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Del Fletcher

Professor Del Fletcher BSc (Hons) MSoc, Sc



Del Roy Fletcher is a professor of labour market studies at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. 

  • About

    His research interests include worklessness and labour market disadvantage, the impact of welfare reforms on disadvantaged groups, and evaluations of interventions that seek to improve the lives of people with multiple and complex needs (offending, homelessness, problematic substance/alcohol misuse and mental ill health). He was recently a co-investigator on a major ESRC study of the ethnicality and ethicacy of welfare conditionality.

    Del has directed several national evaluations of labour market pilot programmes including the Jobseekers Mandatory Activity, Working Neighbourhoods Pilot, and the New Deal Innovation Fund. He is currently directing the evaluation of the West Yorkshire Finding Independance Project which seeks to improve the way services are coordinated and delivered so that people experiencing multiple and complex needs are better able to manage their lives. Del was a commissioner of the Sheffield Fairness Commission and has authored 25 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals.

    Research interests

    • worklessness and labour market disadvantage
    • labour market policy and strategy
    • welfare reform and it's impact on disadvantaged groups
    • severe and multiple disadvantage
    • offender employment interventions
    • peer led support.
  • Research

    • Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research

    2014-2020 West Yorkshire Finding Independence Evaluation, Big Lottery Fund. Role: Director.

    2013-2018 Evaluation of Talent Match, Big Lottery Fund. Role: Member of research team.

    2013-2018 Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change. ESRC. Role: Co-Investigator.

  • Publications

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Del is currently director of studies for two PhDs. The topics currently supervised are

    • The experiences of vulnerable women at the intersection of the welfare and criminal justice system (student: Larissa Povery)
    • The use of emotional labour by the claimant unemployed to eschew undesirable activation and retain benefits (student: Jamie Redman)
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