Profile of Principal Investigator:

Sin Yi Cheung is professor of sociology in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Her research addresses different forms of social inequalities in education, employment and access to social and health services. She has published extensively on ethnic inequalities in the labour market, refugee integration, gender inequalities, and horizontal stratification in higher education and returns in the labour market. Her recent project includes a cross-national comparative study of healthcare practices in superdiverse neighbourhoods (with partners in Sweden, Portugal and Germany) and, social and health outcomes of children and families using social work services.

Project team members:

Susan Baker  BA (Hons.), MA, PhD (EUI, Florence), PhD (h.c. Umea, Sweden) is Emeritus Professor and Co-Director, Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University. She was granted a royal appointment as Professor of Environmental Science to the King Carl VI Gustaff of Sweden, the first female to hold this position. She is Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Her research focuses on governance of complex social and ecological processes to promote sustainable futures. She is appointed to the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of the UN IPBES, and has acted as scientific advisor to the UN, European Commission, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and Welsh Government. She has over 160 scientific publications and her work has been translated into several languages and has presented papers at numerous international scientific gatherings.

Paul Chaney  is Professor of Politics and Policy at Cardiff University. He is Co-Director of Wales Institute of Social, Economic Research and Data (WISERD). He has authored and edited 14 books and written over sixty papers in international peer-reviewed journals. His research and teaching interests include: territorial politics, public policy-making, civil society, and equality and human rights.

Ralph Fevre is Emeritus Professor at Cardiff University. He has written, and researched, on critiques of markets and economic rationality; the sociology of economic behaviour; social stratification; social movements and social change. He is the author or co-author of several books including Individualism and Inequality (Edward Elgar 2016), Trouble at Work (Bloomsbury 2012), The New Sociology of Economic Behaviour (Sage, 2003), The Demoralization of Western Culture (Bloomsbury 2000) and The Sociology of Labour Markets (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1992). He is also the co-author of the best-selling textbook Dead White Men and Other Important People: Sociology’s Big Ideas (Palgrave 2016).

Rod Hick is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at Cardiff University. His research interests are the conceptualisation and measurement of poverty, and the analysis of social security and anti-poverty initiatives. He holds a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics, is co-editor of the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, and in 2015 won the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security prize for the best paper presented at their annual conference. In 2016-17 he led a study examining in-work poverty in the UK, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the findings of which were reported in the UK House of Commons.

Marco Pomati  is a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, UK. His main research focus is the exploration and validation of policy-relevant living standards measures in Europe, the UK and Africa. His most recent work focuses on measures of material deprivation in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, the extent and severity of malnutrition in West and Central Africa and the differences and dynamics of economic wellbeing in the UK.