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Martin Culliney

Dr Martin Culliney

Research Fellow


Martin Culliney joined the Sheffield Institute of Education in March 2016. He mainly supports contract research with quantitative research but also has significant experience from qualitative and mixed method studies. His substantive interests include employment, education, young people, rural labour markets and social capital and his academic work encompasses all of these areas.

  • About

    Martin gained his PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2013. His thesis compares the labour market prospects for young people in rural and urban areas of Britain. This was a mixed method study using primary data from fieldwork conducted throughout the West Midlands and longitudinal analysis of secondary data from the British Household Panel Survey.

    In Martin's previous role at the University of Lincoln he acted as the interim leader of the BA Sociology programme, was responsible for curriculum design and coordinated several undergraduate modules. He has taught extensively at both Lincoln and Birmingham, covering a wide range of topics in research methods and social theory.

    Martin has been lead author on reports for Defra and ACAS and contributed to evaluations of the Youth Contract, the Work Programme and Raising the Participation Age Phase 4. He has worked on projects commissioned by a variety of clients such as The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Calderdale District Council and The World Bank/Russian Finance Ministry and is currently involved in projects for the Education Endowment Foundation and Jigsaw.

  • Publications

    Culliney, M. (2016, forthcoming) 'Escaping the rural pay penalty: location, migration and the labour market' Work, Employment and Society

    Culliney, M. (2014) ‘The rural pay penalty: youth earnings and social capital in Britain’ Journal of Youth Studies Vol. 17 [2] pp148-165

    Culliney, M. (2014) ‘Going nowhere? Rural youth labour market opportunities and obstacles’ Journal of Poverty and Social Justice Vol. 22 [1] pp45-58

    Culliney, M., Haux, T. and McKay, S. (2014) Family structure and poverty in the UK: an evidence and policy review. Project Report. University of Lincoln, Lincoln.

    Culliney, M., Hillage, J. and Pollard, E. (2013) An assessment of the degree to which rural businesses access national mainstream employer skills and government business support programmes. Brighton: Institute for Employment Studies

    Culliney, M. and Broughton, A. (2013) Young people’s views and experiences on entering the workplace. London: ACAS

    Marangozov, R., Gloster, R., Williams, J., Culliney, M., Vila-Belda Montalt, J., Jacobsen, Y. and Casey, L. (2013) Supporting learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to access European Social Fund Priority 2 and 5 provision. Brighton: Institute for Employment Studies

    Selected conference presentations

    Culliney, M. (2016) ‘Internships in the UK: The Employers’ Perspective’ Social Policy Association Annual Conference, Aston University

    Culliney, M. (2015) 'Escaping the rural pay penalty: location, migration and the labour market' European Rural Sociological Society Annual Congress, Aberdeen

    Culliney, M. (2014) ‘Family Structure and Poverty in the UK’ Social Policy Association Annual Conference, University of Sheffield.

    Culliney, M. (2012) ‘Rural youth: labour market opportunities and outcomes’ European Sociological Association Youth and Generation Midterm Conference, Manresa, Spain

    Culliney, M. (2011) ‘Rural youth: opportunities and outcomes in education and employment’ Social Policy Association Annual Conference, University of Lincoln

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