Calum WebbCalum Webb staff profile 2018

Research Associate
University Teacher

BA (Hons)  MA (Dist.)

Telephone: 0114 222 6462 (internal 26462)
Room: B07


Calum joined the Department of Sociological Studies as a Research Associate in 2018 having previously held research posts both within the department and in the Department of Clinical Psychology in 2013-14. During his time as a Masters student and doctoral researcher he delivered teaching in quantitative methods and social research at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Prior to this, he worked as a project coordinator and research and project evaluation consultant in the third sector, and continues to volunteer supporting charities with data management, research and reporting.

His research is primarily about definitions and measurements of poverty and deprivation in the UK, and how poverty and metrics influence welfare design and delivery, particularly in social work. He has training in an array of advanced quantitative methods including multilevel modelling, structural equation modelling, cluster analysis, hierarchical spatial modelling, and longitudinal data analysis. He is a keen R user but is also trained in SPSS, Stata, Mplus, and other statistical software packages.

He has worked on projects that included developing an anti-poverty tool for evidence-based policymaking for local authorities; the Child Welfare Inequalities Project, where he was primarily responsible for analysing patterns in spending on children’s and young peoples’ services, as well as contributing to the quantitative aspects of a mixed methods case study design; and on the sector-led Care Crisis Review, analysing data from care experienced young people and adults, practitioners, and families, to investigate the causes behind increases in the rates of looked after children in the UK. Recently, he has been working as part of a Children’s Chances Crook Fellowship team; as a consultant methodologist on a project investigating supply and demand in children’s services; and, on coproducing an anti-poverty practice guide for social workers with the British Association of Social Workers.


Calum currently convenes:

  • SCS3031 How to Lie with Statistics
  • MGT6167 Multivariate Statistics for Occupational Psychologists

He also delivers teaching on:

  • SCS2000 Doing Quantitative Social Research
  • SCS6087 Introduction to Quantitative Research

Bywaters, P., Scourfield, J., Webb, C., Morris, K., Featherstone, B., Brady, G., Jones, C., Sparks, T. (2018) Paradoxical evidence on ethnic inequities in child welfare: Towards a research agenda. Children and Youth Services Review.

Trowler, I., supported by White, S., Webb, C., Leigh, J. T. (2018) Care Proceedings in England: The Case for Clear Blue Water. The University of Sheffield, Crook Public Service Fellowship.

Webb, C., Heneghan, M., Sehmar, P., Morris, K. (2018) Care Crisis Review: Professionals survey results. Family Rights Group.

Webb, C., Heneghan, M., Sehmar, P., Morris, K. (2018) Care Crisis Review: Care-experienced young people and adults survey results. Family Rights Group.

Webb, C., Heneghan, M., Sehmar, P., Morris, K. (2018) Care Crisis Review: Family survey results. Family Rights Group.

Sen, R., Morris, K., Burford, G., Featherstone, B., & Webb, C. (2018) 'When you're sitting in the room with two people one of whom... has bashed the hell out of the other': Possibilities and challenges in the use of FGCs and restorative approaches following domestic violence. Children and Youth Services Review.

Bywaters, P. & Webb, C. (2018) There is clear evidence that links deprivation, expenditure and quality in children's services. Community Care.

Webb, C. & Bywaters, P. (2018) Austerity, rationing and inequity: trends in children's & young peoples' services expenditure in England between 2010 and 2015. Local Government Studies.

Morris, K., Mason, W., Bywaters, P., Featherstone, B., Daniel, B., Brady, G., Bunting, L., Hooper, J., Mirza, N., Scourfield, J., Webb, C. (2018). Social work, poverty, and child welfare interventions. Child & Family Social Work

Mason, W., Mirza, N., & Webb, C. (2018) Using the Framework Method to Analyze Mixed-Methods Case Studies. SAGE Research Methods Cases

Bywaters, P., Brady, G., Bunting, L., Daniel, B., Featherstone, B., Jones, C., Morris, K., Scourfield, J., Sparks, T., Webb, C. (2017). Inequalities in English child protection practice under austerity: A universal challenge? Child & Family Social Work.

Bywaters, P., Webb, C., & Sparks, T. (2017). Ofsted ratings do reflect local authority deprivation and spending. Community Care.