Joel Halligan: “The impact of changes to welfare benefits on income, health, well-being and diet: a multi-method study in a disadvantaged community in Newcastle upon Tyne, England”

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  • Newcastle University
  • Sociology
  • j.halligan@newcastle.ac.uk

Description:

My research – a collaborative project with Newcastle City Council – is exploring how ongoing changes to the social security system in the UK (so-called ‘welfare reform) are affecting a small group of 19 working-age people who are in receipt of benefits. I am using a qualitative longitudinal methodology, interviewing people at two different times over the course of approximately 1 year, followed by a participant-drive photo elicitation (PDPE) sub-study. I will be exploring the ways in which these changes are experienced at the individual and household level, with a focus on health, wellbeing and food insecurity.