The Current Research Register

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Baumberg Geiger, BenRe-thinking Incapacity: Evidence-based perspectives on work, benefits and disabilityActiveDecember 2017ESRCUniversity of Kent (Partner: Demos)Examines the Work Capability Assessment, which assesses eligibility for the main out-of-work disability benefit, Employment and Support Allowance, and considers how seven other countries assess incapacity. Finds several lessons for the UK and recommends steps towards a new incapacity assessment.
Behrens, RobPublic Trust and the Ombudsman: A study of the key elements of public trust from the perspective of an ombudsman practitionerActiveDecember 2017The European Network of Ombudsmen in Higher Educationn/aWhat are the key elements of public trust? What role do independence and transparency play in generating or sustaining public trust? What does ‘active trust’ and ‘trustworthy behaviour’ look like concretely?
Bennett, ClaireWomen’s Asylum Appeals ProjectActiveAugust 2016Nuffield FoundationNational Centre for Social ResearchInvestigates how women’s asylum cases are dealt with on appeal, whether current guidance is followed and what support is available to women – focusing especially on those which are subsequently overturned at appeal.
Byrne, SeamusOther Children, Other Voices: Education and Exclusion and the Duty to Progressively Realise Children’s RightsActiveSeptember 2018University of LiverpoolUniversity of LiverpoolExamines the concept of ‘progressive realisation’ of children’s rights. In the examination of this concept, the researcher adopts the phenomenon of school exclusions in England as a case study.
Craven, RichardThe protection of workers on government contractsActiveApril 2017British Academy; LeverhulmeUniversity of LeicesterAn empirical study of labour policies in local government procurement.
Creutzfeldt, Naomi and Gill, ChrisResearch into access to justice for vulnerable and energy-poor consumers in the European energy marketActiveSeptember 2017 and August 2020ESRCUniversity of Westminster; Queen Margaret UniversityIs alternative dispute resolution (ADR) resulting in more accessible justice? This project will address this question and, specifically, examine whether ADR provides access to justice for vulnerable consumers in the European energy market.
Dagilyte, Egle; Greenfields, Margaret; Partner NGOs: Roma Support Group (London) and Derby Roma Community Care Access to welfare benefits for EU/EEA Roma migrants in the UK after the 2014 benefit reformsActiveNovember 2015-2017 (currently writing up)Seed-funding from SLSA small grant and Bucks New UniversityAnglia Ruskin and Bucks New UniversityExploring (qualitative methods) Roma family experiences of impact of welfare benefit changes on household circumstances; migration intention and ‘knock-on’ effects re engagement in safeguarding procedures resulting from destitution. Considering level of cultural knowledge of welfare benefits staff; stereotypes impacting on service delivery.
Doyle, MargaretChildren's and Young People's Participation in SEN Decision-making and Dispute ResolutionActiveOct 2017 - July 2018ESRC Impact Fund and Garden Court ChambersUniversity of Essex/UKAJIDecisions made by local authorities on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision for children and young people reflect many aspects of concern in administrative justice – the quality of initial decision-making, accountability of public bodies, and mechanisms by which people can challenge and appeal such decisions. This knowledge exchange project explores participation in mediation of SEND disputes. To what extent are children and young people participating in decision-making in mediation to resolve disputes about their support for special educational needs and disabilities? How can mediation processes and practices be adapted to enable children and young people to participate meaningfully in mediation of SEND disputes?
Driessens C, Smith P, Crepaz-Keay D, Kingdon D, Pilgrim D, Kendrick TThe effect of Community Mental Health Services in EnglandActiveMay 2017 - May 2020Nuffield FoundationUniversity of SouthamptonExplore whether administrative data sources can provide reliable longitudinal data to study the real world experiences of community mental health (CMH) service users in England.
Elkington, Ossian LeoExamining the dissatisfaction responses of HE students in England following first-tier and second-tier complaint outcomesActiveSeptember 2016–2022Queen Margaret UniversityQueen Margaret Universitypersist through the OIA’s internal and external review procedures and others do not. Within consumer behaviour literature, the dissatisfaction responses of HE students following a first-tier complaint and the factors influencing these responses has remained largely unexplored. This study will therefore examine how the assessments and attitudes of higher education students, following the completion of a first-tier complaint (i.e. a university complaint), influence their dissatisfaction responses. This study will contribute to procedural justice literature by examining the relationship between assessments of procedural justice in the OIA’s complaints scheme and the dissatisfaction responses of higher education students.
Fennell, PhilPersonal Welfare Disputes in the Court of ProtectionActiveSeptember 2016Nuffield FoundationCardiff Law School, Cardiff UniversityAims to provide an overview of the typical welfare work of the Court of Protection (COP); observe COP hearings and compare its processes with tribunals; interview COP and tribunal litigants for their perspectives on policy concerns; use surveys and focus groups to seek practitioner views on policy concerns and proposals for changes.
Fitzpatrick, CiaraSocial Control and the Contemporary Social Security System 2010-2015ActiveOctober 2017PhD funding (Department of Education and Learning, Northern Ireland)Ulster UniversityThe research aims to investigate social control in the contemporary social security system in Britain, through an in-depth analysis of the growth of the doctrine of conditionality in legislation and policy and will specifically focus on the implications for unemployed claimants.
Garthwaite, KayleighLocal Health Inequalities in an Age of Austerity: The Stockton-on-Tees StudyActiveLeverhulmeDurham UniversityEffects of austerity and welfare reform on health inequalities. Part of a five-year project investigating local health inequalities in an age of austerity in Stockton on Tees, England.
Gill, ChrisAdministrative Justice and the Control of Bureaucratic Decision-MakingActiveUniversity of Glasgow PhD ScholarshipPhD - University of Glasgow. School of LawExplores the idea that courts, tribunals, and ombuds schemes (collectively, redress mechanisms) exercise both ex post and ex ante control over bureaucratic decision-makers.
Greenfields, Margaret et alRoma Families and Social Work/Youth Offending EngagementActiveAutumn 2014-2017Seed-funding from Bucks New University and ‘in kind’ resource support for interviews/transcription from University of Manchester (MigROM project) and University of DerbyBucks New UniversityExploring (qualitative methods) Roma family experiences of engagement in safeguarding procedures and youth justice proceedings; approach to/attitudes engaging with local authority social services departments and YOT.
Hood C, McLean I, Johnson PHistory of the United Kingdom's Planning and Control of Public ExpenditureActiveApril 2017 - April 2020Nuffield FoundationAll Souls College Oxford, Nuffield College Oxford, Institute for Fiscal StudiesAims to describe and assess the operation of public expenditure control in the UK between 1993-2015 by looking at the statistical record of UK spending plans and outturns and documents relating to the design and efficacy of different spending control regimes in operation.
Irvine, CharlieMediation and Justice: An Empirical InvestigationActiveAugust 2020University bursaryPhD, Queen Margaret UniversityConsiders the alleged gap between mediation and justice. The empirical element will involve examining outcomes for those taking small claims whose cases are mediated and those who continue to a Proof hearing.
Kirkham, RichardScrutinising the Legitimacy of the Ombudsman Sector (5 current projects)ActiveVariousUniversity of Sheffield School of Law1) The impact of judicial scrutiny of ombudsman decision-making 2) the regulatory framework introduced under the ADR Directive 3) The transposition and growth of ombudsman model in Jamaica 4) The limitations of the ombudsman model, using Thailand as a case study, with Jiraporn Sudhankitra 5) Organising a global collection of empirical studies on the public services ombudsman institution with Marc Hertogh
Kirton-Darling, EdThe Social Welfare Inquest: Death, Accountability and Administrative JusticeActiveNovember-2015 (ongoing)Self funded (building on ESRC funded PhD scholarship)Kent Law SchoolMy research investigates the role of the inquest as part of administrative justice, with particular focus on the ‘social welfare inquest’.
Landman, ToddThe Rights TrackActiveSeptember 2018Nuffield Foundation in first year, ESRC for second year.University of NottinghamThis project will establish a free website resource of twelve podcasts on systematic social science research on human rights. the final episode of series II, 03.10.17, with Heidi Beirich at the Southern Poverty Law Centre, and then we have secured an additional year of funding to do a series on anti-slavery scholarship and advocacy
Lee, Robert and Tkacukova, TatianaLitigants in Person in Birmingham Civil Justice Centre: Access to Legal Information and AdviceActiveJanuary–November 2016Supported by Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research, University of BirminghamBirmingham Law School, Birmingham City Universityoperation, a mixed methods study to explore the experience of LiPs, both prior to litigation and at the hearing stage, and in particular the difficulties they encounter with legal discourse.
Marshall, EmmaExtending access to ‘Exceptional Case Funding’ (ECF) applications for legal aid in the context of clinical legal educationActiveSeptember 2017 – March 2018The South West Doctoral Training Partnership/ Economic and Social Research CouncilUniversity of Exeterassesses the role that university legal clinics have in supporting individuals to access ‘Exceptional Case Funding’ (ECF) applications areas of legal aid that would otherwise be out-of-scope.
