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Bruce Stafford

Professor of Public Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Bruce is a Professor of Public Policy at the School of Sociology and Social Policy. He has over 35 years experience of applied public and social research. Before joining the School in February 2006, he was a social and policy researcher in local government and at the Universities of Birmingham, Loughborough and Salford.

In recent years the majority of his research has been for government departments, notably the Department for Work and Pensions.

He has both qualitative and quantitative skills as well as extensive experience of leading research projects and consortia.

Professor Stafford has also been engaged in international comparative research on the coverage of social security, social activation and workfare.

ORCID: 0000-0001-9569-5500

Research Summary

Professor Stafford's research interests are policy evaluation and social security (notably, welfare to work, the delivery of welfare services and disability issues).

He has conducted several studies commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions, but he has also carried out research for the States of Jersey, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the European Commission and other sponsors. He has been involved with several employment-related research and evaluation studies. He led the international consortium evaluating the New Deal for Disabled People. In addition, he has undertaken a review of the factors affecting the employment retention of disabled people, research on employers' and service providers' responses to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and a review of the incapacity benefit system in the States of Jersey. Furthermore, he has undertaken research on the labour market experiences of young men, workfare, a wage supplement (Earnings Top-Up) and studies of the delivery of employment services to jobseekers.

Selected Publications

Past Research

Further details on Professor Stafford's past research can be found here on his web site.

