Dr Adam Whitworth
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Welfare-to-work reform and the Work Programme; lone parents and welfare reform; social and spatial inequality; conditionality, paternalism and well-being; crime; poverty, deprivation and exclusion; spatial statistics.
Adam's research is theoretically informed empirical analysis which seeks to inform policy and practice around issues of deprivation and inequality both across social groups as well as spatially between (typically small) geographies. His research falls into four main strands and further details about each of these, as well as a full list of publications, can be found via links to the right:
Adam teaches on a range of undergraduate modules around political and economic geographies as well as research design and statistical methods. He is keen to engage students in lectures with questions, discussions and examples from his own research so as to support students to be critically aware and empirically informed in thinking through the often simplified debates about the ongoing changes in the world as well as to see the role and relevance of research to policy and people. In his teaching of statistics and quantitative methods Adam uses clear examples, simple explanations and applied research examples to show both how useful numbers can be and that it's not nearly as hard as students might at first imagine!
Adam was one of three nominees for the Best Practice in Feedback award at the 2011 Sheffield Students' Union Academic Awards. These are awards run, nominated and given by students in recognition that good teaching has an enormous positive impact on student's learning experience.
Adam's input on undergraduate courses includes:
All staff also engage in personal supervision and tutoring of individual students at all three levels in the following modules:
At Masters level Adam teaches on the Social and Spatial Inequalities course and is involved in modules on Global Inequalities, Urban Inequalities, Core Quantitative Methods and Advanced Quantitative methods. These seminars are a relaxed, open environment for critically informed discussion where students are encouraged to question and deepen their understanding of the issues and evidence. Wherever appropriate Adam is keen to contextualise his teaching with his own research activities, whether in relation to social policy in post-Apartheid South Africa or statistical methods for policy evaluation or the practical measurement of deprivation and inequality.
Adam's specialist teaching on Masters courses includes:
Adam currently supervises the following doctoral research students and would be interested to hear from potential students across his key research interests:
Abigail Taylor: 'A comparison of child poverty between Lille and Sheffield'
Elle Carter: 'The geography of welfare to work policy - patterns of work and well-being in the UK'
Rebecca Holloway: ‘Understanding 16-17 year old student progression and retention across Sheffield’ (ESRC Collaborative PhD with Sheffield City Council – co-supervised with Prof Jeremy Higham, University of Leeds)
Adam is also responsible for the creation of the Doctoral Training Centre's 'Impact' module aimed as a training module for first year PhD students which will begin in the 2012/13 academic year.
Selected recent publications:
Whitworth, A (ed) Towards a Spatial Social Policy: Bridging the Gap Between Geography and Social Policy. Bristol: Policy Press
Whitworth, A (2018) 'Transforming employment support for individuals with health conditions?: 3Cs to the aid of the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper', Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
Whitworth, A (2018) 'Mainstreaming Effective Employment Support for Individuals with Health Conditions: An Analytical Framework for the Effective Design of Modified Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Models', Social Policy and Society, doi: 10.1017/S147474641800043X
Whitworth, A (2018) 'The economic case for well-considered investment in health-related employment support: Costs and savings of alternative modified Individual and Placement Support (IPS) models', Disability and Health Journal
Whitworth, A. and Carter, E. (2017) 'Rescaling employment support accountability: From negative national neoliberalism to positively integrated city-region ecosystems', Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
Whitworth, A (2016) 'Neoliberal paternalism and paradoxical subjects: Confusion and contradiction in UK activation policy', Critical Social Policy, 36(4), pp1-20
Carter, E and Whitworth, A (2015) 'Creaming and parking in quasi-marketized welfare-to-work schemes: designed out of or designed in to the UK Work Programme', Journal of Social Policy
Rees, J., Whitworth, A. and Carter, E (2014) Support for All in the UK Work Programme? Differential Payments, Same Old Problem. Social Policy & Administration, 48(2), 221-239