McBurnie, GavinAn Investigation into the Impact of Health Ombudsman Schemes on the Delivery of Healthcare – an International ComparisonActiveSeptember 2020Fee waiver/SelfQueen Margaret UniversityThere is increasing academic interest in ombudsmanry but little empirical research on how health ombudsmen deliver their statutory obligations or strategic aims to improve services. This research aims to examine the means by which health ombudsmen attempt to achieve their objectives and how these means are received by health bodies.
McGregor, Lorna; Sunkin, MauriceHuman Rights, Big Data, and TechnologyActiveESRCUniversity of Essex, Human Rights CentreDrawing on the wide range of expertise of its interdisciplinary researchers and partner organisations, the project considers whether fundamental human rights concepts and approaches need to be adapted to meet the rapidly evolving technological landscape.
McKeever, Grainne; Allamby, Les; McCord, JohnThe Impact of Litigants in Person on the Northern Ireland Court SystemActiveApril 2016 - April 2018Nuffield FoundationUlster University and Northern Ireland Human Rights CommissionResearch to better understand the characteristics of the population of Litigants in Person (LiPs) as they progress through the courts in Northern Ireland, and by designing and evaluating a specific initiative that would address their needs
McVie S et alAnalysing Multi-Dimensional and Multi-Scale Inequalities in Scottish SocietyActiveOct 2017 - Sept 2020ESRCUniversity of EdinburghExploring the causes and consequences of social inequalities in Scottish society in multiple forms and at different levels both spatially and socially
Morris, Kate; Churchill, HarrietExploring the dissemination of lessons from research to the JudiciaryActiveNovember 2017Nuffield FoundationUniversity of Sheffield Dept of Sociological StudiesIdentify and document existing arrangements and mechanisms for disseminating research to the judiciary; producing a guide on dissemination opportunities
Mullen, Tom; Gill, Chris, Vivian, NialScotland’s Model Complaint Handling Procedures: Exploring Recent Developments and the Usefulness of Complaints Data for Administrative Justice ResearchActive1 February 2017 – 31 August 2017UKAJI/ Nuffield FoundationUniversity of Glasgow; Queen Margaret Universityscale exploratory case study research into Scotland’s newly simplified complaints handling and reporting landscape
O’Brien, CharlotteRealising EU welfare rights: administrative gatekeeping and the accessibility of EU lawActiveApril 2016ESRCYork Law School, University of YorkInvestigates how easy it is to use the rights granted by EU law in the UK, to test how well EU citizenship rights work in practice, and to test the values of social and administrative justice in EU law. In collaboration with Ripon Citizens Advice Bureau, the Principal Investigator (PI) will set up a specialist advice and advocacy service on EU welfare claims.
Richards Z, Hertogh MThrough the Eyes of Bureaucrats: Legal Consciousness and Administrative JusticeActive2019N/AKeele University & Groningen University, Netherlandsa compilation of international studies from reputable socio-legal scholars, which consider the relationships between public officials’ attitudes towards law and administrative justice goals
Sargeant, ChristopherHolding persons to account for their actions in respect of a death in prison custodyActiveJune 2017AHRCPhD – Cambridge University Law SchoolExamines whether those existing accountability mechanisms are effective and to consider how they can be improved. Scrutinises the way effectiveness of a complex accountability framework is assessed in the existing research.
Stuckler, DavidSocial Welfare and Public Health: Analysing Quasi-natural Experiments from the 2007 RecessionActiveWellcome TrustBocconi UniversityDoes investing in social protection improve public health? Which social protection programmes, if any, have a significant effect? The project seeks to understand how social protection programmes affect public health and which specific investments are the most effective.
Thomas, Robert and Tomlinson, JoeJudicial Review in ImmigrationActiveOct 2017-Jan 2019Nuffield FoundationUniversity of Manchester and University of SheffieldHow is the system of immigration judicial review operating in practice? The 16,000 immigration judicial reviews lodged each year are pushing at the limit of what the judicial system can cope with. However, policy-makers lack a detailed understanding of this area of litigation
UCC Child Law ClinicChild-friendly Public ServicesActiveFirst phase completedChildren’s CommissionerUniv College Cork, Ireland – Child Law ClinicDesigned to advance the promotion and protection of children’s rights in the administrative actions and decision-making processes of public bodies and to improve children’s access to public services.
Watkins, DawnLaw in Children’s LivesActive2014-2017ESRC and The Legal Education FoundationUniversity of LeicesterSeeks to investigate and explore children’s understanding of law in the context of their everyday lives. An unusual and pioneering feature of this study has been the creation and use of a digital game as a means of gathering research data from 634 children aged 8-11 years, from 8 primary schools in Leicester and Leicestershire
Webster, DavidA Critical Analysis of the Use of Disallowances and Sanctions in the UK Unemployment Benefit SystemActivenot applicableUniversity of GlasgowAims to provide a comprehensive critical re-evaluation of the use of disallowances and sanctions in unemployment benefits. The objective is to find out what the disallowance/sanction system has done in quantitative terms and to relate this to changing labour market conditions, to establish whether stated rationales survive scrutiny of outcomes. on the 1930's data at present 5.10.17
Welbourne, Penelope; Bates, PhilipParents who lack capacity in public law proceedingsActiveAugust 2016Nuffield FoundationPlymouth UniversityAims to explore the feasibility of carrying out an in-depth study that would look at the way courts and key professionals manage conflicting pressures in cases where parents lack capacity in care proceedings, and identify how these parents can be best supported while meeting other priorities, such as those relating to child welfare proceedings.
Yeandle S et alSustainable Care: connecting people and systemsActive2017-2021ESRCUniversity of Sheffield Explore how care arrangements, currently 'in crisis' in parts of the UK can be made sustainable and deliver wellbeing outcomes, to advance understanding of sources of economic and social sustainability in care!/file/Overview-Sustainable-Care-research-programme-2.pdf
Agapiou, Andrew; Clark, BryanConstruction clients and mediation: a follow-up study of attitudes and experiencesCompletedJuly 2012Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Research TrustStrathclyde UniversityTo fill a gap in the literature and chart Scottish construction participants’ awareness, attitudes and experiences relative to mediation.
Ahmed, MasoodAn Investigation Into The Nature and Role of Non-settled ADR in the English Civil Justice systemCompletedDecember 2016University of LeicesterUniversity of LeicesterExplores what is meant by 'successful' ADR be published in the International Journal of Procedural Law later this year
Boyron, SophieMaking mediation a viable alternative to judicial reviewCompletedOctober 2016ESRCUniversity of Birmingham Law SchoolExplores the challenges and scope for embedding the practice of mediation in judicial review and public law litigation.
Cortes, PabloIncentives for Effective Consumer Redress in the EUCompletedSeptember 2016Nuffield FoundationUniversity of LeicesterEvaluating main consumer ADR schemes in Italy, Spain and the UK in sociolegal context with particular reference to new European legislation, ODR and best practice for processing complaints online
Creutzfeldt, NaomiTrusting the middle-man: Impact and Legitimacy of Ombudsmen in EuropeCompletedSeptember 2016ESRC FRL SchemeUniversity of Oxford, Socio-Legal Studies CentreCompares levels of perceived procedural fairness and trust in ombudsman systems in France, Germany and the United Kingdom
Cullen, Mairi Ann, Professor Geoff Lindsay, Dr Gavan Conlon, Dr Stephen Cullen, Dr Ioanna Bakopoulou, Dr Vasiliki TotsikaReview of Arrangements for Disagreement Resolution (SEND)CompletedMarch 2017Department for EducationWarwick UniversityTo support Ministerial commitments to conduct a review of the disagreement resolution arrangements and to conduct a pilot to test the expansion of the powers of the First-Tier Tribunal (SEND) to make non-binding recommendation on health and social care aspects of EHC plans.
Daly, StephenAdministrative Rule-making in Tax LawCompletedFebruary 2017University of Oxford; professional bodyUniversity of OxfordExamines administrative rule-making in tax law
Gill, Chris and Creutzfeldt, NaomiThe ‘ombuds watchers’: dissatisfaction, collective dissent, and legal protest amongst users of public services ombudsCompleted2014-2017Oxford University's ESRC Impact Acceleration AccountUniversity of Westminster and Queen Margaret UniversityExamines activist consumer groups who have set up online protest groups to highlight concerns about the operation of ombudsman schemes and campaign for change
Gill, Nick; Burridge, AndrewFair and Consistent? Are asylum appeal hearings the same wherever they are heard?CompletedJuly 2016ESRCUniversity of ExeterProcedural consistency in asylum appeals
Gulland, JackieConstructing incapacity for work: conditionality in sickness benefits since 1911CompletedDecember 2015Leverhulme Trust Early Career FellowshipUniversity of EdinburghThe history of incapacity benefits in the UK from 1911 until the present day. Set firmly in the context of the current debate on welfare reform, the project has sought to uncover the hidden conditionalities attached to claims for incapacity benefits across the twentieth century since the first sickness benefit scheme in 1911.
Hambly, JessicaAdvocacy and adjudication in asylum tribunalsCompletedMay 2017ESRC Scholarship (PhD)University of Bristol. School of LawA socio-legal, empirical study of advocacy and decision-making in asylum tribunals, bringing together and developing existing work on asylum law and policy with literature on identity, advocacy and judging.
