Christina is a Professor of Applied Economic Geography in CRESR where she leads the centre's Data Analysis and Policy Team. She has over 25 years' of experience in undertaking applied policy and evidence based research. During that time she has managed many national research and evaluation projects utilising large scale data intensive and mixed method approaches to understand the spatial impacts of policy initiatives. She is especially interested in the intersection of welfare reform, labour market policy, housing policy and regeneration policy, and how this relates to the underpinning regional and local economic geography of Britain. Her work often highlights the uneven impact of policy decisions and how this can result in unintended consequences in different types of places across Britain.
Since joining CRESR in 1992, Christina has built a substantial body of work investigating the dynamics of labour market participation, economic inactivity and unemployment. Her work highlights the long-term trends in incapacity benefits, claimants' aspirations and barriers to work, and how this relates to older industrial Britain. She has developed techniques to estimate the extent of hidden unemployment amongst the workforce and the successful application of labour market accounting techniques utilising small area data. She has secured ESRC funding to apply these methods in relation to the British Coalfields, Britain's seaside towns, and male and female incapacity benefits claimants.
In recent years, her work has focused on estimating the cumulative impact, as well as individual elements, of welfare reform and its uneven impact on people and places. As well as many local studies, she has undertaken national studies funded by Scottish Parliament, the Financial Times, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Oxfam. Christina also led the quantitative strand of research on the three year evaluation of The Impact of the Changes to the Local Housing Allowance System of Housing Benefit for DWP. She previously led the data strand of the ten year evaluation of New Deal for Communities for CLG.
- economic geography
- labour market analysis
- the geography and nature of hidden unemployment
- the uneven impacts of 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
- Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies
2017-2018 The Contemporary Labour Market in Older Industrial Britain, HEIF/JRF.
2016 Profiling barriers to work for Work Programme cohorts, Working Links.
2016 The Impact on Scotland of the New Welfare Reforms, Scottish Parliament.
2015-16 The Uneven Impact of Welfare Reform, Oxfam / JRF / Sheffield Hallam.
2015 The Impact of Welfare Reform on the Scottish Labour Market, Scottish Parliament.
2015 Working Links Diagnostic Tool: An assessment, Working Links.
2014-2015 A framework of indicators for measuring inclusive growth, JRF.
2014-2015 HEIF Public Engagement in the Social Sciences and Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University.
2014-2015 The Cumulative Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland, Scottish Parliament.
2014-2015 Hungry Children and Young People in North Nottinghamshire, Nottinghamshire County Council.
2014 Benefit Sanctions and Homelessness, Crisis.
2014 The Impact of Welfare Reform on Sheffield, Sheffield City Council.
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.
- Bill Sargent Trust
- Blackpool Council
- Department for Communities and Local Government
- Department for Work and Pensions
- East Lindsey District Council
- Economic and Social Research Council
- Financial Times
- Office for the Deputy Prime Minister
BEATTY, Christina and FOTHERGILL, Stephen (2017). Welfare reform in the UK 2010-16: Expectations, outcomes and local impacts. Social Policy & Administration. (In Press)
BEATTY, Christina and FOTHERGILL, Steve (2017). The impact on welfare and public finances of job loss in industrial Britain. Regional Studies, Regional Science, 4 (1), 161-180.
BEATTY, Christina and FOTHERGILL, Stephen (2016). Jobs, Welfare and Austerity : how the destruction of industrial Britain casts a shadow over the present-day public finances. Project Report. Sheffield, Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University.
BEATTY, Christina and FOTHERGILL, Stephen (2016). The Impact on Scotland of the New Welfare Reforms. Project Report. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
BEATTY, Christina, CRISP, Richard and GORE, Tony (2016). An inclusive growth monitor for measuring the relationship between poverty and growth. Project Report. Sheffield, Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
BEATTY, Christina and FOTHERGILL, Stephen (2016). The uneven impact of welfare reform : the financial losses to places and people. Project Report. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
BEATTY, Christina (2016). Two become one : the integration of male and female labour markets in the English and Welsh coalfields. Regional Studies, 50 (5), 823-834.
MCCARTHY, Lindsey, BATTY, Elaine, BEATTY, Christina, CASEY, Rionach, FODEN, Michael and REEVE, Kesia (2015). Homeless people’s experiences of welfare conditionality and benefit sanctions. Project Report. London, Crisis.
DANSON, Mike, GALLOWAY, Laura, CABRAS, Ignazio and BEATTY, Christina (2015). Microbrewing and entrepreneurship : the origins, development and integration of real ale breweries in Britain. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (IJESB), 16 (2), 135-144.
BEATTY, Christina, COLE, Ian, GREEN, Stephen, KEMP, Peter, POWELL, Ryan and SANDERSON, Elizabeth (2014). Monitoring the impact of recent measures affecting Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowances in the private rented sector in Northern Ireland: Final Report. Project Report. Sheffield, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University.
BEATTY, Christina and FOTHERGILL, S (2014). The local and regional impact of the UK's welfare reforms. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 7 (1), 63-79.
BEATTY, Christina and FOTHERGILL, Stephen (2013). Hitting the poorest places hardest : the local and regional impact of welfare reform. Project Report. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
LAWLESS, Paul and BEATTY, Christina (2013). Exploring change in local regeneration areas : evidence from the New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Urban Studies, 50 (2), 942-958.
BEATTY, Christina, FODEN, Michael, LAWLESS, Paul and WILSON, Ian (2010). Area-based regeneration partnerships and the role of central government: the New Deal for Communities programme in England. Policy and Politics, 38 (2), 235-251.
BEATTY, Christina, FOTHERGILL, Steve, HOUSTON, D and POWELL, Ryan (2010). Bringing IB Numbers Down: To what extent do women need a different approach? Policy Studies, 31 (2), 143-162.
LAWLESS, Paul, FODEN, Michael, WILSON, Ian and BEATTY, Christina (2010). Understanding area-based regeneration: The New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Sage Urban Studies Abstracts, 47 (2), 257-275.
BEATTY, Christina, FOTHERGILL, Steve, HOUSTON, Donald and POWELL, Ryan (2010). Women on incapacity benefits : new survey evidence from the UK. In: KEMP, Peter, (ed.) Social protection for a post-industrial world. International studies on social security (15). Cambridge, Intersentia, 115-137.
BEATTY, Christina and COLE, Ian (2009). Stability, residential satisfaction and the dynamics of change. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 3 (2), 141-153.
BEATTY, Christina (2009). A gendered theory of employment, unemployment and sickness. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 27 (6), 958-974.
BEATTY, C., FOTHERGILL, S. and POWELL, R. (2007). Twenty years on: has the economy of the coalfields recovered? Environment and Planning A, 39 (7), 1654-1675.
BEATTY, C. and FOTHERGILL, S. (2005). The diversion from 'unemployment' to 'sickness' across British regions and districts. Regional studies, 39 (7), 837-854.
BEATTY, C. and FOTHERGILL, S. (2004). Economic change and the labour market in Britain's seaside town. Regional studies, 38 (5), 837-854.
ALCOCK, P., BEATTY, C., FOTHERGILL, S., MACMILLAN, R. and YEANDLE, S. (2003). Work to welfare: how men become detached from the labour market. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
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