Dr Daniel Edmiston


I joined the School in March 2017 as a Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy. Prior to this, I worked for the Economic and Social Research Council, the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE and the University of Oxford. My research is academic and applied in nature, covering key areas of critical social policy, political science and economic sociology.


  • Admissions Tutor

Research interests

I am principally interested in the political economy of welfare, social citizenship and inequality. I have undertaken national and comparative research drawing on mixed-methods approaches to critically examine the distributional and discursive effects of social policy and welfare politics. I also have affiliated interests in welfare pluralism and public service reform across domestic and international contexts. My research interests currently include:

  • Sociology of poverty, inequality and social difference
  • Public attitudes, welfare politics and social citizenship
  • Comparative social policy and public service reform
  • The political economy of welfare
  • Social divisions of welfare over time
  • Welfare reform and activation policy
  • Distributional analysis of social security
  • Welfare pluralism, innovation and ‘public’ social services

I am currently collaborating on a workshop series funded by the UK Social Policy Association dedicated to “Remembering and Re-thinking the Social Divisions of Welfare: Implications for Intersectional Inequalities and Redistributive Justice”.

In close collaboration with Leeds Poverty Truth, I am also coordinating a new project that seeks to enhance opportunities for the civic representation and participation of marginalised citizens and to improve public understandings of welfare, poverty and inequality in the process. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the project will bring together a range of ‘poverty experts through experience’ and civil society stakeholders from across Leeds.

Through a series of events that capitalise on the expertise and experience of Leeds Poverty Truth and examine this alongside academic research, participants will co-produce a range of resources and materials. These will be used to amplify the voices and experiences of citizens living in poverty, build the capacity of Leeds Poverty Truth and provide recommendations to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for similar initiatives nationally going forward.

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  • Bsc Social Policy & Administration
  • Msc Social Policy (Research)
  • PhD Sociology and Social Policy

Professional memberships

  • UK Social Policy Association

Student education

At both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, I currently teach in specialist areas across social policy and sociology. For 2018/19, I am the module convenor for ‘SLSP1220 - Social Policy: Poor Laws to Present’ and ‘SLSP5355 - Inequalities: Exploring Causes, Consequences and Interventions’.

I would be glad to consider proposals from candidates interested in pursuing postgraduate research in an area that aligns with my own research interests. Please email me if you would like to explore this.

Current postgraduate researchers

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