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Professor Christina Beatty

Job title: 
Professor of Applied Economic Geography, BSc, MPhil

Phone 0114 225 2928
E-mail c.beatty@shu.ac.uk

Christina is a Professor of Applied Economic Geography in CRESR and is the co-ordinator of the data analysis and policy team. She has extensive experience of working on large scale data intensive research projects especially in the field of economic geography, the analysis of labour markets and understanding the changing nature of male and female participation in the workforce. She's particularly interested in the geographic impact of welfare reform and how policy decisions impact on different types of places.

Whilst at CRESR she has built a substantial body of work with Stephen Fothergill concerning the changing dynamics of the economic inactivity and unemployment especially in relation to the growth in incapacity benefit claimants, estimating hidden unemployment and utilising labour market accounting techniques. This work has included a number of large scale Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grants looking at these phenomena in a variety of contexts including the coalfields, rural areas and seaside towns.

Research interests

Christina's research interests include

  • economic geography
  • labour market analysis
  • the geography and nature of hidden unemployment
  • welfare reform
  • incapacity benefits
  • the design and analysis of surveys
  • creating bespoke geographies
  • analysis of large scale secondary and administrative datasets
  • small area estimation techniques 

Selected research projects

Please contact me for further details about these research projects and for summaries of the findings.

2014 Seaside Towns in the Age of Austerity, British Destinations/Welsh Government/BACTA.

2014 The Local Impact of Welfare Reform in Wales, Industrial Communities Alliance for Wales.

2014 The Local Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland, Scottish Parliament.

2013 The Impact of Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action.

2013 The Local and Regional Impact of Welfare Reform, Financial Times, Scottish Parliament and Sheffield Hallam University.

2013 The Impact of Welfare Reform in Hampshire, Bill Sargent Trust.

2013 Addressing the Needs of Incapacity Claimants, Imagine Resilience, Sheffield Hallam University.

2011-2013 Monitoring the impact of the changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of Housing Benefit in Great Britain, DWP, CLG, The Scottish Government, Welsh Government.

2011-2013 Monitoring the impact of the changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of Housing Benefit in Northern Ireland, Department for Social Development.

Selected reports (2001 onwards)

Please contact me for further details about these research projects and for summaries of the findings.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2014) The impact of welfare reform on communities and households in Sheffield. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University. 

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2014) The impact of welfare reform in the Valleys. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C., Forthergill, S. and Gore, T. (2014) Seaside Towns in the Age of Austerity. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C., Cole, I., Foden, M. and Powell, R. (2014) The impact of recent reforms to Local Housing Allowances: Differences by place. London: DWP.

Beatty, C., Cole, I., Foden, M. and Kemp, P.A. (2014) The impact of changes to the Local Housing Allowance in the private rented sector. London: DWP.

Cole, I., Beatty, C., Powell, R. and Sanderson, E. (2014) Monitoring the impact of recent measures affecting Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowances in the private rented sector: the response of landlords. London: DWP.

Beatty, C., Cole, I., Powell, R., Kemp, P., Brewer, M., Browne, J., Emmerson, C., Hood, A. and Joyce, R. (2014) The impact of recent reforms to Local Housing Allowances: Summary of key findings. London: DWP.

Beatty, C., Cole, I., Powell, R., Kemp, P., Brewer, M., Emmerson, C., Hood A. and Joyce, R. (2014) DWP Research Summary - Monitoring the impact of changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of Housing Benefit: final reports. London: DWP.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2014) The local impact of Welfare Reform. Edinburgh: Scottish Parliament.

Beatty, C., Cole, I., Green, S., Kemp, P., Powell, R. and Sanderson, E. (2014) Monitoring the impact of recent measures affecting Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowances in the private rented sector in Northern Ireland: Final Report.  London: Department for Work and Pensions.

