Before joining SSPSSR in 2014, Dr Haux was a lecturer at the University of Lincoln and a researcher at Queen’s University Belfast and Essex, where she worked on a range of comparative projects. Her PhD, from the University of Bath, focused on lone parents and welfare-to-work policies.
Dr Haux’s first employment was as a researcher in government working on tax credits. She then moved into the voluntary sector, where she worked on childcare and child contact policy for OneParentFamilies (now Gingerbread). Linking research to policy-making and –makers has remained one of the key aims of her work as an academic.
Dr Haux’s interests include lone parents, welfare-to-work policies, rights, needs and obligations of families/ family members, poverty, inequality and social justice, parenting, child contact post separation, and research influence and impact.
Dr Haux is currently working, with colleagues from the LSE and IoE, on the Nuffield Foundation funded project ‘Parenting and contact before and after separation’. The project examines the links between parental involvement prior to separation and contact patterns post-separation. Given the high levels of contact failure in the UK, gaining a better understanding of the links and (dis-)continuities between parenting in a relationship and contact thereafter, is equally important to parents, policy-makers and practitioners.
Dr Haux is also currently working on a book for Policy Press entitled ‘The 2nd generation of Social Policy Scholars’. It is based on interviews with the social policy academics who were the architects for the establishment of social policy as an academic subject, and who have either recently retired or are about to do so. With the current focus on impact, it seemed timely to speak to these scholars about their life and work.
At undergraduate level, Dr Haux teaches modules on social policy and social control, the future of the welfare state and qualitative research.
At postgraduate level, she teaches modules on family, parenting culture and parenting policy and key issues in comparative social policy.
She is currently supervising the following PhD students:
Research panel membership
Professional Affiliations/ Editorial Work
Dr Haux regularly reviews papers for a range of journals such as the Journal of European Social Policy, the Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy and Social Policy & Administration.
• Think Kent lecture video on lone parents and welfare to work (YouTube)