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Academic / Professional qualifications

DPhil (2007) University of Oxford: 'Work, care and social inclusion: lone motherhood under New Labour'

MSc Comparative Social Policy (2003) University of Oxford

MA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics (First Class) (2001) St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford

Research Interests

Research Interests:

  • employment support policy
  • labour market activation
  • quasi-market forms and effects
  • policy design and governance
  • Individual Placement and Support (IPS)
  • work and health
  • labour market precarity
  • socio-spatial inequality
  • comparative social policy
  • policy evaluation
  • small area estimation

Personal Statement

Professor Adam Whitworth is an expert in the design and analysis of employment support interventions to support people to move into, stay in and progress in employment. He has particular expertise in issues around work-health, Supported Employment and IPS in population groups beyond severe mental health, quasi-market forms and effects, local integration, and policy analysis. He has published over 50 peer reviewed articles, book chapters and policy reports.

An applied scholar by nature, his work combines theoretical and empirical analysis and relates to key priorities and challenges amongst policy stakeholders and programmes. He has supported the design and mobilisation of large scale employment interventions in central and regional government in the UK context, including the world's largest IPS trial. 

He serves on the Editorial Board of Social Policy & Administration and is a member of the Social Policy Association. Prior to joining Strathclyde in 2021 he worked at the Universities of Sheffield and Oxford. He holds an undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (First Class), MSc and DPhil in Comparative Social Policy all from the University of Oxford.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Work, care and social inclusion: lone motherhood under New Labour, University of Oxford

Award Date: 11 Jul 2007

Master in Science, Comparative Social Policy, University of Oxford

Award Date: 9 Sept 2003

Bachelor of Arts, Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), University of Oxford

Award Date: 12 Sept 2001


  • Employment policy; IPS; labour market activation; work-health; IPS; policy evaluation


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