Dr Andrea Wigfield
Director and Research Specialist, CIRCLE (Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities)
Telephone: 0114 222 6484 (external), 26484 (internal)
Room: Elmfield, B05
Andrea joined the University of Sheffield in October 2015 after working at the University of Leeds, where she was initially Deputy Director and then Director of CIRCLE, which (with founding Director, Professor Sue Yeandle), Andrea brought to Sheffield. Prior to working at the University of Leeds, Andrea was Director of an independent research company, the Policy Evaluation Group (2002-11).
Andrea has a track record of establishing strong networks in both academia and with external stakeholders in the public, private and voluntary sectors and have built a range of research partnerships. She has been directly awarded research funding of over £2 million as Principal Investigator, has published over 50 books, chapters, articles, and reports, and worked on approximately 70 externally funded projects. Alongside Dr Royce Turner, Andrea was responsible for developing a measurement framework for good relations for the Equality and Human Rights Commission between 2009 and 2010.
Andrea is a leading researcher on evidence based policy and practice, specialising in policy and programme evaluation relating to social exclusion and marginalised communities. She has worked extensively on contemporary challenges facing women, (including BME women), carers, and older people. Andrea is particularly interested in Good Relations and its significance across and within the equality strands, and in different urban and rural spaces. The key principles which guide Andrea's work are academically rigor, and evidence based research which is policy driven and leads to impact and change. Many aspects of Andrea's research focus on co-production involving all key partners in the research process, including the end users. Andrea specialises in making complex research findings accessible to a wide range of audiences.
Andrea has a wide range of teaching experience, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, primarily in social research methods, gender and applied sociology/social policy. She currently supervises level three undergraduate, Masters dissertation students, and offers a range of placement and internship opportunities.
Andrea welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students wishing to study topics in her specialist field.
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Publications since 2005
WIGFIELD, A., & Turner, R. (2016). Mr Cameron’s new language initiative for Muslim women: lessons in policy implementation. Political Quarterly, 87(3). doi:10.1111/1467-923X.12254
WIGFIELD. A., Wright, K., Burtney, E. and Buddery, D. (2013), Assisted Living Technology in Social Care: workforce development implications, Journal of Assistive Technologies, Vol 7. No 4: 204-218. Selected by the journal’s Editorial Team as the Outstanding Paper of 2013
WIGFIELD, A. and Turner, R. (2013), The development of the Good Relations Measurement Framework in Britain: a template for experiential social measurement’, Social Indicators Research, Vol.114, No.2:655-686.
Turner, R, and WIGFIELD, A. (2013) ‘Blackpool: a miner’s daughter reflects on her first visit in 1930’, North West Labour History, Vol 38;16-18.
WIGFIELD, A. and Turner, R. (2012), South Asian women and the labour market in the UK: attitudes, barriers, solutions’, Journal of Community Positive Practices, Vol. 4, pp. 642-667.
Yeandle, S. and WIGFIELD, A. (eds.) (2012) Training and Supporting Carers: national evaluation of ‘Caring with Confidence’, Leeds: CIRCLE, University of Leeds, pp. 98.
Yeandle, S. and WIGFIELD, A. (eds.) (2011), New Approaches to Supporting Carers’ Health and Well-being: evidence from the National Carers’ Strategy Demonstrator Sites programme, Leeds: CIRCLE, University of Leeds, pp. 135.
WIGFIELD, A. and Turner, R. (2010) Good Relations Measurement Framework, Equality and Human Rights Commission, http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/publication/research-report-60-good-relations-measurement-framework (report No. 60).