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Professor Susan E HarknessBA, MA, PhD


Susan Harkness

Professor Susan E HarknessBA, MA, PhD


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External positions

Social Policy Topic Champion, Understanding Society, ISER, University of Essex

Visting Professor, London School of Economics

Research interests

Recent Grants

Government Equalities Office, “Occupational Downgrading after Childbirth,” July 2018-April 2019, £23k (Principal Investigator, with Co-Is Magda Borkowska and Selcuk Beduk, ISER).

Low Pay Commission, ‘The Living Wage, wage progression and wage differentials,’ April 2018- September 2019, £50k, Co-investigator, £50k, with Silvia Avram (ISER).

NORFACE Dynamics of Inequality Across the Lfecycle (DIAL), EQUALIVES, 2018-2021, Euros 1,430,000, Susan Harkness (Principal Investigator), with co-investigators Anette Fasang (Humboldt), Jani Erola (Turku), Mads Meier Jaeger (Copenhagen) and Thomas Leopold (Amsterdam).

ESRC  Seminar Series (2015-2018), Child Poverty and Social Mobility, 2014-2017, £30,000, Susan Harkness (Principal Investigator) with Lynn Prince Cooke, Paul Gregg, Lindsey Macmillan and Matt Dickson (CIs) and the Child Poverty and Social Mobility Commission.

ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative, 2013-2014, Changes in the Nature and Consequences of Lone Parenthood, Susan Harkness (Principal Investigator) & Paul Gregg, 2013-2014, £196,000.

Nuffield Foundation, £49k, 2013-2014, Partnership Dissolution and Formation, co-investigator with Mike Brewer, Principal Investigator, Essex.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, £10k, 2011, The Causes of Poverty, Susan Harkness (Principal Investigator) with Paul Gregg and Lindsey MacMillain (Bristol)

Nuffield Foundation, £96k, 2010-2011, Lone Parents, Depression and Work, Susan Harkness Principal Investigator. Work in collaboration with Martin Evans (Oxford) and Gingerbread.

ESRC Placement Fellowship, £33k 2009-2010, Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office.

OECD (2009-2010), The Future of Families to 2030 (lead author on Low-income Families and Social Cohesion), E30,000.

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Postal address:
School for Policy Studies
8 Priory Road
United Kingdom