  • STAFFORD, B, 2015. Why are the policies and organisations seeking to help disabled people access work failing?. In: CHRIS GROVER and LINDA PIGGOTT, eds., Disabled people, work and welfare: Is employment really the answer? Policy Press. 69-86
  • STAFFORD, B., 2012. Supporting moves into work: New Deal for Disabled People findings Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research. 14(2), 165-176
  • STAFFORD, B., ROBERTS, S. and DUFFY, D., 2012. Delivering employment services to vulnerable customers: a case study of the UK’s employment service Social Policy and Society. 11(4), 495-506
  • PERREN, K., ROBERTS, S., STAFFORD, B. and HIRSCH, D., 2012. Evaluation of the Implementation of the Equality Act 2010: Report 1 - Organisational Approaches to Equality Government Equalities Office.
  • PERREN, K., ROBERTS, S., STAFFORD, B., HIRSCH, D. and PADLEY, M., 2012. Evaluation of the Implementation of the Equality Act 2010: Report 2 - Awareness and Impact of the Equality Act Government Equalities Office.
  • PERREN, K., ROBERTS, S., STAFFORD, B., HIRSCH, D. and PADLEY, M., 2012. Evaluation of the Implementation of the Equality Act 2010: Report 3 - Disputes and Challenges Government Equalities Office.
  • DUFFY, D., ROBERTS, S. and STAFFORD, B., 2010. Accessing Jobcentre Plus Customer Services: A qualitative study Leeds: CDS.
  • STAFFORD, B., 2009. Service delivery and the user. In: MILLAR, J., ed., Understanding Social Security: Issues for policy and practice Bristol: Policy Press. 255-273
  • ROBERTS, S., STAFFORD, B., DUFFY, D., ROSS, J. and UNELL, J., 2009. Literature review on the impact of family breakdown on children: A report to the European Commission
  • STAFFORD, B., 2009. Research and Reform. In: BUCK, T., ed., The Social Fund Law and Practice 3rd ed.. London: Sweet and Maxwell. 247-293
  • STAFFORD, B. and ROBERTS, S., 2009. The impact of financial incentives in welfare systems on family structure Department for Work and Pensions.
  • WILLIAMS, B, COPESTAKE, P and EVERSLEY, J. AND STAFFORD, B., 2008. Experiences and Expectations of Disabled People: A research report for the Office for Disability Issues London: ODI and DWP.
  • STAFFORD, B. and KELLARD, K., 2007. Reforming the public sector: personalised activation services in the UK. In: VAN BERKEL, R. and VALKENBURG, B., eds., Making it personal: individualising activation services in the EU Bristol: Policy Press. 127-147
  • STAFFORD, B WITH OTHERS, 2007. New Deal for Disabled People: Third synthesis report - key findings from the evaluation Leeds: Corporate Document Services.
  • FOX, E. AND STAFFORD, B, 2007. Employment Retention Policy University of Nottingam.
  • STAFFORD, B, 2007. Review of the Changes to the Incapacity Benefit System States of Jersey St Helier, Jersey: Social Security Department.
  • LEGGE, K., HARTFREE, Y., STAFFORD, B.R., MAGADI, M., BECKHELLING, J., PREDELLI, L. and MIDDLETON, B., 2006. The Social Fund Current role and future direction York Publishing Services, York, UK.
  • STAFFORD, B. WITH ADELMAN, L, HILL, K, KELLARD, K, LEGGE, K, ASTON, J, BARKWORTH, R, DAVIS, S, WILLISON, R, ARCH, J, DILLON, L, KAZIMIRSKI, A, KEENAN, L, LEWIS, J, PIRES, C, SHAW, A and TA, 2006. New Deal for Disabled People: Second synthesis report - interim findings from the evaluation Leeds: CDS.
  • ROBERTS, S., IVALDI, A., MAGADI, M., PHUNG, V., STAFFORD, B.R., KELLY, G. and SAVAGE, B., 2006. The Public Sector and Equality for Disabled People Corporate Document Services, Leeds, UK.
  • STAFFORD, B, 2006. The influence of definitions of disabilities on the workplace. In: NEEDELS, K. AND SCHMITZ, R., ed., Economic and social costs and benefits to employers of retaining, recruiting and employing disabled people and/or people with health conditions or injury: A review of the evidence Leeds: CDS. 45-73
  • DAVIS, A and POUND, E. AND STAFFORD, B., 2006. New Deal for Disabled People Extensions: examining the role and operation of new Job Brokers Leeds: CDS.
  • LEGGE, K, MAGADI, M, PHUNG, V-H, STAFFORD, B, HALES, J, HAYLLAR, O and NEVILL, C. AND WOOD, M., 2006. New Deal for Disabled People: Survey of Registrants – report of Cohort 3 Leeds: CDS.
  • STAFFORD, B., 2005. New deal for disabled people: what's new about New Deal?. In: ROULSTONE, A. and BARNES, C., eds., Working futures?: disabled people, policy and social inclusion Bristol: Policy Press. 45-57
  • STAFFORD, B.R. and KELLARD, K., 2005. Op de persoonlijke toer: De ontwikkeling van activerend arbeidsmarktbeleid in het Verenigd Koninkrijk Tijdschrift Voor Arbeid en Participatie. 26(2/3), 165-189
  • ROBERTS, S.J., BECKHELLING, J., HILL, K.R., PHUNG, V., STAFFORD, B.R., STRATFORD, N. and ANDERSON, T., 2005. Receiving the LHA. Claimants' early experiences of the LHA in the nine pathfinder areas.
  • REYES, S, JAGGER, C, BEAMAN, P, GARCIA, C, MUNOZ, O and STAFFORD, B. AND NATIONAL GROUP OF RESEARCH ON AGEING, 2005. Healthy Life Expectancy in Mexico Disability and Rehabilitation. 27(5), 213-219 (In Press.)
