and poverty: A Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded project investigating the links between growth and poverty reduction in British cities.
- Mobilizing Institutional Reform for Research and Innovation Systems (MIRRIS): An FP7 project informing Commission strategy in relation to engagement of the EU12 countries in key R&D programmes (Horizon 2020).
- Geography and gender: An ESRC funded project investigating the drivers of increasing sickness benefit claiming among women.
- Evaluation of the introduction of Employment Support Allowance: A Department for Work and Pensions funded evaluation of changes to the sickness benefits system.
- Local skills strategies and employer demand for skills: A Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded project examining the international evidence on employer demand for skills and low-wage workhttp://www.jrf.org.uk/work/workarea/future-labour-markets.
- Wage inequality in British cities: Research on wage inequality and employment polarisation in British cities and the drivers and impacts of these.
- Identifying the links between employment, pay and poverty: An evidence review of links between employment, pay and poverty and how policy can influence these.
- Analysis of worklessness in Newham: Research for Newham Council to develop an understanding of the nature of worklessness and barriers to work locally.
- Evaluation of Local Employment Partnerships: A Department for Work and Pensions funded evaluation of evaluation of Local Employment Partnerships, a new form of employer engagement.
- Impact of welfare reforms on lone parents: An analysis of experiences of lone parents returning to work funded by the Gingerbread charity.