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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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Research Output 2009 2018

  • 35 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 11 Article
  • 1 Other report

Banking on lending: Data disclosure and geographies of UK personal lending markets

Henry, N., Pollard, J., Sissons, P., Ferreira, J. & Coombes, M. 1 Sep 2017 In : Environment and Planning A. 49, 9, p. 2046-2064

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

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

Sissons, P., Green, A. & Lee, N. 15 Sep 2017 In : Work, Employment and Society. (in press), p. (in press)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access
Labour market
Structural change

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

Lee, N., Green, A. & Sissons, P. 31 Oct 2017 In : Policy & Politics.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

low wage
Great Britain
living standard

More than a match? Assessing the HRM challenge of engaging employers to support retention and progression

Sissons, P. & Green, A. 21 Nov 2017 In : Human Resource Management Journal. 27, 4, p. 565–580

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

Activities 2014 2017

  • 4 Participation in conference

Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2017

Sissons, P. (Speaker), Broughton, K. (Participant), Anne Green (Participant)
5 Jul 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Understanding Society Insights 2015 launch

Sissons, P. (Speaker)
10 Dec 2015

Activity: Participation in conference