  • STAFFORD, B.R. and KELLARD, K., 2005. Personilizzare: lo sviluppo di programmi attivi del mercato del lavoro nel Regno Unito La Rivista delle Politiche Sociali (Italian Journal of Social Policy). 165-189
  • KAZIMIRSKI, A., ADELMAN, L.P., ARCH, J., KEENAN, L., LEGGE, K.E., SHAW, A., STAFFORD, B.R., TAYLOR, R. and TIPPING, S., 2005. New Deal for Disabled People Evaluatio: Registrants' Survey - Merged Cohorts (Cohorts one & two, Waves one & two) Corporate Document Services, Leeds, UK.
  • ROBERTS, S., ASHWORTH, K. and STAFFORD, B.R., 2004. Assessing the Coverage Gap. A synopsis of the ISSA Initiative study Geneva: ISSA.
  • STAFFORD,B.R., ASHWORTH,K.R., DAVIS,A.A., HARTFREE,Y.F., HILL,K.R., KELLARD,K.V., LEGGE,K.E., MCDONALD,S., REYESDE-BEAMAN,S., ASHTON,J., ATKINSON,J., DAVIS,S., EVANS,C., LEWIS,J., O'REGAN,J., HARRIES,T., KAZIMIRSKI,A., PIRES,C., SHAW,A. and WOODWARD,C., 2004. New Deal for Disabled People (NDPP): First synthesis Report DWP,Sheffield..
  • ROBERTS, S and STAFFORD, B. AND ASHWORTH, K., 2004. Assessing the coverage gap: A summary of early findings from an ISSA Initiative study Geneva: ISSA.
  • ADELMAN, L.P., KAZIMIRSKI, A., LEGGE, K.E., MANGLA, J., PIRES, C., REYES DE BEAMAN, S., SHAW, A. and STAFFORD, B.R., 2004. New Deal for Disabled People: Survey of Registrants - Cohort-1 Waves 1 and 2 Leeds: CDS.
  • ROBERTS, S.J., HEAVER, C.P., HILL, K.R., RENNISON, J.H., STAFFORD, B.R., HOWART, N., KELLY, G., KRISHNAN, S., TAPP, P. and THOMAS, A., 2004. Disability in the Workplace:Employers' and service providers' responses to the Disability Discrimination Act in 2003 and preparation for 2004 changes. Leeds: CDS.
  • STAFFORD, B.R. and MIDDLETON, S., 2004. Managing policy researchers. In: Understanding Research for Social Policy Policy Press, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK. 339-341
  • MCDONALD, S., DAVIS, A.A. and STAFFORD, B.R., 2004. Report of the Survey of Job Brokers DWP.
  • ASHWORTH, K.R., HARTFREE, Y.F., KAZIMIRSKI, A., LEGGE, K.E., PIRES, C., REYES DE BEAMAN, S., SHAW, A. and STAFFORD, B.R., 2004. New Deal for Disabled People National Extension: First Wave of the First Cohort of the Survey of Registrants Sheffield: Department for Work and Pensions.
  • ROBERTS, S and ASHWORTH, K. AND STAFFORD, B., 2004. Assessing the Coverage Gap. A synopsis of the ISSA Initiative study Geneva: ISSA.
  • REYES, S and BEAMAN, P. AND STAFFORD, B., 2004. Health services for older people in England. In: ONOFRE MUÑOZ, ed., La salud del adulto mayor Cuernavaca, México: INSP.
  • STAFFORD, B.R., 2003. Beyond lone parents: extending welfare-to-work to disabled people and the young unemployed. In: WALKER, R. and WISEMAN, M., eds., The welfare we want? The British challenge for American reform Bristol: Policy Press, University of Bristol. 143-174
  • STAFFORD, B., 2003. Service delivery and the user. In: MILLAR, J., ed., Understanding social security: issues for policy and practice Bristol: Policy Press. 213-234
  • STAFFORD, B., 2003. In search of a welfare-to-work solution: the New Deal for Disabled People Benefits. 11(3), 181-186
  • STAFFORD, B., 2002. Being more certain about random assignment in social policy evaluations Social Policy and Society. 1(4), 275-284
  • LODEMEL,I. and STAFFORD,B.R., 2002. Social Integration through Obligations to Work? Social Trends Social Policy in Denmark. In: A European Perspectrive , Danish Council of Social Welfare and Centre for Alternative Social Analysis. Socialpolitish Forlag,Denmark.. 65-75
  • STAFFORD, B.R., GREENBERG, D. and DAVIS, A.A., 2002. A Literature Review of the use of Random Assignment Methodology in Evaluations of US Social Policy Programmes Department for Work and Pensions, London, UK.
  • STAFFORD, B.R., 2001. Analysing & Assessing the Family-Welfare Relationship.. In: Researching Family & Welfare from an International Comparative Perspective European Commission, Brussels, Belgium. 85 -86
  • HEAVER, C.P., ROBERTS, S., STAFFORD, B.R. and VINCENT, J., 2001. Earnings Top-Up Evaluation:Qualitative Evidence. Corporate Document Services, Leeds, UK.
  • VINCENT, J., HEAVER, C.P., ROBERTS, S. and STAFFORD, B.R., 2001. Earnings Top-Up: Staff views Department of Social Security, London, UK.
  • LOUMIDAS, J., STAFFORD, B.R., YOUNGS, R., GREEN, A., ARTHUR, S., LEGARD, R., LESSOF, C., LEWIS, J., WALKER, R.L., CORDEN, A. and SAINSBURY, R., 2001. Evaluation of New Deal for Disabled People Personal Advisor Service Pilot Corporate Document Services, Leeds, UK.
  • STAFFORD, B.R., 2001. The implementation of programmes - comparative findings from interviewswith participants & local organisers.. In: Welfare in Six European Nations Lodemel, Oslo, Norway. 57-68
  • STAFFORD, B.R., CORNWELL, E., SMITH, N. and TRICKEY, H.J., 2001. Executive Summary: UK. In: Welfare in Six European Nations Lodemel, Oslo, Norway. 51-56
  • LOUMIDIS, J., YOUNGS, R., LESSOF, C. and STAFFORD, B.R., 2001. New Deal for Disabled People: National Survey of Incapacity Benefit Claimants Corporate Document Services, Leeds, UK.

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