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Professor Roy Sainsbury

BA (Hons) (Leeds); PhD (Edinburgh)

Director

 

Roy Sainsbury became the Director of SPRU in June 2014. He also leads the research group working on projects related to social security, employment and welfare.

 

Social Policy Research Interests

  • Welfare to work
  • Social security and the labour market
  • Sickness and disability benefits
  • Social security fraud
  • Administration and delivery of benefits - benefits simplification
  • Decision making and appeals

 

Current Welfare and Employment Research Projects

 

Social Policy Advisory Positions

  • Member, Department of Work and Pensions Ministerial Advisory Group on the Evaluation of Universal Credit
  • Treasurer, Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS)
  • Member, Advisory Panel on 'Intergenerational worklessness', Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • International Adviser, 'Social Regulaton in the Nordic Countries' project, Norwegian Social Research Institute, Oslo
  • External examiner, Stirling University
  • Member, White Rose Partnership on Welfare to Work for Claimants of Disability Benefits

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Roy Sainsbury's Publications

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2014

Work Programme Evaluation: the participant experience report, 2014
Meager, N., Newton, B., Sainsbury, R., Corden, A., Irvine, A., Department for Work and Pensions Research Report, No. 892.
Talking Universal Credit: in conversation with Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, 2014
Sainsbury, R., Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 22, 1, 37-44.
Universal Credit: the story so far ..., 2014
Sainsbury, R., Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 22, 1, 11-13.
Early Process Evaluation of New Claims for Personal Independence Payment, 2014
Sainsbury, R. and Corden, A., Department for Work and Pensions Research Report, No. 867.
2013

Assessment of the Implementation of the European Council Recommendations on Active Inclusion: A study of national policies: Country report: United Kingdom, 2013
Bradshaw, J., Bennett, F. and Sainsbury, R..
Jonathan Bradshaw on Social Policy: Selected writings 1972-2011, 2013
Cookson, R., Sainsbury, R. and Glendinning, C. (eds.), University of York.
'Am I not answering your questions properly?' Clarification, adequacy and responsiveness in semi-structured telephone and face-to-face interviews, 2013
Irvine, A., Drew, P. and Sainsbury, R., Qualitative Research, 13, 1, 87-106.
St Helena Social Welfare Review, 2013
Sainsbury, R. and Bradshaw, J., Social Policy Research Unit.
Self-employment, Tax Credits and the Move to Universal Credit, 2013
Sainsbury, R. and Corden, A., Department for Work and Pensions Research Report, No. 829.
Self-employment, tax credits and the move to Universal Credit, 2013
Sainsbury, R. and Corden, A., Department for Work and Pensions Research Summary, Department for Work and Pensions.
Putting personalisation into practice: work-focused interviews in JobCentre Plus, 2013
Toerien, M., Sainsbury, R., Drew, P. and Irvine, A., Journal of Social Policy , 42, 2, 309-327.
2012

Using verbatim quotations in writing up applied qualitative research, 2012
Corden, A. and Sainsbury, R., pp.356-358 in S. Becker, A. Bryman and H. Ferguson (eds.) Understanding Research for Social Policy and Social Work, 2nd ed., The Policy Press.
Bereavement Benefit for the 21st Century: Public consultation by the Department for Work and Pensions 2011-2012: Response to the consultation from the Social Policy Research Unit, at the University of York, 2012
Corden, A., Hirst, M. and Sainsbury, R., Social Policy Research Unit, 10 pages.
Evaluation of the Fit for Work Service Pilots: First year report, 2012
Hillage, J. (with others including Davidson, J., Irvine, A., Sainsbury, R. and Weston, K.), Department for Work and Pensions Research Report, no. 792.
Work Programme Evaluation: Findings from the first phase of qualitative research on programme delivery, 2012
Newton, B., Meager, N., Bertram, C., Corden, A., George, A., Lalani, M., Metcalf, H., Rolfe, H., Sainsbury, R., and Weston, K., Department for Work and Pensions Research Report, No. 821.
Work Programme evaluation: Findings from the first phase of qualitative research on programme delivery , 2012
Newton, B., Meager, N., Bertram, C., Corden, A., George, A., Lalani, M., Metcalf, H., Rolfe, H., Sainsbury, R., and Weston, K., Department for Work and Pensions Research Summary, Department for Work and Pensions.
Health, Work and Well-being: A study of the Co-ordinator and Challenge Fund initiatives, 2012
Sainsbury, R., Weston, K., Corden, A., Irvine, A. and Cusworth, L., Department for Work and Pensions Research Report, no. 811.
Health, Work and Well-being: A study of the Co-ordinator and Challenge Fund initiatives, 2012
Sainsbury, R., Weston, K., Corden, A., Irvine, A. and Cusworth, L., Department for Work and Pensions Research Summary, Department for Work and Pensions.
Work Programme Evaluation: Findings from the first phase of qualitative research on programme delivery: Research tools, 2012
[Newton, B., Meager, N., Bertram, C., Corden, A., George, A., Lalani, M., Metcalf, H., Rolfe, H., Sainsbury, R., and Weston, K.], Department for Work and Pensions, 69 pages.
2011

Should mandatory Jobseeker interviews be personalised? The politics of using conversation analysis to make effective practice recommendations, 2011
Toerien, M., Irvine, A., Drew, P. and Sainsbury, R., pp.140-160 in C. Antaki (ed.) Applied Conversation Analysis: Intervention and change in institutional talk, Palgrave Macmillan.
2010

Back to work? The journey towards sustained employment, 2010
Ben-Galim, D. and Sainsbury, R., pp.13-26 in C. McNeil (ed.) Now It's Personal? The new landscape of welfare-to-work, Institute for Public Policy Research.
The Impact of Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance: Findings from exploratory qualitative research, 2010
Corden, A., Sainsbury, R., Irvine, A. and Clarke, S., Department for Work and Pensions Research Report, No. 649.
The impact of Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance: Findings from exploratory qualitative research, 2010
Corden, A., Sainsbury, R., Irvine, A. and Clarke, S., Department for Work and Pensions Research Summary, Department for Work and Pensions.
A Study of Language and Communication Between Advisers and Claimants in Work Focused Interviews, 2010
Drew, P., Toerien, M., Irvine, A. and Sainsbury, R., Department for Work and Pensions Research Report, No. 633.
A study of language and communication between advisers and claimants in Work Focused Interviews, 2010
Drew, P., Toerien, M., Irvine, A. and Sainsbury, R., Department for Work and Pensions Research Summary, Department for Work and Pensions.
An Exploratory Comparison of the Interactions Between Advisers and Younger and Older Clients during Work Focused Interviews, 2010
Irvine, A., Sainsbury, R., Drew, P. and Toerien, M., Department for Work and Pensions Research Report, No. 634.
An exploratory comparison of the interactions between advisers and younger and older clients during Work Focused Interviews, 2010
Irvine, A., Sainsbury, R., Drew, P. and Toerien, M., Department for Work and Pensions Research Summary, Department for Work and Pensions.
Mode effects in qualitative interviews: a comparison of semi-structured face-to-face and telephone interviews using conversation analysis, 2010
Irvine, A., Drew, P. and Sainsbury, R., Research Works, 2010-03, Social Policy Research Unit.
21st Century Welfare - getting closer to radical benefit reform?, 2010
Sainsbury, R., Public Policy Research, 17, 2, 102-107.
Personalisation at the front line: looking within the work-focused interview, 2010
Sainsbury, R., pp.11-12 in D. Ben-Galim and A. Sachrajda (eds.) Now It's Personal: Learning from welfare-to-work approaches around the world, Institute for Public Policy Research.

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