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Biography

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.

Research Interests

Skills policy; Labour markets; Welfare reform; Local and regional economic development

Vision Statement

My research has focused on contemporary and longer-term changes in labour markets, housing markets and welfare policy, and the implications of these for individual and household well-being as well as for different types of places. A central focus throughout my research is policy relevance and providing evidence which informs and/or challenges policy decision making. This includes an important body of work which critically examines recent changes to the sickness benefits system in the UK.

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Projects

Research Output

  • 76 Citations
  • 15 Article
  • 2 Commissioned report
  • 2 Other report
  • 1 Anthology or Edited Book

The local low-skills equilibrium: Moving from concept to policy utility

Sissons, P., 9 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Urban Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Changes in transitions from private renting to homeownership in the context of rapidly rising house prices

    Sissons, P. & Houston, D., 2019, In : Housing Studies. 34, 1, p. 49-65 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Do low-paid workers benefit from the urban escalator? Evidence from British cities

    Velthuis, S., Sissons, P. & Berkeley, N., Jun 2019, In : Urban Studies. 56, 8, p. 1664-1680 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
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    Inclusive growth in English cities: mainstreamed or sidelined?

    Sissons, P., Green, A. & Broughton, K., 4 Mar 2019, In : Regional Studies. 53, 3, p. 435-446 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Revival of a City: Coventry in a Globalising World

    Begley, J. (ed.), Donnelly, T. (ed.), Jarvis, D. (ed.) & Sissons, P. (ed.), 9 Aug 2019, Palgrave Macmillan. 292 p. (Palgrave Studies in Economic History)

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book

    Activities

    • 5 Participation in conference

    Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2018, Lugano, Switzerland

    Kevin Broughton (Contributor), Paul Sissons (Speaker), Anne Green (Contributor), Amir Qamar (Contributor)
    5 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2017

    Paul Sissons (Speaker), Kevin Broughton (Participant), Anne Green (Participant)
    5 Jul 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Understanding Society Insights 2015 launch

    Paul Sissons (Speaker)
    10 Dec 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Korea Labor Institute International Expert Seminar: New Approaches to Implementing Local Employment Strategies

    Paul Sissons (Speaker)
    14 Nov 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Korea Labor Institute International Expert Seminar: New Approaches to Implementing Local Employment Strategies

    Paul Sissons (Panel Member)
    14 Nov 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference