Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world


 

About

I’m a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy based at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR).

My teaching and research interests are social inequalities in the UK. My specialist areas of expertise are ethnicity and poverty studies.

I’m currently working with Dr Alexander Hensby on the problem of why, on average, some groups of students in higher education achieve marks that are lower than would be expected given their previous attainment. Recently we have been looking at the experiences of Black students and students who followed a Level 3 BTEC qualification. We expect to recommend practical measures that will improve the educational experience for all students.

I have published on ethnic minorities in the UK and I am co-editor of a major social policy textbook for Oxford University Press.

Career
I came to the University of Kent from the London School of Economics, where I did my PhD, titled “The Objectives and Outcomes of Means Testing under the British Welfare State”. It analysed the effectiveness of the policy of means testing welfare payments between the mid-1960s and the mid-1990s.

Before that I worked for Professor Holly Sutherland as a Junior Research Officer in the then Microsimulation Unit based at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Applied Economics.

Education
I have a PhD from the London School of Economics. My MSc is from Wolfson College, University of Oxford, and is in The Social History of Medicine. My BA is from Somerville College, University of Oxford, and is in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

 

Contact Information

Address

Room CNE 114
Cornwallis North East
University of Kent
Canterbury email
Kent CT2 7NF

Consultation/Office hours: please email me to arrange a mutually convenient time

The best way to contact me is by email, as this is checked more frequently than voicemails.

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Publications

Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Article
Mitton, L. (2011). The Languages of Black Africans in England. Journal of Intercultural Studies [Online] 32:151-172. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07256868.2011.547174.
Aspinall, P. and Mitton, L. (2008). Operationalising 'sexual orientation' in routine data collection and equality monitoring in the UK. Culture Health and Sexuality [Online] 10:57-72. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691050701664460.
Aspinall, P. and Mitton, L. (2008). 'Kinds of people' and equality monitoring in the UK. Policy and Politics [Online] 36:55-74. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/030557308783431661.
Mitton, L. (2007). Means-Tested Higher Education? The English University Bursary Mess. Journal of Further and Higher Education [Online] 31:373-383. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03098770701625753.
Aspinall, P. and Mitton, L. (2007). Are English local authorities' practices on housing and council tax benefit administration meeting race equality requirements? Critical Social Policy [Online] 27:381-414. Available at: http://csp.sagepub.com.chain.kent.ac.uk/content/27/3/381.full.pdf+html.
Mitton, L. and Hull, C. (2006). The Information, Advice and Guidance Needs of Older Workers. Social Policy and Society [Online] 5:541-550. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746406003241.
Book
Aspinall, P. and Mitton, L. (2011). The Migration History, Demography, & Socio-Economic Position of the Somali Community in Britain. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Book section
Brookes, N., Kendall, J. and Mitton, L. (2016). Birmingham, Priority to Economics, Social Innovation at the Margins. in: Brandsen, T. et al. eds. Social Innovations in the Urban Context. Springer, pp. 83-96. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-21551-8_5.
Brookes, N., Kendall, J. and Mitton, L. (2016). Birmingham: A "Locality Approach" to Combating Worklessness. in: Brandsen, T. et al. eds. Social Innovations in the Urban Context. Springer, pp. 257-263. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-21551-8_20.
Brookes, N., Kendall, J. and Mitton, L. (2015). Birmingham: The Youth Employment and Enterprise Rehearsal Project. in: Brandsen, T. et al. eds. Social Innovations in the Urban Context. Springer, pp. 251-255. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-21551-8_19.
Brookes, N., Kendall, J. and Mitton, L. (2014). United Kingdom: Dover. in: Evers, A., Ewert, B. and Brandsen, T. eds. Social Innovation for social cohesion: Transnational patterns and approaches from 20 European cities. WILCO, pp. 397-412. Available at: http://www.wilcoproject.eu/downloads/WILCO-project-eReader.pdf.
Brookes, N., Kendall, J. and Mitton, L. (2014). United Kingdom: Birmingham. in: Evers, A., Ewert, B. and Brandsen, T. eds. Social Innovation for social cohesion: Transnational patterns and approaches from 20 European cities. WILCO, pp. 381-395. Available at: http://www.wilcoproject.eu/downloads/WILCO-project-eReader.pdf.
Mitton, L. (2012). The Feminization of Poverty. in: Evans, M. and Williams, C. D. eds. Gender: The Key Concepts. London: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Mitton, L. and Liddiard, M. (2011). Social need and patterns of inequality. in: Baldock, J. C. et al. eds. Social Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available at: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199570843.do#.
Mitton, L. (2011). How to research and write about social policy. in: Baldock, J. C. et al. eds. Social Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available at: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199570843.do#.
Mitton, L. (2011). The history and development of social policy. in: Baldock, J. C. et al. eds. Social Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available at: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199570843.do#.
Mitton, L. and Aspinall, P. (2010). Black Africans in England: A Diversity of Integration Experiences. in: Stillwell, J. and Ham, M. van eds. Ethnicity and Integration. Springer, London, pp. 179-202. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-9103-1_9.
Mitton, L. (2009). The British Welfare System: Marketisation from Thatcher to New Labour (Chapter 28). in: Schubert, K., Hegelich, S. and Bazant, U. eds. The Handbook of European Welfare Systems. London: Taylor & Francis Ltd, pp. 478-494. Available at: http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9780415482752/.
Mitton, L. (2009). The British welfare system: Marketization from Thatcher to New Labour. in: Klaus Schubert, K., Hegelich, S. and Bazant, U. eds. The Handbook of European Welfare Systems. London: Taylor & Francis Ltd. Available at: http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9780415482752/.
Mitton, L. (2009). Work and Welfare (Chapter 10). in: Bochel, H. M. et al. eds. Social Policy: Themes, issues and debates. Pearson Education Ltd, pp. 210-234.
Taylor-Gooby, P. and Mitton, L. (2008). Much Noise, Little Progress: The UK Experience of Privatisation. in: Beland, D. and Gran, B. eds. Public and Private Social Policy: Health and Pension Policies in a New Era. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 147-168.
Mitton, L., Sutherland, H. and Weeks, M. (2000). Introduction. in: Mitton, L., Sutherland, H. and Weeks, M. eds. Microsimulation Modelling for Policy Analysis: Challenges and Innovations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-12.
Edited book
Baldock, J.C. et al. eds. (2011). Social Policy. [Online]. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available at: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199570843.do#.
Mitton, L., Sutherland, H. and Weeks, M. eds. (2000). Microsimulation Modelling for Policy Analysis: Challenges and Innovations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Research report (external)
Vickerstaff, S. et al. (2008). Encouraging labour market activity among 60-64 year olds. [Online]. Department for Work and Pensions. Available at: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2007-2008/rrep531.pdf.
Total publications in KAR: 25 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

