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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 2013 2016

Research Output 2009 2019

  • 68 Citations
  • 13 Article
  • 2 Commissioned report
  • 2 Other report
8 Downloads (Pure)

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
wage
worker
evidence
wage level
learning

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

devolution
decentralization
poverty
content analysis
innovation
House prices
Home ownership
Aspiration
Acceptance
Mortgage market
1 Citation (Scopus)
25 Downloads (Pure)

Linking the sectoral employment structure and household poverty in the United Kingdom

Sissons, P., Green, A. & Lee, N., 1 Dec 2018, In : Work, Employment and Society. 32, 6, p. 1078-1098 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
employment structure
poverty
labor market
underemployment
structural change
1 Citation (Scopus)
13 Downloads (Pure)

Low-pay sectors, earnings mobility and economic policy in the UK

Lee, N., Green, A. & Sissons, P., 1 Jul 2018, In : Policy & Politics. 46, 3, p. 347-369 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
economic policy
wage
Economic Policy
living standard
low wage

Activities 2014 2018

  • 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 (Panel Member)
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 (Speaker)
14 Nov 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference