Photo of Andrea Wigfield, October 2015Dr 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.

Funded Research Projects (since 2000)
Date Sponsor Details
2015-21 Leeds Older Peoples Forum Evaluation of Time To Shine – a programme to reduce social isolation amongst older people In Leeds
2015-16 Leeds City Council Evaluation of Chapletown Choice – a pilot DCLG initiative designed to deliver services differently
2014-15 Leeds City Council Social Isolation amongst Older People in Leeds: sense checking a social isolation Index
2014-15 Age UK Evaluation of the fit as a fiddle portfolio – designed to improve health and wellbeing amongst older people
2012-15 Carers UK Evaluation of Supporting Carers in General Practice - a programme developed by Carers UK, Carers Trust and RCGP to identify and support carers through General Practice and in primary care
2013-14 Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council Review of Doncaster’s Assistive Technology Services
2012-13 NHS North Lincolnshire Needs of Carers in North Lincolnshire: A Scoping Exercise
2011-14 National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Improving employment opportunities for carers: identifying and sharing good practice (with IES)
2012 Skills for Care Workforce Development for Assisted Living Technology– a national survey of social care staff and three local authority case studies
2009-10 Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Good Relations Measurement Framework (with Middlesex University).
2010 Metropolitan Support Trust How effectively are the needs and aspirations of new migrants integrated and informing Local Area Agreements in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire?
2008-9 Sheffield City Council Evaluation of Sheffield Multiple Heritage Service Parents’ and Carers’ Group
2009 Sheffield City Council Evaluation of LASOS
2009 Cafcass Private Law Consultation: “How It Looks To Me”
2009 Watford Football Club Community Sports and Education Trust Quality Assurance Manual
2008 Cafcass Health and Well-being Review: Experiences of Young People in Care
2008 Business Link and Inova Business Start-Ups through Mentoring
2008 Equalities and Human Rights Commission Equality Statistics in Practice at a Local Level (with Prof Yeandle)
2008 Burngreave New Deal for Communities Commissioning Framework for Community Development Work
2007-8 Learning and Skills Council Yorkshire and Humber Attitudes towards work amongst Pakistani and Bangladeshi women in West Yorkshire
2007 Consortium of South Yorkshire CVS Organisations Pioneer Areas Project: Final Evaluation
2007 Burngreave New Deal for Communities Evaluation of Burngreave Drug Project
2007 Local Government Yorkshire and Humber Evaluation of Employment Team
2005-6 Jobcentre Plus Ethnic Minority Women’s Employability Project
2006 Burngreave New Deal for Communities Evaluation of Community Engagement Team
2006 Swinton Community Partnership Swinton Community Partnership Mid-Term Evaluation
2005-6 Department for Work and Pensions Customer Service Standards and Accessibility: Literature Review
2005 Forge Community Partnership Forge Community Audit
2005 Objective One Worsbrough Community Consultation
2005 Sheffield City Council and the four Sheffield Primary Care Trusts Black and Minority Ethnic Older People’s Joint Service Initiative – Analysis and Evaluation of Current Strategies
2005 Tankersley Community Association (TCA) and Forge Community Partnership Business Plan for Tankersley Welfare Hall
2004 SYAC and Sheffield City Council Business Plan for SYAC Limited (South Yorkshire African-Caribbean Enterprise Centre)
2004 South Yorkshire Research and Intelligence Unit and Doncaster Learning Partnership Good Practice in Re-Engaging Doncaster Males in Learning
2004 Northern College Evaluation of Work-Life Balance in Partnership
2004 Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and Doncaster East PCT Housing Needs Analysis for Under 18 Year Olds with Children in Doncaster
2003-4 Swinton Community Partnership Swinton Community Consultation
2003-4 South Yorkshire Research and Intelligence Unit and Barnsley Learning Partnership Attitudes and Experiences of Employees in Barnsley’s Mechanical Engineering Sector
2003-4 LSC and ESF co-financing High Achieving Women
2002 Burngreave Community Action Trust Audit, Needs Assessment and a Capacity Building Strategy: Burngreave and New Deal for Communities and Surrounding Areas.
2002-3 Joseph Rowntree Foundation Carers and Employment: Line Manager perspectives, (with Prof Yeandle and with input from three other HEIs)
2001-2 Joseph Rowntree Foundation Organisations, Careers and Caring, (Co-Applicant with R. Crompton and J. Dennett)
2000-1 Joseph Rowntree Foundation Employers, Communities and Family-Friendly Employment Policies (with Prof Yeandle and Prof Crompton)


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.

Postgraduate supervision

Andrea welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students wishing to study topics in her specialist field.

Current PhD Supervision
Jenny Read, ‘The role of voluntary agencies in enabling carers to combine work and care for carers: a case study of the design, implementation and impact of the CReate project’, 2013 -2016 (joint supervision with Prof. Sue Yeandle), University of Leeds.

To find out more about our PhD programmes, go to:
Studying for a PhD in Sociology


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, (report No. 60).