Beatty, C., Gore, T., Powell, R. and Sanderson, E. (2013) The impact of welfare reform in Hampshire. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C., Duncan, K., Fothergill, S. and McLean, S. (2013) The Role of Health Interventions in Reducing Incapacity Claimant Numbers. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2013) The Impact of Welfare Reform on Northern Ireland. Belfast: NICVA.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2013) Hitting the Poorest Places Hardest: The local and regional impact of welfare reform. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2013) The Impact of Welfare Reform on Scotland. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S. and Gore, T. (2012) The real level of unemployment 2012.  Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C., Cole, I., Kemp, P., Marshall, B., Powell, R. and Wilson, I. (2012) Monitoring the impact of the changes to the Local Housing Allowance system of housing benefit: Summary of early findings. London: Department of Work and Pensions.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2011) Incapacity Benefit Reform - the local, regional and national impact. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S. and Powell, R. with Scott, S. (2011) The Caravan Communities of the Lincolnshire Coast. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2011) Tackling Worklessness in Wales. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C., Gore, T. and Powell, R. (2011) The Impact of Welfare Reform and Public Sector Spending Reductions on Low Income Households in Hampshire. Portsmouth: The Bill Sargent Trust.

Beatty, C., Gore, T. and Powell, R. (2011) The Impact of Welfare Reform and Public Sector Spending Reductions on Low Income Households in Hampshire: Summary and Key Findings. Portsmouth: The Bill Sargent Trust. 

Beatty, C., Fothergill S. and Wilson, I. (2011) England’s smaller seaside towns: A benchmarking study. London: Department of Communities and Local Government.

Beatty, C., Gore, T. and Powell, R. (2010) Participation of Women in the Labour Market in Leicester. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Gore, T. and Powell, R. (2010) Tackling worklessness in Britain's weaker local economies.  Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Gore, T. and Wilson, I. (2010) The Seaside Tourist Industry in England and Wales - Employment, economic output, location and trends. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Houston, D., Powell, R. and Sissons, P. (2009) Women on Incapacity Benefits. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Beatty, C., Foden, M., Grimsley, M., Lawless, P. and Wilson, I. (2009) Four years of change? Understanding the experiences of the 2002-2006 New Deal for Communities Panel Main Report.  London: Communities and Local Government.

Beatty, C., Crisp, R., Foden, M., Lawless, P. and Wilson, I. (2009) Understanding and Tackling Worklessness Volume 2: Neighbourhood Level Problems, Interventions, and Outcomes.  London: Communities and Local Government.

Beatty, C., Foden, M., Lawless, P., Pearson, S. and Wilson, I. (2009) Transformational change? A synthesis of new evidence 2008-09London: Communities and Local Government. 

Beatty, C., Crisp, R., Foden, M., Lawless, P. and Wilson, I. (2009) Understanding and tackling worklessness: lessons and policy implications. London: Communities and Local Government.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S. and Powell R. (2008) Women on Incapacity Benefits: New Survey Evidence. Sheffield: CRESR.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Gore, T. and Powell, R. (2007) Barrow's Incapacity Claimants. Sheffield: CRESR.

Beatty, C., Cole, I., Grimsley, M., Hickman, P. and Wilson, I. (2005) Housing and the Physical Environment: Will residents stay and reap the benefits? National Evaluation of New Deal for Communities, Neighbourhood Renewal Unit (NRU) / ODPM.

Beatty, C., Grimsley, M., Lawless, P., Manning, J. and Wilson, I. (2005) Fear of Crime in NDC areas: How do perceptions relate to reality? National Evaluation of New Deal for Communities, NRU/ODPM.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2004) Labour Market Flows And The Demand For Social Housing'. Sector Study Report. London, Housing Corporation.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2004) The Demand For Social Housing In Seaside Towns. Sector Study Report. London, Housing Corporation.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2004) Hidden Unemployment And Its Relevance To Labour Market Policy In The East Midlands. Nottingham, East Midlands Development Agency.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Gore, T. and Green, A. (2002) The Real Level of Unemployment 2002. Sheffield, CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Academic publications

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2014) The local and regional impact of the UK's welfare reforms. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 7, pp. 63-79.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S. and Houston, D. (2013) The Impact of the UK’s Incapacity Benefit Reforms, In: Houston, D. and Lindsay, C. (eds) Disability Benefits and Employment Policy: Fit for Work, Fit for Purpose? Palgrave Macmillan.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2013) Disability Benefits in the UK: An Issue of Health or Jobs?In: Houston, D. and Lindsay, C. (eds) Disability Benefits and Employment Policy: Fit for Work, Fit for Purpose? Palgrave Macmillan.