Research interests

My research interests are in the field of social inequalities in the UK from a social policy perspective. My specialist areas of expertise are ethnicity and poverty studies. I have a particular interest in analysing very large-scale surveys, such as the Family Resources Survey and the Labour Force Survey.

Current

My ongoing research projects include:

  • Working with colleagues from several Schools and Professional Services departments on the University of Kent ‘OFFA Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Project’. We are piloting innovations in teaching and student support that will improve the educational experience at Kent for all students. Further information can be found on the Student Success Project website.
  • We presented a paper on our emerging findings at the 2015 British Sociological Association Conference. Further information can be found in the book of conference abstracts.

Past

My previous research includes work on:

  • Black Africans in the UK (funded by the ESRC)
  • Financial exclusion in the UK (funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation)
  • Social security benefit fraud (funded by the Department for Work and Pensions)
  • Welfare Innovations at the Local Level in Favour of Cohesion (funded by the EU)
  • The impact of the economic crisis on social exclusion processes in Europe (funded by the La Caxia Foundation)
  • Encouraging labour market participation among 50-64 years olds (funded by the Department for Work and Pensions)

Supervision

My current research students are:

  • Ada Cheung (with Dr Joy Zhang) - 'Community care for older people in Urban China'
  • Jellina Davies (with Dr Anne Logan) - 'Applying Behaviour Change Principles to Welfare Benefit Cap Regulation'
  • Emma Stait (with Professor Mike Calnan) - 'Cigarette smoking and socio-economic position - prevalence, patterns and explanations'
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Teaching

Current

I teach on the welfare state in Britain and on social inequalities.

Modules include:

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Contributions to the MA in International Social Policy and on Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods.

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Activity

Editorial

I am co-editor of the fourth edition of ‘Social Policy’, a major textbook from Oxford University Press. 

Social Policy bookcover

In 2013-14, I participated in the Aurora Programme from the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

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Telephone: +44(0)1227 823072 Fax: +44(0)1227 827005 or email us

SSPSSR, Faculty of Social Sciences, Cornwallis North East, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF

Last Updated: 08/09/2016