We are a group of PhD students from the University of Bath and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) whose common research interests lie in aspects of money, security and social policy.

The team

Joan Abbas is a first year PhD candidate at the Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath. Her research, under the supervision of Professors Jane Millar and Nick Pearce, will explore the purported rise of ‘in-work benefits’, focusing on the extent, level and design of employment-conditional provisions across several OECD countries. Read more about her research here.

Eileen Alexander is in the third year of her PhD at the London School of Economics. Her research explores the significance of informal financial support among family members and friends on low incomes, and draws on a survey she conducted with 200 working age social housing tenants in 2014, and 50 in-depth follow-up interviews in 2016. Eileen is interested in using qualitative techniques that allow the participant to take control of the interview. Eileen is supervised by Professor Anne Power and Dr Kitty Stewart. Read more about her here.

Joe Chrisp started at the University of Bath as a PhD candidate in October 2016. His doctoral research, under the supervision of Professors Nick Pearce and Jane Millar, is on the politics of a universal basic income. This work will involve using comparative techniques to examine public attitudes to welfare and work, the strategies of political parties and the complexity of existing policy architectures in relation to basic income. Read more about his research here.

Kerris Cooper is a fourth year PhD student at the London School of Economics. Her research interests are in child poverty and she has worked on systematic reviews of whether money itself matters for children and adults’ outcomes which you can find here. Her PhD research examines the relationship between economic hardship and parenting behaviours in the UK, using the Millennium Cohort Study. Her supervisors are Dr Kitty Stewart and Professor Lucinda Platt and her PhD is funded by the ESRC. You can read more about her here.

Ellie Suh is in the second year of her PhD studies, supervised by Professor Sir John Hills (Department of Social Policy) and Professor Irini Moustaki (Department of Statistics). She successfully passed her PhD upgrade and is currently working on her first PhD paper – Understanding attitudes towards retirement saving among British adults in their 30s and 40s – using structural equation modelling. In the later part of her PhD, she plans to examine young British adults’ pathway to retirement saving through home ownership and financial products. Read more about her here.

Kate Summers is in the third year of her PhD at the London School of Economics. Her research asks how working age social security recipients think about and use their money, and involves qualitative depth interviews with social security recipients in East London. Kate is also currently working on a collaborative project with Katharina Hecht, comparing how ‘rich’ and ‘poor’ individuals experience and think about money. Kate is supervised by Professor John Hills and Professor Hartley Dean. Her doctoral research is funded by the ESRC. Read more about her here.

David Young is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Policy Research (University of Bath) where he is supervised by Professor Jane Millar and Dr Susan Harkness. He is a former welfare rights adviser and researcher and his doctoral research will focus on how low-income families understand and manage income variation and change. Read more about his research here.