Ceri Hughes

Ceri Hughes

PhD candidate

Department of Social Policy

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Key Expertise
Skills, Devolution, Poverty, Welfare, Work

About me

Research topic:

Command over time: time use decisions and constraints among working-age people in poverty

Ceri is interested in the interaction between social security and low-wage employment and the ways that social policies account for and influence the time use of working-age people on low incomes. For her PhD, Ceri is drawing on time use survey data as well as qualitative interview data to identify how people use their time and the impact of time use under conditions of constraint. She is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and is affiliated to the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the LSE.

In addition to her doctoral research, Ceri is also employed as a Research Associate at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit, at the University of Manchester where she writes on city-region devolution, inclusive labour markets and poverty reduction. Ceri holds an MSc in Social Science Research Methods from Cardiff University and a BA in English from the University of Oxford. She has worked at The Work Foundation and the New Policy Institute. Her previous research was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Trust for London, the Nuffield Foundation and the Scottish Government.


Research interests:
Social security, welfare reform, labour market participation and inequalities, poverty, devolution, skills and welfare-to-work policy, time-use research


Supervisors: Dr Tania Burchardt, Dr Amanda Sheely 

Expertise Details

Social security; welfare reform; labour market participation and inequalities; poverty; devolution; skills and welfare-to-work policy; time-use research