Le Sueur, AndrewAdministrative Justice in JerseyCompletedSeptember 2017States of Jersey/Jersey Law CommissionJersey Law Commission/School of Law, University of EssexThe project is examining the work of the various tribunals set up by Jersey Laws, the role of the Royal Court in hearing statutory appeals and applications for judicial review, and the work of the States of Jersey Complaints Board. ready in October - 5.10.17
Leith, Philip; Dickson, B; Morison, J; Wheeler, S; Lynch, MRewarding Merit in Judicial Appointments?CompletedNorthern Ireland Legal Services Commission (no profile links)Queen's University BelfastExplores how the idea of “merit” as a governing factor in judicial appointment is seen as working in practiceand aims to develop an understanding of how gender is perceived to operate in the appointments process and how barriers to recruiting women can be further broken down.
May, CharlotteMediation in the Court of ProtectionCompletedJanuary 2017Self-fundedSpecialist mediator and local authority solicitor specialising in adult social careExamines the use of mediation in the Court of Protection, how often it is used, examples of mediated cases, timing, risks and benefits and obstacles to mediation in CoP cases.
McGregor, Lorna; Shipman, Shirley; and Murray, RachelThe Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Providing Access to JusticeCompletedJune 2016Nuffield FoundationUniversity of EssexThis project will examine the roles that National Human Rights Institutions in Europe do, and should, play in dispute resolution.
McKeever, GrainneModeling legal participation: from tribunals to courtsCompletedMay 2016British Academy/LeverhulmeUlster UniversityThe research investigates whether it is possible to measure empirically the legal participation of individual litigants in court processes. The objective is to establish comparative differences between courts and tribunals, to identify the participative value to litigants of legal support and to identify alternative indicators of participation for court litigants.
Morrison, AlanMapping the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Landscape in ScotlandCompletedNovember 2015STAJACThe Scottish Tribunals and Administrative Justice Advisory Committee (STAJAC)Mapping the administrative justice and tribunals landscape in Scotland. The reportsets out all the public bodies (both devolved and reserved) which take administrative justice decisions within each subject area in Scotland.
Sigamany, IndraniA Critical Examination of Forest Rights Legislation, Indigenous Access to Justice, and Land ExpropriationCompletedAugust 2016Self-fundedCentre for Applied Human Rights, York Law School, University of YorkTo examine the internal land displacement debate within a normative framework, and critically examine the effects of national legislation on the lives of mobile indigenous people. I explore the impact of the Forest Rights Act (2006) of India, on the lives of a specific pastoral community in northern India.
Simpson, MarkSocial citizenship in the devolutionary state: the case of lone parents in Northern IrelandCompletedDecember 2016PhDPhD, University of UlsterSeeks to establish the standard of living identified by the state as the minimum acceptable for citizens in 2015 through legislation and international agreements. It then interrogates the extent to which this model of social citizenship is within the reach of all citizens by examining the circumstances of lone parents.
Skelcher, ChrisShrinking the state: reforming arm's length bodies in an age of austerityCompletedJanuary 2016ESRCUniversity of Birmingham, INLOGOVTrack the implementation of the Coalition Government's reform and compare this with developments internationally. It will consider the legal, constitutional and administrative issues involved, but also the broader politics involved in reshaping and shrinking the state Report Link -
Threipland, CharlotteA Place To Call Home – A Report into the Standard of Accommodation provided to Children in Need in LondonCompletedDecember 2015Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young MigrantsHackney Migrant Centre and Hackney Community Law CentreThe standard of accommodation provided to children “in need” under section 17 Children Act 1989. Intended impact is to support strategic litigation against local authorities with respect to sub-standard accommodation provided under section 17 of Children Act 1989.
Tkacukova, Tatiana Access to Justice and Communication Challenges for Litigants in PersonCompletedJuly 1905Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development; Centre for Forensic Linguistics, Aston UniversitySchool of English, Birmingham City UniversityExplores communicative, cognitive, conceptual and procedural difficulties of litigants in person; communication challenges of judges in semi-represented and fully unrepresented cases; professional ethics for solicitors/barristers in semi-represented cases; institutional communication and the role of courts in access to justice for litigants in person
Walsh, BenAn exploration of how the views of children and young people are addressed in Special Educational Needs MediationCompletedApril 2016n/aFaculty of Education, University of CambridgeA qualitative study to explore perspectives of parents, LAs, advocates and mediators on the ways in which the views of children and young people are addressed in mediation of SEN cases under the new SEND Code of Practice, emerging from The Children and Families Act 2014.

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