Lawless, P. and Beatty, C. (2012) Exploring Change in Local Regeneration Areas: Evidence from the New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Urban Studies, first published on September 4, 2012. DOI: 10.1177/0042098012458005.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2012) The Changing Profile of Incapacity Claimants, In: Vickerstaff, S., Phillipson, C. and Wilkie, R. (eds.) Work, Health and Wellbeing. Bristol: The Policy Press.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2011) The prospects for worklessness in Britain's weaker local economies. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 4 (3) pp. 401-417.

Beatty, C. Fothergill, S., Houston, D. and Powell, R. (2010) Bringing Incapacity Benefit numbers down: to what extent do women need a different approach? Policy Studies, 31 (2), pp. 143-162.

Beatty, C., Foden, M., Lawless, P. and Wilson, I. (2010) Area based regeneration partnerships and the role of central government: The New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Policy and Politics, 38 (2), pp. 235-51.

Lawless, P., Foden, M., Wilson, I. and Beatty, C. (2010) Understanding area based regeneration: the New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Urban Studies, 47 (2), pp. 257-275.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Houston, D. and Powell, R. (2010) Women on Incapacity Benefits: New survey evidence from the UK, In: Kemp, P. (ed) Social Protection for a Post-industrial World. Oxford: Intersentia.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S., Houston, D., Powell, R. and Sissons, P. (2009) A gendered theory of employment, unemployment and sickness. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 27 (6), pp. 958-974.

Beatty, C. and Cole, I. (2009) Stability, Residential Satisfaction and the Dynamics of Change: Evidence from the New Deal for Communities Evaluation. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 3 (2), pp. 141-153.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S. and Powell, R. (2007) Twenty years on: has the economy of the UK coalfields recovered? Environment and Planning A, 39 (7), pp. 1654-75.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2007) Moving older people into jobs: Incapacity Benefit, Labour's reforms and the job shortfall in the UK regions, In: Lorretto, W., Vickerstaff, S. and White, P. (eds.) The Future for Older Workers: New Perspectives.  Bristol: The Policy Press.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2007) Changes in the profile of men claiming Incapacity Benefit - a case study. People Place and Policy Online, 1 (3), pp. 136-148.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2005) The diversion from ‘unemployment’ to ‘sickness’ across British regions and districts.  Regional Studies, 39 (7), pp. 837-854.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2004) Economic change and the labour market in Britain’s seaside towns. Regional Studies, 38 (5), pp. 461-480.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2004) Unemployment in Britain: What are the Real Numbers? Socialist Renewal: The Social Europe We Need, 4 (3), pp. 105-135.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (2002) Hidden unemployment among men: a case study. Regional Studies, 36 (8), pp. 811-824.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S. and Macmillan, R. (2000) A Theory of Employment, Unemployment and Sickness. Regional Studies, 34 (7), pp. 617-630.

Goodchild, B. and Beatty, C. (2000) Assessing the Procurement Practices of Housing Associations: A Case Study of New Build in Scotland. Journal of Construction Procurement, 6 (1), pp. 20-32.

Beatty, C. (2000) Labour Market Detachment Amongst Men in Yorkshire and Humberside. The Regional Review, 10 (1), pp. 18-20.

Beatty, C., Fothergill, S. and Lawless, P. (1997) Geographical variation in the labour-market adjustment process: the UK coalfields 1981-91. Environment and Planning A, 29, pp. 2041-2060.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (1998) Registered and Hidden Unemployment in the UK Coalfields, In: Lawless, P., Martin, R. and Hardy, S. (eds.) Unemployment and Social Exclusion: Landscapes of Labour Inequality. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers and The Regional Studies Association.

Beatty, C. and Haywood, R.(1997) Changes in travel behaviour in the English Passenger Transport Executives' areas 1981-1991. Journal of Transport Geography, 5 (1), pp. 61-72.

Beatty, C. and Fothergill, S. (1996) Labour market adjustment in areas of chronic industrial decline: the case of the UK coalfields. Regional Studies, 30, pp. 627-640. 

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